Interview by Abernathy Cochran intern Courtney Watson
Meet Robert Bell! Robert is a Realtor with Abernathy Cochran Group and longtime Gainesville resident. He is married to Sarah and the couple has three children; Stewart, Mary Nelson and Harris. He attended Clemson University, University of North Georgia, Brenau University, and University of Georgia and in the end, majored in education.
Robert is a lover of all things outdoors and spends his spare time traveling with his family.
We want to thank Robert for taking the time to tell us about his life and his love for Hall County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I’ve always had an interest in real estate, when I was younger my family would go look at
houses for fun which made me want to do real estate when I grow up.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “I can’t choose a single restaurant but I love authentic Mexican. I get many different meals so I can’t pick just one.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “I moved to Hall County when I was 10 years old so I have lived here for about 42 years.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Hall County?
A: “I believe the person I am talking to at the moment is interesting.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “If I could travel anywhere, I would want to go to Spain because I would want to the El Camino Santiago.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “I can’t choose a single movie but my top three picks would be ‘Raising Arizona,’ ‘Something about Mary’ and ‘Talladega Nights.’”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “One quote that will always stick with me is that we should seek to understand before we seek to
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would love to spend time out in the out West for about six months to a year with my wife and I
would also want to bring my dog Perry.”
Q: What is your favorite type of music? What are 3 bands you’d like to see, dead or alive?
A: “I would love to see Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson.”
Q: Choosing anyone non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Where would you take
A: “I would love to have lunch with Will Ferrell because his comedy is top notch. I wouldn’t want to
take him to a restaurant, I’d rather take him to an event venue like Walter’s Barn, where I could invite friends to hang out, too.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Hall County?
A: “I love what the outdoors has to offer, like the lakes and parks. I like the proximity of everything
and how close by places are.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I see myself approaching retirement and using my time to travel the world.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “Most people do not know that I used to want to be a vet due to my love for animals. However, I
decided I did not want to pursue that as result of a personal experience.”
Q: What are 3 words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Family, love and fun.”
The Faces of Hall County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email email@example.com.