Resident Feature

Meet Tom, Emily, Melanie and Danny

Little did Emily know when she walked into Club Sport Gym to sign up for a gym membership in San Ramon over two decades ago, that she would be meeting her future husband and father of her children before she even set foot in the locker room. 

When Emily graduated from University of California, Irvine, she decided (with a little encouragement from her parents) to move back to the Bay Area. She ended up in the Canyon Lakes community in San Ramon. Both her parents and her older brother, David Bach, told her to join Club Sport of San Ramon because it would be a good place to meet people. This turned out to be one of the best decisions Emily ever made, because she met her future husband that day. Tom was in Sales and Management at Club Sport of San Ramon and helped Emily start her membership. Tom asked Emily out and the rest is history. They were married five years later in 1998 at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland. At their wedding, Emily’s father spoke and joked “I know we told you to join Club Sport so you could meet new people, but Emily – you did not have to marry the first man you met at the Club!” 

Emily was born in San Francisco. She lived in Oakland until she was five-years-old and then moved to Moraga where she graduated from Campolindo High School. She then went to college at University of California, Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Tom was born in Oakland and went to Bishop O’Dowd High School. He then went to college at Diablo Valley College and California State University, Sacramento. 

After they were married, Emily and Tom began looking around San Ramon and Danville for a single family home when Emily’s mother told them about a house they might like in Blackhawk. Emily and Tom had not even considered Blackhawk, thinking it would be out of their price range; however, they went to look at the house and immediately fell in love. After going through some major hurdles and being outbid, they decided the house was not meant to be, but Emily says fate stepped in. “ As fate would have it, the other buyer fell through and the seller came back only two weeks before our wedding. The house was definitely meant to be and we lived in it for 12 years.” 

When they were ready to start a family, they realized they wanted a larger backyard for kids to play outside, so they again went on a search for another home, and, again, Emily’s mother, Bobbi Bach, found the house. She was walking her dog and saw a house that had just been put on the market that she thought would be perfect for her daughter’s family. Emily’s mother was right; they saw the house and fell in love with the backyard. Emily and Tom moved only a mile away to Deer Ridge Drive and have lived there since. 

Tom and Emily spent seven years traveling the world before deciding they were ready to have children. Unfortunately, Emily says getting pregnant was harder than they expected, “It took five years and lots of help from modern medicine to finally have our miracle babies. However, since we waited to have our children and it was a difficult journey, we have found that we really cherish each moment and are so thankful for the memories we create. Our children have made our lives so much more fun and fulfilling.” 

Emily had planned to go to Law School when she graduated from college. However, her father talked her into trying a finance internship. Emily was an Intern in Dean Witter’s Costa Mesa office for several months while she was going to college. “I took the internship to figure out if I enjoyed finance and by the end of the internship, I was hooked. I moved back to the East Bay after college, and Dean Witter hired me in their Concord office. I moved to the Orinda location when it opened in 1995 and have been there ever since. The company has changed its name several times over the past 27 years, but it is essentially the same firm,” says Emily. She is currently the Managing Director and Wealth Advisor with The Bach Group which manages $1.1 billion dollars of their clients’ money and is a team of three Financial Advisors and four support staff. Emily was recently selected by Barron’s Magazine as one of America’s 2019 “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” for the 14th year in a row. In addition, Emily was ranked #31 in Working Women Magazine’s 2019 list of “Top Wealth Advisor Moms.” Emily says her favorite part of being a Financial Advisor is helping people achieve their financial goals. “It is fun to be an important part of my client’s lives. From hearing about their vacations, their children or grandkids, to making big purchases. As their Financial Advisor, you are involved in all aspects of their financial picture, which really means all parts of their life. It is extremely rewarding,” says Emily. 

Tom is currently retired and stays at home with their two children. Prior to retirement, Tom had a rewarding career in finance and tax services. After over twenty years in the business, Tom retired when they had their first child, Melanie. Emily says it was the best decision for Tom to dedicate his time to their children, “Tom has poured himself into their children’s lives by continuously volunteering at their school, Tassajara Hills Elementary, and giving the family lots of flexibility on the home front.” Tom also volunteers on several Blackhawk committees and enjoys golfing. Emily lends her expertise by volunteering on John Muir Hospital’s Investment Subcommittee, which helps the hospital with the management of their investments. 

The entire family remains very active in the community. Emily and Tom’s children, eight-year-old Melanie and six-year-old Danny, both swim for Hox Swim Team. Melanie takes dance classes with Next Step Studio in Blackhawk. Melanie loves to sing, play piano and has taken voice lessons. Danny is currently taking piano lessons and Karate. 

When it comes to travel, the family loves all things Disney and Hawaii and have created many magical memories there. Emily says they are always thrilled to come home to Blackhawk though, “Blackhawk is more than just a place to live. We love the Blackhawk lifestyle. We play on a Bocce team. The kids love all the activities, and you can always find us at the July 4th celebration, the Holiday and Easter Brunch, and even the fun Wine Tasting Events. Blackhawk is a special place to live, and I feel we are so lucky to live here.” 

Story written by Megan Scott, Resident since 2010