About us

Our Team

Meet our knowledgeable team, committed to serving you for all of your real estate and mortgage needs.

John Paul Sazon

Managing Broker

Son of Orlando and Thelma, John Paul grew up in the real estate business and had the opportunity of acquiring knowledge firsthand. He is a UCR alumnus and holds a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and sociology. He worked as a marketing director at Tokyo Ultra Lounge in Hollywood and a mortgage placement agency in Newport Beach. He is a licensed real estate broker and incorporated the business in two thousand nine.

Thelma Sazon

Sr. Loan Officer

Thelma is a licensed mortgage loan originator and real estate Broker who is the head of our Loan Department. She specializes in delivering expert services in funding residential mortgage loans including FHA, VA, and Conventional. She is fluent in Tagalog and has over twenty years of experience.

Michael Portus

Sr. Loan Processor

Michael is a graduate of Centro Escobar University in the Philippines and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is fluent in Tagalog and has over 15 years of experience processing loans. As our Senior Loan Processor, Michael’s responsibilities range from pre-
qualification all the way to loan funding.

Grant Shang

Agent

Grant has been a licensed real estate agent since two thousand twelve and has made over forty million in multiple real estate transactions. His transaction history includes traditional, flips, trustee sales, land deals, commercial, leases, home additions and remodels. Grant is fluent in Mandarin and has graduated from University of California in Riverside where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration and also earned his Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Blue. As of June two thousand seventeen, he teamed up with our hard money lender, Nick Wing, and started their newly investment branch, Level Up Equity.

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Nathaniel Hartmankok

Agent/Executive Admin

Nathaniel Hartmankok is one of the two very skilled “Nate”s in the office. A very resourceful agent who has a background in many industries. If you are looking for someone who can cover all bases, Nathaniel is just the right guy! Specializing in sales most of his career, he has mastered many trades and hobbies which makes him easy to connect with. Despite no one in his family knowing any language but English, Nathaniel learned Spanish as a second language, and is learning Arabic and Tagalog now. Aside from Real Estate, Nate loves regularly partaking in extreme sports, playing music, and making art.

Shannon Hutcheson

Agent

Shannon Hutcheson joined Cristal Cellar in 2018. Her dynamic personality, professional demeanor and passion for helping people are a perfect match with the company’s values. Utilizing her years of Marketing and Business Development experience along with her construction knowledge allows her to be responsive to her clients’ needs throughout any transaction. Shannon attended California State Polytechnic University Pomona and majored in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. She is a Southern California native, long-time West Covina resident and area specialist.

Michelle

Michelle Miramontez

Agent

Michelle obtained her AA degree from Mt Sac in Walnut and is a graduate of Cal State Los Angeles with her degree in Biology. She has worked as a Health Inspector as well as an Air Quality Inspector throughout LA, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. Her knowledge of those areas along with the vast experience she gained has made her current position as a licensed Realtor extremely valuable. She has been licensed over 6 years with experience from Short Sales to the Luxury Market. She is an active member of her community and has recently obtained a certification as a California Probate Specialist.

Patrick Alarcon

Patrick Alarcon

Agent

A San Diego native with a background in Psychology, Patrick joined the Cristal Cellar team immediately after finishing his college degree at the age of 25. He was one of our very first associates to extend our services throughout San Diego county and surrounding areas. With a strong passion for building meaningful relationships and ‘sealing deals’, Patrick takes pride in providing the ultimate client experience through knowledge empowerment, clear lines of communication, and implementing unique strategies. “Bridging the gap between dreams and reality.

Matthew Magallanez

Agent

Matthew has joined Cristal Cellar in 2017, he believes that real estate is not only helping clients with their real estate needs but creating a relationship with them that will last a lifetime. Matthew strives to exceed every expectation that is presented in front of him. Known for being a personable, hardworking and tenacious individual. Matthew demonstrated his tenacious and hardworking skills by opening escrow in his first month of obtaining his real estate license. He attended college and got his Associates of Science in Marketing Management which is one of his strongest attributes in real estate.  Along with marketing he has extensive sales experience as he is an excellent entrepreneur and has created a successful food/catering company, and local business marketing company. Matthew resides in Walnut, CA where he and his family established roots and were raised. He continues to give back to his community, he has been part of the Walnut High School Football coaching staff, St. Lorenzo Youth Ministry, and volunteers at high school sporting events.

Kimberly Lopez

Agent

Kimberley is a customer service expert with over twenty years of experience working for some of the top quality customer service companies in the world. She brings her expertise to the real estate world by developing lasting relationships with her clients. Kimberley believes in creating an experience with her clients rather than just helping them buy or sell a house.

Joanna Daher

Agent

Joanna Daher has been in the Real Estate business for 5 years and has been involved in over 100 transactions as an agent, assistant, or as a transaction coordinator. She went to Cal Poly Pomona for business with an emphasis in management, got her salesperson license, and since then has been providing quality customer service to clients and agents. In her downtime, she likes to visit the local beaches, read a good book, and explore different red wines.

Eunice Alarcon

Agent

Based in San Diego, Eunice is an agent who specializes in residential real estate. She believes in strong work ethics, determination, and the need to exceed her client’s goals by finding their perfect dream home. Her passion for families and her love of helping people are what brought her into the real estate field. As a dedicated agent, Eunice is committed to working above and beyond her client’s needs. She believes home is a place where most of our important memories are created, remembered, and cherished. Contact her today to help you reach your goals in finding or selling the right home for you.

Alex Molina

Alex Molina

Agent

Alejandro has been licensed for 2 years and specializes in helping veterans and the Latino community. Alejandro obtained his license while being active duty in the United States Marine Corps and attending Miramar College. Before becoming an agent Alejandro has been stationed in Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Naval Air Station Pensacola. Being from Tamaulipas Mexico Alejandro is fluent in Spanish.

Victor Robles

Victor Robles

Agent

Victor Robles has been with Cristal Cellar for over 3 years and in the industry for even longer. With roots in real estate investments at one of the largest private equity firms in Southern California, he gained extremely valuable experience that which he applies to all aspects of his work here at Cristal Cellar. He is very driven and knowledgable; always seeking new ways to save his clients the most money. When Victor isn’t in the office, he’s probably at a skatepark, or finding/making new music!

Nathan Topete

Nathan Topete

Agent

Specializing in ALL aspects of real estate, from loans to sales; investments to interest rates, Nathan Topete is one of our knowledgable agents here at Cristal Cellar. He studied entrepreneurship in college, and after being a hard-working automotive technician decided to get his foot in the door with real estate. Within his first week of being licensed, Nathan had a deal in Escrow, and within the first year owned his first rental property. He is a trustworthy, consistent, living example of commitment to his clients and continues to provide excellent service on a daily basis. When he is not in the office, Nate enjoys being with friends, discovering new local venues, and riding motocross.