BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Greg Allen, Board Director
In addition to being the Founder and Director of Freedom4U, Dr. Greg Allen has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for over 30 years (www.drgregallen.com)
As Director of Freedom4U, Greg Allen’s focus is towards facilitating the growth of young people’s abilities. Allen has a strong community relationship in the South Bay. He is the son of former NFL legend Coach George Allen.
Greg Allen directs a South Bay counseling group practice located in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Dr. Allen specializing in working with issues and challenges regarding pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, adults, parents & couples. Greg is a frequent speaker in the community on youth and family topics.
Dr. Allen is an expert in Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention with young people and adults. Allen’s past experience includes Adult and Adolescent Program Director for the Thelma McMillen Center for Chemical Dependency Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Formerly Greg was the Clinical and Administrative Director of the UCLA/Matrix Institute Integrated Substance Abuse Adult and Adolescent Programs.Dr. Allen has provided sports psychology services to youth, college and professional athletes. Dr. Allen has also been a Special Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Fritz Hitchcock has been a new car dealer in S. California for 51 years starting with a Ford dealership in Redondo Beach and BMW/Mini in Torrance, California. He currently owns three Toyota dealerships.
He is past Chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the
California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Scholarship Foundation Board.
The Hitchcock Education Trust has provided 88 kids with debt free college educations including two doctors.
The continuing threat to our children in the age of social media and just life in general makes the Freedom4U mission just that much more important.
Ashton is active in supporting many community programs and organizations. He has a great heart to help others as well as give wise guidance. Ashton is a voice actor, recording many movie trailers, television commercials and network promotions.
As reported by The Dallas Morning News. "If you've gone to a movie recently, you've probably heard Ashton Smith talking. Not during the movie, but before."
Suzy Zimmerman is a dedicated insurance professional with State Farm in RHE. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a German and Business major.
She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of LA Harbor, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Coordinating Council, and is a member of the Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach Chambers of Commerce, Leadership Hermosa Beach and participates in supporting various local charitable organizations such as the PV Art Center, Silver Spur Little League, Hermosa Beach Little League, Mira Costa Baseball & Basketball, the Concours de Elegance, Manhattan Beach Athletic Foundation, Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball and the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club.
In life we all get to create, what is a favorite term of mine, “a body of work”. Sometimes, we inherit an affinity for what we do. So it has been with me and the Automotive Industry. I grew up in the car business, being that my dad had a Buick/Honda Dealership. With the car business in my DNA, I headed West from North Dakota. While working my way up in Sales and Management, I became associated with the legendary Vasek Polak(BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW) in the mid-nineties. When Vasek came to an untimely accidental death, my Partner, Fritz Hitchcock(who was managing the VP Trust) and I completed the purchase of the famed original Dealership in 2000. After relocating to a state of the art facility that we built, we have become one of the top and most respected BMW and MINI Centers in the United States. Currently, I am the Sr. VP of OEM and Strategic Partners at Dealer Teamwork LLC and a dedicated businessman! Originally I got involved through my former business partner, Fritz Hitchcock—he said they needed some help on the Board. After getting involved and seeing the impact on our local kids, I was proud to be supporting Freedom 4 u!
Jaclyn specializes in providing tax consulting and compliance services to middle-market clients and their owners. She has worked with companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing & distribution, real estate, high-net-worth individuals, not-for-profit organizations and professional services. Prior to joining RKE in 2008, Jaclyn worked for a large regional accounting firm in Southern California. Jaclyn received her bachelor of science in accounting from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Lauren excels as one of the top 5 real estate producers in the South Bay year-after-year. She credits her success to hard work, integrity and making connections. Although she does a large amount of volume, she is accessible to her clients and sure to be there when they need her most.
Lauren is extremely well versed in the contractual elements of the transactions and exhibits seasoned negotiating skills to protect and position her clients, which she accredits to her legal background. As an agent since 1999, she has extensive experience in handling challenging real estate transactions and resolving serious buyer and seller issues, which can save thousands of dollars and avert legal hassles.
Living in Southern California since 1977 and a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, Lauren is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, maintaining her current license to practice law in California. She is a leader in Forbes Corrales Coastal Properties.
Lauren loves traveling and is passionate about the beach, spinning, martial arts and is community patron, actively serving on the Board of Directors for Next Step Fitness. She consistently gives back to the community through her support to the Education Foundation, American Martyrs, Richstone and P.S. I Love You.
When I first learned about Freedom 4U I was stunned by the sheer number of children/teens that it helps and at the depth that it helps them. Living in the South Bay and witnessing the drug and alcohol abuse and resultant deaths from it made me want to do something to make a difference. On the face of it Freedom 4U helps teens find and follow their passions—at the core, we save lives. It is my belief that we need to talk about it more so that we can get more people focussed on the problem and also work on making a difference. I am very proud to be part of this group.
John continues to be one of the top 50 Southern California agents for Forbes-Corrales Coastal Properties. Formerly, John transformed Northwest Realty into a leading firm by recruiting a team of agents who combined to have the highest sales volume per agent in the area. His creation and execution of the new brokerage brand from traditional to modern was as paramount a success as the recruiting of top performing agents.
Prior to Northwest, John was one of the first ever non-brokers to be recruited to South Bay Brokers. He quickly excelled as one of their top 5 producers among the 150 associates. John also spent three years simultaneously working the luxury and REO markets amidst the real estate downturn of 2008. As one of the few professionals who successfully managed both markets, his experience and reputation in valuations and market momentum has proved invaluable to his clientele.
A South Bay resident since 1990, John is a graduate of University of Southern California. As he navigates his forties, John Corrales is more animated and focused than ever. He started in real estate before the internet changed the business landscape and continues to evolve with a vision beyond the Millennials with attention now on Generation D. A decade ago, he opened an office within a boutique firm before having an office in downtown Manhattan Beach was cool.
He talked the legendary owner into letting him re-brand it and attract the top agents. It paid off and the agents who work there today continue to thrive. Then, in 2011 John teamed up with Lauren Forbes to carve out large market share for Coldwell Banker, because CB wanted in. Their approach is daring, purposeful and creative. John coaches each of his sons’ sports teams and is on the board of 2 charities. “Life’s non-stop and I love it, “ he says, “my raw food diet helps, and I love surfing closeout barrels at medium to low tide. It makes it more interesting.”
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