Teresa Palacios Smith
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC
She oversees the organization’s commitment to increase diversity among the company, its broker network and the sales professionals affiliated with the brand with the goal of mirroring the diversity found in the communities they serve.
Teresa has extensive experience in sales and marketing. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting and public relations. She also has more than 20 years of experience working in the real estate industry and is a frequent speaker at national and local industry events.
In 2015, Teresa served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), one of the largest minority associations in the country with more than 50,000 members. She is also one of the founding members of the NAHREP Atlanta Chapter, which launched in 2005. Teresa has held numerous leadership roles in the industry and currently serves on the board of many of the top housing organizations in the country. In May of 2018, Teresa will be honored by RIS Media with the Newsmaker Award. Teresa received LISTA’s Leadership Award in 2016 and was named by the Atlanta Tribune magazine as one of Atlanta’s “Superwomen” for her leadership and advocacy in the Hispanic Community. In 2015, Teresa was featured in Allan Dalton’s book “Creating Real Estate Connections.”
Prior to her current position, Teresa was vice president of Business Development and Cultural Initiatives at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, where she was responsible for business development and marketing of corporate relocation services along with a portfolio of additional programs and products. In her role, Teresa coordinated and managed several mega group moves into the Atlanta area; delivered “white glove” settling-in services to global and luxury clients and managed the Affinity and HUD division.
The daughter of Hispanic immigrants, Teresa has a strong commitment to traditional values, family, service and southern hospitality.