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Ice cream sells well in 110-degree weather.

posted Mar 18, 2016, 4:17 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Mar 18, 2016, 4:18 PM ]
You might know PSAR REALTOR® member Rose Lopez for her service on the South County Charity Committee, a PSAR committee involved in planning fund-raising events and selecting charities as recipients of the Association’s charitable programs. She also served two terms on the PSAR board of directors in the 1990s.
 
But did you know that Rose worked at Foster Freeze in Calexico, Calif. from age 15 to 22?  “Ice cream is very popular when the temperature is 110,” said Rose. “I worked at Foster Freeze throughout high school and college, seven days a week, until 10 p.m. each night. I never attended one of my school’s football games because I was working and waiting for the rush of customers to arrive after the game.”
 
After attending college, Rose spent 16 years working in banking and real estate development prior to becoming a real estate sales agent. “I was promoted from teller to manager in my first year with First Interstate Bank,” said Rose. (Los Angeles-based First Interstate Bancorp merged with Wells Fargo in 1996.)
 
In 1983, she left banking and joined the accounting department at Gersten Companies, a real estate development company that sold a chuck of land to The Corky McMillin Companies. McMillin later developed the acreage as Bonita Long Canyon, a popular Chula Vista community.
 
“That’s how I became acquainted with McMillin and switched to real estate sales,” said Rose. “It was a good job for a single mom like me. It gave me the freedom to stay involved with the children’s activities.”
 
Today, Rose has seven grandchildren. One of her daughters has two children and is currently a missionary in El Salvador. “I have visited my two beautiful grandchildren, Rebekah and Caleb, there in El Salvador. They are doing very well,” said Rose.
 
Rose is now in her 30th year with McMillin Realty, which recently changed names to Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate McMillin Realty. She enjoys traveling and has also visited Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. She also is involved in the children’s ministry at her church, Bonita Valley Community Church.
 
“I love PSAR because everybody is so friendly,” said Rose. “They are eager to help you and are very accommodating. The seminars are outstanding with lots of good information and very educational.”