We’re real estate agents, programmers, sales specialists, customer supporters, financial analysts, tech superheroes, and more — but we’re also real people. The Home Bay team is made up of many dedicated, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, we’ll feature these people, tell you some interesting bits about them, and why they chose Home Bay.
Evan Smith began his Home Bay journey via good old fashioned networking. He had known some of Home Bay’s leadership from previous ventures and in 2017 they invited him in to meet with the founders. Thus began his adventure as the Head of Sales for Home Bay.
“I like working for a company where I can see myself using the product,” said Evan. “Everything that Home Bay does makes so much sense to me. Being part of a startup has been a common thread throughout my career. I love the energy that comes from building something great from the ground up.”
Tell us more about what you do at Home Bay as Head of Sales. What does a typical day look like for you?
There is no typical day! Things move so quickly at Home Bay that no two days are ever exactly alike. As the first contact point for any new Home Bay client, our team ensures that the client is getting all their questions answered clearly and professionally. The goal is to give each prospective client a great first-impression of Home Bay.
What did you do before Home Bay?
Startups Startups Startups! I’ve been a part of several of San Diego‘s Fastest Growing Companies. I also had my own business that my partners and I were able to sell. It’s been a lot of craziness, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What do you like about real estate?
You’re helping people with their biggest asset. It’s a tremendous responsibility.
What do you not like about real estate?
The apprehension about change. There’s room in the market for everyone, but some traditional agents act like they’ve done something to deserve a certain commission. If a company can come along and do a better job (cough, cough, Home Bay) for a better price, then the industry needs to keep up.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
For some reason, I like doing things I’m terrible at: Working on my car, golfing, and snowboarding. Those are the me-time activities that get sprinkled in when I’m not chasing my kids around a park.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Red, mostly because I associate most of the other colors with sports teams that I can’t stand.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Not so much a bucket list thing, but I want to visit Australia in the next year. I have family there that I haven’t seen in 13 years and they haven’t met my kids yet.
Where did you attend college?
UC Santa Barbara. I will tell you nothing about my time there. Nothing.
Okay, okay. We won’t ask anything more about your college days. Do you have any hidden talents we should know about?
If you dunk a basketball and nobody is around to see it, can they prove you didn’t dunk a basketball?
Interested in buying or selling?
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