Lodi Re­al­tors gather

Re­al­tor of the Year named; new pres­i­dent in­stalled

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Real es­tate agents from across Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley gath­ered at the Wood­bridge Golf and Coun­try Club on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate as the Lodi As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors in­stalled their 2019 of­fi­cers and an­nounced their 2018 Re­al­tor of the Year.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of you who will be step­ping up to­day and tak­ing new po­si­tions of lead­er­ship,” State Sen. Cath­leen Gal­giani, DS­tock­ton, said.

Af­ter a lunch of chicken, steak and mashed po­ta­toes, Lodi-based real es­tate agent Richard Ma­honey — LAR’s 2017 Re­al­tor of the Year — in­tro­duced Bob Blower as 2018 Re­al­tor of the Year.

“This is a guy who’s been like a rock at LAR,” Ma­honey said. “He al­ways en­cour­aged me to hang in there.”

Hav­ing won Re­al­tor of the Year once be­fore in 2015, Blower was pleas­antly sur­prised to win a se­cond time.

“I don’t know if any­body’s ever won twice be­fore,” Blower said.

With a de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ohio, Blower be­gan his real es­tate ca­reer in 1969 af­ter re­tir­ing from the U.S. Navy at the rank of lieu­tenant com­man­der.

“With a de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion, if you don’t want to teach, you’ve pretty much got to go into sales,” Blower said.

A sales man­ager at Cen­tury 21 M&M and As­so­ciates, Blower said see­ing the joy on a client’s face when they bought their first home was his fa­vorite part of the job in the early part of his ca­reer.

“Now, as a man­ager, it’s the joy of see­ing new peo­ple blos­som in their ca­reers,” Blower said.

Those in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing ca­reers in real es­tate should be ready to work long hours, Blower said, due to the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the field.

“When you first start, you’d bet­ter com­mit to work­ing 50 to 60 hours a week,” Blower said.

Tom Bee­dle, re­tired chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the real es­tate agency MetroList Ser­vices, Inc., then in­tro­duced LAR’s new of­fi­cers in­clud­ing Tami Stafford, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s new­est pres­i­dent.

“It’s truly a plea­sure to par­tic­i­pate with LAR in this event,” Bee­dle said.

Now the bro­ker-owner of Ad­vance 1 Pro­fes­sional Real Es­tate, Stafford be­gan her real es­tate ca­reer 13 years ago, she said, and feels that the job suits her so­cial, out­go­ing per­son­al­ity.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed go­ing to open houses, even if I’m not buy­ing, and I like to meet new peo­ple,” Stafford said.

Stafford has pre­vi­ously served as LAR’s trea­surer and vice pres­i­dent, she said, and as pres­i­dent she plans to raise aware­ness for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­bers and af­fil­i­ates.

“It’s not my pres­i­dency, it’s our pres­i­dency,” Stafford said. “I’m go­ing to help the as­so­ci­a­tion as a whole and be the best darn pres­i­dent I can be.”

Me­lanie Pen­nino, a real es­tate agent with PMZ Real Es­tate and mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s in­stal­la­tion com­mit­tee, was glad to see Blower hon­ored as LAR’s 2018 Re­al­tor of the Year.

“He do­nates his time for a lot of or­ga­ni­za­tions, and he leads a group of Re­al­tors in town,” Pen­nino said of Blower. “I know it was a sur­prise to him, but we felt he was de­serv­ing.”

Pen­nino also ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Stafford’s lead­er­ship abil­i­ties.

“She’s served in many ca­pac­i­ties be­fore, so she knows how things run with us. She knows how to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to get in­volved,” Pen­nino said. “I think it’s go­ing to be a good year.”

Janna Adams, a bro­ker with Peter­son Adams Real Es­tate, also spoke highly of Blower and Stafford.

“Bob is the best auc­tion­eer at LAR, a fan­tas­tic joke-teller and just a bright spot,” Adams said. “Tami is very ded­i­cated. She’s quiet but she works a lot.”

NEWS-SEN­TINEL PHO­TOGRAPHS BY BEA AHBECK

Ta­mara Stafford walks up to be sworn in as new pres­i­dent dur­ing the Lodi As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors’ in­stal­la­tion of of­fi­cers and di­rec­tors at Wood­bridge Golf and Coun­try Club on Wed­nes­day.

Bob Blower is con­grat­u­lated by wife Kris Blower as he is named Re­al­tor of the Year dur­ing the Lodi As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors’ meet­ing Wed­nes­day.

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

2017 Re­al­tor of the Year Richard Ma­honey and 2018 awardee Bob Blower pose for pic­tures af­ter Blower was named Re­al­tor of the Year dur­ing the Lodi As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors’ in­stal­la­tion of of­fi­cers and di­rec­tors at Wood­bridge Golf and Coun­try Club on Wed­nes­day.

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