Chris Isaacson is the 2015 president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR). Mr. Isaacson, who grew up in Portola Valley and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, is a Realtor with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Woodside office.
After attending UC Santa Barbara and graduating from Pepperdine University, Mr. Isaacson worked in banking and finance. Before becoming a Realtor, he was employed at Montecito Bank & Trust in Santa Barbara. He later moved to San Diego, where he served as a branch manager and commercial loan officer for California Bank & Trust and Citibank.
The ability to be your own boss, having more control of your daily schedule and building relationships are aspects of the business Mr. Isaacson says he enjoys.
It can also be intense. He recalls negotiating the sale of property belonging to the deceased parent of five siblings who could not agree with each other. It took over a year to sell the property.
"The family dynamics, it's different all the time. You never know because each transaction, each client is different," he says.
Mr. Isaacson is past chair of the Menlo Park-Atherton District of SILVAR and the district's service volunteer program committee. He has served as a director at large and as a California Association of Realtors Region 9 director. "If I was going to invest in my career, I wanted to have a voice," says Mr. Isaacson.