You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® Leo Romero as a member of the NSDCAR Local Government Relations (LGR) Committee representing Fallbrook. The LGR Committee focuses on how public policies can affect the local real estate industry. LGR members also are involved in political advocacy and candidate endorsements. “It has been a real eye-opener to serve on this committee for the past six years,” said Leo. “We serve an important role because we identify REALTOR®-friendly candidates for upcoming elections.” Leo also was recently appointed as chairman of NSDCAR’s Fallbrook District Council Committee.
But did you know that Leo is a sculptor? A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Leo has worked full-time as an artist for companies in Southern California and made a living running his own studio. His works of art, including small animals made of ceramics and angels made from hydrostone, have been showcased at art shows and county fairs. His creations have brought pleasure and delight to countless numbers of people. Leo met his wife Barbara at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa when he was exhibiting his ceramics pieces. They have been married since 1994. Barbara also is a REALTOR®.
“I got into real estate thinking I would have flex-time to spend on sculpting,” said Leo. “But real estate has been busier in recent years and I haven’t had much time for my artwork. I love sculpture art, whether it’s oil-based clay, ceramics, bronze, or metal, and I love how it brings enjoyment to my clients.”
Leo, 59, has been a REALTOR® since 2009, specializing in North San Diego and Southern Riverside counties. “I’m an artist who works in real estate and loves the art of the sale and helping people make their dreams come true,” he said.
A longtime resident of Fallbrook, Leo served as the honorary mayor of Fallbrook (2012-2013) after he collected the most donation funds for the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce’s programs that benefit the community. “It meant I got to ride in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade a couple of times,” Leo said.
Leo serves as a director and ambassador for the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and was named Fallbrook Chamber Ambassador of the Year (2015), and has also served on the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also volunteers for the California Sculpture Academy in Fallbrook and as a docent at the Fallbrook Art Center. He also was part of the Fallbrook Film Festival, which included sculpting the Frank Capra Award which honored the most uplifting film. “I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through these community organizations,” he said. “It’s important for REALTORS® to be involved in supporting their community and participating in community activities.”
Leo also is proud to be an NSDCAR member. “It’s a great Association that helps all the members with training and maintaining high ethical standards,” he said. “They’re doing the right things for REALTORS®. Our Association is filled with very nice people.”