Rob Pelinka, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, is well-known among basketball fans.
He has represented many well-known basketball players, including Kobe Bryant, Derrick Williams, Dion Waiters, and Kevin Durant, as an agent. Pelinka, on the other hand, doesn’t only represent athletes; he was once one.
Pelinka played basketball for Lake Forest High School and was named to three regional all-star teams by the end of his senior year. He was eventually recruited by the University of Michigan, and from 1989 to 1993, he was a major member of the Michigan Wolverines.
He averaged 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1 assist per game in 36 games. At Michigan, he was regarded not only for his athletic prowess but also for his intellect. He earned a 3.9 GPA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Following that, he went to Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor cum laude, allowing him to work as a sports agent. Pelinka then went to work for Mayer Brown, and two years later, he joined SFX Management as an agent.
During his stay at SFX, he began dating the woman who would become his wife.
Wife of Pelinka
Pelinka married Kristin Brett Schwarz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schwarz of Corona del Mar, in June 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times. They tied the wedding two months later.
Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her medical degree from UCLA’s School of Medicine. She then went on to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to complete her pediatric residency.
She now works as a pediatrician in Costa Mesa, California. Her medical interests include “child development, behavioral disorders, special needs children, and international medicine,” according to her bio on Costa Mesa’s website. In an interview with Sapres, the pediatrician discussed what motivated her to pursue a career in medicine.
Kristin confessed that she had wanted to be a doctor since she was 11 years old since she enjoys math and science, but it took her a long time to understand her true calling.
My actual calling, I discovered, was to be a healer, an encourager, a voice for the voiceless, and to serve the least of these. In my world, serving the least of these means helping children who have disabilities, developmental delays, disease, or deformities.
Volunteerism by the Pelinkas
Pelinka and his wife are both successful and intellectual. Aside from their successful jobs, the couple gives back to their community as members of a Christian group at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Pelinka and Kristin have volunteered at The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, alongside their two children, Durham and Emery.
Pelinka’s organization also works with the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation to help non-profit groups in the community. The foundation encourages education, teamwork, and confidence among Los Angeles youths through sports.
The foundation’s funds are used to give financial assistance to children and local youth activities.