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The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) announced the installation of Jason Madiedo, a mortgage banker and three-term director of NAHREP’s national board, as the 2014-2015 president of the nation’s largest trade association for Hispanic real estate professionals. Madiedo, previously served as NAHREP’s president-elect, and has been part of the national leadership team since 2007. He succeeds outgoing President Juan Martinez. Teresa Palacios Smith, an Atlanta-based agent and two-term national board member, will succeed Madiedo as president-elect. The pair was sworn in during NAHREP’s annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. this week and will serve one-year terms in these roles.

“Jason Madiedo has been an integral part of NAHREP’s national leadership since 2006. His leadership and expertise in the lending arena comes at a crucial time as we enter an era of regulatory changes that will impact home-buying transactions and Latino families,” says Gary Acosta, NAHREP co-founder and CEO.

Madiedo is president and CEO of Venta Financial Group, a mortgage-banking firm that has wholesale and retail lending operations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Florida. A 19-year veteran of the housing finance industry, Madiedo worked his way up through the business from a mortgage originator, manager and underwriter to senior executive.

After NAHREP Co-founder Gary Acosta, Madiedo is the third lender in the association’s 15-year history to serve as president of the largely REALTOR®-focused membership. He has been active in NAHREP leadership since 2004 and previously served as chapter president of NAHREP Las Vegas (2005-2006). At the national level, he has served in various roles on the executive committee and is the only member to serve three terms on the national board.

Palacios Smith has served on the NAHREP national board since 2011 and is a founding member of the NAHREP Atlanta chapter. She is vice president of Business Development for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties and is ranked as the number-one Latina Real Estate Agent in Georgia and 19th on the 2013 NAHREP Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents list. She has also attracted accolades locally from the Atlanta Tribune Magazine as one of Atlanta’s “Superwomen” for her leadership and advocacy in the Atlanta Hispanic community.

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