Meet our fantastical founders!
Cindy Ashton, CEO
By age 3, Cindy Ashton was already wearing sequins, singing showtunes and dancing around her living room to her imaginary audience of millions. Since then she has worked with Broadway performers, Emmy winners, Opera directors and countless others gracing thousands of stages. Now she is the TV host of Cindy Uncorked on e360tv, syndicated worldwide on a 186 million screens.
Bringing her flare for stage craft to the speaking world, Cindy has been a presentation trainer for over 20 years and has appeared in INC Magazine, Investment News and many other media. Determined to elevate the industry to higher standards, she has been training her speakers with the storytelling, body language, speaking voice and stage performance skills that top entertainers possess.
As a professional speaker, Cindy has given her sparkle and expertise in being an irresistible presenter to Met Life, Royal LePage Realty, University of Toronto and more. After years of seeing amazing speakers struggle to land paid gigs and hearing meeting planners who are frustrated with speakers who don’t meet their expectations, she teamed up with the remarkable Mark Villareal to create Speaker Stardom. Together, they are determined to raise the bar.
When she is not on stage or training her clients, Cindy can be found indulging in triple chocolate mousse coconut ice cream while lounging on her red sofa and wearing her not so sexy zebra pajamas.
It’s been a wild ride and she loves every minute of it!
Mark Villareal, COO
Mark Villareal has been building leaders and businesses for over 35 years. It is with this passion that he has authored three books, pursued public speaking, coaching and consulting to help pay it forward and make a difference.
Early in his 35-year career he realized that the more he focused on others’ success, the more his career blossomed as well. Villareal has won numerous business awards throughout his 35 years of business; he has been awarded the most outstanding franchise location in his industry of over 260 locations worldwide. He helps business leaders succeed by assisting employees and managers reach their next level of success.
Mark has an innate ability to quickly identify high-potential individuals. He mentors clients through professional development plans and focused coaching. Mark has assisted in developing consultative sales executives, managers, and business leaders. It is through a unique vision that businesses, as well as leadership, is effective with a foundation of the right values and principles. He believes that humility is a strength and that the best leaders continue to pay it forward. Mark grew up in Southern California near the beaches surfing, and enjoying his favorite sports teams the Lakers and the Dodgers.
While pursuing his passion he met and teamed up with the great Cindy Ashton and found they both shared a passion to help and assist others in living their dreams. While Mark cannot hold a note to Cindy’s beautiful singing, he can help others build the foundation of a successful business with great vision and insight.
Mark is married to his soulmate Laura. They enjoy travel and are most at home in the mountain area environments.