Steve Von Loor was born in Alabama but grew up in Ecuador with his mother. As a kid, Steve’s mother told him about the great Ronald Reagan and the values of the American Dream. At 19 years of age, Steve moved to America with 150 bucks in his pocket and a basic understanding of the English language. Two decades later, Steve owns a small business and has a wife and four children. Through his experiences as an immigrant, blue collar worker, family-man, and small business owner, Steve knows the American Dream inside and out. Now he wants to help you find the dream that he has been working towards his entire life.
1978 – In Birmingham, Alabama, Steve was the only child born in the United States of America to his mother Alicia Magdelena Loor Mera MD. When she was returning from Medical studies in Spain she decided to visit her brother who lived in Durham, North Carolina. After staying in North Carolina she flew to Birmingham, Alabama to visit her cousin a member of the Anesthesiology Department at the local hospital. Steve grew up in Ecuador until he turned 20, when he moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1998. Steve then was able to bring his mother to the US after following the proper immigration procedure.
In 2011, he married Maria Elisa Padilla, an Ecuadorian citizen with whom he has a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. Steve also has two older boys. Steve is an entrepreneur who owns a language solutions company, working as a liaison with the language barrier between businesses. The love of his country and his conservative values, encouraged by his dear mother, helped shape his political future. After the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, Steve began his involvement in the political sphere. In 2014, Steve started volunteering for North Carolina political candidates and joined the Republican National Committee – Hispanics Initiative as Chair of the Morrisville town. Then, in November, Steve joined the Republican National Hispanic Assembly Capital Area Chapter as its Treasurer. In January of 2015, he went on to become the Vice Chairman for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of North Carolina.
Steve also served as the National 2nd Vice Chairman for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of the United States of America and a Council Member for the North Carolina Governor on the Hispanic/Latino Affairs.
I am a First Generation Ecuadorian-American born in Birmingham, Alabama. I am the only child of a strong single mother who raised me in Ecuador on traditional and conservative values and always encouraged the love of United States of America.
My mother was one of the first 3 women to enlist in the Ecuadorian Army, which she did after earning a doctorate degree and becoming an otolaryngologist. During my first 10 years living in Ecuador, I always remembered my mother speaking admirably about President Ronald Reagan and his impressive accomplishments for America.
But above all, my mother always told me that in spite of our time in Ecuador, America is my true home. And so, from a young age, I was certain that I would return to my country.
The years passed on by, and after graduating from a government institution for technical careers with an automotive degree, my mother urged me to go to America and follow the American dream. I arrived in this beautiful country in September of 1998. A friend of my uncle’s let me work at his BMW repair shop during the day while attending Durham Community College for English classes and working as a waiter at night. In 1999 I was able to work at an IBM manufacturing plant in RTP where I became the first Hispanic to run a manufacturing line with all Hispanic employees. We became very successful as I trained, translated and motivated my team through hard work and dedication.
2001 – I was hired by Bank of America as a bilingual teller to assist the Hispanic Community open bank accounts.
2004 – I worked as a bilingual supervisor for a temp agency helping the Hispanic employees train and learn how to lead.
2006 – I received a part-time job at the NCBA (North Carolina Bar Association) as a bilingual lawyer referral specialist. During the morning hours, I worked as a Medical/Legal Interpreter for the workers’ compensation cases.
2007 – I decided to start my own translation company, which I now run with the help of my wife, Maria Elisa.
2010 – My wife and I formed another translation company providing services for other markets. During the last 10 years, while working as an interpreter and after running my own company, I learned the valuable lesson that failure is not a reason to abandon a dream. So I kept at it, fighting to become a successful businessman. I believe personal success comes from within, not from the assistance of the government.
Just as Ronald Reagan once said: “The best social program is a job.” Truer words have never been spoken. After having all those jobs for these last 18 years, I have fought through everything that has come my way, and I am proud of it. Failure and uncertainty do not intimidate me. I came to America with $150 in my pocket, a basic understanding of the English language and a backpack full of dreams that I continue to work towards fulfilling every day.