We had the good fortune of connecting with Osmany Mondaca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Osmany, how do you think about risk?
My entire life/career has been built around taking risks but I prefer to think of it as seizing opportunities and taking action. If we don’t take action (or the “risk”) then we miss out on the opportunities presented to us. And when I say opportunities I don’t necessarily mean monetary opportunities- I mean learning experiences and relationship building, for instance, which are just as important because it can put us in favorable positions to achieve the success we are searching for. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t dared take some risks- and the outcome hasn’t always been ideal but there is always something to be learned and I credit my willingness to go where others won’t with being able to create the life I’ve always wanted for me and my family..
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My real estate firm has experienced a great amount of growth and I’m extremely grateful for that… However, what sets my brokerage apart from the rest is that despite the growth, there is still excellent support for our agents and a real sense of camaraderie in our office that can easily get lost elsewhere. Moreover, my firm is always striving to stay ahead of the real estate curve- offering the best technology, tools and eye-level marketing strategies to get properties maximum exposure and sold in a short time frame. Although I’ve found great success in real estate, there are always challenges that arise along the path to that success but they have served as lessons in business and have only made me better. One of the lessons that I’ve learned as a result is that in business, as in life, you must be flexible and adaptable if you want to survive. With the current pandemic as well as past experiences like the housing crash and September 11th that lesson has proven essential to surviving and thriving in any business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My itinerary would include some time on the water. The biggest advantage of living in Miami is definitely the access to the ocean and the boating life. One day I’d definitely include some bar hopping by boat, starting in Elliott Key then making our way South to Alabama Jacks- a historical “hole in the wall” in Key Largo, then end up at Big Chill another upper keys spot that’s great for catching a beautiful sunset while sipping a cocktail and enjoying live music. Another spot that I’m feeling excited about lately is Little Havana. There are some really cool places to eat, drink and be immersed in Cuban culture. It’s becoming more gentrified and drawing all sorts of young professionals to the area. Hot spots like Ball and Chain offer authentic Cuban food and drink while other attractions like Maximo Gomez park where you can watch some Cuban old timers play some dominos, and El Titan Bronze where you can see how cigars are made-give a glimpse into the Cuban traditions that are such a big part of Miami’s exotic flavor and appeal. Other interesting areas throughout Miami to explore include the Wynwood art district (where local artists live and display their work) and our famous beaches of course. Not to mention that Miami is home to several professional sport teams so depending on the time of year- it’s fun to catch a Marlins, Heat or Dolphins game.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Gentleman’s Journal, a business mastermind group that I belong to has helped me grow exponentially not only in business but in my personal life as well. They’ve definitely been a great support to me and I’ve not only learned a tremendous amount from the other gentlemen in the group- I’ve also made some lifelong friendships that are invaluable to me. So shoutout to Gentlemen’s Journal!
Personal photo credit goes to Scarlette Colston Photography