Monica Vaca

The Houston Real Estate Group

Founder, President, and CEO

Monica Vaca is the Founder, President and CEO of The Houston Real Estate Group, a full-service real estate agency located in Houston, Texas. A first-generation American born to Ecuadorian immigrants, Vaca is one of the leading Latina entrepreneurs and leaders in real estate in the country and has been recognized with several local, regional and national awards.  She has been honored twice as a “Top Producer” (2004, 2005) by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) and was named the “Business Woman of the Year” by the Business Advisor Council and one of the Top 150 Real Estate Professionals by the Wall St. Journal two years in a row.  Among her most prestigious recognitions was being named one of 10 Trailblazing Latinas, a national honor that recognizes Latinas for their contributions and excellence in entrepreneurship and community service.  In 2008, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce nominated her as one of the 3 finalist for the TRIUNFANDO Awards in the category for Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year.  Most recently in 2012, Monica was named a “GIANT OF REO” (Real Estate Owned) by HOUSINGWIRE, and she was also identified as the #2 Latino Real Estate Agent in Houston and #34 in the U.S. by NAHREP, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

In 2013, Vaca oversaw the grand opening of a new 5,000 square foot, custom-designed office, which includes a state-of-the-art space for training and educational events.  She and her team are motivated by the idea that the American dream of home ownership can and should be available to as many people as possible.  When she is not building her business, Vaca enjoys triathlons, doing bikram yoga and spending time with her husband and her daughter.

Session: Latina Entrepreneurship: Multi-generational Viewpoints That Will Inspire