We have a surprise for you… At this very moment, sitting at a desk tucked away at Digital Risk’s Boca Raton office, is none other than D-Risker Bob Peyton, software engineer-turned review appraiser and father to not just one, but two golf extraordinaires. No, we’re not making this up.
Known to his fellow D-Riskers as a helpful, laid back colleague, Bob joined Digital Risk in May 2013 as a Review Appraiser, bringing a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company’s valuation team. But what many D-Riskers don’t know about Bob is he used to work 1,593 feet away from the Boca office at a telecommunications company – as a Software Engineer.
Prior to joining the appraisal industry, Bob worked as a Software Engineer for 13 years leading software development teams in constructing components within various telecommunications products. Due to the downturn in the telecom industry in the early 2000’s, Bob left the industry and pursued a career in residential appraisals after a recommendation from a close friend. Several years of success and a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraisers license later, Bob never looked back.
“It was a very big change,” Bob said. “But I really like what I do, and I work with some really nice and smart people.” Those who work with Bob may know about his helpful nature and love for his children, but what may come as a surprise to many is his son and daughter are actually up-and-coming golf pros. Bob’s son plays golf at Florida Atlantic University (Bob’s alma matter) on a scholarship and his daughter is a top golfer at her high school and is currently being recruited by a few schools for golf scholarships. In fact, Bob’s son just competed in the USGA Amateur Championship, the largest amateur golf tournament in the world, placing T61st out of 312.
“My life revolves around my children’s golf schedules and tournaments,” Bob said. “They are my passion, so when you start talking about my kids, I can go on and on.”
One might ask how Bob molded such accomplished individuals and successfully made a courageous transition in his own career. Those close to Bob, or rather Bubba as they call him, may point to his background in sports. As a high school and college baseball player and now golfer, Bob has always been involved in sports and wanted the same for his children. Bob asserts that through sports he learned teamwork, leadership, learning from failures, persistence, overcoming challenges and coaching.
As a coach to his children and a leader and helping hand to his colleagues, it is obvious that those life lessons stuck with him. And although he doesn’t like to be in the spotlight, as fellow Appraiser Olga Giron puts it, “It is Bob’s turn to get some recognition.”