Willis Allen Real Estate Celebrates Centennial with Gala on USS Midway

Willis Allen Real Estate recently celebrated its 100th year of ongoing operation in San Diego County with a gala on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway.

Willis Allen Real Estate recently celebrated its 100th year of ongoing operation in San Diego County with a gala on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway.

The party was in appreciation of the 240 agents and staff that are the backbone of the company. "Without them the company would just be a building, and the company's ideals would just be words," noted An-drew E. Nelson, president and owner of Willis Allen Real Estate.

The U.S.S. Midway has special meaning to Nelson who served as a naval officer and aviator during the Vietnam conflict. He flew in the back seat of the F-4 Phantom that is now on display on the Midway. Nelson was originally based at Miramar. When he deployed, he flew off the Midway's sister ship, the U.S.S. Coral Sea. Nelson flew about 150 combat missions in two different fighter squadrons from 1967 - 1972.

After leaving the navy, Nelson joined Willis Allen Real Estate in 1977. He took over as president in 1981.

"Extraordinary progress has been made by our company over the past 100 years. We've gone from being a well-respected local real estate firm to a leading and recognized global real estate brand. We provide clients unrivaled local, national and global reach, while still remaining the go-to local real estate company in each of our communities."

Nelson said that Willis Allen Real Estate has remained competitive over the last century by being on the cutting edge of technology and real estate trends. "To make it to 100 years requires stamina, agility, a hunger to embrace change and take risks, not to mention our core value - integrity - to maintain a reputation that outlasts a single transaction."

Willis Allen Real Estate has one of the highest per-agent production rates in the United States. The company was among the first to use the World Wide Web to market its listings and connect with each other, clients, and a network of international agents, buyers and sellers. Willis Allen was also a founding member of international affiliations that it uses to help bring buyers and sellers together - no matter where they live.

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