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Chris Robinson

Were it not for an especially daunting chemistry class at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001, Chris Robinson might today be an oceanographer or a marine biologist.

Instead, he's made a science of the business of buying and selling apartment buildings in San Diego County, and his company, ACRE Investment Real Estate Services, is doing a whale of a business.

“My father was a broker in the '70s and owns a fair amount of apartments in San Diego. Subconsciously, that may have impacted me a little bit to go that direction,” Robinson said. “But I never said, 'I want to be an apartment specialist.'”

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Would-be scientist Robinson becomes ACRE apartment specialist

Were it not for an especially daunting chemistry class at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001, Chris Robinson might today be an oceanographer or a marine biologist.

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