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Gillespie Host Group Team Members


Jack Gillespie – Broker Associate

More than four decades after starting his real estate career, Jack Gillespie has built a reputation
for being one of the best in the business—all because of his dedication, patience, loyalty,
flexibility and moral compass. As co-president, Jack built South Bay Brokers into one of the
most successful brokerages in the Beach Cities. 100% committed to his clients’ needs, he
provides seven-day- a-week service before and after every transaction. Jack supports
Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Giveback Homes, Union Rescue Mission, Jonathon
Jacques Children’s Cancer, Doctors Without Borders and Heal The Bay. His hobbies include
collecting wine, supporting the LA Kings and cycling. Jack and his wife, Maureen, have been
married for 35 years. They have two grown daughters who are both active real estate agents:
Claire Gillespie-Waldron and Maggie Gillespie-Wright. Their family also includes two sons-in-
law and two grandchildren.


Barry Host – Broker Associate

As a lifelong resident of Manhattan Beach, Barry set out to create a career based on what he
loves: providing people with exceptional customer service, appreciation of architecture and a
passion for the beach lifestyle. He embarked on his real estate career in 2004 and continues to
enjoy supporting and assisting residential buyers and sellers in the South Bay. Barry prides
himself on knowing his client and finding the right property to fulfill their dreams. Knowing they
will be his neighbors, he is invested in his clients being 100% satisfied with their home
purchase. More than anything Barry believes he is not just selling his clients a house, but a
place for them to call home and create treasured memories. His sincerity, tenacity, dedication
and attention to detail inspire confidence and long lasting friendships with his clients. His expert
opinion and knowledge of real estate and the local market make him a valued member of the
management team at Vista | Sotheby’s. Barry enjoys surfing, bike riding and walking The Strand
with his wife, Kelly. He is active in the community and supports charities such as Giveback
Homes, Knights of Columbus, LA Family Housing and the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals.


Claire Gillespie-Waldron – Realtor®

Claire believes that to be the best in the business takes true dedication—and Claire is nothing if
not dedicated to the field of real estate. She is passionate about the South Bay community, and
cares about her clients. The most rewarding part of her job is getting to know so many different
people and she is honored each and every day by the trust they put in her when making one of
the biggest decisions of their lives. Claire is there for them throughout the sales process and
beyond. Passionate, knowledgeable and professional, and being a mom of two young children
she understands the value of time and organization and can identify with what is important in a
home purchase, helping to find the perfect family home that clients can enjoy now and also
grow into for years to come—that’s what makes her come to work every day with a smile on her
face. Growing up in Manhattan Beach, she is excited to share not only with her children but her
clients all that the South Bay has to offer. She supports the Manhattan/Redondo Beach
Education Foundation and its efforts to preserve and maintain a great education system for
current and future generations.


Maggie Gillespie-Wright – Realtor®

In Maggie’s eyes, Real Estate is a 24/7 commitment—and she should know, having grown up in
Jack Gillespie’s home. As a Manhattan Beach native, Maggie knows firsthand how the beach
community market is made up of smaller very specific markets—distinguished not just by city
but also neighborhood. She makes it her life’s work to know the local markets inside and out,
maintaining her network and keeping on top of what is happening in every facet of her
community. Maggie’s father always told her that in real estate all you have is your own
reputation, so make sure it’s a good one. This drives her passion for making her clients happy
while maintaining her core values of honesty, hard work and trust. For Maggie the most
rewarding aspect of what she does is knowing that she has found the perfect home that will
enrich her clients’ lives for decades to come.



Kelly Carrera-Host – Design & Marketing Director

Kelly is a born-and- bred California Girl. She was exposed to design concepts and property
development at an early age—watching as her parents toured model homes and adapted
concepts in their own home, while also making improvements to their rental properties. Kelly
attended San Bernardino Valley College and eventually made her home in Manhattan Beach
where she met Barry, her husband for over 30 wonderful years. Before she discovered her
passion for home design and creative advertising, she had a wide array of experiences from
restaurant owner to dental assistant, nutritional specialist, and Spa manager. Her favorite –
merchandising – allowed her to use her talents for selecting and showcasing beautiful products.
Kelly believes the secret to success lies in choosing to sell only products that you truly believe
in. She loves meeting and helping people and, her incredible work ethic is grounded in trust
and dedication to getting the job done. Kelly fills a vital role in advising clients on design and
staging techniques to help prepare their home for sale. And when it comes time to put the
property on the market, Kelly’s high standards and sharp eye for detail combined with
exceptional and creative marketing techniques get the property in front of an expansive pool of
potential buyers.