By Kenny Silverman
Having moved to this community over 25 years ago from Brooklyn, New York, it has become more than just a place to live, but a place I am proud to call home. It’s a place that is constantly evolving and continually providing opportunities all while having a supportive community behind it. Launching my 7-ELEVEN® was on many levels scary, but I quickly found out just how supportive our community is.
7-ELEVEN® has always been a brand I’ve known and respected. It’s one of the few places you can visit where you know exactly what you’re going to get when you go inside. I developed brand loyalty many years ago in New York and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of, so when the opportunity came about to invest in the franchise it truly was a dream come true for me. Now more than ever this neighborhood needs a friendly essential store, and with over 2,600 different products available and eight gas pumps the community will be able to access things easier and safer than before. My favorite part of owning the store is being able to provide over 15 new jobs for people who are excited to get back to work and have been trained with COVID-19 precautions. During these hard times everyone needs an opportunity, so it gives me such pride to welcome these hard working employees to our 7-ELEVEN® family.
Being involved in our LGBTQ+ community is one of the best parts of living in the area. The tight bond we have is really unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I love being able to give back to the community that has given me so much. I play, coach, and sponsor a team in the SFAAA softball league and have been cleaning Wilton Drive for over four years as a volunteer in the “Adopt a Street” program. To me, being supportive of other people and fellow LGBTQ+ businesses in our community is the best way to give back!
As 7-ELEVEN® continues to grow and become a new adventure for me, real estate will always remain my top priority. My enthusiasm for helping people buy and sell their homes has always been my passion and I look forward to helping clients for years to come. My real estate business spans over 25 years and I am proud to say I am continually recognized among the top producing realtors in South Florida year after year.
I look forward to the many exciting things to come and the amazing people in this community I get to meet every day. I invite you to come into my 7-ELEVEN® (on the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Powerline Road) to say hello to myself and my friendly staff. We look forward to putting a smile on your face (behind your face mask of course)!