Movers: Former skateboarder forms Coldwell Banker Realty Team

After entrepreneurial stints with shoes and clothes, Tim Gavin slides into luxury homes

Donovan Healey & Tim Gavin with (Top-Bottom L-R) Sonya Coke, Lyn Utidjian, Natalie Walsh, Barry Watts, Andrew Beyer, Jason Bergman, Jen Winston and Jennifer Saginor
Donovan Healey & Tim Gavin with (Top-Bottom L-R) Sonya Coke, Lyn Utidjian, Natalie Walsh, Barry Watts, Andrew Beyer, Jason Bergman, Jen Winston and Jennifer Saginor (Coldwell Banker Realty, Carolwood Estates, Fridman Group, Compass, The Beverly Hills Estates, The Agency, Nourmand & Associates, Douglas Elliman, Power Real Estate)

The Gavin Team and Donovan Healey Group joined forces earlier in July to build The Healey Gavin Group, a residential brokerage affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty with offices in Beverly Hills and Studio City.

This new team is the latest venture co-helmed by Tim Gavin. He’s a 1990s skateboarding star, who later served as one of the owners of Podium Distribution, a Torrance-based manufacturer of independent skate footwear brands such as DVS, Lakai Limited Footwear and clothing brand Matix. 

Gavin said the company made $120 million in 2005.  But he exited a few years later when major brands such as Nike and Vans moved in to dominate skatewear and squeezed many independents out of the business. Podium filed for Chapter 11 in 2012. The company continues under different leadership. 

Gavin said he got into real estate a decade ago because selling homes gave him the same high as skateboarding. The sport also taught him the patience to learn a new discipline. 

“When I skateboarded, I would learn a new trick and try it over and over. I’d continually fail and then I’d finally pull it off. There is no bag of money that can replace that feeling. Skateboarding made me realize ‘Don’t ever give up,’” Gavin said.

The new agent team will benefit from Gavin’s business experience and the combined rolodexes of Gavin and co-founder Donovan Healey. It also will benefit from more boots on the ground, Healey said.

“The future of real estate is in teams,” Healey said. “It’s difficult to be the lone wolf when you’re competing with people on teams. Now we can cover way more ground and do more volume and change the way we service clients.” 

Healey said the company would offer white-glove service to clients. It has developed a library of off-market listings. With a staff of 15, Gavin forecast the company will close $200 million in transactions in the next year.

➤Andrew Beyer has affiliated with Carolwood Estates in Beverly Hills. He most recently was affiliated with Douglas Elliman. 

In July, Beyer served as co-listing agent in a $16.7 million deal for 831 Stone Canyon Road in Bel-Air. At his new job, he’ll focus on neighborhoods such as Brentwood, Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Malibu. 

Another agent who affiliated recently with Carolwood is Barry Watts, who formerly worked with David Kramer Group at Hilton & Hyland. Watts worked on deals such as a $31 million close for 565 North Tigertail Road in Pacific Palisades. 

Other new faces at Carolwood include Anthony Bundak, Tyler Convery and Jared Page who was formerly affiliated with Douglas Elliman.

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➤Two new agents have joined The Fridman Group at Compass. One is Jen Winston, who formerly worked for The Agency. Winston will focus on Hancock Park and Beverly Grove. The other new face is James Mather, who will concentrate on Beverly Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks and Studio City.

➤Jennifer Saginor has affiliated with The Beverly Hills Estates and will focus on deals in Beverly Hills. She was formerly with The Fridman Group. Saginor also is the author of the memoir “Playground,” which was published by Harper Entertainment in 2005.

➤Jason Bergman recently affiliated with The Agency. Formerly with Compass’ Pasadena office, Bergman will continue to focus on Pasadena, Glendale and Highland Park. He moved to The Agency because he thought the boutique-sized firm would give more personal attention to him and his clients. Before 2021, Bergman owned Group Homme, an apparel and beauty manufacturer. 

➤Sonya Coke has affiliated with Nourmand & Associates, based at Nourmand’s Hollywood office. She will sell in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and other parts of Northeast L.A.

➤Jackie Guthrie recently affiliated with Eklund Gomes at Douglas Elliman. She will work in the Newport Beach office and will focus on Coto De Caza, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.

➤New agents affiliating with Douglas Elliman include Gary Pollock, who will focus on Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica and Rancho Mirage. 

Lyn Utidjian, another Douglas Elliman recruit, will work in the brokerage’s Laguna Niguel office. She’ll focus on South Orange County neighborhoods and Newport Beach. 

Chris Jinna will work in Elliman’s Beverly Hills office, where he will concentrate on deals in Santa Monica, Westchester, Mar Vista and Pacific Palisades. 

Brian Petruzzelli will focus on Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes. He will be based at Elliman’s Brentwood office. 

Gaston Javurek will work in Newport Beach and will focus on Dana Point, Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. 

Natalie Walsh, based in Beverly Hills, will sell properties in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Bel-Air, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.

➤Headquartered in Anaheim, Power Real Estate Group recently affiliated with The Real Brokerage, a publicly traded company under the ticker symbol REAX. Power Real Estate works with 100 agents and is helmed by Jose Samano and Jeffery Mcgonigle.

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