Scott Shimamoto was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He has witnessed the explosive growth and huge demographic changes in the region. “The area has really changed since I was younger.
A product of Schurr High School in Montebello, California, Shimamoto continued his education at the University of Southern California and graduated in May of 1982 with a Business degree in Marketing Management.
Shimamoto left a successful career in Telecommunications to pursue a career helping REALTORS sell more houses by providing financing options to their clients. “The real estate business has always been intriguing to me” Shimamoto states. “I want to associate myself with people who understand the business and who could eventually help me with my own real estate investments.”
In order to become a valued asset to real estate professionals, Shimamoto has become heavily involved with The Arcadia Association of Realtors (AAR) and The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors (PFAR).
Shimamoto joined the AAR in January 2004 and hasn’t looked back. After joining the AAR’s Tech Committee, Shimamoto was approached by then President, Richard Stone to become Chairperson of the Affiliate Committee. Shimamoto was honored, and jumped at the chance to lead that important faction of the AAR to even bigger and better things.
“My goal is to set an example for my fellow affiliate members. I truly believe that whatever you do in life, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. If you are going to be part of The AAR, you should participate. Being actively involved as an affiliate allows you to help your own business by helping REALTORS with their businesses.”
There is also a fun side to Shimamoto. He is a stand up comedian who has performed in major clubs all over the city including: The Ice House, Flappers, The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory.
Through his comedy, Shimamoto has helped various non-profit organizations in the area raise much needed funds by producing and performing in comedy show fundraisers. These include: The American Cancer Society; Methodist Hospital’s Club 300; Rebuilding Together; Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley; YMCA; Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund; and many others.
Scott is dedicated to helping people through the process of buying and refinancing. His years of experience and attention to detail are second to none.