Carlos was born into a humble Brazilian household in Minas Gerais. One of nine children, Carlos’ father was a local butcher and his mother, a homemaker. Together, they led by example and instilled the principles of family, hard work, discipline, and values into the children’s everyday lives. These principles grounded the family, bound them together, and provided Carlos with an unrelenting drive to learn, determination to overcome obstacles, and improve the lives of others. This drive would take Carlos to the United States with $300 in his pocket where he would enter an unpaid internship and would have to work in several jobs to make it happen.
Arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, without knowing no one, having no connections, not knowing anywhere and with only $300 in his pocket, Carlos found an attic to rent for $350. He had to work hard in order to keep a roof over his head. Carlos sought to make the ends meet by working multiple jobs, including as a construction laborer, waiter, as well as an unpaid law office internship. As soon as possible, he began taking evening classes to keep learning more about his own trade as well as business, economics, and management. He was moving at full speed ahead and yet still picking up momentum. Determination and commitment were always some of his attributes.
In 2004, Carlos founded his first real estate company, CONTI Construction, and began performing small construction jobs. In 2005, he founded his second real estate company, CONTI Group, to capitalize on an opportunistic time for renovating residential real estate. His companies updated and sold 30 homes over the next two years. But, forecasting the housing bubble was set to burst, Carlos began evaluating more long-term real estate opportunities. He quickly discovered the cashflow producing, reliable investment model of multifamily commercial real estate.