Two former Shelton school teachers came together to create a real estate agency in 1988, and that company still is going strong.
The 25th anniversary of Carey & Guarrera Real Estate Associates recently was celebrated by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The full-service realty agency now has more than 30 real estate agents.
The company was founded by Shelton residents Pat Carey and Jim Guarrera. It is located in the historic Benjamin DeForest house on the Huntington Green, which was moved there from a nearby site in 1961.
Met while teaching
Carey and Guarrera met while teaching at the former Fowler School, which is now Shelton City Hall. Carey taught science and Guarrera was a math instructor. Both worked for other real estate companies before deciding to strike out on their own in the fall of 1988.
In recent years, their sons Chris Carey and Steve Guarrera have joined the real estate firm.
Greater Valley Chamber President Bill Purcell said Guarrera and Carey “have always been active in the community and are widely known throughout the community for their generosity and volunteer leadership.”
Guarrera most recently has been involved with the Shelton Youth Service Bureau and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shoppe.
Carey has been active with the local Boys & Girls Club, the Hewitt Foundation and the Shelton Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). Carey recently received the Raymond P. Lavietes Award for his outstanding service to the SEDC and its downtown revitalization efforts.
Carey & Guarrera was one of a few businesses recognized during the local chamber’s Holiday Breakfast Club and Awards Celebration, held in December at Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen in Ansonia.