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Art and the Wynwood District; RealConnex and Your Virtual Network; Real Deal Real Estate Showcase

Episode 440: 10-26-17

Art and the Wynwood District

David Lombardi is Founder of Lombardi Properties, Miami, FL. Lombardi founded Lombardi Properties in 1999. In 2000, he began investing in Wynwood. Lombardi had a vision of what Wynwood could be: A “living/working artistic community” in the city of Miami.

In 2002, Lombardi began a series of art happenings labeled “Roving Fridays in Wynwood” where the work of many local artists was shown and an open bar, a live band and a fashion show by a local young designer would entertain the crowds.

The idea was to promote any vacant spaces and get people from the residential areas comfortable with coming to Wynwood at night. It was the impetus of what is now “The Second Saturdays,” which is the monthly gallery walk that regularly draws 15,000 people.

Some of Lombardi’s art focused real estate projects include:

– Terminal Lofts: Home to numerous artists and creative companies.
– The 36-unit Wynwood Lofts, specially designed for creatives and artists.
– Museo Vault: Designed and built ground-up to store and protect valuable art.
– Various commercial buildings that combine artist studios with other commercial uses.

Jim and David discuss the impact art has had on the property values in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

RealConnex and Your Virtual Network

Roy Abrams is CEO and Founder of RealConnex and GPI Real Estate Group, New York, N.Y. RealConnex marries Abrams’ track record, leadership skills and Internet experience with his extensive real estate experience.

Abrams was formerly the CEO of LBI, an Internet services organization that sold to Publicis for $580M in 2012. He was also a managing director at Lotus development/IBM and CEO of TurboCAD, one of the world’s leading software products. He also held various positions on private and public boards.

We all know Jim is the king of networking. He and Roy will discuss networking and commercial real estate – and why RealConnex is the “next big thing” in online real estate platforms.

A Straight Shot of Jim

Jim talks about his experience at the 4th Annual Real Estate Showcase and Forum hosted by The Real Deal South Florida at Soho Studios in Miami.

Vivian Fried Kidney Transplant Update

Jim’s wife, Vivian Fried, still needs a kidney donor urgently. She is staying strong and upbeat! Please help!!

Donations are welcome. Visit

For an update on Vivian and her search for a kidney transplant, watch her interview on WPLGTV10 in Miami:

For information on kidney donation, email

Episode 440: 10-26-17

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