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Kaira Sturdivant Rouda
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Kaira Sturdivant Rouda is the president of Real Living, Inc. Previously, she held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Real Living, responsible for the development and stewardship of the Real Living brand. She is  responsible for the overall strategy and alignment of the company’s agent and customer care centers; marketing, advertising and special events; professional development and training; franchise sales and services; Web services and the information technology infrastructure.

Before joining Real Living, Rouda was vice president of marketing for an Inc. 500 company with more than 230 franchises and 20 company-owned offices in 47 states.

In the mid-1980s, she founded Make Room Columbus, the city’s first homeless shelter for families and in the late 90s she co-founded the 12¼ Circle at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television. She is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, the YWCA of Columbus’ Board of Directors, the Ohio State University Medical Center’s Critical Care and Respiratory Advisory Committee and the Google Real Estate Advisory Council.

In 2008 she published her book called Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs.


She has received numerous awards for her civic service including: Columbus Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year, Ohio Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, Northwest Rotary’s Woman of the Year, Kiwanis Humanitarian Award and Business First newspaper’s 40 under 40, among others.


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