Andrew Nelson is president and owner of La Jolla, Calif.-based Willis Allen Real Estate, one of the largest independently operated real estate companies in Southern California. In his leadership role, Nelson helps serve residential clients with six strategically located offices and oversees 200 agents. Over the past year, Nelson says he has “been fortunate enough to be a part of some of record-breaking sales in my community throughout La Jolla.”
Nelson graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a flight officer in the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam conflict, he returned to California in 1972. With some tools and the help of friends, he built a circular home in Mammoth Lakes, which he still owns today. This enjoyable experience, coupled with his natural affinity for people and a drive to succeed, led him to pursue a career in residential real estate. In 1977, Nelson began working for Willis Allen Real Estate, and he was named president three years later. In 1995, Andy purchased all remaining shares in the company from Willis Allen Sr.
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