Meet Gustavo Lobo! Gustavo is the division manager for Homestar Financial Corporation in Gainesville; he has worked for the company since 2002. Homestar has over 30 branches, mostly in Georgia, but there are branches in other states like Kansas and Missouri.
“I provide the training and whatever is needed for the business to run,” he said.
Gustavo has been married for 36 years and has one son who is 31. Gustavo is originally from Honduras and moved to Miami in the late 70s, where he worked on a cruise line. He moved to Hall County and began working with Wes Hunt and Homestar about 20 years ago.
When Gustavo isn’t working he loves to travel. He said he would love to travel back to Barcelona one day.
“I love the city and the people are so different, it’s just a great place to be,” he said.
Recently, Abernathy Cochran intern Tricia Cumiskey sat down with Gustavo to find out more about his life and love of Hall County.
Question: What led to your current career?
Answer: “The industry itself. I have been working with Wes Hunt for 30+ years and worked together with Century 21 Real Estate. Wes then taught me about mortgages and I have been with it since.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “I lived in Hall County for 4 years then moved down to Miami then came back to Hall County and have been here for 20 years. I have worked in Hall County for 20 years.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “Barcelona, Spain. I have been there twice but I love it. The city and the people are just so different and it’s great.
Q: What was your first movie you remember seeing in movie theater?
A: “’The Sound if Music.’”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Have fun, have your priorities in place and set your own dreams.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would like to see every state or at least be in every state.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I love pop music. I would like to see Genesis, The Eagles, and the Steve Miller Band.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County?
A: “The Grill.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “How the area has two separate school systems.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Hopefully still working for Homestar but hopefully planning to retire.”
Q: (Even for friends or family) what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I enjoy watching a lot of soccer games.”
Q:What are three words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “ A place to relax, a place to unwind, and good comfort food.”
Interview by Abernathy Cochran intern: Tricia Cumiskey
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