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A paella party for 30 people after every closed escrow.

posted May 5, 2017, 2:18 PM by George Ching   [ updated May 5, 2017, 2:26 PM ]
Oscar Vega

You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Oscar Vega as a member of PSAR’s Global Real Estate Council (GREC). The GREC provides PSAR members with educational opportunities to enable REALTORS® to expand their practice internationally. He also has participated in events hosted by PSAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) members.

 

But did you know that Oscar has won several food competitions for his paella?  (Paella is a traditional Spanish dish featuring fluffy yellow rice and seafood cooked in olive oil.) “I’ve won a number of awards in Mexico for my paella over the past seven years,” said Oscar. “I love the dish because there is so much variety. You have countless possibilities to bring together ingredients with bold flavors and delightful textures and include meats or shellfish or even vegetables.”

 

His next competition is the 3rd annual Paella, Wine & Beer Festival (www.paellawinefest.com) (www.paellawinefest.com) on Saturday, May 13 at Embarcadero Marina South Park South in Downtown San Diego. Oscar will match his recipe against more than 60 acclaimed Paella chefs vying for several titles, including, “Best Paella Valenciana,” “Best Paella in the Cali-Baja Region” and “People's Choice Award.”

 

After an escrow closes, instead of a gift basket or dinner certificate, Oscar prepares a free paella party for his client plus 30 of their closest family and friends. “What could be better that some tasty Spanish paella and a glass of wine,” Oscar said. “It’s a great way to talk to people in a casual setting and get leads for future transactions.”

 

A San Diego native, Oscar, 53, graduated from Montgomery High School in south San Diego (class of 1982). “I was born at Mercy Hospital back when there were Catholic nuns as nurses,” he said.

 

Oscar spent the first 30 years of his career as a design engineer and sales executive before earning his real estate sales license in 2012. He worked for a company that made aluminum briefcases for military applications. “They looked like the briefcases used in spy movies,” Oscar said.

 

He also designed wireless phones for Qualcomm Inc. before Qualcomm sold its consumer-phone production business to Kyocera Corp. of Japan in 1991. As a result of the deal, Oscar found himself overseeing sales for Kyocera in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, where he learned how to speak Portuguese.

 

Then, when Kyocera sold Oscar’s business unit to Mitsubishi Electric, he found himself designing flat-panel, liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) for a variety of applications, including phones, automobiles and medical equipment. “Then Kyocera reacquired my display division and, believe it or not, I returned to work for Kyocera,” Oscar said.

 

“I have traveled all over the world to such places as Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, China and all over Latin America. And, guess what, I hate flying. I found that shots of scotch can help you get through a flight.

 

“But, I missed a lot of growing-up moments with my kids,” said Oscar. “So, I got into real estate so I can spend more time with family.” Oscar has four grown children and is now raising Nicole Vega, age 1, with wife Ileana Vega, a loan officer. “It’s an interesting dynamic in our home,” said Oscar. “Some people think I’m our daughter’s grandfather.”

 

Oscar said he enjoys real estate because “I’m still involved in changing lives. I enjoy working with first-time buyers who get discouraged and want to throw-in the towel,” he said. “But everything is solvable. After the deal closes, I become part of their family with invitations to baptisms and quinceañeras.”

 

Oscar also enjoys PSAR. “What a great association,” he said. “The support we receive from PSAR is unmatchable. The training provided helps us stay out of troubles and keeps us doing our job with the highest level of professionalism.”

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