S3 Bonus Episode: Gary Acosta, Sharing the Wealth in Entrepreneurship
In This Episode
Early in his life as an entrepreneur, Gary Acosta believed that building a professional network was a fundamental necessity for his career. That his network (and the influence and power that it represented) was ultimately in place to benefit his ventures, first and foremost.
Today, as CEO and cofounder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and cofounder of L’ATTITUDE—an annual event that connects the world’s most powerful Latino business leaders—Acosta believes in the importance of sharing power above all else. He recognizes that his own success as a “serial entrepreneur” is due to the relationships he’s forged over decades and the momentum he’s been able to ride as a result.
For Acosta, the pie is not finite—and his career is proof. He doesn’t want others in the Latino business community to believe the misconception that they have to manufacture business success on their own. Successes can be shared, and they can bring a power that serves many.
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About Our Guest
Gary Acosta is the Co-Founder & CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®). NAHREP is the nation’s largest Hispanic business organization with over 40,000 members and 100 local chapters. In his capacity as CEO of NAHREP, he created the Hispanic Wealth Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a strategic plan to triple Hispanic household wealth by 2024. In 2018, Mr. Acosta co-founded L’ATTITUDE, a mega-event that celebrates the achievements of the Latino community in business, entertainment, and politics.
Mr. Acosta has also founded or co-founded several mortgage, real estate and technology companies including New Vista Asset Management, CounselorMax, and RealEstateEspanol.com, which is 2000 was sold to a publicly traded company. In 2013, he co-founded The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), a cooperative company of mortgage companies who work together to increase profitability and market share. He is a partner of TMC and vice-chairman of the board.
Mr. Acosta served on the consumer advisory board (CAB) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal regulator for financial services industry. He served as 2014 chairman of the CAB mortgage committee.
The Mortgage Bankers Association of America awarded him with their prestigious “Investing in Communities” annual award. REALTOR® Magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in real estate, and Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America.
Mr. Acosta is a former member of the board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He has also served on advisory boards for several Fortune 500 companies including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Acosta grew up in Montebello, California and received his education from the University of California, at San Diego and Pomona College, where he played varsity basketball for future Hall of Fame Coach, Gregg Popovich. He lives with his family in San Diego, California.
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