Back to square one

It was time to rebuild. “I did a little sabbatical for about a year in New Mexico,” he said. “I had to live with my parents, and they helped me with my kids. I had four kids. They crashed with me. We all crashed together!” he said, now able to laugh at those dark days he overcame. He was forced to take a receptionist/processing job at a loan business. “It was a very humbling experience,” he said. “I was starting over.”

Two years into his new stint, he secured his broker’s license. “I went to loanDepot and worked there for almost eight years,” he said. “I regained everything in terms of re-establishing myself, eventually to become a top producer.”

Huizar worked on a loanDepot team with Daniel Iskander, who would end up becoming a mentor and good friend. When Iskander teamed up with Eric Hines to launch West Capital Lending Inc. in 2021, he knew he wanted to be a part of it.

“Think about this,” he said. “To get a company going within three weeks – three weeks! – is incredible. Those guys were determined to make it happen. I had the privilege of funding the very first loan – I was the broker and had to, actually. I’m here along for the ride and to help support with the overall vision.”

He offered advice on overcoming challenges – something with which he’s intimately familiar. “Change is always going to happen,” he said. “Change is inevitable. “It’s important to adapt as soon as possible and be flexible to all the changes and be committed to that. That takes a person that is very centered and grounded.”