Gene Guernsey’s Biography

More than 32 years ago, Gene Guernsey entered the Real Estate business.  He had been an appraisal apprentice for Rick Sowash and Sidney Smith. He did time on a land survey crew and later opened an apartment locating and rental referral service.  He spent time as a sales agent for Sowash & Associates, Keller Williams Realty, Coldwell Banker, ERA Windward Properties, and 11 years as the most productive RE/MAX Associate Broker in Corpus Christi. Gene was consistently one of the Top 20 RE/MAX agents in Texas. In 2005, he was the #2 RE/MAX agent in Texas and 65th in the nation. Though he had always been self-employed, Gene decided to put his own name on the company in 2010 and forego franchise expenses. Over the last 10 years, he has sold more than $230 million in residential real estate and successfully negotiated thousands of transactions. Over 30 years he has helped thousands of people move to Corpus Christi; people from every state in the United States and 36 different countries.

Gene has been involved in the community in many different ways. Some volunteer activities and awards include:

  • 7 years of service – Corpus Christi Regional and Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, as a city council appointee
  • 5 years of service – Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, elected by the membership
  • 10 years of service and 2002 President – Corpus Christi Bay Council of the U.S. Navy League
  • 1992-2002 – Chairperson of Military Affairs for the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
  • 1999 – Board of Directors, Greater Corpus Christi Business Alliance (GCCBA)
  • 1998 – Winner of the Chairman’s Award from the GCCBA Chairman, Joe Fulton and Chairperson of the 1998 Membership Drive which netted 306 new members.
  • 1997 – Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year for GCCBA which culminated 10 years as Ambassador
  • 1997 – Recognized as one of Corpus Christi’s Top 40 Individuals Under 40 years of age

Involved in several PAC’s, among them:

  • Citizens Against Strong Mayor form of Government
  • Corpus Christi YES
  • Forward Corpus Christi
  • Future of Corpus Christi

Member of or volunteer for the following organizations at some point over the past 30 years:

  • The Corpus Christi Apartment Association
  • Corpus Christi Association of Realtors
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Texas Special Olympics
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Bank of Corpus Christi
  • Coastal Conservation Association
  • Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement

Personal Development groups include:

  • Pilgrim on Journey to Damascus 15
  • Team member of several Journeys to Damascus
  • Member of Walk to Emmaus and ACTS Retreats

Most importantly, Gene is fortunate enough to be married for 25 years to his wonderful wife and business partner, Celeste Marie Guernsey. They are the proud parents of 18 year old, Joshua Tompkins Guernsey, and 16 year old, Gabrielle Marie Guernsey.