But did you know that Sue once was a pit crew member on a car racing team?
“I celebrated my 21st birthday at the Riverside International Speedway and was there on some of the early races held at the Willow Springs track in Rosamond (Calif.),” said Sue. “I was definitely not one of those girls with a dainty lace handkerchief; instead I was a grease monkey.” (Willow Springs in Kern County held its inaugural race on Nov. 23, 1953. The Riverside Speedway was in operation from Sept. 22, 1957, to July 2, 1989.)
“We raced in a Formula One Grand Prix divisions all over California, Arizona and Oregon,” said Sue. “We didn’t win a lot, but I was young back then and had a lot of fun. I met famous racecar drivers like Parnelli Jones, Daniel Gurney, Richie Ginther and Denny Hulme, names that many people don’t know today.” (Today, Jones and Gurney are in their 80s. Ginther died in 1989 from a heart attack and Hulme passed away from a heart attack while racing in Australia in 1992.)
Sue said got into real estate in an serendipitous way. “In 1980, I was working for a man who owned a lot of properties valued at several million dollars,” she said. “He asked me to get my real estate license so he could open a property management firm. That’s how I got into real estate.”
A few years later, Sue got her broker’s license and started teaching classes at the Mike Russ Real Estate School. She has co-authored two study books on preparing for the license exam and taught the “Principles of Real Estate” class at the PSAR offices. “Every Wednesday night for 12 straight years, I taught that class,” said Sue. “At the same time, I was the broker-owner with my business partner Ben Fuentes of Prime Time Realty in National City.” Today, Sue works with a former student, Philip Curtis, who operates a real estate office in Chula Vista.
Sue lives in Santee with her dog Baxter. She raised three sons and she has five grandsons ranging in age from 5 to 17.
“The first time I retired I was in my mid-60s, but that didn’t last long,” Sue said. “The second time I tried retiring was in 2015 after I lost my brother, his wife and a sister in a six-month stretch. That was a tough year and I took some time off. But, now I’m back in the saddle again because I believe so strongly in PSAR. Our Association is so important because it keeps the members informed about what’s going on. If you’re not involved in PSAR, then you’re missing out!”