But did you know that Anthony lived for 10 years in Muscatine, Iowa (population: 32,000), located along the Mississippi River. The native of Stockton, Calif. lived in San Diego until his parents separated at age 8, and Anthony and his mom then moved to Muscatine. Anthony moved back and forth between San Diego and Muscatine until he was 14 when his parents got back together. Today, his parents still live in Muscatine.
While in high school, Anthony was named the team captain of the football and soccer teams. He grew up playing all the sports he could. As a teenager he even belonged to a break dancing crew and performed at nightclubs for fun. “You would have found me spinning on my head at that time in my life,” joked Anthony.
Anthony always had plans to return to San Diego after high school and attend college at San Diego State University. Three days after high school graduation, Anthony returned to San Diego. He initially attended Mesa College and eventually made it to SDSU.
While in college, he worked for two years for a company that built websites for real estate agents. “I was teaching agents how to market their properties on the Internet,” Anthony said. “But we were so successful helping agents make money that our company owner said we should get our real estate license and start selling. But then the 2007 recession hit and the market went downhill. I decided to concentrate on finishing my education and riding out the recession.”
He graduated from SDSU in 2010 with a dual degree in psychology and real estate. “While in college, I belonged to the Real Estate Society, which helped me get a job after college at a REO firm. I worked there for two years and it was a great learning experience.” He has been affiliated with his current company, Dominion West Properties, since 2012.
Anthony grew his mustache two years ago during November as part of the annual “Movember” effort that raises awareness for men’s health, including research funds for prostate cancer and testicular cancer. His business cards state: “You Mustache Me About Your Real Estate Needs.”
His mom is Irish (her maiden name was Carnahan), his dad is Filipino, but many people think he’s Hispanic. “My background helps me to better appreciate the freedom we have in the U.S. to work hard and earn with limitless potential. Real estate is a great job because it brings me happiness to help others accomplish their housing goals. PSAR is a great organization because of the caliber of its members and how our smaller voice reaches the upper echelons of our industry.”
Anthony believes PSAR provides many great opportunities to develop leadership skills. If you are interested in PSAR leadership please don't hesitate to ask him. If you would like to connect with Anthony, visit www.facebook.com/anthony.andaya and https://twitter.com/Anthony_Andaya. “I’m looking forward to serving in 2016 as president,” he said.
Anthony also is planning a great future with his current girlfriend of five years, Miriam Morales, who also is a PSAR REALTOR® member. Anthony met Miriam at a psychology statistical analysis class at SDSU. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling. During a recent visit to Cancun, they climbed Coba, a 130-foot-high, a pre-Columbian Maya pyramid along the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Hint for next week's story:
He plays bass guitar, having performed live and recorded with bands for the past 25 years.