LuAnn came to the Monterey Peninsula in 1984, when Wells Fargo Bank transferred her to this area from her Capitola roots, as the Vice President and Manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Carmel. She fell in love with this beautiful coastline and the community. She left banking only to enter into Monterey County’s agricultural wine world as the co-owner of Ventana Vineyards Winery, one the most award-winning single vineyards in Monterey County. Her role there touched every aspect of building the Ventana Company both nationally and internationally; also she founded a statewide California wine distribution company representing other wineries in California as well as imports from Spain and Italy. After 30 years of tremendous growth, the company was sold to a group of local investors. Her impact on Monterey County has been far beyond the boundaries of building a wine region for Monterey County.
Next, LuAnn’s passion to educate and help others, along with her financial background, marketing and sales expertise, lead her to 1st Capital Bank, a small local bank, where she served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing until Ventana’s 100-acre farming operation needed her back to operate, which she did until they could sell the last of their vineyard holdings.
Finally, LuAnn found herself free from past commitments and, with her high energy and desire for involvement, decided it was time to follow her other passion--real estate! With her entrepreneurial spirit, financial experience, customized personal service philosophy--and knowing that there is no secret to success but hard work--she has joined the Monterey Coast Realty team to pursue her life-long passion as a real estate professional. Her knowledge of the Peninsula real estate market and Monterey County makes her exceptionally qualified to provide a true business philosophy, with a customized and focused approach for each client she represents.
Always enjoying giving back to the communities of the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas, LuAnn has been very active in Monterey County for many years. Currently she’s a member of Monterey County Association of Realtors and Board member of the Salinas Valley Leadership Group; and she’s been a past Board member of the Carmel Chamber, past Board Chair of the Salinas Chamber and the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, past Board member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, Monterey Travel and Tour Alliance, United Way, CSUMB Start-Up Challenge and Co-founder of the Steinbeck Regional Innovation Foundation for new entrepreneurs. These are just a few of her past non-profit activities.
LuAnn looks forward to working with old and new friends, to be their “Concierge” real estate professional, assisting them with expertise and good humor to fulfill their dreams and investment goals.