But did you know that Jason, 47, loves to ride skateboards and has an extensive collection of vinyl records of “British Invasion” music bands from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s? Forget the Beatles. Instead, Jason’s favorite groups include such legendary groups as “The Who,” “The Kinks” and “The Animals.” He also loves punk rock music and his favorite groups include “Sex Pistols,” “The Ramones,” “The Clash,” “Social Distortion” and “Dead Kennedys.”
“I don’t know how many albums I have, probably hundreds and hundreds of them,” Jason said.
Jason was raised in California’s San Bernardino County, in a city called Highland, located at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. He graduated from San Gorgonio High School (class of 1987). “We had a great life growing up,” said Jason. “There was plenty of wide open space for riding dirt bikes and playing sports. Also, if there was an empty swimming pool, we were there on skateboards. Even today, I still like to skate using long boards.”
He married his high school sweetheart Kathy in September 1991. “We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary,” Jason said. Kathy works at Keller Williams office in La Mesa. They have three children, ages 21, 16 and 12, and live in La Mesa’s Mount Helix area.
It was Kathy’s mom, Pat Bjernefalt, who encouraged Jason to try real estate sales as a career (Pat was the REALTOR® of the Year award recipient in 2011 from the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS®). “I was working as an X-ray assistant at Grossmont Hospital and studying to become a paramedic,” recalled Jason. “She urged me to get my real estate license, which I did in 1994. It’s been a great business to be in for our family, mostly because of the freedom. Our kids have watched us work hard at home, but we’ve never missed a soccer game or baseball game.”
Jason and Kathy’s oldest, son Cooper, is set to graduate next May with a business management degree from San Diego State University. He’s also studying to take the test for a California real estate sales license. Jason said, “The other day Cooper said that he was happy about our real estate careers. He said, `Dad, you always had time for the family.’ Hearing that made me feel good.”
Jason appreciates PSAR. He said, “Our Association focuses very strongly on the best interests of its members. I like our willingness to take a political stand, plus the commitment to developing the next generation of leaders with the YPN (Young Professional Network) group. Once a PSAR member gets involved, very quickly, they realize how helpful their Association can be in moving forward their career.”