Willis Allen Real Estates President & CEO, Andrew E. Nelson, has been selected for San Diego Business Journal’s “500 Most Influential Business Leaders” list for 2020. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community.
“I grew up in San Diego County,” says Nelson. “To be included on a list like this is a privilege and serves as motivation to continue to serve our community in the way that we have for over 114 years.”
Nelson, who grew up in Del Mar and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara joined Willis Allen as a Realtor in 1977, working for the firm’s namesake. Nelson was named president of the company in 1980 and purchased all of the remaining ownership shares in 1995. Today, Willis Allen boasts six offices and 175 agents who represent an industry best for average sales volume per agent.
Prior to getting into real estate, Nelson served in the U.S. Navy as a flight officer for F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam conflict. Real estate has always been a passion for Nelson; he still owns the circular home in Mammoth Lakes that he built with the help of friends.