Flourish Magazine

Spring 2014

Flourish Magazine, the North Bay's Guide to Sustainable Living. Serving Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties and sharing the stories of local people working towards sustainable living, organic foods and eco-conscious lifestyles.

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12 FLOURISH • SPRING 2014 Here Comes The Sun Meet Marin's solar energy ambassador by penny popken photos by stuart lirette Bob Herbst on the roof of a hangar at the San Rafael Airport. Y ou can take the boy out of the woods of northern Wis- consin, but you can't ever really take the woods out of the boy. The "boy" in question would be Bob Herbst, a Ross resident and principal in San Rafael-based JHS Properties. Grow- ing up on a 40-acre farm outside a small town in rural Wisconsin, Herbst spent his childhood romping in the woods with his siblings and canoeing, camping and hiking with the Boy Scouts. "That's where my environmental sensibilities come from," says Herbst. "The Scouts have a strong ethos of coexisting with the land, living in harmony with nature. That was all part of my up- bringing and my life. I'm not a city guy." Nevertheless, Herbst left the wilds of Wisconsin for the East Coast to attend Harvard University, where he pole vaulted and studied economics. Degree in hand in 1989, he came to California, attending business school at U.C. Berkeley with a focus on real estate. "What drew me to California was the good weather," he ex- plains. "Sally brought me to Marin." That would be Sally Shekou, a local real estate attorney and his

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