I started my real estate sales career in Hawaii in 1998. In 2002, I was hired to be a Broker-In-Charge for one of the largest companies in Hawaii. At the same time, I developed small scale condominium projects, home restorations, foreclosures and other projects.
After a few years of management, I resigned to focus on my practice, and went to work with Koa Properties (a company Hawaii Life has since acquired). I met my partner, Winston Welborn, who was running a marketing and design firm called Wasabi Design.
As the real estate market heated up in the mid-2000's, and as the industry's marketing and interactions moved increasingly online, I knew a better solution was needed to market and sell real estate. My partner, meanwhile, was frustrated with his few real estate clients who seemed reluctant to take the necessary steps to advance their online (and, in some cases, offline) marketing. He started the original incarnation of our website in 2004.
We formed Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers in June of 2008, and have enjoyed incredible growth and success since then. We have grown the company to over 350 brokers, agents, and employees across 15 offices in Hawaii. We've helped thousands of people buy and sell real estate. We serve the entire state, and are now one of the largest most successful firms in Hawaii. We've been acknowledged with various awards both in Hawaii and nationally for our work.
Along the way, I've served as the President of the Kauai Board of Realtors in 2012; on the Executive Committee of the Hawaii Association of Realtors in 2013; and I'm currently a member of five separate Realtor associations across Hawaii. I've served as an expert witness for real estate-related legal cases in Hawaii.
I currently serve as a board member of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, a land conservation organization with 18,000 acres in perpetual conservation. I'm also on the Kauai Leadership Council for the Hawaii Community Foundation, where Hawaii Life has a donor-advised fund which is managed entirely by our brokers, agents and employees: give.hawaiilife.com
The Hawaii Life Charitable Fund is currently matching the first $40,000 in donations to the Hawaii Resilience Fund which provides grants to community-based organizations to rapidly address the COVID-19 crisis in Hawai‘i. You can join us in donating at give.hawaiilife.com