Founder / Managing Broker
Real estate veteran Donnie Pingaro has been revolutionizing the South Florida industry since 1992. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Miami, he started his career in the exclusive Fisher Island market and went on to facilitate more than 5,000 transactions there. He created Ocean Insiders in 1994, which specializes in Fisher Island but also assists clients in the Bahamas, Sooke, Cabo, Bali, Oahu, Kauai, and other select island communities worldwide.
Donnie grounds his in-depth industry knowledge in a patient, compassionate nature that’s rooted in honesty. By listening to his clients, defining their goals, and then using his relentless work ethic and high-level negotiation skills to deliver, Donnie provides buyers and sellers with extraordinary service. He’s also a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Million Dollar Guild.
Donnie has founded several additional local enterprises, including ISG Asia, which is now the largest Mandarin-speaking real estate sales team in Florida. In 2016, Donnie began partnering with the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s (AREAA) global division to host “Explore Miami” tours, which present premium opportunities to AREAA members and investors. Donnie has held various other positions at AREAA, including Vice President, the 2018-2019 A-List Committee National Chair, the 2020 Convention Co-Chair, and Chief of Staff for National President, James Huang.
Donnie has long believed that the future of real estate is local, specialized, and agent-owned. In 2019, he partnered with Side, a San Francisco-based technology brokerage that exclusively works with top agents to support their business development through state-of-the-art marketing, technology, and administrative services. As Managing Broker and Vice President of Florida Operations for Side, Donnie leverages his experience building companies and managing brokerages to transform top-performing teams into industry-defining businesses.
On a personal note, Donnie enjoys spending time with his daughter, Gianna, especially during their weekly A-List Facebook Lives, which highlight some of the nation’s top-producing Realtors®. He’s also an award-winning endurance athlete and says that competing has taught him confidence, how to obsessively prepare, and to stay calm, even when circumstances require him to pivot quickly in order to win.