Managing Director, San Gabriel Valley
Jon Butler is managing director for Teles Properties’ Pasadena, Monrovia and Eagle Rock offices. He is responsible for every aspect of agent development, client relations, transaction management, and the continuous pursuit of excellence under the Teles brand. Inspiring ethical business practices that are in line with Teles’ vision and outlook on the real estate industry, Butler is a natural and gifted teacher and trusted advisor, providing guidance to Teles brokers for both their professional and personal development.
A 2004 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Luther College with a degree in accounting, economics and music, Butler gained considerable experience in finance working for Ameriprise Financial Services in 2005 before his indoctrination into the real estate business, which began in 2009 under the uncertainties and pressures of the 2008 market upheaval. Entering directly into the default services market selling bank-owned homes (REO), he assisted homeowners with short sales, completed numerous BPO’s (Broker Price Opinions) for banks and worked extensively with non-profits to help guide first-time homebuyers through the home buying process—all of which have contributed significantly to Butler’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of the differentiated markets in Los Angeles.
Vice President, Business Development
Teles Properties is proud to announce that in addition to his primary focus as a Broker Associate listing and selling properties, Bob Chapman has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development.
A respected Orange County Real Estate professional, Bob brings unparalleled industry experience on topics ranging from business strategies to marketing, and using data effectively.
“One of the most deeply respected Orange County Real Estate Professional, Bob has been a top agent, broker, manager, executive, owner and industry leader,” said Teles Properties President and Broker of Record Peter Hernandez. “Bob brings to Teles the depth and breadth of experience that is unparalleled and a great fit for the Teles collaborative culture. “
Bob Chapman has held a leadership role in the Orange County Housing Industry for 35 years. He began his career in the home building industry in Newport Beach in 1979, and moved to Laguna Beach in 1984. His sales, management, and leadership positions began 23 years ago in the Real Estate Brokerage industry in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Orange County. A few of his leadership roles included Past President of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (Director from 2000 to 2006) and Past Vice-President of the Laguna Board of Realtors (Director from 1995 to 2000). He served as a Director of the Southern California Multiple Listing Service, and a Director of the California Association of Realtors.
Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Tulane University, Bob also studied in the School of Architecture for two years. Applying his education to the civic sector, Bob was appointed to the Design Review Board for the City of Laguna Beach from 1992 to 1996, where he served as it’s Chairman. In addition, Bob was appointed to the Planning Commission for the City of Laguna Beach from 1996 to 2008, and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Laguna Art Museum.
Bob’s extensive real estate experience began even earlier than his civic engagements. In 1991, Bob became the manager and listing partner with the owner of Turner Associates Realtors in Laguna Beach. Afterwards, he became the General Manager of First Team/Nolan Real Estate in Laguna Beach. In 1996, Bob became the General Manager of Laguna Beach, and the Director of Coastal Marketing, for Coldwell Banker. In 1998 he was recruited to Prudential California Realty as the Vice-President and General Manager of Orange County until 2007. Bob later founded Coast Sotheby’s International Realty as the Broker/Owner in 2008, with offices in Laguna Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, until late 2011. Bob, along with all of his Coast Sotheby’s Associates, joined HOM Sotheby’s International Realty as a Broker Associate in 2011. In the fall of 2014 Bob decided that he needed to be with a more progressive brokerage firm for the best interests of his clients and himself. Teles Properties is that brokerage.
Vice President, Growth
For the past decade, David Culwell has been one of the most prominent real estate professionals among the many Foothill Communities that surround Southern California. He has a reputation for providing quality customer service, always putting the needs and interests of his clients first. Ranked annually in the “President’s Club”, “Achiever’s Club”, “Founder’s Circle” and “Top 10 Sales Agents,” he has repeatedly been honored for his professional achievements throughout his career, beginning with the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award.
Born and raised all over the San Gabriel Valley, David has local, intimate knowledge of the various neighborhoods throughout the many parts of Southern California. He prides himself as a “Professional of Real Estate.” He explains, “I am a professional. I know what I know, I know what I don’t know and I know the difference between the two. I am a professional.” After an explosive start to his real estate career, David created the “Signature Home Tour,” a unique way of holding open houses. “Most of my homes sell as a result of the ‘Signature Home Tour’ and they usually sell very quickly and over list price,” says David. How quickly? Statistically within the first 3 weeks.
In the years prior to real estate, Mr. Culwell attended the California Institute of the Arts; the west coasts premiere music and arts school. He spent many years as a musician and teacher. From traveling in rock bands to being a highly regarded acoustic jazz bassist, his musical talents were (and are) widespread across many different genres. You can still catch him on occasion playing various venues throughout the city.
David is a founding member of the Pasadena Jazz Institute. He served on the Sierra Madre Arts Commission for several years and helped bring many cultural events to the city. Mr. Culwell has organized several events for Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society and has been a contributor for the Union Station Foundation. He and his wife are active volunteers for the Pasadena Unified School District. He, along with fellow Realtors Josh Moran and Donna Baker, founded the Young Professional’s Network through the National Association of Realtors and has chaired and served on several committees through his local association.
Mr. Culwell’s hobbies include spending time with his family, BBQing, playing/listening/critiquing music, offroading, hiking, camping and riding anything on two wheels.
David lives with his wife and three kids in Pasadena, CA.
Danny Emmer, Esq.
Associate Regional Manager
A fourth-generation native of Los Angeles, born and raised on the city’s west side, Danny Emmer is a realtor and licensed attorney intimately familiar with the many distinct communities that make up LA’s unique and vibrant fabric, as well as the many local eateries worth visiting. (WARNING: meeting with Danny can often result in a snack.)
For over a decade as a real estate professional, Danny has strived to exceed his clients’ expectations with the highest level of service, attention to detail and a hands-on personal approach to real estate sales. Danny knows that effective communication is central to achieving this goal, and as a result, he tailors every transaction to the specific needs and wants of his buyers and sellers. Always a passionate advocate and skilled negotiator, Danny has earned the esteem of his clients and colleagues alike, for his professionalism, market expertise and good old-fashioned work ethic. Further, it is always a top priority of Danny’s to ensure that his clients make informed decisions throughout a transaction, ensuring no question ever goes unanswered. Through this client-centered approach, Danny is proud to have built a business upon the repeat business and many referrals from his past clients.
In 2015, Danny joined the Teles Properties management team as an Associate Regional Manager. In this capacity, Danny works closely with other agents throughout the firm, ranging from Carmel to Coronado, and values the new relationships he is able to form along the way. Indeed, residential real estate is a business about relationships, and throughout his career, Danny has fostered deep and longstanding relationships among the broker community. These relationships continually prove to be a vital asset to his clients, whether through identifying off market pocket listings for buyers or helping sellers assess the best possible offer.
Danny is an alumnus of Windward School in West LA, the University of Arizona and Southwestern Law School. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and baby daughter, discovering new restaurants, rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, cooking, traveling and boogie-boarding whenever the water is warm.
Danny looks forward to being a resource to you whenever buying or selling your next home and encourages you to reach out with any questions. Maybe over lunch?
Regional Manager, San Diego
Pat Garner’s real estate career began back in 1989 when interest rates were 18%. For those able to recall that era, Pat helped numerous clients buy and sell properties in spite of the market conditions.
Fast forward to 2004 when the market took off again. In a period of two years, Pat helped over 100 families buy and sell real estate to fulfill their dreams and goals.
By 2009, Pat had accepted a leadership position as the branch manager for a real estate office in San Diego and in 2012, she accepted the role of Designated Broker for the company. She oversaw 2000 licensees, 8 office managers and 130 agents in the San Diego area. The desire to help realtors help their clients was her primary focus.
In 2013, Pat was recognized by her peers and the San Diego Association of Realtors as Broker of the Year. She was extremely honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award, and in September 2014, she made the bold decision to leave her leadership role and return to what she truly loved and enjoyed doing: helping people with their real estate needs.
Pat is not a newcomer to the business. From mentoring to coaching, Pat has guided realtors to succeed in the ever-evolving, demanding, and rewarding industry. Now back in her desired role, Pat wants her own clients’ real estate experiences to be the absolute best. She will work together with her clients, and in doing so, make their dreams and goals come true.
Pat has been involved in thousands of transactions and has seen just about every scenario possible—which is not to say something new will not come up. Fortunately, Pat loves new challenges. She is respected in the local real estate community and brings vast knowledge and experiences to the table. She believes that whom people work with is of utmost importance; she works under the guiding principles of a strong work ethic and implacable integrity
She looks forward to helping clients realize their dreams and goals!
Vice President of Compliance
Managing Director; West LA, Burbank & Carmel
Karen Greensweig is Teles Properties’ vice president of compliance and managing director of Teles offices in Brentwood, Venice, Playa Del Rey, Montecito, Carmel and Burbank. In addition to providing her brokers with the most advanced technology and resources they need to ensure exceptional client service, Greensweig is also involved in educating, preparing and guiding them, instilling the highest ethical practices and standards for which Teles is renowned.
Greensweig has unparalleled breadth and scope within the real estate industry and her detailed knowledge of the market, transaction skills and good-humored patience have made her a natural fit for management positions, which she has held continuously since 1994. Licensed since 1977, Greensweig began her real estate career at the John Douglas Company in Beverly Hills, where she spent 20 years as a top producing sales agent, training director and branch manager. She subsequently spent 13 years at Coldwell Banker, where as associate manager for their Beverly Hills North office she achieved Presidential Elite agent status.
Throughout an esteemed career, Greensweig was recognized as one of the Top 50 Agents for the Jon Douglas Company, as well as Certified Negotiator and Green Agent at Coldwell Banker, and has supported numerous local and national charities, including Tower Cancer Research Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Pacific Cancer Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
Managing Director, Orange County & San Diego
A twenty-year veteran in the Real Estate industry, Staci Hughes has deep experience not just in luxury residential brokerage, but also in mortgage banking and property management. Staci’s background working with high profile corporate executives at the Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox and also organizations like the Angels (Professional Baseball), and European Olympic Track & Field, paved the way for her long-standing relationships with many of her clients today.
Staci comes to Teles from RE/MAX Fine Homes in Newport Beach, where she was responsible for establishing the offices, setting up the operations, and recruiting many of the areas top producers. Much of the office’s success can be attributed to Staci’s leadership, which was evident in the need for significant expansions related to the growth. Staci was a top regional recruiter at RE/MAX and a 100% Club Sales Award recipient.
Staci is also a true entrepreneur. She was the Founder and President of a contracting company that was instrumental in the development along the coastline, both in Orange Los Angeles Counties, specifically around The Pelicans, Shady Canyon, Malibu, Beverly Hills and Brentwood.
Staci attended Chapman University on a Volleyball scholarship. Being a lifelong athlete, Staci believes that athletics has given her an excellent conceptual understanding of teamwork, dedication and leadership. Staci resides in Corona del Mar after raising her adult son and daughter who remain the joys of her life. She enjoys living an active healthy lifestyle with Pilates and Paddle Boarding.
Vice President & Broker of Record
Spencer Krull is vice president and broker of record for Teles Properties. Drawing from his experiences in management, sales, marketing and finance, and working closely with the company’s managing directors, he sets and maintains company compliance standards and the training excellence of Teles agents, as well as the continuous development and strengthening of the firm’s authentic relationships in the broker community.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in radio, television and film, Krull began his career in the entertainment industry as a screenwriter, successfully selling projects to Fox, Disney, Disney Animation and Paramount. He also owned creative agencies that provided design, marketing and advertising services to clients including Apple, Fox Broadcasting, Universal Studios, Seagrams, Hilton Hotels and Kodak.
In 2003 Krull shifted his focus to real estate, combining his creative skills to start his own real estate company and subsequently worked as a broker for Coldwell Banker and Francis Property Management and Investment. Krull joined Teles in 2010 as associate managing director, helping to launch and direct Siena Property Management, a luxury property management division of Teles Properties. In the short span of five years, Krull has been integral to the creative and genuine brand for which Teles has become renowned.
Associate Managing Director, Brentwood
Intelligence. Consideration. Discretion. Those simple words characterize Elizabeth Rocker Puro’s extremely successful real estate career spanning 20 years in the highly competitive Westside marketplace. Elizabeth’s straightforward style, preparation, diligence and astute negotiation on behalf of her clients have kept her among the top producing agents nationwide and have gained her a devoted clientele. Recently Elizabeth was made Associate Managing Director of Teles Properties in Brentwood.
With a background in art history, Elizabeth brings a passion for research and a keen eye for detail and value to every client interaction. An outstanding listener and a natural organizer, she has earned the trust of her clients and other agents through her direct, focused approach, her patience and wisdom, and her commitment to accuracy, confidentiality and mutual respect. With her forward-thinking talent for finding new solutions to match the evolving needs of her clients with the current market conditions, Elizabeth Rocker Puro sets the standard for outstanding real estate service.
Managing Director, Beverly Hills & South Bay
Stan Smith is the managing director of both Teles Properties’ Beverly Hills and South Bay offices, responsible for every aspect of agent support and career development, as well as Teles presence and brand recognition within the community. Since 1978, Smith has been a prominent figure in the real estate industry as a top-producing broker selling some of the largest estates in Los Angeles for companies such as Don Little, Jon Douglas and John Aaroe Company in Beverly Hills, where he advanced into management in 1995. Prior to joining Teles, Smith opened offices and managed hundreds of brokers for agencies that include DBL Realtors Beverly Hills, Sotheby’s International Realtors (Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive) and Prudential California Realtors (Los Feliz).
A sought after expert providing commentary to numerous national news organizations regarding the Los Angeles luxury real estate market, Smith is in his 12th year as director of the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors and in his 9th year as a state director for the California Association of Realtors. He has also been a director for the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors, Combined Los Angeles Multiple Listing Service, and has served as president of both the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors and the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation. Smith received his undergraduate degree UCLA and completed the CEO Leadership Program at The Wharton School in 2005.
Regional Manager, San Gabriel Valley
The newly-appointed managing director of Teles Properties Pasadena, Ray Wells is a widely respected, top-producing Realtor and an award-winning industry leader. Past president of the Pasadena-San Marino Association of Realtors and Pasadena Association of Realtors, he is State Director and Region 13 chair of the California Association of Realtors.
Wells grew up in Washington, D.C., where his parents were both long-time Realtors. He lived in New York and Ohio prior to moving to Southern California in 1982 and has been a full-time Realtor and consistent multi-million dollar producer since 1988. He holds additional industry designations, including Certified Residential Brokerage (CRB) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist and served as the past president of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Ray was manager at another local firm for 14 years prior to joining Teles Properties.
“I love the San Gabriel Valley and I love Teles Properties,” Wells says. “It’s an honor to be chosen as manager for such a distinguished and accomplished group of real estate professionals.” The Pasadena office, at 210 S. Orange Grove Boulevard, opened in May. “Ray Wells is a consummate professional,” says Teles Properties President and COO, Peter Hernandez, who served as interim manager until Wells’s appointment. “He understands the market, has terrific people skills and leads by example.”