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He does his sons’ math homework.

posted Dec 11, 2015, 3:54 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 3:58 PM ]
You might know PSAR affiliate member Gary Mouritzen as the recent recipient of the PSAR 2015 Affiliate of the Year representing South County. He has 21 years of experience in the lending field with experience in a variety of loans, including first-time buyer loans, Jumbo, VA, FHA, HARP, Home Path, Foreign National and Rehab loans. Gary and wife Charo, a native of Panama, have been married for 18 years and are raising three sons, ages 9, 13 and 14.
 
But did you know that Gary completes his three sons’ math homework at night to verify whether their answers are correct?
 
“You might say that I’m a Homework General,” said Gary. “I do all the math homework myself and then check their results. If the numbers are wrong, then I tell them to look at the problem again until they get it right. It’s one way we stay connected and I can instill the right values in my sons.”
 
Gary is a San Diego native and graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1984). He was a member of the wrestling and track team in high school. Later, he earned a degree in finance from San Diego State University. His father Gunnar, a native of Denmark, had a career in the aerospace industry while his mother Carolina, a native of Panama, served as Consulate General of Panama in San Diego.
 
Before her marriage to Gary, Charo needed assistance with documents with the intention of moving back to Panama after graduating from SDSU. She met with Carolina, who was not accustomed to computers at the time. “They had just started using computers and my mom needed a little assistance,” said Gary. “Charo came to our home to pick up the paperwork and that’s how I met her. She never did move back to Panama.” Today, Charo works in market research and conducts focus groups for advertisers targeting Hispanic consumers.
 
Shortly after college, Gary began working in the mortgage field. He worked as an in-house lender for a large Century 21 franchise for eight years and eventually managed that division for an additional eight years.
 
Then, in 2010, he decided to switch employers. Gary met with 13 lending companies before deciding to go with W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital LLC. “I was interviewing them to make sure I found the right home.” said Gary. “I pride myself on ethics and a willingness to work hard and deliver what I promise. I communicate throughout the transaction so that everybody knows every stage of the process.”
 
The family enjoys camping in the Sequoias and Gary enjoys deep-sea fishing with the boys. “We adore our sons, they are our inspiration and we have the utmost love and respect for them,” he said. Gary’s sales production this year recently earned him a free trip to Cabo San Lucas.
 
“I greatly admire PSAR,” said Gary. “I’m impressed with the camaraderie among the members, and I enjoy referring business to other association members I know and trust. My competitors are still my friends. It’s not a smart thing to ignore someone just because they’re a competitor because you never know when they might need my help and refer me business that they couldn’t do, which has already happened.”