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He joined the Navy to see the world.

posted Nov 25, 2015, 4:08 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 4:09 PM ]
You might know PSAR REALTOR® member Robert Calloway as the first president of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), San Diego chapter. He founded the chapter in July 2013 and served as its president until October of this year. He also will be serving on PSAR’s 2016 board of directors.
 
Robert recently began a three-year term as VAREP’s Southern California State Director, overseeing the six chapters stretching from San Diego to Bakersfield. Headquartered in Corona, Calif., VAREP has more than 1,000 members statewide. Its mission is to increase sustainable home ownership, financial-literacy education and economic opportunity for the active-duty and veteran communities. At the recent 2016 Installation Celebration held Nov. 14, Robert led the Pledge of Allegiance before a sold-out crowd of more than 450 people.
 
But did you know that Robert met President George W. Bush aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln? It was on May 1, 2003, when the President declared “Mission Accomplished” regarding the end of major combat operations in Iraq in a nationally televised address.
 
“He was very friendly and grateful and thanked us for our service,” said Robert. “He was interested in our opinion and was a good listener about what we had to share. It was impressive to watch him land on the flight deck co-piloting the jet.”
 
Robert served for 26 years in the U.S. Navy, from June 1985 to June 2011, retiring as a Senior Chief Navy Counselor. The native of Atlanta joined the Navy at age 19.
 
“Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandfather’s farm outside of Atlanta,” said Robert. “I remember assisting him with slaughtering a hog at age 6. That was a frightening experience.”
 
He was in the same third grade class with Amy Carter, the daughter of Jimmy Carter, who was serving as Georgia’s governor at the time and later became the 39th U.S. president.
 
After high school, Robert traveled throughout Georgia and South Carolina selling plantation shutters. “I enjoyed traveling and the Navy sounded appealing,” he said. “But, I never expected to travel that much.”
 
His Naval career included 13 deployments on six different ships. One of his most memorable experiences was watching his ship sink an abandoned Italian destroyer. “We towed his ship to an area near the international boundary with Libya,” recalled Robert. “Our purpose was to show our military might to Muammar Gadaffi. It was very exciting to watch the ship blow up. Muammar stayed pretty quiet after that.”
 
In the Navy, Robert worked in human resources and counseling in 20 of his 26 years. Part of his duties included processing orders, which is how he met his wife Margaret.
 
“I helped her with orders to Seattle, then she moved from Seattle to San Diego, and I received orders to San Diego shortly after that,” said Robert. Robert and Margaret have been married for 10 years. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from nine months to 16 years.
 
He started selling real estate in 2007, while still in the Navy. He has worked with Coldwell Banker West since March 2011. He has been a member of PSAR since the start of his real estate career.
 
“I’m impressed with the organization because of its professionalism and focus on the members,” said Robert. “PSAR is a membership-driven organization that takes care of its members.”