Spend enough time chatting to Florin, the man behind Lucy homes, he might slowly start opening up about his fascinating life story.
As a child, Florin grew up in the poorest house in a village in Romania. For years he dreamt of a life far away from his humble circumstances.
He was determined to one day become a part of a loving family and to succeed in business.
He became a refugee at the age of 19, fleeing Romania during a period of violent civil unrest which is now referred to as the Romanian Revolution. He initially settled in Austria where he met Lucy, the love of his life. They married in 1991 and moved to Australia to begin a new life.
As a young man Florin worked hard in the building industry, gaining significant on-the-job experience in a number of roles while studying diligently with a key focus on learning the skills of quantity surveying. This has become a vital skill in his career which enables him to accurately assess the cost of building any given residential or commercial project.
Years of study paid off for Florin. He became a well known lecturer at the Housing Industry Association and the Master Builders Association.
The Lucy Group was established in 2004 and has grown exponentially since then. In addition to the many dozens of beautiful homes which have been built over the years, the Lucy Group has also built numerous commercial projects including multi-level apartments, a church, office warehouses and factory facilities.
Today Florin ascribes his business success and rich family life to consistent hard work, integrity and his deep commitment to his Christian faith.
He is also quick to point to the team of talented staff he has built over the years.
When asked about how he has assembled such a successful team, he shrugs and responds with just two words: “We’re family”.