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Like hundreds of different Keller Williams brokers, Robert Montalbano relished the chance to attend the brokerage’s Mega Agent Camp in Austin final week.
The New Jersey agent posted a video within the wee hours of Aug. 13 showcasing his workforce’s journey to Pete’s Piano Bar in Texas two days earlier than Keller Williams’ occasion was to start on the Austin Conference Middle with a easy caption: “Austin!!!”
Sadly, the Fb submit could be Montalbano’s final, as he died later that day in a boating accident on Lake Travis, a reservoir on the Colorado River in Texas. A jet skier unintentionally crashed into Montalbano and three different passengers on a 15-seat pontoon boat. First responders weren’t in a position to resuscitate the actual property agent, who allegedly took a direct hit that day.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace told KXAN that first responders transported the opposite three victims to 2 close by trauma facilities. They didn’t present any details about the skier.
“He was a very genuine individual inside and outside and my coronary heart is breaking for his household and all of those that knew him,” KW Moorestown agent Jennifer D’Alesandro instructed the Cherry Hill Courier-Post on Wednesday. “I really feel lucky to have spent the final couple of days with him having a gaggle dinner, having fun with the piano bar, and spending the day with him on the lake speaking about how we have been going to start out our actual property groups.”
Montalbano’s household stated Robert was a passionate public servant who spent 30 years working for the Juvenile Justice Fee earlier than retiring in early 2022. Throughout his final 5 years with the JJC, Montalbano juggled a burgeoning actual property profession with Keller Williams Moorestown and shortly turned one of many workplace’s prime brokers.
Montalbano closed July with greater than $1 million in gross sales quantity and had been acknowledged as one of many prime 100 Keller Williams brokers within the area.
“Rob used his superior individuals abilities, humor, charisma and drive for achievement to jump-start his second profession,” member of the family Carlo Montalbano wrote on GoFundMe. “He was seen as a mentor throughout each his time with the JJC and with Keller Williams.”
A litany of Fb posts backed up Carlo’s tribute, with brokers throughout the Keller Williams community praising the agent for his work ethic and beneficiant spirit.
“To the one that had such an impression on my life, I owe a lot to you,” KW agent John Bunce Jr. said on Monday. “Leaving highschool [and] being misplaced with no route, Rob took me in and gave me a path in actual property. [He showed] me the ropes at simply 18 and actually believed in me each step of the way in which, in addition to taking me beneath his wing to information me in ways in which I’ll maintain with me for the remainder of my life.”
“Rob was as golden as they arrive,” added KW agent Christine Dunn Sprint. “That is actually such a tragic loss to his household and all of us who cherished him.”
Along with providing ideas and prayers, the Moorestown group has rallied to assist Montalbano’s spouse, Renee, and daughter, Nina, cowl the price of transporting Robert’s physique from Texas to New Jersey and different funeral-related bills. The preliminary aim was $10,000; nonetheless, donations have skyrocketed to $68,547. Keller Williams Moorestown donated $5,000.
“Anybody who knew Rob would say he was a loyal good friend, devoted father, brother, loving husband, and caring son who had a singular means of constructing individuals snigger the entire time. Though extraordinarily profitable in his skilled profession, Rob’s true ardour in life was his household,” the GoFundMe web page reads. “Rob can even be sorely missed by his many nieces and nephews, in addition to the numerous variety of individuals’s lives he touched.”
“The Montalbano Household can’t thank everybody sufficient to your kindness, love, help and generosity throughout this very tough time.”
The household continues to be taking donations here.
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