By: Jeovana Mackean & Juiana Fernandez
The story of a living legend, a Hispanic character with Mexican roots in our community, begins with:
He returns to the United States and sees his mother in need of public assistance, it forged in his mind as a child, that he would someday be a successful man. With the examples and teachings of his uncle Elbert Schultz, whom he saw as a father figure and faith inculcated by his mother, they were basic foundations for strengthening and coping with his childhood and youth. "I did not play, I worked after school.
I don"t really remember how I fulfilled my tasks in those days." I did not have a chance to play because I worked up to 40 hours a week after school. He attended elementary school in Mexico; and his advanced level in math, led him to excel in his future classes in Arizona. He entered Cochise College in Douglas, AZ., And graduated from theUniversity of Arizona with a bachelor"s degree in Business Administration with a minor in accounting in 1969.One of his greatest challenges was to overcome his shyness and nervousness.
Dale Carnegie"s book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living helped him to overcome those challenges and to pursue his goals. "I will not take a risk, if I know I will not be able to accept the outcome" After graduating, he takes one of his first risks that would change his life completely. He accepts a job in the city of Los Angeles, California, with the company of accountants: Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, in the auditing department. Climbing in a fast and impressive way, allowing him to start his own company in 1975. In 1971, he gets a loan of $ 1,000 for his first investment, six months later he sells it with a profit of $ 3,000. Paying the loan and reinvesting the profits, which gives birth to HSL Properties. As it is known; Progress and success occurs when there are skilled, hardworking and courageous leaders who give opportunities to improve their future. One of my greatest achievements is to have been able to employ more than 1,000 employees and have established the foundation: THE H.S. LOPEZ FAMILY FOUNDATION.
The Foundation focuses on providing incentives, focused on health, education and help the neediest in order to improve their lives. "For me it is a great satisfaction, to give and to be able to help, as they helped me when I needed it" Mr. Lopez is proud to be of Mexican origin. He believes that the opportunities offered by this country should be taken advantage of and living in this region is a blessing. "The economy of Tucson is on the right track, we have big companies that employ thousands of workers and new ones to come in. The cost of living is not very expensive and the weather is lovely" • Mr. López believes that regulatory reductions will open doors to new businesses and create more jobs. He sees technological advancement and increased use of artificial intelligence, as a phenomenon that can no longer be stopped.
It advises that we must constantly prepare ourselves to be able to accept and be up-to-date with technology. "He thinks that creating an economic balance in the world is extremely important and necessary to be able to create, manufacture, and produce national products for national export and consumption, and at the same time to consume imported products, creating jobs in this country and abroad" Here we are all the same, we have the same opportunities, we just have to know how to take advantage of them! It also ensures that a multicultural community can enrich our nation. As part of the interview we asked him if he would ever be interested in entering politics, and this was his response: NO, politics is not for me. I"ve never dreamed of getting into that business.
I like to serve the community doing what I like and enjoy, with the achievements of my work. The trajectory of Humberto S. Lopez, reflects the efforts, approach dedication and confidence in itself. With many projects this year, among them, is the acquisition of two new hotels, as well as the remodeling of the square in downtown Tucson (Downtown), and the construction of hundreds of luxury apartments in downtown Tucson. He plans to remain active for the rest of his life; this if God allows it and continues to work, not out of necessity but out of pleasure. Mr. López and HSL Properties have received countless awards and nominations including the following: