Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors recently honored seven REALTOR® members who have achieved Emeritus status with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
These PSAR members have maintained their NAR membership for 40 consecutive years or more. They were recognized recently in El Cajon and received a certificate and an Emeritus lapel pin as symbols of their status. Each lapel pin features four rubies reflecting 40 years of dedicated service.
The Emeritus designation means payment of NAR dues will be waived for the remainder of their membership and they will be exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement.
The seven PSAR REALTOR® members are Dawn and Russ August, Joe Garzanelli, Jacqueline McWay, Eleanor “Ellie” Mello, Lydia Painter and Marilyn Schweer. The group has a combined total experience in real estate of nearly 300 years.
Dawn and Russ August have lived in Alpine since 1975, after relocating from Michigan. “Right after a year of marriage, we quit our jobs, loaded-up our stuff and drove cross-country to San Diego looking for better weather,” said Dawn. “We ended-up in Chula Vista looking for rentals. We asked about living in the country and somebody said to visit Alpine. We have never left.”
The Augusts earned their real estate sales licenses in 1977 and opened their own Alpine office in Historic Alpine Town Hall also known as the Alpine Womans Club in August 1979. They were affiliated with Coldwell Banker from 1990 to 2016 before returning to operate an independent office called Alpine Premier Properties. The Augusts have lived in Alpine since 1975 and have seen many changes in their community, but feel that after 45 years of life in Alpine that this community is truly their home.
They have over 4 decades each of real estate service in Alpine.
Their office is located at 1411 Rock Terrace in Alpine. Visit their website at or call them at (619) 445-624


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