WHO WE ARE
L. Maria Vergara
Maria has over twenty years of financial services experience with large institutions such as Citibank, Edward Jones and Prudential holding senior sales and management positions always aimed at serving the U.S. Latino market. Her bilingual and bicultural background has contributed to success in both Hispanic and non-Hispanic markets. Maria holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Marketing.
In 2014, Maria was featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine for her work with Community Reinvestment, and in 2012 she was featured in MReport Magazine as a leading mortgage professional in her field. She has served on several boards that promote financial empowerment of Hispanics including being named commissioner to the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council of Hispanic Affairs, past Executive Director of The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis and board member of The Hispanic Alliance of Career Enhancement.
Executive Vice President
Marisa Calderon is executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). She is an 18 year veteran of the financial services and housing industry.
Her prior experience includes expertise in human resources, operations, training and executive leadership. Ms. Calderon has managed teams of over 500 employees, organized and coordinated multidivisional job fairs to staff start-up and existing operations. Ms. Calderon has experience conducting Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) assessments which led to improved compensation practices. She has instructional systems design experience inclusive of authoring course work and managing designers and course writers. Additionally, she has facilitated classes in corporate culture and onboarding for new employees. Ms. Calderon is a certified in diversity training, consultative sales master training and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ms. Calderon serves on the advisory board of Banc of California and is an author of the association’s annual publication, The State of Hispanic Homeownership Report. She speaks at conferences and events regarding NAHREP’s advocacy efforts, policy positions and on general Hispanic housing trends.
Ms. Calderon is a graduate from University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s in anthropology.
VP of Marketing
Mancillas launched his career as a Coca-Cola salesman in Mexico. He then transitioned into a role with Reebok Mexico, becoming the first sales team to lead these efforts. After a transition to Dallas, Mancillas launched field-marketing efforts for Cadbury-Schweppes for the brand Clamato, became account supervisor for Latin American and Caribbean countries in one of Dallas’ powerhouse agencies working with American Airlines. Pacino also helped launch a multicultural initiative at Lowe’s and maintained his entrepreneurial stint running his own printing and shipping company in Monterrey, Mexico.
He is a graduate of the Tecnológico de Monterrey and went to UT Austin to study advertising. Mancillas is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a current board member of Levine Museum of the New South and Vice President of the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas.