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PSAR broker Joe Garzanelli honored as El Cajon Citizen of the Year

posted Feb 6, 2018, 2:11 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 3:47 PM ]
PSAR is proud to congratulate longtime broker member Joe Garzanelli for his recent selection as 2017 Citizen of the Year. The El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee will honor Garzanelli at a luncheon on Monday, Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon. RSVPs to attend the luncheon can be made with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce,

Garzanelli was honored for his community involvement, including support to nonprofits and charitable volunteer work. He has been a member of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce member since 1995 and served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2010. He is a 1997 graduate of the Chamber’s San Diego East County Leadership Program. The community organizations benefiting benefited from Garzanelli’s support have included St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Home of Guiding Hands, Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, Lions, Tigers and Bears, Stoney’s Kids and the East County Toy Drive.

Garzanelli, broker with Keller Williams Realty in El Cajon, has 48 years of experience in the real estate industry. He opened his Keller Williams office in March 2011. Previously, Garzanelli managed and owned several other real estate sales offices. He was a partner in an El Cajon Century 21 office that became one of the top-producing offices in the nation. He also was co-owner with Lloyd Klowden and Jack Forness of another Century 21 office that also became one of the top-producing offices in the nation.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Garzanelli attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, where he met his wife Jonelle. They were married in April 1970. They have four grown daughters and four granddaughters. Later, Joe and Jonelle moved to San Diego where Joe’s two brothers operated a real estate office with Hilmer Severin, whose family developed part of East County, including the area along Severin Drive in La Mesa. “The job with my brothers was going to be temporary until I could get a job as an electrical engineer,” said Joe. “My temporary job has lasted 48 years.”

The annual Citizen of the Year program is co-hosted by the El Cajon Valley Lions Club, El Cajon Rotary Club and San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Previous winners have included Dick Nasif (2016), Humbert Cabrera (2015), Chuck Hansen (2014), San Diego East Visitors Bureau and Shirley Johnson (2013).

Among the local organizations involved with the El Cajon Citizen of the Year honoree selection: San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, El Cajon Police Officer Association, Heartland Lions, Home of Guiding Hands, Salvation Army, El Cajon Valley Kiwanis Club, East County Boys and Girls Clubs, Wieghorst Museum Foundation, El Cajon Historical Society, Main Street Flag program, El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club and Rotary Club of El Cajon.