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Local Celebrity Spotlight – Gil Levy, President of Tioga Town Center

levygil1-When did you move to the US and why?

I moved to Jacksonville, Florida in December of 1978, hired by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

2- How do you relax?

Sometimes a cigar and single malt scotch while grilling a nice steak, other times going to the beach with Becky, or listening to music.

3-Do you have pets?

Yes, a 10 year old African Grey parrot named Vito.

4-What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

I shouldn’t admit to this, but I am not a gadget/app guy. The closest item would be my iPhone and the Pandora App. I listen to music in the car; it’s a form of relaxation as well.

5-What don’t we know about you?

I am one of 50 or so first cousins. My mother had 11 siblings, so my family is large.

6-What is in your fridge?

Fresh local fruits and vegetables, orange juice, soy milk, lots of spices and spice mixes, free range eggs, butter, and organic chicken and beef. No desserts.

7-What has your best investment been?

My family, and close friends. They have yielded the best reward. From a financial point of view: I bought GE, APPL and MOT stocks before the big rebound. They have done well for me.

8- Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” Mohandas Gandhi.

9-Who inspired you as a child?

My mother, without a doubt. If I can be half the person she was, I will consider my life to have been accomplished and successful.

10-What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

Gainesville is such an eclectic town, with a variety of things to do. We enjoy the many nice restaurants, walking through UF now and then and the many concerts by local artists.

11-What type of music do you listen to?

A bit of everything, although Latin Music is my favorite, followed by classic rock and jazz.

12-What is your favorite movie?

Forest Gump, mainly because of the great soundtrack and cinematography. I have visited a number of the places depicted in the movie.

13-What drives you crazy?

Complaints without solutions. I am a results oriented person; bring me solutions if you feel something is not working right.

14-What is your favorite meal?

Roast Pork, Rice and Beans and fried ripe plantains (Lechon asado, arroz con habichuelas y maduros)

15-Where is your favorite beach?

Siesta Key, followed closely by Canaveral National Seashore.

16-What was your first car and what do you drive now?

I had a 4 speed Oldsmobile while in college, a 6 speed BMW 550i now.starfire