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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The history of government shutdowns

Most of you have probably heard by now that the 35-day government shutdown is over, at least for now. Congress and the President agreed to open the government for three weeks so that government employees can get paid while our elected officials can continue to negotiate a federal budget. What you probably don’t know is…

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Housing Market

Been a while since I wrote about the housing market. Maybe because it’s my day job and I prefer to blog about other interests, but I have been working on an op-ed about the current state of the housing market and what I believe is the cavalry that is keeping it strong. Here is an…

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A winning culture usually beats talent

Photo Credit: Simon Bruty Last week, the New England Patriots reminded Charger fans (all 500 of them) that a winning culture can still beat all the talent in the world. Coming off of road wins against Baltimore, Pittsburg, and Kansas City, the LA Chargers flew into Foxborough with the misguided feeling that this was finally…

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A Wall or Not a Wall

As of this writing, the government is in the midst of the longest self-imposed shut down in history. Approximately 800,000 workers are out of work or going without pay, national parks are closed, and all “non-essential” government services are on hold. The reason for the shutdown is because the government does not have an approved…

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Hamilton opens in PR

In one of the most feel-good stories of the week, Lin-Manual Miranda brought his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Hamilton the Musical to Puerto Rico, the hurricane-ravaged island of his father’s birth. He also returned to the role of Alexander Hamilton, the part he originated and made famous on Broadway. Miranda brought the show to the island…

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Holidays are for family

I was raised a Christian and celebrate Christmas, but I also believe that the holiday season belongs to other religions and cultures. In fact, to me, learning about how other families celebrate the holiday season is one of the best parts of the season. A favorite holiday movie of mine is Love Actually, a British…

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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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