Carlos Vaz is a real estate investment expert who has been over $1B in assets under management. He is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CONTI Organization where he oversees strategy, company culture, and business development. Carlos’ current portfolio of multifamily properties includes over 9,000 units under management and 6.8 million square feet of rental space.
As a Harvard Business School alumnus (OPM 50) and a recognized thought leader in the multifamily industry, Mr. Vaz is a sought-after speaker at many conference events such as MFE (Multifamily Executive), Crittenden Multifamily, Marcus & Millichap, IMN Conferences, among others. His subject matter expertise has also allowed him to contribute to the industry and his peers through various professional organizations. Mr. Vaz serves as a board member for the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and Harvard Club of Dallas, and he is an International Advisory Council Member for Fundação Dom Cabral, one of the world’s leading business schools. Additionally, he is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Real Estate Council of Dallas, among other organizations.
An avid learner, Mr. Vaz is constantly reading and taking additional courses as a way to pursue growth and learning. As an example, he completed Stagen’s practice-based Integral Leadership Program (ILP); a 52-week high accountability experience focused on Leadership, Execution, and Impact. Another course taken at Cambridge Enterprise Group with Professor John Davis was on corporate and family boards and its relevance to the development of companies efficientlyHe is also in the process of writing his first book.
Mr. Vaz has been recognized with numerous honors over the course of his real estate career. He has been named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, one of Real Estate Forum Magazines’ 35 Rising Stars in the Industry under the age of 35, to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, and highlighted as a Most Admired CEO. As a leader, he has helped CONTI earn a place on the Inc. 5000 list six times, the Dallas 100 list seven times and the Middle Market 50 list four times.
Carlos Vaz’s determination and commitment are truly seen through his work to build a solid, vertically integrated company with strong corporate values such as meritocracy, alignment of interests, and transparency. He leads a team of more than 300 professionals extremely focused on the multifamily real estate fund market in the USA, his team is constantly improving, adapting, and creating better processes. Vaz believes that the solid corporate values on which his company is based are the strong catalyst that allows them to achieve great success. These values are integrity, excellence, make a difference, be passionate, and pursue growth and learning.
Born in Brazil, Carlos came to the United States with $300 in his pocket, a penchant for hard work, the desire to learn, and an unrelenting drive to “Make It Happen”. As a dedicated family man, Carlos enjoys health, faith, family and country. As a family, he, his wife and three children enjoy time learning together, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Mr. Vaz and his family proudly support a variety of nonprofit organizations such as Paper for Water, USMA West Point, Vogel Alcove, and Buckner International, among others.