Ninoshka Rodriguez is one of Rapid Realty’s brightest stars. She is a top performing franchisee, who has worked with the company since 2007.
Nina, as she prefers to be called, was still attending college — she obtained a business and finance degree — had a full-time job with Amerigroup, when she was enticed to explore real estate. She took a course at night. Once licensed, she began working part-time for Rapid Realty and began to focus on high-end rentals and commercial spaces.
Amerigroup was looking to open additional offices throughout New York City and Rapid Realty had commercial spaces everywhere. Rodriguez found a way to have both companies work in harmony with each other. She brokered several commercial deals that set commission records at the time. Once out of school, she put more time into real estate.
After gaining expertise in the industry, she helped open the Bedford office. Soon after, she jumped at an opportunity to open up a Rapid Realty franchise in North Park Slope.
Rodriguez’s ability to manage people and her competitive attitude make her a great asset to Rapid Realty. She inspires her agents as they look for an example of what hard work and dedication can lead to.
She is now a multi-unit franchisee, an advisory council member and one of Rapid’s first area developers.
Nina has aspirations to bring the brand to markets outside of New York City. Nina volunteers to assist other franchisees.
In the “giving back realm,” she coordinates charity events such as those for the American Cancer Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Involved with relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, she and her team helped people clean up and gather their belongings. “We placed many of them in new homes without charge,” she says.
“Also, my team and I often help provide clothing, electronics and school supplies for the children in shelters,” she said.
Who inspired her? “My team,” she says. “They’re young and ambitious. Their hard work makes me want to work harder so that I can help them reach their goals.”
With Thanksgiving coming, she and her team are collecting turkeys and canned good to deliver to people in need, mostly from the Caribbean and Hispanic communities. They’re also looking forward to a toy drive for Christmas.
Nina Rodriguez was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico.