Gerald Arroyo is a man who knows what he wants in life. But that didn’t
happen by accident.
Born in Heredia, Costa Rica, his family immigrated to the United States
when he was nine months old. As a young boy, he began to notice more and
more that he was…well, different. And when Gerald was old enough
to understand why, he did so quickly. He was gay.
As he grew older, life grew complicated. As an adolescent experiencing
the very same emotional insecurities we have all undoubtedly faced, Gerald
felt an identity crisis compounded by the clashing of his sexual orientation
with the scrutiny of his strict-Cuban family.
During his last year of high school, Gerald found his first breakout opportunity
in a college internship with Disney World. He credits his time performing
at the company’s famed theme parks in Orlando with being one the
best decisions he’s ever made. “The Disney internship elevated
my status in the job field, especially among Disney alumni!”
Who would have guessed that one of those alumni would be Michelle Winfree,
our very own Legal Administrator, who interviewed Gerald for the first
job he applied for out of college. Michelle and Gerald had an immediate
connection, and Gerald began his career at LOCG.
In the more than three and half years he has been with us, Gerald has been
promoted several times, and currently serves as a legal assistant in the
Pre-Suit department. He’s learned to never say no to a new opportunity.
Today, Gerald and his family are closer than ever before. Any insecurities
he felt in the past have melted away in the blazing glory of his ambition
and passion. He spends his off-time volunteering for several student gay
and lesbian advocacy groups, helping to create “safe spaces”
for LGBT teens. He also makes time to perform in plays and stage productions
throughout the year, which are attended by many members of the LOCG family.
How does he find the time? “Life doesn’t stop. You can’t
‘find’ the time to do anything. You have to make the time,”
We are proud of the man Gerald has become, and are eagerly looking forward
to his next big break!