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She fell for the cowboy’s pick-up line.

posted Dec 2, 2016, 4:13 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 4:50 PM by Sally Valdez ]
You might know PSAR Affiliate member Cristen Carver, branch manager of the HomeBridge Financial Services office in Mission Valley, as the recent recipient of PSAR’s East County 2016 Affiliate of the Year award. In addition, she regularly attends East County’s Rally & Ride pitch sessions on Thursday mornings in El Cajon, and she is a frequent participant at PSAR events, as well as a supporter of many fundraisers organized by individual PSAR members.
 
But did you hear how Cristen met her husband Steve, a REALTOR® with Carver Realty?
 
“I fell for his pick-up line at a country western bar,” said Cristen. “He asked me to dance and then pretended he didn’t know how to dance and needed dance lessons, which wasn’t true at all. Steve is a full-on cowboy who has competed in rodeos. He’s a better dancer than I am. Yep, I got roped-in, lock, stock and barrel.” Cristen and Steve have been married since 2001 and are raising two teenagers who attend Joan McQueen Middle School in Alpine.
 
Cristen, 51, was born in San Diego. She graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1983).  Her father, Gordon Cornell, a Navy captain, flew F-4 Phantom jets and led his own squadron of flyers assigned to the USS Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in April 1990. Gordon passed away from cancer in 1996 at age 61. “My father had a very distinguished military career and I still run into people today who knew him. I wish my dad could have met Steve because they would have bonded since Steve also served in the Navy.”
 
After high school, Cristen got an associates degree in computer programming and went to work as a computer technician for Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). “When PSA got bought by US Air, I lost my job. Then, I got hired by a mortgage industry to help them integrate all the docs from paper to computers. I remember when everything was handwritten and typed on a typewriter. However, I got bored and started helping the processing department, then closing, then underwriting.”
 
Cristen’s 30-year career in the mortgage industry has included roles as an assistant bank manager overseeing the bank’s mortgage division, as well as roles in both the wholesale and retail sides. She earned her real estate sales license in 1991. She has worked with HomeBridge since 2014 and currently oversees four employees. As a top producer, Cristen has been named as one of the company’s All-Stars.
 
“If Steve and I are not working at our jobs, then we’re working at our 10-acre ranch home in Alpine, or we’re traveling,” said Cristen. “I love to travel. We have driven the RV cross-country to visit my identical twin sister who teaches high school math in Orlando. We’ve been to Boise, Idaho to visit Steve’s daughters, ages 21 and 23. We’ve been to nearly every state. We just returned from 10 days in New England to see the leaves change. My dream vacation is to spend 30 days traveling all over Italy.”
 
She loves PSAR because of the family atmosphere. “Many of our members have become our best friends, they’re like my family,” said Cristen. “Plus, it’s so much fun to hangout with all the people and go to the many events. I love seeing everybody every week. My manager from Texas attended our recent Installation Dinner and I asked him if other Associations in other cities do as much crazy stuff as PSAR does. He said no-way, not even close.”