When she’s not reeling in clients, Kelly Souza, senior vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate office in San Diego, is reeling in fish. The avid commercial deep-sea fisher loves a challenge and an ever-changing environment, which makes both her professional and personal endeavors a great fit.
Realtor Ghassan Aboukhater knows how to treat his high-end customers right. The Lebanese native grew up in the hotel business, worked for two Swiss banks, knows several dozen millionaires and billionaires, and speaks French and Arabic.
The current commercial real estate boom has meant good times for builders, developers, buyers and tenants. And lenders are prospering from the turnaround as well. One of the local lenders that has been a consistent supplier of financing is the real estate department of Torrey Pines Bank, which funded $425 million in new loans last year, up from $412 the prior year.