"I put my faith in God first, my family second and business third," John L. Hoich, president of Hoich Enterprise Inc., told an International Campus Ministry audience Feb. 15.
spoke of how his
faith has shaped his
success as a father, husband and businessman and how it has helped him overcome years of struggle.
"All my life was a struggle," Hoice said.
Hoich grew up in Omaha with four sisters and one brother, who later died of a heart attack at age 21.
said not a day passed by that his
father did not beat his
mother and yell at him and his
"I realized at 5 to 10 years old that my father was an alcoholic and he
beat my mom every day," Hoich
"I never knew any different and when I visited other friends' homes and saw their fathers did not act the same as my dad, I thought they were weird."
Hoich's parents divorced when he
father died shortly thereafter.
"That day, my life changed - I was no longer a boy," Hoich
parents' deaths, Hoich
was left head of the household and had to look after his
siblings, a duty he
continues to honor each day.
would have never gotten so strong if it was not for the help of his
next-door neighbor, a minister named Miller, who was always there for him, encouraging him to be strong.
"Some people would go kill others or themselves, but I told myself I had to be strong," Hoich
refused to give up and put himself on a path toward success by getting a job to help take care of his
was able to put himself through college and graduate school at UNO
Devoted to his
siblings become educated as well.
"I raised my family," he
"All I had to do was to give them what they didn't have and stay in their life.
I tried to fix their problems."
not only helped his
own family, but others who came to him as well.
"I always help people when they need me," he
"My family as well as my friends are very important to me."
"I love people, and I help people get out of bankruptcy and resolve their business problems.
I fix things."
, a successful self-made millionaire and president of his
own company, is a happy father of twin sons, Justin and Jeremy.
doesn't forget his
family, friends and especially his
faith, the substance of his
"I always thank God," he
received the 2001 Community Service Family Award for his
commitment to serving the community.
An energetic man, Hoich serves on 29 boards for corporate and charitable organizations and enjoys working out and riding horses in his free time.
told the audience that his
success did not happen overnight.
success to mistakes he
made as a young businessman with his
lawn mowing business when he
was 14 years old.