Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty, the leading provider of real estate services on the Monterey Peninsula, announced today that California’s 22nd Real Estate Commissioner, Jeff Davi, one of the industry’s most distinguished members, is joining the firm as a Realtor®/Broker in the company’s Carmel office.
Appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, and then remaining on under Governor Brown, Davi has held the top spot in the state’s Department of Real Estate for the past seven years, overseeing the licensing and regulation of more than 460,000 Realtor® s in the state of California and managing a staff of nearly 350 in Sacramento.
Davi, who is from Monterey, enjoyed a long and successful career as a real estate broker before entering public office. Prior to his appointment, he managed a family-owned property management and residential and commercial real estate firm in Monterey known as AG Davi Real Estate. Davi, his wife, Kelly, and his brother, Anthony, will be joining Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage together. The trio will work alongside Coldwell Banker Del Monte Property’s already notable Lynda Nichols and Mark Bruno and together will make up the Monterey Peninsula Home Team.
“Jeff has been a great public servant and we are grateful for his vision and many years of loyal service,” said former Real Estate Commissioner Jim Antt, Jr. “He served with the highest integrity and he has been an outstanding Real Estate Commissioner. He will certainly be missed.”
“This is a bittersweet decision,” said Davi. “We accomplished a great deal over the last seven years and at such a critical time in our state. I am proud of the opportunity I was given to serve the citizens of California during my tenure. Now, I’m looking ahead to resume my real estate career with the number one company in the industry.”
Davi said it was an easy decision determining which company he would associate with upon his return to sales.
“I immediately knew Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty was the right place for me,” he said. “The company is a major player in Carmel, representing more than a third of all real estate sold annually, which is more than double its nearest competitor. Coldwell Banker Del Monte is the best place for me to focus on sales and to ensure that as an agent, I have all of the key resources needed at my disposal. With Coldwell Banker Del Monte behind us, my team and I are well positioned to do great things.”
Davi is a successful and highly decorated member of the real estate industry with significant experience in real estate sales, lending, management and financing. Prior to his position as commissioner of real estate, Davi previously served as a director for the California Association of Realtors® and president of the Monterey County Association of Realtors®. He served as a member of the California Housing and Finance Agency (CalHFA) board of directors representing the Secretary of Business Transportation and Housing in 2006 and 2007. He also served on the Economic Development Corporation of Monterey County, was co-founder of the Affordable Housing Steering Council of Monterey County and was on the founding board of directors of the Monterey County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to the Coldwell Banker Del Monte family,” said Rita Lewis, Coldwell Banker Del Monte managing broker. “His knowledge and experience are priceless and he is regarded as one of the most successful and influential Realtors® in the industry. I am confident Jeff will be an outstanding addition to our team of professionals.”
Davi is involved in several non-profit organizations, mostly involving children and youth. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kinship Center, a statewide foster care and adoption service agency based out of Monterey County. He has been involved in juvenile assistance programs to help teens avoid breaking the law and being recruited by gangs, and in December 2010, he was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice (CCCJ).
Davi is a resident of Corral de Tierra in Monterey County. He and his wife, Kelly, have five kids, ranging in age from 14 to 26, and one three-year-old grandson.