Interviews Frank Grimes

Published on April 24th, 2018 | by Brandon H

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Frank Grimes Discusses Associates Home Loans

Frank Grimes is the president of The Associates Home Loan of Florida, Inc. Frank Grimes comes from a background in finance. Over the past 22 years, he worked with thousands of people who used his company to rebuild credit. Besides lending, The Associates Home Loan of Florida, Inc. also buys properties and mortgages. Customers with varied backgrounds can apply as Frank Grimes promises discretion to everyone. Thus, celebrities, athletes, and entertainers can make inquiries without worrying about confidentiality issues. Associate Home Loan of Florida specializes in lending to purchase or refinance homes. Most of the loans vary from $15,000 to $3 million and mortgages for both residential and commercial properties are available.

What do you do in your spare time?

I read a lot. My favorite types of books are autobiographies and exciting life stories. Generally speaking, I like to read about average citizens’ experiences. One of the ways that I find these books is by using Amazon. I am an active member of their online bookstore, and they send me suggested pieces now and then. The last suggestion that I received was the “Experience” by Martin Amis. I am still deciding if I will dedicate myself to that book. Things that I look for include high-quality writing, an engaging storyline, and intelligent analogies. My all-time favorite piece is Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more about the brutal stories from the World War II.

What’s your favorite film?

It is hard to say without breaking it up into categories. For example, I love “The Godfather” just as much as I love “The Dark Knight.” Those two, however, are completely different genres that cannot be compared. Usually, I am okay with anything that is based on good acting. When it comes to the more recent films, I truly enjoyed “A Quiet Place.” The directing and acting was done by the same people, and there was no lack of originality. One trend that I dislike, however, is the movie industry’s slow push for special effects over the quality of actors. Before the 2000s, people had to deliver stunning performances for a movie to be popular. Nowadays, however, it seems that the best digital edit will yield the same result.

Describe your typical day.

I wake up at seven o’clock every morning during the week. On the weekend, I postpone my alarms to any time between eight and nine. Then, I try my best to finish breakfast and my morning routines within an hour. I am usually in my office by nine and do not leave until noon or one. During that time, I complete my review of prior-day notices and follow up with my senior managers. I have no set time for lunch as I sometimes travel to clients’ site and eat with them. Whenever that is the case, my lunch can go on for almost two hours. If not, I get done within an hour and return to the office. Then, I work on projects that require my review, signature, or feedback. There is no clear-cut time for when I leave the office. If I am working late, I will often do it from home. On the weekends, I spend time with my family and relax.

What is one thing you’ve learned since starting your career?

I learned that it is essential to know how to work with people. In the beginning, I was under the false impression that a good resume is a key to a good employee. After a while, however, I realized that my hypothesis is not correct. There seems to be a trade-off between soft skills and test-taking skills. I noticed that most of the recent college graduates with outstanding GPAs lack extra-curricular experience. In my opinion, individuals who are successful in multiple areas adjust to new projects quickly. Those who may only have one strong suit, however, will struggle more often.

What’s one piece of advice you can share with others?

Do not do something unless you love it. I am sure that many people heard this, but very few take it seriously. When your professional career starts, you will likely spend more than a third of your weekdays at your job. If you despise the field that you are in, those days will be extremely long. I suggest that you choose an area based on what you are passionate about. Then, work hard and create additional opportunities. That way, you will probably get other offers. Thus, you will never be bound to the same job.

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