Jamie Howell came to San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1966. He arrived as the lead guitar of a rock band, and by New Year’s Eve had met his future wife at the Avalon Ballroom. Jamie stayed on to work as a road manager for multiple acts, including Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Natalie Cole.
Jamie, a West Texas boy, grew up loving music and soccer. Large portions of Jamie’s boyhood were spent in São Paolo, Brazil, playing soccer on the streets, barefoot and shirtless, and only cleaning up when he had to settle into class at the local British School. When his family moved back to Lubbock, TX, his high school was a breeding ground for talent with Barry Corbin (Maurice from Northern Exposure), Jimmy Dale Gilmore (respected folk musician and Smokey in The Big Liebowski), the painter and songwriter Terry Allen, the country songwriter Butch Hancock, blues singer Angela Strehli, and New York Times editor Gloria Brown walking the halls.
Jamie started in real estate in 1989 with Hartford Properties and has had the pleasure of working with multiple real estate firms in San Francisco. He has worked as an agent for BJ Droubi—where he was the Top Producer more than once—and Paragon. He was the sales manager of Hill & Co and Fog Horn Realty before joining Luba at Zephyr.
Outside of work, Jamie has coached children and adult soccer for 27 years and was named Bay Area Coach of the Year twice. And, after many years of participating in organized basketball, soccer, and triathlon leagues and races, Jamie is now training for triathlons in 2012 with the Golden Gate Triathlon Team.
A longtime student of Zen Buddhism, Jamie is a lay lineage holder in the Shunryu Suzuki line, and he teaches and practices Zen at San Francisco Zen Center. He has worked as a volunteer in San Francisco General’s emergency room, and served on the boards of San Francisco General, Maitri Hospice, San Francisco Vikings Soccer League, and Live Oak School.
Jamie is happily married and feels blessed to have four children and two grandchildren.
Born in the Ukraine and fluent in Russian, Luba emigrated to San Francisco with her family at age two and grew up in the Richmond District. She attended Lowell High School and earned her degree from USF in Hospitality Management. She’s spent many years working in the hotel industry throughout the City, from Stanyan Park to the Kimpton Hotel Group, and she has also worked in the human resource development field.
In 2006, Luba moved into real estate. She joined Zephyr that year and was named Rookie of the Year in 2007. Since then she has been a Top Producer for several years running. She’s a certified Residential Specialist and also the chagrined winner of TheFrontSteps Sexiest Realtor of 2009 award.
Luba has lived in the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. She’s also rebuilt a home along the Great Highway and has gone through the exciting, nail-biting, and headache-inducing experience of living in a home during a remodel. It was during this time that Luba became even more interested in sustainable housing options and how to make anything from large to small changes that could have a positive impact on the environment.
When work isn’t calling, Luba loves to snap shut her laptop, set her phone to vibrate, and head out into nature. Whether it’s taking a quick afternoon hike in Marin or finding a secluded area for a camping trip, she knows that setting off into redwoods, hiking the cliffs of the California coastline, or even kayaking in the Bay are all important reminders to always keep in touch with the basics. She’s recently taken up surfing, practicing first at Linda Mar before finally facing the waves at Ocean Beach.
For many years Luba has volunteered at the San Francisco Zoo and been a donor to the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Waves, ASPCA, SF Humane Society, Bad Rap, Muttville, World Wildlife Fund, San Francisco SPCA, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. As much as she can, she spends time showering her dog—or most dogs for that matter—with attention. And whether she’s driving out to a field to set a mouse free that was found in a friend’s apartment, or cleaning up trash on a beach, she believes all of us can show a little kindness to the people and animals around us.