Patrick Norman McVay was born in Pennsylvania on June 16, 1937, to Anthony James McVay and Marie Clare McVay. After moving to Southern California, Pat earned his real estate license in 1960.
By 1969, Pat McVay and Jim Brady were partners in running Brady Realty, a company that served the Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley areas. When Jim passed away suddenly of a heart attack, Pat became sole owner of the business and, eventually, changed its name to Real Estate by McVay.
Pat’s close friend, Gordon Livingston of Livingston Realty, who first met Pat in 1965, describes him as “the most giving person I ever knew in real estate.” Pat was not only successful himself but also willing to share what he believed were the secrets of his success with others. “He made hundreds of agents successful by training them and guiding them,” says Livingston.
A natural mentor, Pat knew intuitively the value that motivation could play in creating success. “He invited great guests to the office, including Zig Ziglar, Tommy Hopkins, and Earl Nightingale,” says Livingston. “A number of agents owe their success to Pat McVay.” In fact, real estate coach Mike Ferry worked as a sales agent for Pat in 1970.
Pat was well respected among his colleagues in the real estate industry, who—in 1976—elected him president of the Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley Board of REALTORS®, a predecessor organization of the Orange County REALTORS®.
From 2014 until his passing on November 23, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California, Pat McVay worked as a REALTOR® for Star Real Estate in the same building that once housed Real Estate by McVay. Frank McDowell, chief executive officer of AMC Inc., the parent company of Star Real Estate, says, “Pat was known to be a great motivational speaker. Everyone loved his ideas.”