Robert Pflieger, executive vice president of communications at Nareit, passed away on Nov. 29 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born in 1960, Pflieger attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and Georgetown University before beginning a long career in the public affairs and public relations industries.
Pflieger joined Nareit in 2014 to oversee all communications efforts, including media relations, marketing, advertising, editorial services, and social media. He also contributed to Nareit’s external communications related to its advocacy efforts.
Nareit CEO Steve Wechsler noted that “Rob was an important part of Nareit and everything we’ve accomplished in recent years, and we will miss him.”
Prior to Nareit, Rob held the position of senior vice president, communications at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In his 14 years with NAHB, he helped build awareness of housing as an industry and key component of the national economy. Before joining NAHB, he spent several years as the general manager of Golin/Harris' Washington, D.C. office.
A native New Yorker, Rob called Washington, D.C. and later Potomac, Maryland home for much of his life.
He is survived by his wife Julie Talavera Pflieger; his children Robert Paul Pflieger (Paul), Oliver Talavera Pflieger, and Isabel Pflieger and son-in-law Logan Segraves; his mother Donna Carlson Pflieger; brother John Ely Pflieger Jr. and sister-in-law Melissa Mayer Pflieger; as well as his four nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in remembrance of Rob to Montgomery Hospice.