Meredith Elaine Kyle
Company: Realty ONE Group Properties
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Queen City! Charlotte, NC born and raised
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
My entire life minus getting my bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I am a proud Charlotte native who is working to help better my community through my charity, Feed Your Net, and my real estate business, Meredith Kyle Realty. I love being a Charlotte native and the connections, family and friends I have all around the city I call home. I spend my days helping people with real estate needs but my real passion is helping those experiencing homelessness in Charlotte. I started my charity, Feed Your Net, in June 2018 when I wanted to join a networking group but wanted something a little more impactful. I decided to give professionals a way to give back to the community while growing their network. We hold monthly meet ups where people come together to pack blessing bags, serve drinks during the soup kitchen hours, make sandwiches and various other yearly events. It has been life changing to learn so much about the community and the wonderful people we have serving the city through various charity efforts.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
I mentioned my charity, Feed Your Net, in my previous answer and my most memorable project was our December event last year. A small backstory is that I had decided to start my own business as well as charity within a few months of each other, this was a whirlwind of grinding and growing. Feed Your Net had put on a few successful months of events and we were approached by a long-term volunteer of Urban Ministry, Celeste Hack, to help orchestrate a large 2-month holiday gift series. We partnered with Celeste and were able to gather donations and volunteers to pack 400+ blessing bags for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The event itself was incredible to watch in action. It was a huge room packed and overflowing with volunteers some of whom we knew and some who had decided to come meet others. One woman at the event had decided that instead of a birthday party that year that she wanted to have her birthday dinner at our event and request her friends to show up with donations for the homeless instead of gifts. It was a true vision of community and people from all walks of life come together for a common goal. When we were handing the bags out at the soup kitchen the following Sunday, we had a man come up to one of our volunteers in tears. He was crying because Charlotte had a cold front that came in that week and it had been bitter cold outside. He had caught a cold and his voice was horse. When he opened his blessing bag and saw cough drops, he said he cried because he had been praying for some help. It was in that moment that everything in that week hit me. Not only were we able to bring people together for a common goal while growing their network and meeting new people but we were also able to make a impact on some ones day with something as small as a cough drop.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.
I believe the things I contribute to my community are the passion to help those in need, the drive to help negotiate for my clients get the best deal and love for my hometown. My biggest contribution I would say would be my charity work and how I try to give back with everything I do. Being from Charlotte I love to help small businesses in the community and most weekends between showings you can catch me at the Charlotte Regional farmers Market.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
I have been awarded the Caring Award by Realty One Group as well as being spotlighted in the magazine Charlotte Real Producers.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I am a die-hard Panthers fan. In my free time I LOVE to go to events with Roaring Riot, check out training camps, various charity events throughout the year the team puts on and cheering on my team at Bank of America Stadium. I grew up watching the Panthers with my parents and football season is just so much fun in the city! I also love to hike, kayak and paddleboard down at Wrightsville Beach where I went to college and lived and I love a good day trip to Asheville for all the food, fun and outdoors there is to enjoy.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. My generation loves to talk about what we believe in and want the world to look like but I truly believe you have to be the change.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
When I started my real estate career, I knew I wanted to grow it as organically and thought out as possible. I believe you have to make each decision carefully as you plan for the future and knowing what you want the future to look like is vital to that. In 5 years, I see myself running a small real estate office or team and owning investment property in the mountains, city and coast. In 5 years, I also want to have grown my charity to be in 3 other cities with successful impacts and events being held monthly in all 4 total cities. My 10-year goal is to own 5-10 investment properties, be solely managing my own firm and company as well as having $5mil per year donated to those experiencing homelessness through the Housing First initiative with money raised by Feed Your Net. Also, a few more furry friends and chickens would be fun.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I’ve always wanted to take a cooking class in the countryside of Italy. I love to cook and this is an experience I can pass down to my family.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
Trip to Thailand where I went to visit a college roommate in Bangkok then went up to Chiang Mai for Songkran
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I have started sharing this recently, but I still think it is very interesting to share. I found out in high school my parents used a sperm donor to conceive me. I did a DNA test through 23&me a few years ago and my mom did one as well so I could see what ancestry my biological father might’ve had (I have bright red hair and my mother dark brown). Through the site I learned a lot about myself but I also found 2 half siblings that share the same sperm donor that I have. My half-brother, Caleb, I found first, and we’ve met a few times and he comes to visit for Panthers games when he can. It is very interesting because we look nothing alike but have very similar personalities and mannerisms. I haven’t had a chance to meet my half sister and there might be more of us out there.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My mother. She is my rock and a hero for so many reasons.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Just Mercy and I highly recommend it. This was a book I couldn’t put down and think should be a book read by all!
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
The new Lion King. It was awesome and I am still singing the songs.
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?