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Jim Kinsey – In Memory

Jim Kinsey, a fourth generation Floridian, was born in Ft. Lauderdale in 1955. That same year his family moved to Fort Myers, Florida. In 1981, Jim joined his father at Kinsey Associates Inc. (“KAI”), one of the oldest commercial real estate brokerage firms in southwest Florida. He would serve as President and sole stockholder in the company until his death in 2014.  He also owned and was president of Starboard Development Corporation, which is the consulting and land development arm of KAI.  During his time at KAI, Jim became one of the most well-respected commercial real estate professionals in SW Florida.  Jim attributed this to his integrity, his work ethic, his creativity and ability to solve problems.  He served as a positive example for his family, friends and colleagues.  Over the last several years, Jim brought his wife Leslie and son Brandon into KAI.  It is thanks to his tutelage that they now serve as the operating partners in the company.

VOLUNTEER AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: From December of 2007 to 2012, the Board of Governors for the state university system selected Jim to the Board of Trustees (BOT) of Florida State University where he served as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee from 2010-2012. Jim was a past chairman of the city of Fort Myers Planning Board and, is a past member of the Board of Governors’ of the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS). He was a member of the International Council of Shopping Center Developers (ICSC), was past president of the Lee County YMCA Volunteer Board and was also past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers Inc. In 2012, Jim was named to the Lee County advisory board for BB&T.


  • McDonalds Corporation-”Most Valuable Broker 2009″-Florida region
  • McDonalds Corporation-”Area Broker of the Year 2012 ” Southwest Florida
  • Co-Star Power Broker 2011

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: Formerly involved in competitive sailing, Jim has won multiple national class championships, an intercollegiate national championship and was a finalist for the 1980 US Olympic Team. He also represented the United States in 1983 in the Admiral’s Cup, racing on a yacht whose crew included none other than Ted Turner of CNN fame.