Small Business Profile: Free Hot Dogs And Gift Bags At Zia Realty Group On Small Business Saturday

Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski

Los Alamos Daily Post
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday and an opportunity for the community to show support by visiting and shopping at local businesses in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Zia Realty Group is serving up hot dogs and giving out gift bags to community members who stop by the office at 15th Street and Central Avenue between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26. Zia Realtors Montoya Pegg, Pearl White and Amy Woods are hosts for this open house event.

Zia Realty Group owner James Chrobocinski founded the company in 2012 after moved back to Los Alamos with his wife Jacqueline and their son JJ. He spent 26 years living in Corpus Christi, Texas where he moved from Los Alamos with his father Tom Chrobocinski after junior high school.

It was the death of his mother and grandmother that motivated him to return home to be near his grandfather and namesake James Bramble, 96, and the rest of his extended family.

“It became really important for me to live near my family and share in their lives,” Chrobocinski said.

It also was important to him to get involved in the community, he said, and that meant opening a business, volunteering and public service. He serves as president of the Los Alamos County Little League as well as volunteers his time to other organizations and serves as a Los Alamos County Councilor.

Chrobocinski initially opened Zia Realty Group in a leased space at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. He went on to purchase larger quarters on the ground level of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th and Central Avenue and has purchased additional space on the top floor of the building where he has his personal office suite.

Chrobocinski has grown Zia Realty Group in the last four years to include 26 brokers serving clients in Los Alamos, Espanola Valley, Santa Fe, Jemez Springs and the surrounding areas.

“It’s is not just about selling real estate, he said, it’s about investing in our community … we are taking part in its growth and beautification.”

As an example, Chrobocinski has been buying up dilapidated houses across the community, fixing them up and leasing them to families.

Chrobocinski can be reached at or 505.662.8899.