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Tim Green and Dustin Gregg Team Up In The South Bay

Earlier this year, Tim Green and Dustin Gregg teamed up to pool their skills across building and design, and with it, created an all-in-one South Bay firm with a knack for nailing residential projects across architectural styles. “We wanted to build something that was bigger than ourselves,” says Green of the partnership. If you live in the South Bay or Palos Verdes you’ve no doubt passed by one of their works. A dramatic, three-story Hermosa Beach home on Loma Drive with a cut-out balcony overhang. An elegant shingle-front Mediterranean on 33rd Street in Manhattan Beach, or the mellow, wood- and stone-clad modern residence on Hillcrest Drive in Hermosa Beach—the first collaborative project for the partners. “It’s very difficult to replace the passion of 100,000 people screaming for your team’s victory,” says Tim Green, co-founder of Equity Design Associates in Manhattan Beach and former MVP Trojan football player. “What I’ve been able to do is find something that I’m equally passionate about—and that’s architecture.” 
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Real Estate Market Influencer: Meridith Baer

The daughter of a prison warden, Meridith Baer learned at an early age to create a world of her own making. To play and handcraft games, fun and wonder out of thin air. “You do the best with what you have, where you have it,” says the designer. “And you take some risks,” she adds. “You get up and do something different.” She’s taken this advice to heart, and this year celebrates 20 years of rather stunning success with Meridith Baer Home, a company she spun from her imagination and two hands. In the late 1990s, Baer, then an actress and scriptwriter, was in between rental homes.
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Real Estate Market Influencer: Hugh Evans III

The group—Evans, Richard Stearns, Nick Segal, F. Ron Smith and David Findley—was looking to create an alternative to the existing agency model, where agents worked independently under a company banner. They invited others aboard who shared this idea and, nearly 10 years and about 250 agents later, Partners Trust merged with Pacific Union International, which is currently the nation’s fifth-largest brokerage by sales volume. But it was many years earlier that Evans’ journey in real estate began, hammer in hand. After attending college in Colorado, the Santa Monica native worked as a general laborer in construction. “I was doing grunt work,” he says. “I was the guy who runs around doing stuff that nobody else wants to do. It was fun. I really enjoyed that time.”
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