A View from the Top
Rodrigo López, founder of Nebraska-based AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance and executive chairman for NorthMarq Capital Finance, was highlighted in a recent special report from Bisnow. The report highlighted three Hispanic titans of the commercial real estate industry and their perspectives of the future. Rodrigo detailed his transformation from a 17-year old immigrant from Columbia who couldn’t speak English and had nothing to his name into the current chairman-elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
While the commercial real estate remains dominated by the white, male demographic, Rodrigo shared his optimism about the potential for a more diverse industry. “The sheer force of the demographics over the next decade or two will change things,” he said. “So a Hispanic loan originator is going to be far more successful in a Latino community than someone who does not understand the culture or perhaps doesn’t speak the language.”
To serve this new wave, the industry has to become more inclusive, raise awareness among minority audiences about the broad range of career options, actively recruit and mentor, encourage ethnic gains in advocacy and leadership, and start viewing diversity in the workplace as a business opportunity. Read the full story here.