Kevin Kearney: Entrepreneurial Engagement
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
MILL VALLEY — When asked how he got into the real estate business, Kevin Kearney credits both a family connection and an innate entrepreneurial drive. “My grandfather was in real estate when I was growing up, so I had some familiarity with the industry,” he explains. “More than that, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and knew I wanted to work for myself one day.” After a long post-college stint in retail, Kevin moved from his home in the Midwest to the Bay Area, where he finally realized his longtime goal. “In 2002, I had some money saved up and was ready to try something new, so I took the opportunity to jump into a real estate career. It was the best decision I ever made.”
Today, as a real estate agent with Vanguard Properties, Kevin says his favorite part of his job is making his clients’ dreams a reality. “Growing up, I was fascinated by the idea of home ownership and the American dream, and today I like being able to help people achieve that dream. There’s no bigger joy for me than handing over a set of keys to a first-time buyer.”
A resident of Mill Valley, Kevin expresses his appreciation for its abundant natural beauty. “Being from the Midwest, the Bay Area is paradise. From the mountains to the ocean, we have a variety of nature within a short distance, all while being close to the city, so it makes for a great quality of life.”
Outside of work, Kevin engages in a variety of active pastimes, from outdoor activities to altruistic endeavors. “I’m big into hiking and rock climbing, but I also do a lot of volunteer work,” he affirms. “I spent eight years on the board of directors for a local nonprofit, and I currently volunteer as a counselor at Camp Okizu, which is a camp for children with cancer.” When he’s not on a hike or serving his community, Kevin can often be found reading, working in his yard or walking his dog, Stevie.
In his life and career, Kevin believes generosity and compassion are crucial components of success. “There’s a Zig Ziglar quote that goes, ‘You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want,’” he explains. “Some people read that and think it’s all about business and making money, but to me, it’s about doing right by others. It’s about the little things—letting someone go ahead of you in line at the store or making a child laugh. I have a lot of compassion for people, and when it comes to my work, that means helping my clients achieve their goals. And when my clients get what they want, I happen to be in a profession where that benefits me as well.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Kevin says he would pass on his acquired knowledge and experience to a new generation of entrepreneurs. “I actually want to be a small business coach one day. I have a lifetime of learning under my belt, and that can be very valuable for younger people who are just starting. Of course, I’d also like to do more volunteer work.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: As much as I enjoy contemporary music, I’m an ’80s guy at heart, so I listen to a lot of ’80s hits.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Vasco in Mill Valley.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
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A: Ireland. I have Irish roots from way back, so I would love to learn more about them.