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PSAR Executive Committee: Their backgrounds may surprise you.

posted Jul 14, 2017, 4:28 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 4:30 PM ]
In last month’s election, PSAR members selected the 2018 PSAR Board of Directors. These dedicated PSAR members will serve during the 2018 calendar year beginning Jan 1, 2018. Four REALTOR® members will serve as the Board’s Executive Committee. They include Jan Farley as 2018 president, Robert Calloway as president-elect, Sam Calvano as secretary-treasurer and Sarah Heck as immediate past president.
But did you know some little-known, interesting facts about the four Executive Committee members?
Jan Farley grew up in Escondido and graduated from Orange Glen High School at age 17 (class of 1972). After high school, she attended Palomar Community College. At age 19, she earned her real estate sales license. “My dad was a general contractor and a REALTOR®, and he insisted on me and my three brothers getting our real estate license,” said Jan. Jan’s father, Jack Mahan, built hundreds of custom and tract homes in the North County during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. In 1984, Jan and her husband Bruce moved to San Francisco and opened a mortgage brokerage they ran until 1998. “I loved living in the wine country, in Sausalito and Sonoma,” said Jan. “For four years, we lived next to a Ravenswood Winery and became wine connoisseurs. Red Zinfandel is my favorite.” In 1998, they returned to San Diego and lived in Jamul. Jan has opened several real estate offices before launching founding her current company, San Terra Properties, in March 2014. “I’ve helped train several of my grandchildren with their real estate careers,” said Jan.
Robert Calloway was the first president of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), San Diego chapter. He founded the chapter in July 2013. He 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 of a hog at age 6. That was a frightening experience.” 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.”
Sam Calvano’s success over the past three decades in the lending field is legendary. In 1987, he was Home Savings’ top lending officer in the nation among more than 400 loan officers in the U.S. That year, he closed a record 486 transactions representing $77 million. He remained number one in San Diego County for seven years, from 1987 until he left Home Savings in 1993. He worked with American Savings and Washington Mutual before founding his own company, Sam Calvano Home Loans, in 2000. But, in the early 1980s, when real estate was slow, Sam worked as a bartender at a popular nightclub on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He poured drinks for politicians, movie stars, recording artists, corporate moguls and baseball players. “This place was the hottest joint on the strip,” said Sam. “The bar was always filled, sometimes four or five people deep. The small parking lot was jammed, end-to-end with expensive cars. The head valet was amazing for his ability to park Ferraris so close together, and then maneuver one of them out of the lot at 2 o’clock in the morning.”
Sarah Heck has successfully negotiated more than 800 short-sale transactions in her career. Her knowledge was helpful when she consulted with state senators and provided statistical data which was instrumental in helping pass SB 458, a new law that stopped lenders from being able to pursue a deficiency balance after a short sale. Sarah grew up in a small town in Northern California called Grass Valley. “We were always outside playing, climbing trees, riding bikes, and exploring,” said Sarah. “We weren’t afraid of anything.  We would cliff dive at the Yuba River, white water raft down the American River and spend the summers hiking through the Tahoe National Forrest.” When she was a young teenager, Sarah and her family spent nearly two years traveling throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. “We were creating new memories and sharing new adventures,” said Sarah. “I learned more traveling than I could have ever learned from a text book.” At just 17 years old, Sarah moved from Northern California to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications.
To Jan, Robert, Sam, and Sarah, we are grateful for your service to PSAR. No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. Your selfless dedication to PSAR and our industry is an inspiration to us all. We are extremely thankful and fortunate to have you as part of the 2018 leadership team. It’s only with your example of leadership and commitment can we rise to meet the challenges in our profession. We recognize your extraordinary sacrifices that expand both promise and possibility. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for all that you do.