We had the good fortune of connecting with Genna Rubolino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genna, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I started my business right before the March 2020 shut down because I saw a need for a more convenient option for individuals who need documents notarized. Once the shutdown happened, the demand became so great for individuals who not only wanted convenience but needed a covid-free way to get documents notarized from physically anywhere in the world. When the shut down was declared, some individuals were stuck overseas and still required notarization. I am a grateful that I was able to not just help my community locally but beyond. Additionally, the local Courts were closed during the pandemic indefinitely. Therefore, the Florida Supreme Court issued an Emergency Order permitting Florida Notary Publics to swear in individuals remotely who successfully passed the Florida Bar to practice Florida Law. This has been a huge privilege and honor to swear in new Florida attorneys, as this honor was previously only provided by Florida Court Judges or other practicing Florida Attorneys. It was enjoyable to be able to offer this service and have family and friends view their loved ones swearing in remotely.
Lastly, I am a proud member of the Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Paralegals Association of Florida and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce which help me, and my business find new ways to contribute to the community.
What should our readers know about your business?
Florida Virtual Notary, LLC mostly provides remote online notarization to individuals physically located anywhere in the world. We also provide mobile notarizations to individuals in Palm Beach. Miami-Dade, Broward and Martin counties along with educational trainings and other much needed remote services. Myself and my team have a background working as paralegals in various areas of law, which has made us familiar with notarizing all different kinds of documents. I am most proud of creating and presenting a Continuing Legal Education webinar for the Florida Bar on a beginner’s guide on remote online notarization.
I have lived in Boca Raton, Florida my entire life, which helped me to develop strong ties in the community. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a major in Business in 2010 and obtained my Certificate of Completion in Paralegal Studies in 2011. I became a Florida Notary Public in 2012 and have been actively working as an estate, trust and tax paralegal for the past 7 years.
I was diagnosed with throat cancer at age 18. That ordeal made me think about grown up responsibilities very early on, for example, my parents did not have health insurance and because of my condition, I needed to ensure I had a job that offered health benefits. My fear of losing my affordable health care kept me focused on having job security. I have been in remission now for almost 18 years. I think being cancer-free for so long has given me the courage to take more risks, which led to me starting Florida Virtual Notary, LLC in 2020.
Initially, when starting my company, I saw an opportunity for a very successful side hustle as a remote notary. I had no intention of leaving my current role as a paralegal. My thought process about being an actual business owner shifted when the demand for remote notarization picked up. I began to see the possibilities behind what I had started, and it gave me a new found confidence that I didn’t think I had.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a difficult question because the new strand of covid has been busy this holiday season so it’s hard to imagine I’d go anywhere plus as a business owner I rarely have a full week to dedicate to a friend. In a perfect world, it would look something like this: DAY 1 – Cooper’s Hawk for wine tasting and dinner (I’m a member – humble brag). Any Florida location will do! We’ve got a lot of catching up to do on a first night visit.
DAY 2 – Beach day at Deerfield, brunch by the water, lounging day, early dinner at JB’s on the Beach. Game night with friends at my place – full size Jenga will be provided.
DAY 3 – Beach day at Boca, brunch by the water, lounging day. Hopefully joined by more friends.
DAY 4 – Check out my area – Boca Mall and Mizner Park Bar crawl.
DAY 5 – Lincoln Road Mall in Miami – all day store and restaurant hop around including Friday night at the Fountain.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom, Susan Rubolino, has been my biggest advocate. My mom passed away on July 11, 2021, so it’s a little bitter sweet to continue my journey without her. She was terminally ill and knew her time was approaching. She left a letter for me and my brother. Her letter to me declared that she was so proud of me and my business.
Me, Boss – Genna Rubolino Notary – Jennifer Blatt Child model – anonymous Dog – Red, my greyhound