Gary Acosta

Successful entrepreneur, investor and founder of today’s leading Hispanic business organization

Gary Acosta is the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®) and a 25-year veteran of the housing industry. NAHREP is the nation’s largest minority real estate trade association with over 26,000 members and 52 local chapters. In his capacity as CEO of NAHREP, he created the Hispanic Wealth Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a strategic plan to triple Hispanic household wealth by 2024. Mr. Acosta also authored The Hispanic Wealth Disciplines, 10 principles that guide NAHREP members and supporters towards a career of wealth and prosperity. He is the creator of 53 Million and One®, a one of a kind, theatrical presentation that chronicles the true life story of Jerry Ascencio, and his journey from immigrant to successful real estate entrepreneur.

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Beto O’Rourke in D.C.

Last week, I was flying to Washington DC on Southwest Airlines with a layover in Dallas. I was en route to the Hispanic Wealth Project Policy Forum at the Urban Institute and looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues from around the country. While I was boarding in Dallas, my daughter, who was flying…

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Pop is about to retire

Some of you may know that my athletic claim to fame is that I played D3 basketball at Pomona College for the GOAT, Gregg Popovich. It was Pop’s first head coaching job after being an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In fact, Pop has only had two head coaching jobs in his life:…

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Television continues to evolve

I must admit, I like the way television has evolved in the last few years. With all of the formats and options available, the competition has driven more specialization and a higher quality product. There is truly something for everyone. Ironically, live sports are still the thing I watch most on television — which is…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The 116th Congress will take office on January 3rd. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest and one of the most intriguing members of the new congress. The Bronx native has captured the imagination of millions of young people with her audacity, charm, and transparency. Through social media, she is literally taking 75 million millennials on this…

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Events are the new form of journalism

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how malls were not dying but rather transforming from shopping locations to experiential destinations. A similar transformation is taking place in the journalism world. Publications like the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and the Atlantic Magazine are making more money these days hosting conferences and events as they…

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Shut Up and Dribble

Long before Colin Kaepernick, athletes have been using their fame as a platform to express protest and civil rights. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because sports are a major part of American culture and where the biggest stars are most often minority. “Shut Up and Dribble” chronicles the modern history of the NBA and at…

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Robert Rodriguez partners with VICE

Director Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey entertainment company is partnering with Vice Media to launch La Reyna, a new company that will focus on helping brands connect with the U.S. Hispanic market. I had the chance to interview Robert at L’ATTITUDE on the partnership with Vice. Robert has always felt that companies don’t understand the diversity…

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Is it Latino or Latinx?

Recently we have seen the term Latinx emerge in our collective lexicon. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is a gender-neutral term for Latinos and Latinas. In Spanish, the word Latino is used for men of Latin origin, and Latina is used for women of Latin origin; however, when referring to all people of…

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Modelo Beer Commercials Rock

If you haven’t seen the Modelo beer commercials that highlight the achievements of some notable Hispanic-Americans, you should. They smartly connect with Hispanic consumers without being patronizing, stereotypical, or condescending. My favorite one is about the first Latina fighter pilot, Olga Custodio. There are others including one with NFL great, Anthony Muñoz. Companies who have struggled…

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Mid-terms went as expected

For all the talk that our political system is broken, I think it’s actually pretty solid. That is not to say it shouldn’t evolve. Along with a few other things, I think there is too much money in politics, gerrymandering should be illegal, and it should be a lot easier for eligible citizens to vote.…

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Insta’s Top 10

Soccer superstar, Ronaldo and singer/actress, Selena Gomez top the list of Instagram followers with 144.6M and 144.4M followers respectively. Granted Insta followers is only one metric, but it further demonstrates how Latinos and stars from the Iberian Peninsula are continuing to exert their influence on the mainstream sports and entertainment world. Many music experts are…

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Don’t forget to vote

I read a good article in the NY Times about how the Democrats keep underestimating Trump’s political gifts. I won’t comment further except to say that the Dems should be dominating the midterms and the fact that they are not says a lot about Trump and a lot about the lack of real leadership within…

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Midterms and the Latino Factor

Many people are calling the upcoming midterm elections the most important in recent memory. For nearly two years, the Trump administration has pushed their agenda with the benefit of a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate. This advantage has helped the President get two of his nominees on the Supreme Court, pass…

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Vanity Fair and the New Establishment

Vanity Fair Magazine once again published its list of the 100 leaders of the New Establishment, a list of the movers and shakers in tech, media, and culture. Robert Mueller oddly appears as number one on the list followed by stalwarts like Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, and Bob Iger. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the 94th slot…

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