But did you know that David once drove a prototype Chevrolet Corvette? It was a hand-built, V-6 powered, twin-turbo charged Corvette built for the purpose of product evaluation. There were 21 vehicles built for the purpose of evaluating powertrain durability, public acceptance and feasibility. The vehicles, built in 1985, looked like an ordinary Corvette. Unfortunately, the program was canceled and the prototype vehicle never made it into production. “I’ve driven a lot of different vehicles in my life, but none of them come close to the acceleration and speed of this particular Corvette,” said David.
David, 59, admits he is a car enthusiast. He drives American-made cars, most of them made by General Motors Corp. “I like my Detroit iron,” said David.
David’s fascination with automobiles began at age of 17 when he got a job at a local car dealership. He was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., but moved to San Diego just before his 15th birthday. David’s uncle was a doctor who worked at Grossmont Hospital, specializing in pathology.
David graduated from Grossmont High School and attended Grossmont College. Throughout high school and college, he worked at his uncle’s medical laboratory located on La Mesa Boulevard and then at a couple of local car dealerships. After working in the dealerships at several different positions, David was approached by General Motors about a job.
At age 23, GM hired him for an entry-level position in San Diego. After a few years and more experience with the company, David was promoted to the position of Area Service Manager in Southern California, overseeing warranty administration, customer relations, dealer relations and product problems. David was then transferred to Newport Beach, Calif.
Little did he know that when he contacted AT&T for telephone service, the person on the other end of the line would be his future wife. After a few phone calls, David and Catherine met for their first date on Nov. 7, 1985. They dated for 11 years before getting married on Nov. 16, 1996.
In 1987, David was offered a job by GM to work in Detroit, Mich. He declined and, instead, worked at one of the local car dealerships in San Diego. At this same time, David and one of his friends, a building contractor, started buying fixer-up homes with cracked foundations. “We had a few bad experiences with a realtor, which convinced me that I could do a better job,” said David, who received his real estate license in 1991. He started selling real estate at Century 21 and eventuality moved to Windermere Real Estate in La Mesa. Three years ago, he earned his brokers license. Over the years, David and his friend have built new homes, remodeled homes, fixed homes with structural problems and completed home remodels.
In 2008, David and his wife Catherine decided to remodel the house David purchased new in 1980. “At one point, we had 90 boxes of cabinets sitting inside our home for three years before we were ready to install them,” said David.
David enjoys attending PSAR events where he enjoys learning new insights about the market and meeting other agents. “Our Association has a great group of members who are professional, ethical, friendly and lots of fun,” he said. “It’s good to continually meet new people and expand your circle of friends.”
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Don’t forget to read next week’s story. Hint: The birth of his first child motivated him to write a business plan for himself that included owning a real estate sales company.