Lodi Realtors gather
Realtor of the Year named; new president installed
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.”
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.
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.