Mr. Justin Nepola is proud to be a founding partner of Nepola Yonta Attorneys at Law. He has practice Real Estate law since 1997, working in every aspect of the industry from commercial land lord tenant work to national title insurance underwriters.
Mr. Nepola earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami as well as a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.
Mr. Nepola has extensive small business experience as the owner of Kaizen Beauty Academy. Mr. Nepola was awarded the Daily Points of Light award and recognized by the city of Pembroke Pines for his community service. He currently sits on multiple boards, including the Chairing Broward County Human Rights Board, Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Neighbors 4 Neighbors Board of Directors and the Hands on Broward Board of Directors.
Mr. Nepola is also extremely active in local politics serving as the chair of the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, sitting on the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and a founding member of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.
Mr. Nepola has worked with and raised funds for numerous non profits and charitable organizations including Hands on Broward, Susan B. Anthony House, the Make A Wish Foundation, Kids in Distress, Women in Distress, Relay for Life, Lifenet 4 Families and most recently Neighbors 4 Neighbors.
Mr. Nepola is a devoted husband to his wife Jacqueline and proud father to his two daughters Mia Bella and Ava Adore.
Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
Day one was my most terrifying and proudest moment. When my partner and I decided to forgo the safety of a corporate job and take the risk to work for ourselves. I have the utmost respect for entrepreneurs who risk it all to bet on themselves because it is one of the hardest things to do.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
Meeting new people, I love meeting people. Everyone has a different story to tell.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
I am blessed to have many people who are there for me and are always willing to provide consult and support whenever I need it.
You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
I love meeting doctors and nurses. Although they work in a completely different field than me, I am always fascinated by their stories. Their job is to save human life and to me that is the most incredible thing a person can do.
Is there a charitable event(s) you really look forward to attending each year?
There are a few days of service; MLK, 9-11 and now Parkland on 2-14, that are tied to extremely emotional and sad times in our nation's history. I get a great deal of satisfaction by honoring those special days by giving back in some way. I also look forward to and enjoy the challenge of the Feeding South Florida 24 hour sort a thon, where you volunteer for 24 hours straight.
How have things changed for you through the years?
I’ve gotten older.
Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Although the book is over 80 years old its message is timeless and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never read it before.
What can make you laugh?
I prefer smart comedy, something that makes you think in a new way. Comedians like George Carlin and Jon Stewart, were able to entertain and educate at the same time.
What can make you cry?
Movies about fathers and daughters always get me. I recently watched Eighth Grade and it touched a nerve.
Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
I never imagined I would be where I am today and there is no place I would rather be but I still work for and dream of more. I am never satisfied and I cant imagine I ever will be. There will always be new things to try, new places to go and new people to help.
When you were a little boy, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
An old man.
What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
I have been reading a lot about AI and autonomous vehicles lately and what many are referring to as a new industrial revolution. In the very near future life as we know it will change drastically in both good and bad ways.
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
I am involved with a number of non profits including Hands on Broward and Neighbors 4 Neighbors. Most recently I have been honored to be a candidate for Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Broward County.
Who is your hero?
My personal hero is former President Jimmy Carter. Regardless of how you feel about his politics, it is impossible to argue that he has lead an exemplary life post presidency. He is in his 90s and he still dedicates his time to giving back, whether it’s building homes for the less fortunate with Habitat for Humanity or traveling the world to cure disease in Africa he is continually working to make the world a better place.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Every year my wife and I go with a huge group of friends to a reggae festival in Mexico and it is the absolute best week of the year. Good music, food and friends.
What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?
Usually home, I am out networking almost every week night so on Saturday I prefer to stay in have a drink and watch netflix.
What is your pet peeve?
People who do not respect personal space.
If you were going to be on a Space Shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?
My phone, I need to take an outer space selfie.
What would you still like to learn how to do?
Speak a second language, paint, fly a hot air balloon, there are a million things I would love to learn but none enough to dedicate the time necessary to learn to do it.
What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?
Just F**KING do it! Take chances, go for your dream, reach for the stars, do it all now because it only gets harder when responsibilities start piling up.
How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
Start young and make it fun not mandatory. Kids love to give back if they are given positive reinforcement. Once school makes it mandatory it becomes just another class they need to get through.
What is the greatest problem we are facing in this country today?
Lack of empathy.
What can we personally do to make things better for future generations?
Try and listen more.