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He went three years without business cards!

posted Aug 15, 2014, 3:32 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 4:32 PM ]
You might know Gerry Carrillo for chairing the PSAR Technology Committee and teaching PSAR classes on how social media can attract new clients and advertise new listings. His classes cover the range of social media tools, from YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+. In fact, he went three years without business cards until recently. Instead, he would network with other agents electronically.

But did you know that during high school, Gerry and three friends had a rap group called “Underestimated Minorities?” After graduating from Chula Vista High School (class of 1991), it was a chess game that sparked Gerry to think about a career in real estate.

“My brother had friends who played chess and they invited me to play with them,” said Gerry. “One of his friends was an older guy named Martin who had a couple dozen file folders, filled with papers, spread all over the house. I asked what was going on. He said each file folder represented a property he owned. That’s when I started thinking about real estate.”

Gerry and wife Beatriz first met on Valentine’s Day. They were married in October 2000. They have three children, two sons and a daughter. They are in the process of adopting a girl, age 7, who currently lives in Mexico.

Prior to real estate, Gerry sold welding and medical supplies. Gerry began working in the real estate field in 2003, and earned his sales license in March 2004. He began his career learning real estate, mortgages and how to help people invest in real estate. He joined Century 21 in 2009, and has been affiliated with Big Block Realty since May 2013.

Gerry and his family, who live in EastLake, are involved in church activities with the Rock Church in Point Loma. Gerry and Beatriz have served as youth group leaders, Bible school teachers and counselors to at-risk youth.

“I am an entrepreneur at heart who wants to help people build a better life for themselves and in turn give back,” said Gerry, 41.

In addition to PSAR, Gerry serves as a member of the national advisory board of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce and a member of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates (NHORA).

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Hint: She taught pre-school and kindergarten for 16 years before real estate became a full-time profession!