Kim Soper, a born and raised Lexingtonian spends nearly everyday of her life in the city. When she does find the time to leave, she is so eager to return back home to Lexington. Even when she was in Aruba, she still missed Lexington *smile*
Kim grew up in the Paris Pike area of Lexington, a place where her family still calls home after 40 plus years. Kim’s parents were very involved in the local community beginning in the 1960’s and helped establish the Mary Todd Park, located on the former site of Joyland Amusement Park. From then on out, Kim’s family played a significant role in the youth and adult sports circuit over the next 40 years. “By the time I was a small child, I felt like I had been all over the city and all the parks, so all parts of Lexington just naturally felt like home to me,” says Soper.
It wasn’t until high school that Kim really became intrigued by Lexington’s history, the homes and the people. After seeing a television program on Lexington history, Kim did a pictorial presentation for the Kentucky Historical Society State Competition and won 1st place. The pictures featured several historic homes in downtown Lexington, Kentucky such as the very 1st apartments (Hampton Court), the 1st duplex (South Upper Street) and many other well known homes, including a home in Fayette Park where President Woodrow Wilson had tea. She then went on to place 1st at the National History Day competition.
After the project, Kim truly fell in love with Lexington and its lustrous history. So when it came time for picking a great university, there was just one school on her list, Transylvania University. Transylvania, the nation’s 16th oldest University and of course the oldest school in Kentucky was founded in 1780, before Kentucky was a state. “Just knowing the deep history of Transylvania University and all the great leaders from U.S. Vice Presidents to Senators to the founder of the State of Texas (Stephen Austin), I had to be apart of this great school that was so embedded in the state and the county’s history,” said Soper.
It also helped that the Transy campus was located in the center of downtown Lexington and she passed the school on a weekly basis since she was a small child. Kim graduated with a degree in Business Administration with special concentration on marketing and communication. She then spent several years working in public relations and marketing for the nationally ranked University. In 2005, she left the PR world to build her real estate business. Today, she has worked with hundreds of families and helps to make the transition to the Bluegrass or simply across town an enjoying and rewarding experience.
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