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He Set the Diamonds in His Wife’s Wedding Ring

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Bob Pahlke, NSDCAR 2017 Board Director

You may know REALTOR® member Bob Pahlke for his service as a member of NSDCAR’s Local Government Relations Committee (District 4, representing Carlsbad) for the past 10 years and as a trustee on the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) California Real Estate Political Action Committee (CREPAC) for the past five years.

He also has served as a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) director for the past eight years and as a C.A.R. director for the past six years. He also has served on behalf of NSDCAR as a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC), a liaison position between NAR and a local member of Congress. Bob served as an FPC in North County’s 50th congressional district to former U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray for about four years (Bilbray served between 1995 and 2001), plus Bob has served the past five years to nine-term Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) in the 49th district.

A past NSDCAR president (2013), Bob also was honored with NSDCAR’s 2014 REALTOR® of the Year award. During his year as NSDCAR president, he is most proud of restructuring the District Councils. “We made things a lot simpler and went from eight to four districts,” he said.

But did you know that before real estate Bob was a diamond setter and jeweler? He spent about 30 years in the retail jewelry business as a store owner and manager and jewelry designer in both Salt Lake City and San Diego.

“I met my wife when she walked into my jewelry shop in Utah to have some pearls restrung,” said Bob, 65. “I fabricated both of our wedding rings myself and set the diamonds in my wife’s ring. After 33 years, our rings still shine.” They were married in 1984. Bob and Kristine have four grown children (ages 40, 37, 33 and 30), eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (ages 2, 4 and 5).

A native of Chicago, Bob grew up in the suburb of Highland Park. He graduated from Highland Park High School (class of 1970) and earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. At age 23, he moved to Utah. “There’s no better place in the world than Utah for skiing,” he said. “It’s not as cold as Colorado, Wyoming or Montana. And, the snow is light and dry, lots of powder.”

In addition to skiing, Bob enjoys stream fishing. His favorite place for trout: Montana’s Gallatin River in Bozeman. The mountain river, part of Yellowstone National Park, was named in July 1805 by explorer Meriwether Lewis after U.S. Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin. “The river is fast, rocky, and cold, making it a great place for a variety of trout,” said Bob.

Bob also enjoys playing tennis at the Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA in Oceanside. “Sometimes a few ex-college players or ranked players will show up and it’s always a great game,” Bob said.

In 1988, Bob and Kristine moved from Utah to San Diego. “We just got tired of the cold weather and decided to try California,” said Bob. Today, they live in Vista’s Shadowridge community. He switched to real estate in 1998 and joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office in Carlsbad. “I had worked inside for so many years in the jewelry business, so I wanted to try an outside job like real estate so I could enjoy the weather,” said Bob. “Since day one, I’ve worked at the same office with the same branch manager (regional VP Ron Sanford).” Nine years ago, Bob earned his broker’s license.

Bob believes NSDCAR’s Local Government Relations Committee (LGR) is “one of the finest government affairs programs in the county,” he said. “We’re successful 80 percent of the time in getting REALTOR®-friendly candidates elected. Our LGR is one of the reasons why our Association is so strong and effective and a good value for our members. Our members are among the most successful in the business. I’m proud that our Association does whatever we can to continue their success.”

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