Meet the one and only Johnny-Juan Ortiz, a name that's practically synonymous with charisma and zest for life! Growing up in the heart of Tyler, he's not just a local kid but a true gem of the community. Back in his high school days at John Tyler HS, Johnny-Juan was already a fun individual to be around.
Dabbling in Psychology, Art, and Manufacturing Graphics at TJC, Johnny-Juan was on a quest for knowledge, but life had a few detours planned. Ever the adventurer, he took an unexpected route into the world of sales, all due to economics – the kind of twist that makes for a great story at get togethers.
But don't let that detour fool you. Johnny-Juan's appetite for education never wavered. He stacked up certifications like trophies and even emerged as a Zig Ziglar Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach right at the inception of the pandemic. Talk about turning challenges into opportunities!
Now, why did he stick around in the world of sales, you ask? Well, sometimes accidents lead us to the most wonderful discoveries, and Johnny-Juan discovered a passion for automotive dealership financing, consumer lending, and banking. He didn't just sell – he crafted dreams and financial solutions with every handshake.
Fast forward to the last 6 years, and Johnny-Juan's been spreading homeownership dreams like confetti in a parade, specializing in mortgage lending. But there's more to him than mortgages and spreadsheets. He's on a mission, a mission to share the wisdom of life skills, budgeting hacks, credit-building secrets, and the incredible potential we all have within us.
When he's not donning his financial superhero cape, you'll find him basking in the glow of his family – a trio of incredible kids (Jazelle, Juan Jr., and Janie), all alongside his high school sweetheart, Angie. With 25+ years of love, they're not just a couple; they're an institution.
But wait, there's more! Johnny-Juan is like the community's go-to guide for everything awesome. He's a board member for PATH and St. Paul's Children Services, a pillar in the Hispanic community and part of the Hispanic Professional Association of Tyler (HAPT), a driving force at First Apostolic Church of Tyler, a mentor, a teacher, and even a musical harmonizer in the Praise & Worship Team. Talk about being involved!
Remember the Tyler Evening Toastmasters? Yep, he was their President during the pandemic, steering them through challenges like a captain on a stormy sea. He's all about finding voices and turning them into roars of confidence. As well as donating his time and talents to the Literacy Council of Tyler's Bilingual Entrepreneur's program helping new and soon to be business owners navigate uncharted territory.
But the flurry of activity doesn't stop there. He's a literacy champion, nurturing the joy of reading like a devoted gardener tending to precious blooms. And as if that weren't enough, he sprinkles entrepreneurial wisdom like fairy dust through Zig Ziglar's golden words – "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
Art courses through his veins, and he spends his spare moments painting and drawing masterpieces that reflect the vivid hues of his personality. Local events? He's there, lending a hand like a modern-day superhero, giving back to the very community that's molded him.
Johnny-Juan's goal? Oh, it's grand but oh-so-noble – to add value to lives, to make Tyler an even greater playground for generations to come. So, if you ever find yourself in Tyler and hear whispers of an extraordinary man who's the life of the community, look no further – it's Johnny-Juan Ortiz, the man with a heart as big as the Texas sky.