Gary Acosta, Co-founder & CEO, NAHREP
As CEO of NAHREP, Gary Acosta created the Hispanic Wealth Project, a non-profit organization with a strategic plan to triple Hispanic household wealth by 2024. He is also the co-founder of L’ATTITUDE, a major event he produces with international business executive Sol Trujillo, former United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, and music superstar Emilio Estefan. Acosta is also a general partner of L’ATTITUDE Ventures, the nation’s largest venture capital fund focused exclusively on Latino-led start-ups.
A self-described serial entrepreneur, Gary has founded several mortgage, real estate, and technology companies. In 2013, he co-founded The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), a cooperative corporation of 200+ mortgage companies.
Gary was appointed to the inaugural Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal regulator to the financial services industry. He served as 2014 Chairman of the CFPB mortgage committee.
The MBA awarded him with their annual prestigious Investing in Communities 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. Mr. Acosta writes a weekly blog about business and current events at garyacosta.com.
Irma DeLeón, Branch Manager, Geneva Financial Mortgage
Prior to her mortgage career, Irma earned her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law. As a full-time law student, she actively engaged in student affairs, holding the position of assistant to the director of admissions. She also played a pivotal role in organizations such as the Latinx Law Student Association and Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. Irma earned the distinction of becoming the first recipient of the Kane County Bar Foundation scholarship.
Her pursuit of excellence garnered recognition from YWCA, which honored Irma as one of the Women of Professional Excellence for her contributions to empowering women in professional settings. Irma takes immense pride in her role as a devoted mother to her two adult sons, Matthew and Zack Luckman.
Pamela Stephens, Branch Manager, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc.
She understands the key components of a successful real estate transaction and knows the importance of communication and transparency. Pamela is bilingual in Spanish and English, which offers her a multicultural approach that helps to expand homeownership to the Hispanic market.
Pamela is driven to ensure her processors, loan officers and customers get the best treatment possible and achieve success. She currently manages and produces at a retail branch in Nashville, TN.
Pamela was born in Quito, Ecuador, and is the mother of two amazing girls, Ari and Olivia. Her mother and sisters are a big part of her life and success.
Elyse Mitchell, VP – National Accounts, MGIC
With her passion for affordable housing, she serves on MGIC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Executive Council, where she is responsible for framing DEI strategy, initiatives and products. She currently sits on National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals' (NAHREP) Corporate Board of Governors (CBOG), representing MGIC in advancing equitable homeownership for the Hispanic community.
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