Mega Agent Leo Pareja designated as 2016 President Elect and four new directors to join board


San Diego, CA – January 12, 2016 – The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®) announces the appointment of Leo Pareja as 2016 President Elect and four new additions to the board. Mr. Pareja has been a real estate broker for over a decade and nationally recognized as an industry expert.

“Leo Pareja is an outstanding example of the talented, successful professionals that make up our NAHREP membership”,  said Gary Acosta, CEO and co-founder of NAHREP, “2015 was an exciting year for our members and supporters as we grew our chapter programming, launched the Hispanic Wealth Project and our ’53 Million & One’ tour. We are excited to welcome Leo to our leadership team and look forward to an even more successful 2016.”

Previously recognized as the #1 Keller Williams agent in the world, Mr. Pareja is head of the Leo Pareja Team with Keller Williams in the Washington, D.C. area. He has been highly ranked on NAHREP’s Top 250 Latino Agents list since its inception, making it as the “#1 Agent” in 2013. In 2011, he was acknowledged as one of the “30 Under 30 Class” by Realtor Magazine and his team was ranked as the number five team in the U.S. by unit count according to the Wall Street Journal that same year. His tenure at NAHREP began in 2012 with the founding of the Metro D.C. Chapter and shortly after he was elected to become a director of the national board.

Other additions to the board include Luis Padilla of RE/MAX Oceanside Realty in Miami, FL; Danny Hernandez of EVista Resources Realty in Kissimmee, FL; David Acosta of David Acosta Group in El Paso, TX; and Pamela Valenciano of Solutions Real Estate in Carlsbad, CA, all of whom have previously served as presidents of their local chapter boards. Outgoing board members include: Jason Madiedo, JJ Lopez, JR Martinez, and Sergio Barajas.

Joe Nery, partner with Nery, Richardson, LLC in Chicago, IL, now serving as President Elect, will be installed as the 2016 President at the association’s March conference in Washington DC. The remaining new members to the board will also be installed at that time. The complete 2016 NAHREP board of directors and leadership team are:

  1. Joe Nery, 2016 NAHREP President
  2. Leo Pareja, 2016 NAHREP President Elect
  3. Teresa Palacios Smith, Immediate Past President
  4. Gary Acosta, Co-founder & CEO
  5. David Acosta
  6. Helen Archer
  7. Jerry Ascencio
  8. Armando Falcon
  9. Danny Hernandez
  10. Rich Hernandez
  11. Daisy Lopez Cid
  12. Juan Martinez
  13. Liza Mendez
  14. Luis Padilla
  15. Pamela Valenciano