SONOMA – After 25 years in the corporate world, Rob Jones was ready for a change, so when he saw an opportunity to join his partner in the real estate field, he didn’t hesitate. “As a longtime corporate business consultant, I was getting kind of burned out on the whole business,” he says. “I’d been watching my partner, David Kerr, in real estate, and it seemed interesting and fun. Eventually, I decided to join him in his field, and we’ve been working together ever since.”
Today, Rob says his favorite part of his job is helping clients discover what they really want. “I enjoy the first couple of meetings with new clients because they’re still in the process of figuring out exactly what they’re looking for. In many cases, what they originally thought they wanted changes during the course of the home search, so I really like being a part of that process of discovery.”
A resident of Sonoma, Rob says he appreciates the peaceful, rural atmosphere of his adopted hometown. “I was born and raised on the East Coast, so I love how Sonoma County keeps me in touch with the agricultural climate I grew up around in New England, though in a very different way—it’s grapes and olives as opposed to tobacco and basic crops. This area is only a generation removed from a much more rural existence, and that feeling is still in the air and in the way people relate to each other.”
Outside of work, Rob puts the bulk of his time and energy into his passion for music. “I sing in a chamber ensemble, so I spend a lot of time rehearsing and performing,” he affirms. “I absolutely love music—I sometimes joke that I work just to support my music habit.” When he’s not singing, Rob enjoys reading and going on long walks with David.
In his life and career, Rob espouses the virtues of maintaining a focused presence of mind. “For me, it all comes down to being present in whatever I’m doing,” he explains. “By taking the time to be focused and fully present, I’m better able to listen and relate to whoever I’m interacting with, whether it’s clients, family or friends.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Rob replies that he wouldn’t. “I see real estate as one of those careers that, if you enjoy it, you can continue to do as long as you’re able to get out of bed in the morning,” he explains. “Besides, I’ve never really understood that whole retirement paradigm where you put on a Hawaiian shirt and start playing shuffleboard. I enjoy what I do and plan to keep doing it for a long time.”