Meet Julie Kime a 2015 Hispanic Woman of Distinction
Born of Cuban parents in Connecticut, Julie returned to Cuba with her family at age 11 to help her grandmother. She finished high school there, and when Castro came into power, her parents sent her back to the U.S. with a suitcase and no money to live with her cousins in Miami, until her parents returned 5 years later.
Determined to be successful, and having the work-ethic of her Father, Julie attended Palm Beach State College, married and was hired by AllState Insurance.
After setting sales records in her district, she opened her own business, becoming the most successful AllState agent in Florida. After 30 years, Julie sold her agency, retired and with her husband, John she expanded her already philanthropic spirit to make a difference in the lives of others.
Julie is passionate with her volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club for over 28 years.
Mentoring young, at-risk students and impressing upon them the importance of education, self-esteem, honesty and hard work , and of course her generosity, led to the Julie and John Kime Welcome Center and at the club in Wellington.
She is also a founding member of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, now with 1200 members, a 30 year member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, supports student scholarships, and a member of the elite Jeremiah Milbank Society which exemplifies a spirit of voluntarism and compassion for those in need.
As a breast cancer survivor herself, Julie also supports cancer research and education, as well as the ALS Association, Arthritis Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
It is fitting that Julie has received numerous awards, and most recently, the Portrait of A Woman and Golden Stilletto Award.
“The successful Latina is no longer the exception; we have grown increasingly independent, self-sufficient and courageous”; she said. “There are no limits to what a Latina can achieve.”
Julie will be celebrated as Hispanic Woman of Distinction on August 14, 2015.
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