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Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind Podcast

Gary Acosta, "Don't Peak Too Soon. Be Prepared",Co-Founder and CEO of NAHREP shares his story on Global Luxury Real Estate Mast. . .

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Gary Acosta, "Don't Peak Too Soon. Be Prepared",Co-Founder and CEO of NAHREP shares his story on Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind with Michael Valdes Podcast #163

Gary Acosta, one of the greatest leaders in both the Latino community and the real estate industry, gave me the great honor of a conversation. I've known Gary for many years, having served on the board of NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals), the organization he co-founded since 2017. I have seen firsthand the empowerment he bestows on people and how passionate he is about elevating our community in thinking larger. It's an honor to know this man.

More About Gary Acosta: 

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, 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.

About Michael Valdes: 

Michael Valdes is the newly named President of eXp Global at eXp Realty. Previously Michael was the senior vice president of global servicing for Realogy Corporation, one of the world's largest real estate companies and parent to Coldwell Banker, C21 and Sotheby’s.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Valdes was Director of Private Banking at Deutsche Bank for just under a decade where he oversaw a book of business of just under $1 billion. He has the distinction of being the first Director in the United States of Latino descent. Mr. Valdes is the Chair of the AREAA Global Advisory Board and co-host of the 2020 AREAA Global Luxury Summit. He is also a current member of the NAHREP Corporate Board of Governors and a member of Forbes' Real Estate Council. Additionally, he is the Executive Chair of the ONE VOZ, Hispanic ERG for the firm and a member of Forbes Real Estate Council. He is a former Board Member of Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach as well as the Shanti Organization in San Francisco. Michael was also a Board Member of Pink & Blue for 2, an organization started by Olivia Newton-John to promote breast and prostate cancer awareness.