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.

Nick Wing

Marketing / Transaction Coordinator

Nick began his real estate career working as a project manager and shortly thereafter the business development officer of a prominent real estate investing firm. After successfully completing hundreds of rehabilitation and development transactions, Nick was introduced into the origination and funding of trust deed investments. Nick and Cristal Cellar Inc. collaborated in extending the company into real estate investments. Nick’s a graduate of the University of La Verne with a business degree. He’s also an avid golfer and an inspired traveler.

Ken Hsiang Jr.


Ken is an experienced real estate investor who has worked closely with foreign investors as a consultant and agent. Born is Taiwan, Ken used his ability to speak Mandarin fluently as a way to work as an expat in Shanghai from two thousand eight to two thousand ten. He is a graduate of Cal State Polytechnic University in Pomona where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and has recently obtained his Broker license.

Grant Shang


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.


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


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 Miramontez


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.

Josette Budet


Growing up in a family where her father owned and ran his own brokerage, she started off as a receptionist. She worked her way to the top and began processing loans. She has 15 years experience. She also has several years experience in post closing. Jossette is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.