Gary Acosta

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

Gary Acosta is the Co-Founder & 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 30,000 members and 80 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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L’ATTITUDE 2019 wraps up

L’ATTITUDE 2019 finished with a bang. This year’s event once again featured some of the top leaders in business, politics, entertainment and journalism. The session with Marc Benioff and Oscar Munoz was a highlight for me. The two business titans spoke about some of the more consequential issues facing our country and finished their session…

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L’ATTITUDE

Just a short note this week to remind everyone that the L’ATTITUDE 2019 and the NAHREP at L’ATTITUDE conventions take place this week in San Diego. L’ATTITUDE is redefining the narrative for the U.S. Latino cohort. The Dow Jones Company, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo are covering the event as media partners. #LattitudeIsEverything Below is a list…

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L’ATTITUDE 2019 to open registration soon

While SXSW continues to set attendance records, L’ATTITUDE will open registration soon for its 2019 event in San Diego on September 26-29. Once again NAHREP will host its national convention in tandem with L’ATTITUDE and will be joined by ALPFA and SLEI, two of the of leading organizations for Latino business professionals and entrepreneurs. Last…

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Roma

Famed Mexican director, Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical story about a year in the life of the maid that helped raise him and his siblings. Cuarón who won the Oscar for Best Director for his 2013 film, Gravity, addresses several timely issues in Roma, including race, class and idiot fathers. Without being too preachy, the film subtly…

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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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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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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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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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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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BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee pulled no punches in his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. I have been a fan of Lee’s since Do the Right Thing in 1989. Lee’s films are usually as provocative as they are entertaining and BlacKkKlansman is no exception. The film is based on a true story about the first Black police detective in Colorado Springs who infiltrates…

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Comic-Con in San Diego

Comic-Con International is the largest annual comic and pop festival gathering in the world. Each year, more than 130,000 people make the pilgrimage to San Diego for a week of film screenings, panel sessions, interactive games and other experiential activities. Comic-Con began as a small gathering of comic book nerds in 1970 and over a…

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Headliners line up for L’ATTITUDE

L’ATTITUDE is going to change everything. The first major convention about America’s new mainstream culture and economy will feature discussions and presentations about the media, entertainment, politics, and business. Confirmed headliners include: Robert Rodriguez (Filmmaker), Zoe Saldana (Actor), Alex Rodriguez (Athlete and Entrepreneur), Thomas Friedman (Author), Tim Sloan (CEO, Wells Fargo), Oscar Munoz (CEO, United…

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Talent is Overrated

If practice is the key to getting better at things, why does our typing ability fail to improve even though we spend hundreds of hours typing on our computers each year? The answer is best expressed in one of my favorite books, Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. Colvin, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine,…

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A Latina-led Investment Group Closes in on Acquisition of The Weinstein Company

Former SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet is leading an investment group that includes billionaire, Ron Burkle that is said to be close to finalizing an acquisition of the company founded by Harvey Weinstein. Her proposal includes the establishment of a settlement fund for victims of Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse. Contreras-Sweet says that she will establish a…

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