Kennedy is a 4th generation native of Indian River County and member of a family that settled in Indian River County in 1907. His ancestors were citrus farmers that moved from Gainesville, Florida to take advantage of more favorable weather conditions for citrus in this coastal area.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Agriculture, Kennedy returned to Indian River County and pursued a career in citrus (farming, packinghouse and citrus export operations) and real estate in the family's various businesses.
While actively involved in the family's real estate and land management activities for most of his career, Kennedy developed hands on experience in simple and complex real estate transactions, construction and property management. During this period, he was involved in the development of Old Orchid (a residential community on the barrier island); the land assembly, preliminary planning & permitting, and sale of Bristol Bay (a mixed-use development in Wabasso); and, the acquisition, design, re-permitting, construction, property management and financing of Sebastian Inlet Marina (a 265-slip marina in southern Brevard County). He has participated in the negotiation and closing of several transactions in excess of 10 million dollars (including one at $26 million and one over $30 million) in the last 12 years.
Becoming a licensed Realtor was a natural extension of Kennedy’s career, enabling him to use his knowledge of the region to bring buyers and sellers together. “I have an incredible amount of local knowledge and a genuine love of the area,” Kennedy said. “Because of my knowledge and experience, I am able to take a client through the entire real estate process from beginning to end, whether residential or commercial, mainland or beachside.”
Kennedy joined Dale Sorenson Real Estate immediately after becoming licensed earlier this year. “I have known the Sorensen family for more than 30 years. The company is locally owned, and the professional staff are competent and courteous. I knew this was the real estate firm I wanted to be associated with.”
Kennedy has been an active member of the Indian River, St. Lucie and Brevard County business communities. He is a past President and Chairman of the Indian River Citrus League; a past Director of the Orange Growers Marketing Association (a division of Florida Natural); and a member of the Board of Directors of the Micco Homeowners Association.
Kennedy and his wife have three natural children and several foster children (adopting one). They are active in the foster care community and actively support the "UP" program (United Against Poverty). Kennedy also volunteers at his local church, coaches little league baseball and has coached lacrosse at the elementary and middle school levels. The family enjoys boating and fishing on the Indian River and offshore, participating annually in the Exchange Club Blue Water Open here in Sebastian.