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What a mix: Mortgage company, boxing, taxis

    After much deliberation, Prudential Kennedy Realty owner, Everett Kennedy, moved his office this past summer from its South Main Street location, across from Sonic, to its new Market District location behind East Georgia Regional Hospital.
     I watched as the empty South Main Street building was being repainted and spruced up wondering what business had leased this very high traffic, visible location. The lessor is My South Lending Group, a mortgage company which is owned by John Laub, Clay Mock and Rick Mock.
    Laub is a former partner in the Minnesota Lending Company, a St. Louis Park, Minn., based mortgage company that he co-founded in 2001. Laub said he sold his ownership in Minnesota Lending, which had grown to include 65 loan officers and 25 support staff, to move to Statesboro, the hometown of his wife, the former Robin Lee Ward.
    With six loan officers already on staff, and a completely redone and furnished office, Laub will tell you that his mortgage company is "hitting the ground running."
    "We are excited about the growth in Statesboro and the surrounding area," Laub said. "There is a tremendous amount of opportunity here. It's just a matter of going out and making it happen."
    Laub speaks with an entrepreneurial passion that literally fills up a room.
    "I love the mortgage business and it is like any other business in that you get out, make contacts, and work hard," Laub said. "Combine effort with product innovation and a strong work ethic and you will build a very successful business."
    Laub hasn't stopped there, the busy entrepreneur is also very good friends with retired professional boxing champion Roberto Duran. He and Duran have opened Blue Bridge Media, a taxi top advertising company, which is in the process of equipping a significant number of Panama's 25,000 taxi cabs with cab top advertising panels.
    Blue Bridge Media was one of the reasons Laub chose to leave the Minnesota company that he had helped build. "I wanted to be closer to my business in Panama as well as nearer to my wife's family," Laub said.
    If that isn't enough to keep you busy, Laub also serves on the board of Smile Network International, a Minnesota based charitable humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries to children and young adults in impoverished countries.
    The 35-year-old Laub is an interesting man with unbridled energy. He is "throwing" a grand opening celebration for My South Lending Group later this month which he said will be attended by Duran. Laub and Duran, a one-two punch of sorts, right here in the Boro.
    Until next week, I bid adieu.
    Got a scoop for Jan? Call her at (912) 489-9463 or e-mail her at jmoore@statesboroherald.net

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