Jeff Whittington, Broker/President
Jeff Whittington was born and raised in the San Diego area. As the son and grandson to successful real estate developers, he was exposed to the real estate industry at a very early age and often shadowed his father throughout various projects. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology and a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial & Technical Studies awarded with honors.
In 2001, Jeff returned to San Diego to work alongside his father on various development projects. Throughout his education and work life, he recognized a strong passion for assisting others. Jeff took this passion and capitalized upon it by becoming a firefighter/paramedic for the City of San Diego, where he was employed for seven years. Since leaving that profession, he has taken the invaluable skills and confidence that he learned from these high stress situations and combined them with both his continued passion to help others and his real estate background. This channeling of skills has allowed Jeff to easily navigate through a full-time career as a real estate agent and provide the best service possible to his clients.
Hillary Whittington, Realtor Assistant
Hillary Whittington was born in Oceanside and grew up in a small town north of Temecula. Upon graduation from high school she attended the University of California, San Diego, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre. While attending UCSD, she obtained three internships consisting of live radio broadcasting for Clear Channel Communications, news writing/weather producing for Fox News, and planning large-scale corporate events for LPL Financial Advising. After attending UCSD, Hillary went on to become a Territory Manager for Southern Wines & Spirits, followed by a position as the California Regional Manager for Sanuvox Technologies.
Upon the birth of her son, Ryland, Hillary took time away from her professional career to raise her child. Ryland’s diagnosis as Deaf in 2009 further emphasized the need for Hillary to remain at home and provide the necessary care and attention. With Ryland now attending school full-time, Hillary is reentering the workforce with new drive and focus. She has taken her extensive sales history, combined with her husband’s real estate background to create a team poised to handle any residential real estate needs.
Zach Herrenschmidt, Realtor BRE#01988332
Zach joins the Whittington team with a background in sales and customer service. A Californian native, Zach moved to San Diego 10 years ago to attend San Diego State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish, and graduated with distinction.
When Zach moved from Sacramento to San Diego in 2006, he obtained a job at The Green Flash restaurant where he continued to work for the next 7 years serving and bartending. Taking the next step in his career, he received a job as a Sales Representative for Anheuser-Busch where he managed territories from East County to the beach. Using his strong negotiation and customer service skills, Zach excelled, obtaining 60 new accounts in as little as 10 months.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with wife, Renee, and volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego. Zach is dedicated to providing his clients with the best customer service and ensuring their home buying/selling experience is a positive one.
Brittney Powers, Realtor BRE#02000602
Brittney, originally from the Bay Area, moved to San Diego in 2006. She attended San Diego State University where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Education. Continuing immediately thereafter, she attended Azusa Pacific University where she earned her teaching credential and Masters degree in Educational technology. Brittney worked her way through school and beyond in the restaurant industry as a server and bartender for 9 years.
Coming from a family of Realtors and investors, it was only a matter of time before Brittney’s desire to help and serve others began pulling her in a new direction. As an educator for over 5 years coupled with 9 years in the service industry, it wasn’t until after buying her first home with her husband, her passion for helping others and her interest in real estate merged. Brittney is excited to join Whittington Real Estate where she can continue to serve and help others with their real estate needs.
Renee Tursini, Administrative Assistant BRE # 01999496
Renee is a Southern California native and grew up in the same small town as Hillary. After graduating from high school she headed south to attend San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduation, she channeled her love for helping others into a restaurant management career while working at a local San Diego favorite, The Green Flash in Pacific Beach. She then moved on to manage the restaurant at Nordstrom in Fashion Valley, and spent the last two years managing the beautiful and award winning Herringbone restaurant in La Jolla. After 12+ years honing her customer service skills she jumped at the chance to join Whittington Real Estate and is she excited to bring a keen eye, top notch customer service skills, and professionalism to the team.