An energetic leader and staunch affordable housing advocate, Sandy Hostetter has 20 years of experience in the CRE field and 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently the Central Florida Regional President at SunTrust Banks, Inc., now Truist. She serves on the Central Florida YMCA Board and Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Board of LIFT Orlando and Housing Chair of their Executive Committee. She is the current chair of the Orlando Economic Partnership and serves on the board for Advent Health, 4Roots Farm, and Florida Citrus Sports. She has been named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Central Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council in 2011, and Businesswoman of the Year in 2020 by the Orlando Business Journal.
What skills do you believe are key to your success/or what specific skills do you say are key to success in your industry or discipline?
I think success in any industry or profession starts with a sound foundation of training, mentorship, and access to role models. Being a lifelong learner has helped me, along with being integrally involved in the community and being current, especially as it relates to what is happening in my market. I am energetic, competitive, and curious, and that curiosity has served me well. Above all else, I am a hard worker, but when you do what you love and with a company and in the company of people you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
Have you had any specific experiences – good or bad – relative to your being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated field of CRE?
I’ve always seen it as a competitive advantage to be a woman in the CRE sector for many reasons. Unfortunately, some of that is because there aren’t many of us and that’s something we need to fight to change. Women have a tendency to be relationship builders and that’s important in most fields. CRE is no exception.
Is there a favorite book that you re-visit every now and then?
Yes, I have so many “favorite books”! But I would say one of my very favorites is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It reminds me that nothing about my life is random.
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