30 years as a CEO, entrepreneur, and investment banker in the business sector coupled with spending the past 5 years in real estate, Damian represents a wealth of seasoned guidance with regard to the sale or purchase of your home. All the key skills necessary to run businesses and manage a venture capital fund will be brought to bear in order to manage your real estate transactions at a level that is on par with running a successful private business.
When my wife, (the CFO of a major winery) and I moved to Napa 5 years ago, I found that the level of professionalism necessary to assist us purchase a home was not quite where I thought it should be. I had decided to retire, but instead I got a real estate license for our own investments, then slowly, by word of mouth, my second career blossomed and I really enjoy it. It is a very pleasant experience to help people achieve their real estate goals!
2014 – PresentRealtor for Napa, Sonoma and Solano County.
2002 – 2013
Venture Capital Fund Manager and Investment Banker: “I truly understand the fiduciary relationship that a real estate agency agreement represents. Transparency, disclosure, accurate marketing, and proper due diligence are the hallmarks of agency relationships.”
1989 – 2002
Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a Fortune 100 company, CEO of several high tech companies and over ten Board of Director roles including Chairman
“These roles helped me achieve a high degree of professionalism, learn how to communicate well with potential purchasers, and understand marketing and sales to your target audience. I have always loved real estate and despite not working at it professionally during this period, I acquired my 1st California Real Estate license in 1982. From 1982 onward I have been involved in the purchasing and selling of my own investments as well as negotiating complex commercial leasing transactions for the companies I owned and/or ran.”
★★★★★“At the end of 22 years in the same home and with the same man and in the same town (Petaluma), I decided I needed to change all three! Damian was so caring, patient, and professional, he made this difficult transition a wonderful experience. His guidance, as I shed years of clutter to make my home meet his vision, led to 7 offers and the highest price ever paid for that model of home on the east side of Petaluma. As this process was going on, he found me the perfect house in Napa and worked with the bank to stop it from going into foreclosure, so I could purchase it at a below market price, and the former owner could avoid bankruptcy. He is truly my miracle agent, and I could not recommend anyone with more enthusiasm!”
- Kitty Giusto - Small Business Owner
★★★★★“Nobody will work harder to find you the perfect house and save you money! Damian toured me over every inch of Napa, Green Valley and even lower Vacaville, until we found it. The price of a new home we had toured and I loved, (but was too expensive), suddenly was lowered significantly by the Developer, when he pointed this out to me I told Damian I would meet him after work and sign the Offer. He was so worried we would lose this deal that he sent me the offer at my office and insisted he drive to my office in St. Helena immediately and pick up the deposit check from me. He then drove to Green Valley so we could secure the deal. The next day I drove over to the Developer’s sales office and the agent told me I was very lucky because a second Offer on the home had been delivered 1 hour after ours! Damian really understands the market and will deploy his “hard-work ethic” from his days as an investment banker to his service for you. He is smart, sophisticated, and driven. I am very confident in saying that Damian will find you the house you want and secure it for you at the best price possible”
- Jay Kohler - CEO Engineering Firm.
★★★★★“I referred Damian to a dear older friend whose partner of 40 years recently died. The friend, who was 87 years old at the time and his much younger partner, had lived alone on the top of the Oakville Grade on a lovely but isolated 8 acre homestead. The circumstances led to a critical need to help my friend sell this property quickly and locate another property in Yountville, St. Helena or Napa walking distance to amenities. I asked Damian if he could help. Damian immediately understood the gravity of the situation. He found a beautiful townhouse that was half the price of the properties my friend would have probably opted for. He then arranged a bridge loan so he could secure and move into the property within 4 weeks. While doing this he immediately figured out who the most likely rural buyers were for the property and garnered an excellent offer from the more serious of the two potential buyers before the property ever went to market. The bridge loan was paid off within 45 days and my friend loves his new convenient and safe property in downtown Napa. I have bought and sold many properties over the years but have never experienced the level of service Damian performed at. He is absolutely the best agent I have ever worked with!”
- Kent Mann – Vice President of Operation Trinchero Family Estates.
★★★★★““I turned 88 years old the day after Damian helped me close on my new townhouse in downtown Napa. I could not be happier! Upon the sudden death of my life partner of 40 years, 8 months ago, I simply was at a total loss of what to do. When a friend introduced me to Damian, he listened and then went into action taking care of everything. He helped me find the most perfect home in Napa, that was less than half the price of places I had been looking at, then got me a great price for my home. This all happened within 3 weeks of meeting him. It was just such a pleasure working with him. Since the move he has kept in touch, helping me get settled, visiting the Senior Center 2 blocks from my new home, etc.. He even came over and fixed my sink in the guest bathroom, although he didn’t want me to tell you that!”
- Dick Van Note – Retired Designer/Antique Dealer.
★★★★★“Nobody hustles more, is more accommodating, more communicative or transparent than Damian. I demand quite a bit of the real estate professionals I work with and Damian is up to the task. He has recently helped me with the purchase of two properties and is now part of my team. I could not recommend him more highly.”
- Brian Heim - Developer
★★★★★“Damian is an old friend and when I needed guidance to sell my winery, I called him. He could not represent me since my winery was in another state, but he acted as my consultant throughout the entire process. The very successful multi-million dollar private sale was completed in January, 2019. Damian was there for me everyday throughout the process and was instrumental in helping me manage the process. His patience and perseverance and listening skills are truly remarkable. His ability to understand the financial, business and real estate aspects of selling a winery would set him apart from most agents, even in Napa. I highly recommend him.”
- Bill Loken – Owner of recently sold (1/19) Nevada Cellars, Pahrump Valley Winery and Symphony Restaurant