Chris Summers, Montecito and Santa Barbara Realtor®
Welcome and nice to meet you!
I’m a Southern California native and an experienced entrepreneur with a long history in arts and entertainment. A former dancer and choreographer, I held talent and production roles in music, the stage, and television before returning to college to study business.
I earned a B.S. in Finance, Real Estate and Law and joined a start-up company that eventually went public. I studied graduate business and marketing at the University of Notre Dame, and returned to California where my creativity and passion for comics led me to join Activision where I worked on Marvel video game productions.
An interest in construction and investing led me to become a licensed real estate agent and work on development projects here in Santa Barbara, including new construction and luxury renovation in Hope Ranch, the Riviera, and Montecito.
Come fall you’ll find me on the soccer fields coaching AYSO and a PTA-dad during the school year. We love to build houses with Habitat for Humanity.
I’m a dad to twins and an active surfer, SUPer, and hiker. When I’m not serving clients, you can find me and the family on the trails, at the beach, or paddling offshore. Sign up for updates or follow me on social real-time info on Santa Barbara homes, new listings, and development projects.
I look forward to supporting your professional real estate needs!
Kelly Summers, Marketing
Hello and welcome to our digital digs!
I’m Kelly and I grew up here – I remember shopping at Picadilly Square, playing Ms. Pac-Man at the State Arcade, mosh pits at the Red Barn, and bonfires at R Beach…
Eventually and miraculously I made it all the way to a corner office on The Walt Disney Studios lot, leading Global Business Development for the motion picture studio and inking Hollywood’s first iTunes Movie deal.
I led media strategy at the studio for almost a decade, and negotiated deals with tough customers and clients including Apple, Netflix and Amazon, bringing Disney’s family of brands to digital platforms in more than 20 countries and growing the studio’s digital business into a multi-million dollar operation.
You could say I know how to negotiate a deal. And if your little one is watching Moana on an iPad, “You’re Welcome!”
I left the studio in 2011 to start a family and return to Santa Barbara, where I launched an agency and began teaching at UCSB. I’m a Visiting Lecturer at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science, where I teach Master’s students how to cultivate socially and environmentally responsible change in corporate environments. I have a B.S. in Finance, Real Estate and Law, and an MBA from University of Southern California.
Dad was an award-winning architect, and my interest in sustainability led me to explore environmentally friendly development and the business of real estate. As a pioneering digital strategist and Disney-trained marketer, I bring a fresh perspective to the field and support the team’s marketing efforts.
I’m proud to support women and diverse voices in filmmaking as a Board Member of the Bentonville Film Festival. I’m also a PTA-mom, and occasionally go to prison as a volunteer business coach with Defy Ventures.
When not glued to one of my screens, you can find me SUP-ing with the family, hiking Jesusita, experimenting in the kitchen, attempting an organic garden, or sipping a lovely Santa Barbara County wine!
I look forward to supporting the team in helping you reach your real estate goals.