News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 7, 2013

Former city resident part of new cable TV show set in Miami

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A former Terre Haute resident appeared Monday on a new docu-series, “Hot Listings Miami,” which debuted on the Style Network.

Tamasha Rose, now known as Tomi Rose, is a 1992 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She is among three real estate agents on the show who give viewers an inside look into the dynamic real estate business and the agents who help high-end clients buy and sell luxury property in Miami.

The series, which is eight one-hour shows, premiered at 9 p.m. Monday.

Rose is a top producer at One Sotheby’s International Realty. She is the first African-American to sell more than $25 million in real estate in Miami and appeared on the cover of Network Miami Magazine as one of the top 40 under 40 professionals in South Florida.

Rose was a cheerleader at Terre Haute North and at Indiana University. She then went to cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

“Now, I am heading to TV,” Rose told the Tribune-Star in a telephone interview Monday before the show’s debut.

She said her significant other, Mark Stricklin, a former NBA player for the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, helped her enter the high-profile real estate business.

“I got contacts through that [relationship] and then I worked them really hard. I’ve worked with [NBA stars] like Shaquille O’Neal, Carlos Boozer and Penny Hardaway,” Rose said, “and a number of celebrities.”

Rose said such clients are “always looking for the best. Some people have different tastes and styles, whether it be modern or traditional. Waterfront [properties are] always number one on the list. They are always looking for high-end luxury and [clients] like new construction.”

For example, Rose represented Brian Williams, aka rapper Birdman and co-founder of Cash Money Records, who bought a $14.5 million, nine-bedroom, 19-bathroom house in Miami on an island last year.

“That was one of the top sales in 2012 and was one of the top 10 high sales in Miami-Dade County,” Rose said. “I am very good at what I do. I can narrow something down. I know what they like and know my clients and their personalities, and what is important to them and what is not,” Rose said.

Rose said she remains unchanged from her high school days in Terre Haute.

“I have always been the girl, and anyone who went to high school when I did and knows me, they all know that I am the same. Back then, I was always over the top and wanted the best stuff,” Rose said. “I don’t think [”Hot Listings Miami”] will be a surprise to anybody, and they will be like, ‘Oh I can see that.’”

She took the nickname of Tomi to make it easier for people to pronounce and remember her first name.

“When I was in school, I got teased a lot about the name Tamasha when I was younger, like calling me ‘tomato.’ A friend of mine said I should shorten my name so people can remember you and make an impact,” she said.

“I go by Tomi Rose now but am still the same person from Terre Haute, Indiana,” she said.

She came to Terre Haute at age 3 and was raised in Terre Haute through her high school graduation. She still has strong ties to the city.

Her father, Marion Rose, has a barbecue sauce “that hopefully will be on the shelves in stores soon. He had a restaurant on Wabash Avenue. He had restaurants in Gary and Indianapolis. The sauce is Rose’s Sauce, which is my other venture that I am working on,” Rose said.

“That brings me back home to Terre Haute. My grandmother and brother still live in Terre Haute. My grandmother used to work at Woodrow Wilson [Middle School] when I went to school there,” Rose said. “She worked in the cafeteria.”

In addition, her 12-year-old son now has a clothing line called “Kbolo. It means ‘kid ballers only live once,’” Rose said. “It is a socks and T-shirt line” for younger athletes. “The kid has got to go to college, so you got to teach them early to be entrepreneurs,” she said of her son.

Rose was a single mom for 10 years and said she is now writing a book about the experience and her success. “That is really important to me because there are so many single moms in the world. I want them to know that even with a child and through adversity, you can become successful, as long as you focus and put your mind to the task and go for it,” Rose said. “You can accomplish your goals, and I’m a product” of that work.



Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.