But did you know that Bryan once lived in the same home owned by El Cajon native Ricky Johnson, a champion motocross and off-road racer? He lived in that house when he met his future wife. They have since moved to their current home where they have lived for more than 20 years.
In addition, wife LeeAnn, a former Miss Coronado (1981), has completed more than 30 marathons. In fact, on three occasions she has run in two different marathons on the same weekend in two different cities. Meanwhile, Bryan runs 10ks and half-marathons, but sometimes he has accompanied his wife along her race routes while he rides on a bicycle. “That’s the only way I can have enough breath to be her cheerleader,” joked Bryan.
LeeAnn owns San Diego Run & Tri Club, a coaching company assisting runners and triathletes. She also owns USA Endurance Events, a company that organizes the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon, a late December event which draws 3,500 runners on a route stretching from Rancho Penasquitos to Torrey Pines State Beach.
Several years ago, Bryan and LeeAnn developed a board game designed to help married couples grow stronger in their marriages by scheduling fun activities to do together. Called “Quality Time,” the game was endorsed by Christian leaders across the U.S. “That game saved our marriage,” said Bryan. “At the time, we were headed in two different directions and we needed a tool to help us stay together. Doing fun things as a couple kept us close and stronger.”
Bryan and LeeAnn have been married since 1994. They honeymooned in Greece at the same time as soccer’s World Cup competition was underway. They have a son and two daughters. Both daughters attend Vanguard University of Southern California, a private Christian university in Costa Mesa, Calif. The girls have been playing soccer since ages 6 and 7. They continue to keep Bryan and LeeAnn busy traveling to games and tournaments throughout Southern California.
A San Diego native, Bryan grew up in El Cajon and attended W.D. Hall Elementary School on Pepper Drive, Greenfield Middle School and Granite Hills High School (class of 1980). Bryan’s friend from his high school is married to LeeAnn’s sister Cheryl. Bryan’s father died from leukemia in Dallas on the same day that President Kennedy was shot in November 1963. The next year, Bryan’s mother moved to El Cajon and remarried. Since 1966, Bryan’s mother and stepfather have lived in the same house on Clarke Drive in El Cajon.
After earning an associates degree from Grossmont College, while working in a construction job one day, Bryan decided to enter the real estate profession. “I was framing a custom home next to a model home when a nicely dressed real estate agent pulled up next door in a Porsche. I decided right then I would get into real estate,” said Bryan, who started selling in January 1986.
During his career, Bryan, 52, has represented San Diego Chargers players in real estate transactions. He has worked for Rhodes and Illiff Realty, RE/MAX, Prudential and, since May 2013, as branch manager with Realty National’s Pacific Beach office. Founded in 2010, Realty National is the exclusive broker for CT Homes LLC, creators of the popular TV show “Flip This House.” Bryan continues to both sell and serve as a mentor and trainer to real estate agents. He previously owned a training company for real estate sales agents.
“PSAR is a warm, inviting association that makes you feel like family,” said Bryan. “I’m always learning something new at every event I attend.”
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