NAHREP Leadership

Leo Pareja

Leo Pareja entered real estate at just 19 years of age and by 28 he was the #1 Keller Williams agent in the world. He became a permanent fixture on The Thousand report, published by REAL Trends in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, as well as #1 Agent on NAHREP’s Top 250 list and an Alumni of Realtor Magazine’s 30 under 30. During his 15 years selling, Pareja transacted close to 4,000 homes representing $750 million in transactional volume.

In parallel to selling real estate, in 2012 he co-founded and continues to co-own Washington Capital Partners, one of the largest private lending companies in the mid-Atlantic region. WCP provides financing to buy, fix and flip for investors of SFR product by focusing on a frictionless process leveraged through a proprietary technology platform. In 2017, WCP will originate $100 million in SFR investment loans. The company delivers debt to liquidity conduits in the secondary market which is uncommon in a space predominantly full of small mom and pop operators.

As the CEO of Remine, he has officially crossed the line into being a full-blown technologist after straddling the line for many years. Remine delivers big data visualizations and predictive analytics to real estate agents exclusively through their MLS. The demand for Remine from the MLSs is exceptionally strong – more than half of all residential REALTORS® will have access to Remine via their MLS by the end of the 2017.

Pareja has been highly involved with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®). Pareja was the founding President of the NAHREP Metro DC chapter and joined the NAHREP National Board of Directors to expand the association’s efforts in public policy advocacy to protect the underserved markets. He will continue serving the organizations mission as the 2017 National President. He is also an active mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program.

Joseph Nery

Joseph Nery is one of the members of Nery & Richardson LLC and his practice is focused in four areas: real estate, corporate and business law, estate planning and commercial and civil litigation. Mr. Nery represents individuals and companies in litigation matters such as foreclosure prosecution, consumer protection, breach of contract and landlord/tenant disputes. Prior to establishing his own law practice, Mr. Nery was a transactional attorney with two of Chicago’s most prominent law firms.

Mr. Nery served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® in 2016 and was the NAHREP Chicago Chapter President from 2009 – 2011. Mr. Nery has also served as a board member of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association since 2008. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Mr. Nery’s charitable affiliations include serving as a board member of the March of Dimes/Comcast Sports Awards Dinner and the Rauner YMCA. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as business formation and development, establishment of estate plans, short sales, foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, collections enforcement and the purchase and sale of a home. He is regularly featured on legal and business segments with Univision and Telemundo Chicago in radio and television.

Mr. Nery obtained his law degree with distinction from the Hofstra University School of Law in Long Island, New York where he was a recipient of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship. He received a bachelor of arts in political science with honors from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Daisy Lopez-Cid

Daisy Lopez-Cid is the 2017 President Elect for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®) and Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Premier Properties in Kissimmee, Florida.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York and with a background in immigration law, Ms. Lopez-Cid has been a force in Central Florida real estate for the past 17 years. Entering the real estate market in 2001 as an associate, she is now owner of what is ranked as the most successful RE/MAX franchise in Osceola County since 2013.

Ms. Lopez-Cid has served on the NAHREP National Board of Directors since 2013, and is a Past President of NAHREP Central Florida. Daisy was instrumental in the creation and development of the NAHREP coaches program and served as chairman to the coach’s program in 2016. She has recently focused her efforts on facilitating the launch of new chapters in strategic markets, including Puerto Rico, Boston and Philadelphia.

Consistently ranked as one of the top Latino agents in the United States on the NAHREP Top 250 Latino Agents list, Ms. Lopez-Cid was recognized by the City of Kissimmee in 2014 for making the list three years in a row. An avid advocate for homeowner rights and sustainable homeownership, she often travels to the state capitol and Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers, especially in recent years given the volatile housing market. In 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Ms. Lopez-Cid to the Valencia College District Board of Trustees where she provides insight to direction of the college’s policies.

Gary Acosta

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 50 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 NAHREP 10, the principles that guide NAHREP members towards a career of wealth and prosperity, and 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.

Mr. Acosta has also founded or co-founded several mortgage, real estate and technology companies including New Vista Asset Management and CounselorMax. In 2013 he co-founded The Mortgage Collaborative, a cooperative of mortgage companies who work together to increase profitability and market share.

Mr. Acosta is a former appointee of the consumer advisory board (CAB) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the powerful federal agency responsible for regulating consumer protection in the financial services industry. He served as 2014 chairman of the CAB mortgage committee.

In 2012, 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.

He is a former member of the board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and has served on advisory boards for several Fortune 500 companies including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mr. Acosta grew up in Montebello, California and received his education from East Los Angeles College, Pomona College and the University of California at San Diego. He lives with his family in San Diego, California.

Sara Rodriguez

Sara Rodriguez is one of the members at EKKO Title and an attorney with Leggett, Simon, Freemyers and Lyons, PLC. Mrs. Rodriguez serves as Counsel and manager of the EKKO Title office in Arlington, VA. Her practice specializes on all matters related to residential and commercial real estate transactions. She was 2016 President of the NAHREP Metro DC Chapter and has served on the chapter’s Board of Directors since 2013 in various leadership roles. Additionally, she serves as a national chapter coach.

Since 2005, Mrs. Rodriguez has taught DPOR approved courses through various state licensed schools in both English and Spanish. She also teaches Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for the National Business Institute in Virginia. Mrs. Rodriguez has appeared as a speaker at multiple events and conventions speaking on a multitude of real estate issues including Contract, Short Sales and Foreclosures. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003 and has practiced immigration law, family law and real estate law.

David Acosta

Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty David Acosta Real Estate Group As a consistent top producing agent, David experienced much success in his local real estate market of El Paso, Texas. His achievements inspired him to expand his business to the high-end market of Los Angeles, California. David was the founding president of NAHREP El Paso and currently sits on the NAHREP Corporate Board of Governors and lends his expertise on real estate to the association.

Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio

Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio is chairman of the NAHREP Foundation, dba Hispanic Wealth Project, and broker-owner of San Fernando Realty. A 25-year veteran of real estate, he is also the 2012 President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP). NAHREP is the largest minority real estate trade association in America with over 26,000 members and 50 local chapters nationwide.

Mr. Ascencio is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic speakers in the real estate industry today. A native of Michoacán, Mexico, Mr. Ascencio’s own immigrant experience has made him an impassioned advocate for homeownership and economic empowerment for all Americans. Between 2012 and 2014, he anchored 100 episodes of ESN, NAHREP’s highly successful YouTube talk Show. In 2014, he starred in 53 Million and One®, a one of a kind theatrical presentation that chronicles his extraordinary life story. The show premiered at the NAHREP National Convention and Latin Music Festival in Los Angeles, California and was the featured performance of the 2015 Nuevo Latino Tour across the United States.

Mr. Ascencio also owns Mission Realty REO and serves on the board of the National Community Stabilization Trust. He is the founding president of the NAHREP San Fernando-Santa Clarita chapter and has also held local leadership roles with the Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®.

Joe Castillo

Joe Castillo is a second generation real estate agent following in the footsteps of Maria and Jose Castillo, co-founders of Mi Casa Real Estate, Inc. (dba ERA Mi Casa Real Estate). Joe is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  After receiving his MBA, Joe joined the family business and soon after started the REO group in 2007. The group has grown over the years to represent multiple servicers including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Every year since2010, CAR has recognized Joe as a top 1% producer in all of Chicago. Joe is also recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) every year since 2012 as one of the top 250 Latino Agents in all the United States.

Over the years, Joe’s role has expanded to include the title managing broker. Under his leadership, ERA Mi Casa has steadily grown topping 950 transactions and $125 million in volume in 2015 placing it as a top 40 office in all of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Every year since 2013, NAHREP has recognized ERA Mi Casa Real Estate as the number 1 real estate office in all the United States with the most Latino agents ranked in the Top 250.

As a way to give back to the community, Joe sits on the board of the Rauner Family YMCA serving the Pilsen/Little Village area of Chicago. He also is the 2016 President of the local NAHREP Chicago Chapter.

Armando Falcon

Armando Falcon, CEO of Falcon Capital Advisors LLC, is an expert on real estate markets, financial services regulation, and corporate governance. He provides strategic consulting services to a wide range of clients on issues such as mortgage market policy reforms, capital market financing, corporate governance reviews, regulatory compliance matters, and new mortgage market product innovations.

He previously served as the chief regulator for two of the largest financial institutions in the world, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), Mr. Falcon continued to serve in this role into President George W. Bush’s second term. He played a key role in overseeing the U.S. secondary mortgage market and the stability of the U.S. housing finance system.

During Mr. Falcon’s tenure, he transformed OFHEO from a small struggling agency into a strong respected regulator that was recognized by the Washington Post as a courageous and highly effective agency. Through his work at OFHEO, he is now credited with raising early warnings about the latent dangers in the US housing market. In 2003, he initiated an agency report on systemic risks in the mortgage market. He led an OFHEO investigation of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and initiated corrective measures to address structural deficiencies at both companies. He oversaw the introduction of higher standards for risk management, accounting and corporate governance. In addition to managing the agency and its diverse staff of some two hundred experienced examiners, financial analysts and attorneys, he also served on the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force.

Before his appointment as the Director of OFHEO, Mr. Falcon served as the General Counsel for the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the Committee on all major financial issues, including the Savings and Loan crisis. He was instrumental in drafting many key laws, including legislation regarding deposit insurance and regulatory reform, money laundering, interstate branching, consumer protection, and government securities reform.

He remains a trusted advisor to senior government officials, and in 2009, he was selected by the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office to serve on the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board. He also advises foreign government officials and business executives on how to develop effective primary and secondary mortgage markets. In addition, he is a regular speaker at investor and business conferences around the world.

Mr. Falcon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University, a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, and a law degree from the University of Texas.

Christian Fuentes

Christian Fuentes is co-owner of RE/MAX Top Producers in Diamond Bar, California is a 20-year real estate veteran. Mr. Fuentes has built a solid foundation of clientele through his hard work and dedication to customer service. He works with standard residential buyers and sellers, but he also takes pride in working with investors. He has a long record of successfully guiding local investors with residential acquisitions, lease obligations and asset deposition. He, himself has been an investor for 5 years flipping over 300 homes.

Mr. Fuentes’ hard work and determination over the past 20 years has earned him many distinctions, placing him in the RE/MAX Diamond Club every year since 2012. As the team leader of the award winning Dream Team, Christian has been ranked among the top 10 teams at RE/MAX in California and Hawaii from 2011 – 2016.

Danny Hernandez

2013 President, NAHREP Central Florida

Danny is the founder of Evista REsources Realty, Inc. A consistent honoree of the Top 250 Latino Agent award, Danny has found much success working with developers both in Florida and abroad. Danny currently sits on the NAHREP Corporate Board of Governors where he provides market intelligence and advises the association on important business development ideas.

Rich Hernandez

Rich Hernandez has experience as a REALTOR® with a background in marketing and administration.  Mr. Hernandez has grossed over $1 billion in sales and has built a strong sales team covering a large geographic area. His knowledge in brand management, competitive intelligence, and account management has allowed him to success in sales for the past 25 years.

Mr. Hernandez is co-owner of Comfort Real Estate Services Inc. and operates Coastal Properties Escrow Inc. in Ventura and Orange County. He also co-manages One Thirteen Capital Fund LLC, a real estate fund.

Helen Hernandez Archer

Helen Hernandez Archer is originally from San Juan Puerto Rico and comes from a family of REALTOR®s as her father was one of the first brokers and real estate instructors on the island along with her mother.

Ms. Archer has an associate broker’s license in Georgia and is partner owner of Luxe Living Properties at Keller Williams First Atlanta. Since 2006, she has more than $60 million in volume and hundreds of homes.

Ms. Archer specializes in corporate relocation, global investor clients and luxury global marketing. She currently serves clients as the relocation agent for Fortune 500 companies like CNN, AT&T, Coca Cola and Georgia Power.

She is a member of the Atlanta Board of REALTOR® s, the Georgia Association of REALTOR® s, the National Association of REALTOR® s, the Tom Ferry Organization Real Estate Business Coaching. She was president of the Atlanta chapter of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) in 2013 and was part of the Agent Leadership Council at Keller Williams for the years 2007, 2008, 2010

Prior to being a real estate consultant she was an awarded veteran journalist with Telemundo, CBS and CNN where she won an Emmy Award for the 9-11 Coverage and a Peabody Award for the Katrina Coverage. With CNN she traveled many countries as a producer and managed all the political and presidential elections coverage for CNN in 2004.

Luis Padilla

2015 President, NAHREP South Florida

Luis’ career has taken him from commercial and residential lending, to property management and real estate sales, as well as owning numerous real estate businesses over the past 20 years. Ranked consistently as a top agent nationally, Luis is now the co-owner of RE/MAX Oceanside Realty along with his wife, Debbie.

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez is the Broker/Owner of Century 21 Martinez & Associates. A leading figure within the real estate industry, Mr. Martinez has been pushing the boundaries of production over the course of his 13 year career. He concluded his successful sales career with over 4,000 closed transactions (with 584 closed transactions in his last year of production), resulting in $16 million in commissions. Since then, Mr. Martinez has laser-focused his efforts towards building an innovative company devoted entirely to training and coaching real estate agents.

For the first 10 years of his 13 year career, he functioned as an award winning real estate agent. The Wall Street Journal’s Top Trends Report named him the “#1 Hispanic Agent” and “#13 Team” in the nation. In 2011, Mr. Martinez was named number 1 producing Latino real estate agent in the country per the NAHREP Top 250 list. During his time operating within the RE/MAX brand, he was a seven time winner of the Chairman’s Circle Award, three time Diamond Award winner, as well as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award and a Hall of Fame Award. He also led his team to be named one of the Top 100 Teams in the World, a recognition they’ve received multiple times.

In 2009, Mr. Martinez served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)  Nevada chapter. He also served on their National Board before going on to hold the position of NAHREP National President for 2013 and 2014. Since the onset of his involvement with the NAHREP organization, he has collaborated with many leaders in the Housing industry, including Shaun Donovan, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, former President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and FHA Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing, Carol Galante. He has also lent his extensive industry insight to leading media outlets such as CNN and CNN Español.

Recently, Mr. Martinez has turned his focus towards the formation of a comprehensive back-end system based on 5 Pillars for powerhouse production. With the assistance of internationally recognized real estate coach, Mike Ferry, of the Mike Ferry Organization, from whom Mr. Martinez has been coached by for the entirety of his career, he was able to form his own thorough style of coaching and mentoring.

Liza Mendez

Liza E. Mendez is a second generation REALTOR® and broker/owner serving the Miami marketplace for over 30 years. She graduated from the University of Miami in 1981 with bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing specialization. Ms. Mendez holds designations in CRB, CRS, GRI, e-PRO as well as active participation in the local, state and national REALTOR® associations. She served as the 2014 chairman of the board for the Miami Association of Realtors with over 32,000 members at that time. She is one of the founding members for the NAHREP South Florida Chapter. Her company assists real estate clients in the residential, commercial and property management sectors.

Alicia Treviño

President/CEO of Century 21 Alicia Treviño Realtors 2011 to current

Alicia Treviño leads a group of 52 agents and 2 offices in the highly competitive market of Dallas, Texas. Her offices have been awarded Century 21’s honor of Quality Service Award, Per Agent Productivity Award and the highly coveted Centurion award, which is based on units closed by an office under 30 agents.

Ms. Treviño began her real estate career at the age of 24 and became the top producer her first year selling over 60 homes to first time homebuyers. She pioneered the concept of a team and brought in a showing agent and assistant at a time when this was not common practice in the industry. Ms. Treviño was the #1 agent in Texas and was recognized as an up-and-coming agent to watch under 30 by Realtor Magazine.

Pamela Valenciano

Pamela has been serving sellers, buyers and investors throughout Southern California for over 18 years. Committed to excellence, integrity, value, and trust. Invest wisely in an outstanding and experienced professional for life’s biggest transaction. She is licensed realtor with Keller Williams Realty Pacific Estates serving greater San Diego, Orange County and Riverside County. In addition to her real estate business, Pamela is Owner of Notarize It Document Signing Services which she has operated since 2003. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.