We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Rodstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in NY but grew up between Miami and Orlando, I was fortunate to have been raised by 2 entrepreneurial parents who instilled life skills and fundamentals in business. My mom moved us to Orlando when I was 10 and started a balloon company that became very successful. I watched her start it from scratch. She opened the best accounts and made an impact in the community by her charitable contributions. Everyone knew and loved her. My mom has been and remains a constant in my life. She has been a great role model. My dad began his career as a banker in NY and subsequently became a Real Estate Broker and prominent Mortgage Broker in South Florida. Regarded as the “go-to guy” for financing, he had a unique ability to add value and make deals come to life. I vividly remember meetings with him where he would structure a deal on a napkin, go back to the office and produce a term sheet. He was a true visionary.
When I was 22, I started working along side him. At first it was less to be desired as I didn’t have much of an appetite for commercial real estate and financing but he taught me real estate business and how navigate intricate and challenging deals. Eventually, I started to enjoy the real estate industry especially when we rehabbed and developed our own properties. It was a great experience. We had a good 10 years working together but sadly, my dad went through a difficult time and suddenly ended his life. It was a pivoting moment in my life as I went through 7 arduous years handling his estate and winding down the companies. My dad’s genuine love for deal making carried on to me where a piece of him lives on.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been selling real estate since 1998. As a solo agent, I am proud to have accomplished several recognitions over the years. Last year I sold $44M in total sales volume and was the number 1 Agent in GCI out of 8,000+ Keller Williams Agents in the South Florida Region. It was a humbling recognition. My philosophy is to look at each deal through my client’s lenses; sell as if it was my own and buy as if I were purchasing for myself. My clients know firsthand when they work with me, I am committed to getting the best results, providing the best service and going above and beyond to do what it takes to make the deal happen. I have that same passion as my dad; crafting deals and getting them over the finish line.
Living in Miami, I’ve met so many inspiring people who dedicate their lives to enriching others that ultimately propelled me into philanthropy.
My journey began by volunteering at the South Florida SPCA horse rescue 22 years ago as an animal activist. I was VP for several years and chaired many of our fundraisers. One day we received a call that a group of women raised $10,000 for us. It’s not every day you receive those types of calls so imagine how intrigued we were and wanted to thank them personally so we drove up to Boca to attend their meeting. Once I learned more, I instantly knew I had to be involved. I spoke with the founder, Melody Spano, about breaking off into sub chapters and that’s how 100+ Women Who Care Miami-Dade formed. Myself, along with several great ladies, co-founded and operated it for 4 years. Subsequently, that chapter closed and we launched the Miami Beach chapter in 2020. In just 2 years, our chapter has reached over 120 members and raised approximately $100,000 for local, underfunded nonprofits in Miami-Dade County.
100+ Women Who Care is an alliance of like-minded women raising funds for hyper local nonprofits. We meet quarterly, it’s $100 per meeting, we hear from 3 local nonprofits who pitch their organizations, the members vote for their nonprofit of choice and the one with the most votes wins the funds. The money goes directly towards their initiatives and stays in Miami-Dade County. I love this platform; it’s fun, you meet great women and collectively we are making a greater impact.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many I would have to break them down by neighborhood.
Since we live in Bal Harbour, we frequent Bal Harbour Shops and are regulars at Makoto and Carpaccio, both great spots for people watching and dining.
Coconut Grove is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s boho chic with quaint shops and exudes charm. When there, have to hit Planta, the best vegetarian restaurant.
Buzzy and I along with our partners, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, recently opened Miami’s only distillery called Tropical Distillers in Allapattah, curating craft liqueurs and specialty cocktails offering cocktail classes, tastings, distillery tours, happy hour and events. It has a cool vibe that is the epitome of Miami. It’s a must see and experience.
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