Jay A. Conner, GRI
CENTURY 21 Hometown Realty
With over 30 years experience in planning and project management for Central Coast residential, agricultural and commercial properties, including fifteen years in Solvang, Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley, Jay Conner “knows the territory”. Jay is a Vietnam-era vet with a BS degree in Business Administration, and he has experience in foreclosures, short sales and vineyard properties. He brings a special understanding and unique expertise to complex projects, with decades of experience in utility design (from his 42 years with PG&E), easements, roads, wells, equine and vineyard properties. Jay holds the prestigious GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) designation, a certification of advanced real estate training and education earned by only 19% of all Realtors.
A dedicated community volunteer, Jay has held dozens of community leadership positions. He has recently become a founding board member of Honor Flight Central Coast California, a chapter of a national organization created to fund trips for WWII and other veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C. A sampling of his other current and past volunteer postions: chairman, Leadership Santa Maria Valley; chairman, Santa Maria Valley Contractors Association Home and Garden Show; chairman, Hospice Light Up a Life; president, Pismo Beach and Grover City (now Grover Beach) Chambers of Commerce; member, Elks Lodge; board member, Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce; loaned executive, Central Coast United Way and board member, Sharon Leigh (ovarian) Cancer Organization. Jay is also a member of the Buellton and Solvang Chambers of Commerce and a 2013 founding board member of the Santa Ynez Chamber.
A law enforcement champion, Jay is also past Grand (national) President of the International Footprint Association (IFA); past president, California Central Coast Chapter #73 IFA; co-founder, Cops ‘n Kids Field Day; alumnus, FBI and DEA Citizens Academies; past chairman, San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Advisory Council and charter board member and two-term president, Santa Maria Police Council.
A recipient of numerous awards, Jay has earned the following community service recognition: Leadership Santa Maria Founders Award; Special Humanitarian Award, Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Citizen of the Year honors, Grover City. He also received PG&E’s highest corporate recognition for community service, the Frederick W. Mielke Award, which provided a $5000 grant to Hospice, Santa Maria. In 2014, Jay was one of 58 awardees nationwide honored at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. for his law enforcement support as a recipient of the 2013 (FBI) Director’s Community Leadership Award.
In the real estate arena, Jay received the Century 21 top producer Masters Emerald award in 2012.
“As a community volunteer, I find fulfillment in supporting community needs that often go unnoticed,” states Jay. “As a Realtor, I get special satisfaction from helping clients envision the potential of their properties and in finding the exact property to meet their special needs.”