Within the next couple days, Goldmeier began having conversations about working as the Finance Director on a new campaign for the current County Commissioner Carlos Giménez, who was considering a 2012 run for Miami-Dade County Mayor. In one of the biggest voter recalls in U.S. history, the current Mayor Carlos Alvarez was ousted in March 2011. Giménez decided to run in the special election for the mayoral position against some steep competition. “We started polling at six points, while our main competitor was in the thirties.” Polling wasn’t the only numbers Goldmeier had to be concerned about. The opponent had the backing of the establishment, which came with more financial backing. However, Goldmeier had managed, against all odds, to raise more than $2 million in the special election and it did the trick. “We won by two points, fifty-one to forty-nine.” Goldmeier smiled.
When asked about what makes him successful at his job, it wasn’t the total amount of money raised that Goldmeier touted. In fact, it was the invaluable contacts he’s created. “My goal is to create relationships,” he said. “The more people and relationships I create, the more I can help others when it comes to fundraising.”
The approach is a bit unconventional for the field and is another reason he can fundraise for both democrat and republican candidates. Goldmeier thinks first about creating relationships and then later decides what may be the best giving plan for that individual, if any at all. “I’m extremely targeted,” he noted. “When it comes to political giving you have to be very strategic. Not everyone is the right person to ask for money for a given campaign.” Depending on the politician’s views, relationships, and office they are running for, Goldmeier will decide who is best to ask for donations. He used an example of not asking someone to support a new athletics stadium if you know the person is into the arts. “Again, you have to be very smart and strategic,” he reiterated. “I may not reach out to you for months, but when I do, I believe it's because this is the right cause or campaign for you to get involved in.”
Another reason Goldmeier is focused on creating these strong partnerships first is because his fundraising doesn’t end at political candidates. “The relationships I’ve created has allowed me to really help Miami, which I truly love,” he mentioned. “I have a number of charities I help fundraise for using my relationships.” Some of those charity organizations include his local United Way as well as celebrity basketball player Alonzo Mourning, who created the Mourning Family Foundation that supports after school programs for inner city youth.”
Goldmeier is also helping with a project called “The Underline.” The goal is to create a 10-mile linear park below Miami’s Metrorail, which will create an open space that will run from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station. The park will give residents a place to support a healthy lifestyle, art, and more.
Goldmeier isn’t just living in the present either when it comes to the relationships he’s creating. He’s actively attending networking events and connecting with the young professionals in the area as well. These individuals, in time, will become the political and societal front-runners in the years to come. “Life is about equity, not just retainers,” he said. “I believe that 15 years down the road all of these relationships will lead to amazing opportunities.” In short, Goldmeier is putting in the time with all of the residents of South Florida as he continues to focus on being a top fundraiser. Whether fundraising for a political campaign, commercial opportunity, or charity organization, he is there to help and has the connections to make it all happen.
At the end of the day, Goldmeier may have raised millions of dollars, but as he continues to support his community and grow relationships it’s evident that he’s so much more than just the man behind the money.