Mindy Stearns, ”Don‘t Confuse Kindness with being Nice”, Chief Kindness Officer for Kind Lending, shares her story on Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind with Michael Valdes Podcast #197
Mindy Stearns, "Don't Confuse Kindness with being Nice", Chief Kindness Officer for Kind Lending, shares her story on Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind with Michael Valdes Podcast #197
Mindy Stearns is the Chief Kindness Officer for Kind Lending. It is a title that she holds very dearly, as she creates the culture for one of the largest lending companies in the country, which she runs with her husband, Glenn Stearns, who has also been on this show. This two-time Emmy winner went from a successful career in entertainment to the lending business. Mindy has inspired others with every step. It was an honor to have her on my show.
More About Mindy Stearns:
If there’s one thing you need to know about Mindy Stearns, it’s that there’s no single way to describe who she is – from being a wife and mother to an on-screen entertainer and national parks proponent, Mindy has lived a fascinating life. Now, she’s inviting you into her inner sanctum as she and two of her long-time best friends launch their podcast called, “Friendsome and Then Some!”
The cock-a-doodle-doo that started it all. Discovered when making animal noises as an audience member of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Mindy began her foray into media. Nicknamed “The Rooster Lady” by Oprah, it wasn’t long until Mindy (Burbano) was hired to co-host what became the #1 morning drive radio program in Saginaw, Michigan.
After leaving her long-time career as a dental hygienist, Mindy’s on-screen appearances began to snowball as she seized opportunities to serve as a red-carpet reporter for Entertainment Tonight,acting roles in film (The Princess Diaries) and television (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and as a reality TV star (The Real Gilligan’s Island).
Mindy has been widely honored for her talent and work as a philanthropist and activist. Her many awards include:
Being named Woman of the Year by California State’s 70th district Assemblyman Don Wagner in recognition ofher tireless efforts to bring awareness to various charity organizations throughout Southern California
Recognition as a Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction Appointed by the Secretary of Interior to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Park Foundation appointed by the Secretary of Interior
Appointed by the Secretary of Interior to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Park Foundation appointed by the Secretary of Interior
Received a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California
Earned two Emmy nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
A cause near and dear to Mindy are the national parks, where she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Parks Foundation, the official charitable foundation for the National Parks Service. The nonpartisan philanthropic fund works to raise private funds to support America’s national parks.
But out of all the awards and recognition she’s received, Mindy is most proud to serve as CFO for the Stearns family. In her role as Chief Family Officer, she manages a blended family that includes two young daughters, four stepchildren and two granddaughters.
About Michael Valdes:
Michael Valdes is the President of eXp Global. He is currently the only Latino President of a publicly traded real estate company in the country (Nasdaq: EXPI). In his first year of joining, he has led a team that has opened 12 countries in 12 months without ever getting on a plane which is a feat that has never been done in the industry. This model has successfully touched the lives of thousands of people across the globe and given them an opportunity to change their lives.
Michael was the former Senior Vice President of Global Servicing for Realogy Corporation. In that role he oversaw the international servicing platform for all Realogy brands including Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Better Homes & Garden, Corcoran, Climb and Sotheby’s International Realty in 113 countries. He had been with Realogy in a variety of roles for 15 years. Prior to that, Mr. Valdes was Director of Private Banking at Deutsche Bank for a decade where he oversaw a book of business of just under $1 billion. He has the distinction of being the first Director in the United States of Latino descent.
Mr. Valdes is the Chair of the AREAA Global Advisory Board and co-host of the 2020 AREAA Global Luxury Summit. He is also a current member of the NAHREP Corporate Board of Governors. Additionally, he is a the Executive Chair of eXp Latino and former member of the Realogy Diversity Board as well as the Executive Chair of the ONE VOZ, Hispanic ERG. He is a former Board Member of Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach as well as the Shanti Organization in San Francisco. Michael was also a Board Member of Pink & Blue for 2, an organization started by Olivia Newton-John to promote breast and prostate cancer awareness.
Michael is also the host of "The Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind" podcast which focuses on interviewing global leaders in the industry. It is currently distributed in over 90 countries and has over 10 million impressions. He is also a current member of the Forbes Real Estate Advisory Council.
He currently resides in New York City and has a home in Miami.