The Ocean Insiders are a successful real estate team who sincerely enjoy their chosen profession. Their many years of combined experience allow them to offer their clients a wealth of knowledge. With a professional style and strong partnership, the Ocean Insiders strive to provide the highest level of service.
Going that extra step to make the process of searching for the perfect home enjoyable, exciting, and rewarding for their clients, their goal is to match special properties with special people. The Ocean Insiders have worked with clients from all walks of life, whether they are moving locally, from across the country, or across the world.
With a strong marketing plan and a thorough follow-up system, the Ocean Insider team will assist you in achieving the most from your real estate investments.
Don Pingaro has attained the reputation as a leading luxury residential real estate professional, with numerous record-breaking sales.
Don enjoys all aspects of the real estate business and finds it constantly challenging. "Knowledge is power and I pride myself in being the foremost authority on this ever changing dynamic luxury market. There isn't a more gratifying feeling than matching the desires of your buyer to their dream residence. We are fortunate to live in South Florida and enjoy the diversity of neighbors and leisure choices all in a wonderful tropical climate".
Don attributes his success to his hard work, enthusiasm and personal service, averaging well in excess 300 on island transactions annually and $35,000,000 in transactions.
In 2016, Don surpassed the $550 million sales mark. Over the past 19 years he is has been in the top 1% worldwide residential real estate sales. He has brokered the highest and 3rd highest priced sales in Fisher Island history. He has brokered 3 of the 4 closings in Fisher Island history over $2000/sf. In early 2016 Don surpassed the historic benchmark of 5,000 completed transactions on Fisher Island.
Don has traveled the world in pursuit of finding the best communities for island living with the lifestyle on par with the iconic Fisher Island. He is the preeminent resource for island luxury communities.
In 2012, Ocean Insiders have formed a strategic partnership to promote four other elite island communities, Kukui'ula in Kauai, Hawaii , Cotton Bay in Elethuera, Bahamas, BahaMar in Bahamas, and Diamante in Cabo del Sol.
In 2015, Don will be also starting two additional real estate firms, 5iMiami Realty & 5iMiami Commercial Realty, focusing on Chinese investors in Miami.
Don has been a South Florida resident since 1990. He relocated from his childhood home of Cold Spring, New York to enroll in The University of Miami's MBA program. Since his graduation in 1992 he has been a fixture on Fisher Island.
He parlayed his previous eight years of restaurant management experience into a Food & Beverage management position on Fisher Island. The next two years were spent overseeing the island restaurants and gaining a better appreciation for personal service in a private club setting.
In 1994, he turned his efforts into Real Estate sales. Focusing on waterfront luxury homes and specializing in the Fisher Island market. Within 18 months he was the Top Producer at the locally revered firm, Byrne-Rinehart & Co.
An avid athlete, Don trains and competes with the Boca Raton Triathletes and is coached by Nicole Boger . He has participated in numerous national and international races such as the 2000 & 2010 Stockholm, 2003 Disney & Twin Cities, 2006 Honolulu, 2009 New York Marathons, 2006 -10 Minneapolis Triathlon and 2005-13 Chicago Triathlon, 2006,08, 13 &14 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, 2007 Vineman 1/2 Ironman & 2008, 14 &15 California 1/2 Ironman, 2015 Ironman Canada, 2015 World Series Ultra 50k Run at Big Sky, Montana and many more. His personal best marathon is 3 hours 29 minutes and olympic distance triathlon is 2 hours 22 minutes. In October 2008 he made it to the podium with top 3 finishes in the US Open Dallas Triathlon and Escape To Bermuda Triathlon.
His other passions are windsurfing, snowboarding, tennis and golf. Don has traveled extensively to Hawaii, Palm Springs, Cape Cod, Scottsdale, Europe and more for his golf vacations. Don celebrated his 40 birthday with a 3 day/81 hole golf bonanza in Bandon Dunes.
He has competed eleven times for United States in the International Cup on Fisher Island with a personal 20-11-1 match play record. Don was the playing United States Captain in 2001 & 2002. He was the 2006 Men's Invitational Champion, 2002 Fisher Island Club Net Champion, 2005 & 2006 Fisher Island Mixed Club Champion, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2012 La Quinta Skins Champion and finished runner up in the 2003 Cape Cod CC Championship.
Don married Dr. Courtnee Zobac on Bora Bora back in August 2002. The couple met on Fisher Island in the late 1997. They were blessed on Thanksgiving 2009 with a wonderful baby girl, Gianna Marie.
From the Midwest to Miami, Kimberly Cacioppo has been driven by a passion for what she loves, Real Estate. A spirited and energetic individual who takes pride in her business.
Residing on Fisher Island for several years and having a four year old. One of the main attractions for Kimberly and her family was the Fisher Island Day School. Kimberly liked the school so much she is now chairing the PTA . Active in many other events that the school has sponsored such as the Annual Gala and The FIDS Kids Fishing event. The school has been a tremendous draw for young, growing families.Fisher Island Day School is a fully accredited school for toddlers to 5th grade. As far as raising children on Fisher Island it offers ideal privacy and safety like no other place. The Fisher Island community has a wonderful mix of ages and cultures, full time and part-time residents".
Kimberly's real estate career began on South Beach and Downtown before making the switch to Ocean Insiders. A belief that is shared by the entire Insiders team: "Knowledge is Power" We all work together to help each other, therefore our clients benefit. Another reason Ocean Insiders is an obvious choice and the top producing company specializing in Fisher Island Real Estate.
Kimberly is still true to her off Island clients and has active listings and works with buyers as well.
Welcome to paradise!
For over 10 years, Ninoska has been involved in Real estate on Fisher Island. Having closed millions in residential transactions she has the experience and tenacity to make it happen. Ninoska specializes in home staging and interior decorating. In 2005, she started a property concierge company on the island to meet the needs of absentee owners. As an active member in the Fisher Island community she has been instrumental in organizing the 'Fisher Island 5k' race for 2 years in a row.
She speaks fluent spanish and is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Fisher Island community.
Ocean Insiders is proud to welcome David Gitin to our team. He has been a part of the Fisher Island community for over 20 years. David's previous career experiences has been in development and fundraising for charities associated with the United Way. He is married and a very proud father of a three year old son and a five year old daughter. He is looking forward to serving the South Florida area with any of your real estate needs.
Juan Carlos Padial
JC Padial not only sells ultra-luxury waterfront real estate, he is also an avid investor. After retiring from a successful 23 year banking career in 2000, serving as CFO for several large European banks in Miami, Padial began investing in real estate, which subsequently led him to focus on the Miami real estate market where he was President of Sotheby's Real Estate in Miami. A native of Havana, Cuba, Padial has lived in Miami Beach the majority of his life. An accomplished businessman, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business (Accounting major) from Florida International University as well as a graduate certificate from the School of Banking from the University of Florida and is also a certified public accountant (CPA). Padial has gone on to specialize in the high-end luxury market, focusing on Fisher Island and Miami Beach, where he himself has been a resident for a number of years. "Having lived and invested in real estate on Fisher Island, I know the area from an investor's perspective which resonates well with my clients," comments Padial. When he's not closing multi-million dollar real estate deals, JC Padial enjoys traveling and giving back to society. He has served on the Board of Good Will Industries and is currently involved in various other charitable organizations.