Bennion Deville Homes is proud to welcome James Ronald Whitney to the Palm Springs Main office, located at 850 North Palm Canyon Drive. James has joined forces with top real estate agent Jay Saufl, forming the SAUFL/WHITNEY GROUP, working with buyers, sellers, and investors throughout the Coachella Valley, specializing in Palm Springs.
Real estate is a personal passion for James, who has an impressive background in both the Financial and Entertainment industries, where he has served as a member of numerous prestigious organizations, ranging from Goldman Sachs Funds’ Blue Chip Council, to the Emmy Awards’â Blue Ribbon Council, where he even served as a judge. “Aside from making movies, deal-making is one of my favorite art forms,” James says. “I can’t drive by an open house without going in to check out the design detail and opportunity for potential.” His background includes extensive experience as President of two Real Estate Development Companies, and he was intimately involved in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) during his tenure as Vice President at a number of Wall Street’s major investment firms, including The Royal Bank of Canada’s RBC Wealth Management and John Hancock Financial services, where he managed the portfolios of both celebrities and high-net-worth clients.
As an entrepreneur, James has embarked upon many interesting and unique business ventures ranging from being President of a multi-million dollar corporation that owned the world’s largest collection of Hollywood studio props and costumes to owning and operating nearly a dozen smaller businesses, among them a travel agency, a dating service and a retail emporium, where as customers shopped for everything from clothing and CDs to cards and gifts, James would walk a tightrope or perform a trapeze act high above his patrons’ heads. His unparalleled, creative, diverse business background and pedigree has afforded him that perfect blend of professional knowledge, proficiency, efficiency, and an acute business acumen that allows him to seamlessly guide his clients from start to successful close of any transaction.
Beyond his ability to serve clients in traditional transactions, James has a remarkable eye for investments, stemming from his personal experiences as a chronic house-flipper. “For me, investing in real estate is a highly creative process that ultimately comes down to value. I have invested in and sold every type of property imaginable, ranging from traditional, single-family homes and beach houses to penthouse lofts, multi-family residential units and condos. I enjoy the art of finding investors the perfect home, condo, or investment property that gets them the biggest bang for their hard-earned buck.”
Personally, James is the true definition of a “Renaissance Man.” He has backpacked through 144 countries across 6 continents, travelled to 20 of the 21 “Wonders of the World,” earned his pilot’s license so he could fly his high-performance plane, captained his own yacht, and raised 3 monkeys. He is also a well-rounded musician who plays a variety of instruments, and has both composed and written two musicals. His time in the spotlight also includes a variety of dancing credentials, including being a former FAME and Chippendale’s dancer, and winning Star Search and Dance Fever. James was also a collegiate gymnast and cheerleader at both Arizona State University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a black belt in both Judo and Karate and former Judo instructor, and is an Emmy Awardâ winner for one of his HBO films that he wrote, directed, and produced. James has been featured in periodicals ranging from TIME and Newsweek to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and a guest on every major network, including Oprah, The View, Howard Stern, Fox & Friends, Anderson Cooper, and more.
Bennion Deville Homes is the perfect place for James because he wants to work with the best. “Bennion Deville Homes’ affiliation with Luxury Portfolio Internationalâ and status as the #1 listing and sales brokerage in the Coachella Valley is of enormous appeal to me. We have the network and size to ensure that all listings attract as many qualified buyers as possible, and the support needed within each office to let us focus on what we do best – list and sell properties for our clients so they may enjoy the sublime Southern California lifestyle,” James concludes.
Adds Managing Broker David Cantwell, “James has an impressive list of professional and personal accomplishments, all of which give him a leg up in serving his clients. We are excited to welcome him to our Palm Springs Main office family and see a bright future in our partnership.”
About Bennion Deville Homes
Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Bennion Deville Homes is one of the largest independent real estate brokerages in Southern California, serving the region from 25 offices throughout the Coachella Valley and San Diego and Orange counties. The powerhouse company proudly serves the Coachella Valley from offices in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, and Indio. Bennion Deville Homes entered the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010, with an office proudly serving Orange County in Laguna Niguel, and offices in Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, and Little Italy in San Diego County.
The LUXE Collection program lists and showcases some of the finest properties available on the market, maximizing exposure of high-end luxury homes to qualified buyers across a variety of mediums and channels. The prestige of the LUXE Collection combined with the strength of the international reach provided by an exclusive strategic partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio® gives Bennion Deville Homes agents local dominance with an international reach.