I grew up in Northern California in the town of Vallejo. I lost my parents early in life, so I moved to Southern California, where I married my wife Laura and raised two children. My wife and I had adopted a little girl from Children’s Home Society of California when she was seven weeks old. My educational background includes attendance at Mount Tamalpais Military Academy and graduation from Van Nuys High School. After the Korean War broke out, I joined the Navy in 1951 and passed the non-commissioned officer’s test in 1952. Continuing my Naval career, I attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval College in San Diego, CA with a 3.95 GPA. My tour of duty (1951-1955) included 3 years and 9 months on the heavy cruiser USS Rochester (CA-124) during the Korean War. The Rochester was bombed at Incheon, Korea in 1951, which they painted a Purple Heart on the ship’s crane, and was in three major battles. I was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955. My primary employment was Plant Manager of a Fortune 500 corporation and President of the UNI-COMM Corporation. After earning a real estate license, I continued my education and became a realtor and practiced real estate for more than 36 years. You can find out more about me in Who’s Who, 16th Edition in California. My latest endeavor was serving as the former Junior Vice-Commander for the Disabled American Veterans and I am dedicated to supporting our military veterans.
My Vision and Goals:
After twenty years of retirement, I began attending meetings of the Disabled American Veterans. I was installed as Junior Vice-Commander.
After seeing my injured and disabled brothers and sisters with little or no funds, I had a vision of trying to assist them in any way I could. I created this website with its discount catalog coming soon. The goal is to help veterans purchase needed products at reduced prices from established companies. Since the website was established, funds will be accumulated for the Voluntary Services, located at the VA Long Beach Medical Center. My goal is to create awareness in Southern California and then go statewide. It is with great humility and some pride that I am seeing my vision to help veterans become a reality.
My Real Estate Career:
I worked as the plant manager at the Globe A1 Spaghetti factory and Herbert Hawkins Realty at the same time. Now the funny thing was, I had only stepped inside a real estate office once and I was able to become the top sales master eight times (see the Herbert Hawkins article clipping below).
At the beginning, my wife and I little money. I needed a second job to pay the bills, so I applied for a real estate license. Right after that I was able to get into Globe A1. When I traveled with Globe A1, I would put up ads in the markets asking if anyone would like to sell their homes and I would list them. I was successful with it, believe it or not. I joined the Herbert Hawkins real estate firm and I talked to someone there there who was the only person I talked to at Herbert Hawkins in person. From there, communication was through mail for the next eight years. Herbert Hawkins once called me to come in to take my picture since I was the top salesperson. I finally went in about seven weeks later and he told me that I was the top salesman every week during that seven week time period and I kept telling him I didn’t have the time to come in to take my picture since I was the plant manager at Globe A1. Working for Hawkins for eight years, I was sales master eight times. I had learned how to get listings out on the field while helping someone and had never received training and never got experience knocking on doors.
I was with others that sold over $1,000,000 in property in one year working part-time. This was at a time when homes were selling for $12,000. It was called the Million Dollar Club. They still have the Million Dollar Club, but now you can become part of it by selling one house.
During my seventh year working for Herbert Hawkins, Mrs. Hawkins had called me asking if I would be interested in meeting with Mr. Hawkins to discuss me running the company. I told her that I was unable to see her because I was working for a large corporation and simply did not have the time. I have never personally met any of the people at Herbert Hawkins.
I recently tried to reach Mr. Hawkins and Mrs. Hawkins to see if he could come to the Adopt our Soldiers tennis event. I talked to their son Preston, who had conveyed that Mr. Hawkins had died a few years ago and Mrs. Hawkins was still living at the age of 93, However, due to illness, she and her son could not come to the tennis event.