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This local Dodgers fan is hoping for a World Series victory

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You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Anthony Schmitt as 2017 chair of NSDCAR’s Vista-San Marcos District Council. This is his third year as a member of the District Council.

But did you know that Anthony is a die-hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club partly because Dave Roberts, the current Dodgers manager, attended Anthony’s high school?

Roberts attended Vista High School as a freshman and was the MVP of the junior varsity team. Roberts then transferred to Rancho Buena Vista High School when it opened in 1987, and he was a standout in football, basketball and baseball.

When Anthony played third base on the Rancho Buena Vista High School baseball team (2001-2005), Anthony said Roberts sometimes attended the high school team’s games and practices and appeared at awards banquets. At the time, Roberts was an active Major League Baseball player with several teams, including the Dodgers, Red Sox and Padres. Roberts began his coaching career with the Padres in 2010, and was named the Dodgers manager in November 2015.  Currently, the first-place Dodgers have a commanding lead in the National League’s West Division. The team is expected to easily qualify for the playoffs.

“I think this is the Dodgers’ year and I’m hoping to buy World Series tickets as soon as they go on sale,” said Anthony, who also played baseball for one season in college while attending Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “I stuck with it and made the team as a walk-on pitcher,” he said. Anthony earned his bachelor’s degree in Business/Entrepreneurship from Cal Lutheran in 2009.

Anthony grew up in Vista in a real estate family. His father, Paul Schmitt, served as NSDCAR’s inaugural president in 1994, when NSDCAR was formed following the merger of several North County REALTOR® associations. In 1989, two years after Anthony was born, Paul founded Golden Pacific Real Estate, a real estate sales and property management company based in San Marcos. “While growing up, I spent a lot of time at the office, helping with administrative tasks and learning the ropes,” said Anthony, who earned his real estate license while attending Cal Lutheran. “I have a great mentor in my father.”

Late last year, Anthony, 30, purchased the family company from his father. “We were able to negotiate a complete buy-out,” said Anthony. “I was already overseeing day-to-day business operations and wanted to invest in the growth of the company. So, I made my dad an offer he couldn’t refuse. In 2017, we are on pace to post our best sales volume in seven years.”

Anthony met his wife Allison, unfortunately for him a Padres Fan, when both of them were on trips with friends in Las Vegas. “We exchanged phone numbers and never stopped talking,” Anthony said. They were married in September 2014 at Allison’s home church, Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Scripps Ranch. Their wedding reception was attended by more than 200 people at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. “I have large Italian family so it was a boisterious wedding,” Anthony said.

Anthony and Allison spent their honeymoon in Greece. “If it’s safe again to travel there, we would like to return for our 10-year anniversary,” said Anthony. Allison recently began her seventh year as an elementary school teacher. She taught first grade in Chula Vista for four years and currently teaches fifth grade at Solana Pacific, a 4th-6th grade elementary school in the Solana Beach School District. The two reside in Mira Mesa with their 3-year old dog Mykonos, whom they proudly adopted after returning from their honeymoon and named accordingly.

Under Anthony’s leadership, the Vista-San Marcos District Council has organized several NSDCAR Community Service Days consisting of clean-up and painting activities at Boys and Girls Clubs in the North County. Members of NSDCAR’s Vista-San Marcos District Council and Oceanside District Council are organizing two upcoming Community Service Days at the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside on Saturday, Sept. 23, and the Boys & Girls Club of Vista on Saturday, Oct. 21. NSDCAR is seeking donations to be made directly to each club. Supporting businesses can have their logo appear on an NSDCAR Community Service t-shirt.

“As REALTORS® we’ve got to stay committed to giving back to the community,” Anthony said. “I do love that our Association focuses on both supporting the members with outstanding educational opportunities, plus supporting the community. REALTORS® always need to serve, connect and celebrate our local neighborhoods and cities because it projects a spirit of local entrepreneurship and overall betterment in the places we call home.”

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