Michael Valdes, eXp Realty Chief Growth Officer, certainly has the attention of the HousingWire Vanguard voting panel as he was named a 2023 Vanguard for the second straight year.
“The 2023 Vanguards are made up of the industry’s most impressive and powerful leaders who are fueling the growth of their organizations and leaving an indelible mark on the industry,” said HW Media Editor-in-Chief Sarah Wheeler. “These remarkable individuals underscore the pivotal role that visionary leadership plays in our ever-evolving housing ecosystem. These winners’ achievements stand as a testament to the enduring significance of the Vanguards award which has become a career-changing accolade reserved only for the industry’s top leaders.”
This is the ninth year that HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing economy for their outstanding leadership in the space. This year, 100 honorees were selected for the prestigious award.
Valdes has been with eXp Realty since May 2020 and quickly established himself as a leader, rising from Executive Vice President, International Expansion, to President of Global in September 2020. He was named Chief Growth Officer in August 2022.
Valdes Is Respected Throughout the Industy
His contributions to eXp are notable. In a remarkable span of just 20 months, and all while navigating the challenging terrain of a pandemic, he skillfully steered a team that extended eXp Realty’s reach to 24 international locations. Remarkably, he achieved this feat without ever stepping onto an airplane – a groundbreaking accomplishment believed to be unprecedented in the real estate industry.
As one of the few Latino C-level executives of a publicly traded real estate company in the U.S., Valdes is an inspiring, encouraging leader who is well-respected for his integrity and for his ability to build community. His knowledge of global markets and demonstrated ability in international growth and operations has been invaluable for eXp’s expansion.
In 2021, Michael successfully led eXp Realty’s agents and staff to raise more than $600,000 for a joint initiative with New Story to help fund the building of more than 100 homes in the Morelos region of Mexico, which was devastated by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in September of 2017.
Michael has also served on the boards of The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). He is also the host of the Global Real Estate Mastermind podcast, which is distributed in more than 100 countries.
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