J. PAUL SPRING, ESQ.
President, decided to become an attorney at the age of 25. At the time, he’d recently graduated from college in Utah and was working at an investment company in Montana, but realized he’d need a legal background in order to help people the way he desired. Born in Utah, raised on New York’s Long Island as a child and then near Salt Lake as a teen, after his Montana experience Paul moved to San Diego to earn a law degree. He passed the bar while working at a title insurance company. He began in customer service, advanced to the legal department, and ultimately became president of their trust company, where he remained until the formation of ERI. He and his wife live in San Diego, where they raised five children and enjoy visiting with their 12 grandchildren.

619-528-1031 pspring@exchangeresources.net
 
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J. PAUL SPRING, ESQ.
President, decided to become an attorney at the age of 25. At the time, he’d recently graduated from college in Utah and was working at an investment company in Montana, but realized he’d need a legal background in order to help people the way he desired. Born in Utah, raised on New York’s Long Island as a child and then near Salt Lake as a teen, after his Montana experience Paul moved to San Diego to earn a law degree. He passed the bar while working at a title insurance company. He began in customer service, advanced to the legal department, and ultimately became president of their trust company, where he remained until the formation of ERI. He and his wife live in San Diego, where they raised five children and enjoy visiting with their 12 grandchildren.

619-528-1031 pspring@exchangeresources.net

SHELENE
NORDSTROM-VAKA, ESQ.

Vice President, received her Juris Doctorate in San Diego in 2004 and joined ERI the following year. She is a member of the California State Bar and is a licensed real estate broker. She enjoys the unique environment offered at ERI and the opportunity to deal with complex exchange transactions including reverse and build-to-suit exchanges. She also handles legal and corporate matters at ERI. Originally from Oregon, she has lived in San Diego since 2000, and is married with three small, adorable children. Her hobbies include weight lifting and volleyball.

949-334-3190snv@exchangeresources.net
 
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SHELENE
NORDSTROM-VAKA, ESQ.

Vice President, received her Juris Doctorate in San Diego in 2004 and joined ERI the following year. She is a member of the California State Bar and is a licensed real estate broker. She enjoys the unique environment offered at ERI and the opportunity to deal with complex exchange transactions including reverse and build-to-suit exchanges. She also handles legal and corporate matters at ERI. Originally from Oregon, she has lived in San Diego since 2000, and is married with three small, adorable children. Her hobbies include weight lifting and volleyball.

949-334-3190snv@exchangeresources.net

PHIL ATWAN
Senior Vice President, has been with the company from the beginning. He also speaks to more financial, real estate, and legal professionals about 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges than probably anyone in the country. Phil is featured at approximately 150 educational seminars per year, hosted by financial planning organizations, escrow associations, CPA and EA tax groups, bar associations, and real estate companies in the greater Los Angeles area and northward through San Luis Obispo County.  His reach extends across the nation. Industry-related professionals and real estate investors from New York to Seattle to Southern California call him to learn about the rules of code section 1031 and how to defer capital gain taxes. Phil enjoys and thrives on assisting and educating people about 1031 Exchanges.  He also speaks regularly at Board of Realtor continuing education functions, and has long served in various Board of Director and official capacities for the Escrow Associates of the San Gabriel Valley. Phil began his career in 1982 in marketing and sales with a large title insurance company, transitioning to a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange focus in 1998. He grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Whittier where he and his wife enjoy their three children and three grandchildren.

213-479-8800patwan@exchangeresources.net
 
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PHIL ATWAN
Senior Vice President, has been with the company from the beginning. He also speaks to more financial, real estate, and legal professionals about 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges than probably anyone in the country. Phil is featured at approximately 150 educational seminars per year, hosted by financial planning organizations, escrow associations, CPA and EA tax groups, bar associations, and real estate companies in the greater Los Angeles area and northward through San Luis Obispo County.  His reach extends across the nation. Industry-related professionals and real estate investors from New York to Seattle to Southern California call him to learn about the rules of code section 1031 and how to defer capital gain taxes. Phil enjoys and thrives on assisting and educating people about 1031 Exchanges.  He also speaks regularly at Board of Realtor continuing education functions, and has long served in various Board of Director and official capacities for the Escrow Associates of the San Gabriel Valley. Phil began his career in 1982 in marketing and sales with a large title insurance company, transitioning to a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange focus in 1998. He grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Whittier where he and his wife enjoy their three children and three grandchildren.

213-479-8800patwan@exchangeresources.net

JEFF YONAMINE
Vice President, was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, earning a degree in electrical engineering. Major cutbacks in the high-tech industry hit the aerospace company where he was working, so to support himself, he began working in the real estate industry, where he discovered 1031 Exchanges. The additional dynamic that they presented appealed to him, and he continued focusing on them even while living in Hawaii for several years. He returned to Southern California in the mid 1990s , worked at the same trust company as Paul Spring, and was on board with ERI from the start. His main role is sales, marketing, and presenting educational classes for realtors, bar associations, CPAs, and financial planners. At ERI, Jeff especially enjoys the unusual camaraderie of people who’ve worked together so happily and for so long — “There’s a special human touch,” he says. When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys outdoor sports.

916-612-1031jyonamine@exchangeresources.net
 
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JEFF YONAMINE
Vice President, was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, earning a degree in electrical engineering. Major cutbacks in the high-tech industry hit the aerospace company where he was working, so to support himself, he began working in the real estate industry, where he discovered 1031 Exchanges. The additional dynamic that they presented appealed to him, and he continued focusing on them even while living in Hawaii for several years. He returned to Southern California in the mid 1990s , worked at the same trust company as Paul Spring, and was on board with ERI from the start. His main role is sales, marketing, and presenting educational classes for realtors, bar associations, CPAs, and financial planners. At ERI, Jeff especially enjoys the unusual camaraderie of people who’ve worked together so happily and for so long — “There’s a special human touch,” he says. When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys outdoor sports.

916-612-1031jyonamine@exchangeresources.net

DEBBIE BANNISTER
Vice President, has always understood the value of “treating people the way you would like to be treated.” For 18 years she lived in Northern California, where for many years she was the manager in the accounting department of U.C. Davis. She and her husband moved back to Southern California in the late 1990s, where Debbie found work in the escrow industry.  Debbie has been with ERI since 2000, and is one of the country’s foremost educators on 1031 Exchanges to real estate agents, attorneys, tax specialists, financial planners, and related professionals who in turn refer their clients to ERI for exchange services. Debbie is a Certified Exchange Specialist; as a CES designee, she possesses a high level of knowledge and experience and continually demonstrates the desire to stay current with anything affecting 1031 Exchange code, Deferred Exchange Treasury Regulations, or related tax law developments. Debbie lives in Orange County where she enjoys hiking, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

714-269-1285 dbannister@exchangeresources.net
 
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DEBBIE BANNISTER
Vice President, has always understood the value of “treating people the way you would like to be treated.” For 18 years she lived in Northern California, where for many years she was the manager in the accounting department of U.C. Davis. She and her husband moved back to Southern California in the late 1990s, where Debbie found work in the escrow industry.  Debbie has been with ERI since 2000, and is one of the country’s foremost educators on 1031 Exchanges to real estate agents, attorneys, tax specialists, financial planners, and related professionals who in turn refer their clients to ERI for exchange services. Debbie is a Certified Exchange Specialist; as a CES designee, she possesses a high level of knowledge and experience and continually demonstrates the desire to stay current with anything affecting 1031 Exchange code, Deferred Exchange Treasury Regulations, or related tax law developments. Debbie lives in Orange County where she enjoys hiking, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

714-269-1285 dbannister@exchangeresources.net

JOSH PEÑA 
Vice President, has had some fabulous jobs, including a position in the marketing department for one of the largest dental labs in California, where he was making good use of his degree in marketing and graphic design. The recession took its toll on that job, so he found new work with ERI in 2009. Already experienced in customer service and marketing, Josh quickly fit in and became fascinated not just with the complexity of 1031 Exchanges, but the skilled manner in which ERI’s top executives made it so simple to understand. Today, Josh is himself a major educator, teaching real estate professionals how they can help their clients use 1031 Exchanges to improve their portfolios. According to Josh, he has never known a company that treats its people so well, and he believes the dynamic of how ERI respects its employees is why it is such a stable and reliable resource for its 1031 clients. A former fitness trainer who grew up in Orange County, Josh enjoys hiking, rock climbing, beach life, concerts, and the region’s many great restaurants.

949-702-7633jpena@exchangeresources.net
 
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JOSH PEÑA 
Vice President, has had some fabulous jobs, including a position in the marketing department for one of the largest dental labs in California, where he was making good use of his degree in marketing and graphic design. The recession took its toll on that job, so he found new work with ERI in 2009. Already experienced in customer service and marketing, Josh quickly fit in and became fascinated not just with the complexity of 1031 Exchanges, but the skilled manner in which ERI’s top executives made it so simple to understand. Today, Josh is himself a major educator, teaching real estate professionals how they can help their clients use 1031 Exchanges to improve their portfolios. According to Josh, he has never known a company that treats its people so well, and he believes the dynamic of how ERI respects its employees is why it is such a stable and reliable resource for its 1031 clients. A former fitness trainer who grew up in Orange County, Josh enjoys hiking, rock climbing, beach life, concerts, and the region’s many great restaurants.

949-702-7633jpena@exchangeresources.net

ADAM NISHIKAWA
Vice President, grew up in Southern California and attended Point Loma Nazarene University’s, Fermanian School of Business. Upon graduating he obtained his real estate license and began a career in commercial real estate in Orange County. He quickly became fascinated by the implementation of a tax deferred exchange strategy within an investment portfolio. He moved to San Diego and joined ERI with the intent to help clients build towards a better future. He enjoys playing outdoor sports and spending quality time with friends and family.

619-550-6776aNishikawa@exchangeresources.net
 
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ADAM NISHIKAWA
Vice President, grew up in Southern California and attended Point Loma Nazarene University’s, Fermanian School of Business. Upon graduating he obtained his real estate license and began a career in commercial real estate in Orange County. He quickly became fascinated by the implementation of a tax deferred exchange strategy within an investment portfolio. He moved to San Diego and joined ERI with the intent to help clients build towards a better future. He enjoys playing outdoor sports and spending quality time with friends and family.

619-550-6776aNishikawa@exchangeresources.net