I Meet The Nicest People; Gene Trowbridge

Gene Trowbridge Is A Legend In The Commercial Real Estate And Syndication Fields

He has been the lead instructor for decades for the CCIM Designation from the National Association of Realtors. This is the Certified Commercial Investment Members of NAR. It is one of the most prestigious designations in the field of Real Estate along with the Certified Property Managers and Certified Residential Specialists.


To earn the title, you must complete several extensive courses and I mean extensive. Then, you must SHOW proven production over an extended period of time. When I was young and in my prime, I became a CPM and respected the designation.

After I moved to Orange County and relocated my company in North Mission Viejo, I discovered that Gene’s office was a few blocks away in Lake Forest. We have become friends and have been associated on some ventures in the Education Field.

I can make this statement with no equivocation: If you ever need an attorney in the Commercial Real Estate Field or Syndication Field or Crowd Funding or anything resembling any of those fields, contact Gene at 949-855-8399 or [email protected]. You will be glad you did.

But Today Is Not About Gene

It is about Eugene Trowbridge, his father. At lunch last week Gene gave me a book from the American Hero Series: Eugene Trowbridge. An American Hero. His father flew F4F Marine Wildcat Fighters and was in the first group of pilots sent to Guadalcanal in August of 1942.

His father shot down 13 Japanese planes and earned the Navy Cross before being involved in a crash with a friendly aircraft on their airfield. The author, V. A. Nelson, traces his life from Montana to Minnesota to war and back to Minnesota. Fascinating. Before the war and after the war he was a musician and instructor. He was a beloved band leader of junior high students for decades in the Minneapolis area. Reminds me of the outstanding movie with Richard Dreyfus, Mr. Holland’s Opus with a war hero background.

An outstanding story and thanks to V. A. Nelson. And there are so many outstanding stories still to tell. And to Eugene Arthur Trowbridge, Well Done. Well Lived. OORAH. CHARGE.

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