Henry Rodriguez' appointments to these state bodies promoting or directing commerce in and with the state are the result of his successful performance in the southwest Florida real estate market during the first decade of the 21st century. Starting shortly after the turn of the century, through companies he controlled, and sometimes with partners, he invested in commercial and residential property; to date, he has sold nearly one million square feet of commercially entitled property and about 2,000 residentially entitled units, mostly high end. Recognizing a systemic weakness in the real estate market triggered by the inefficiencies of the financial markets, Rodriguez formed Woodmere Capital Group in 2011 to give investors the opportunity to participate in real estate investing and other alternatives to traditional equities. His success is attributable both to his shrewd understanding of the market and to the verifiable transparency of his relationships with partners.
In addition to his professional and public service responsibilities, Henry Rodriguez has a strong philanthropic spirit. He has sat on the boards of the Casey Key Foundation, the United Way of Sarasota County, and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. In addition, Henry Rodriguez and his family enthusiastically support Habitat for Humanity.