Since the time I stepped foot in New American Funding
over a year ago… I noticed the millennial generation
leading the marketing department. Who are these
young people that are being trusted with the catalyst of
the company? Well, was I surprised! Jessica Gonzalez
was one of the first managers I had to interact with, and I
was absolutely astonished by the way she carried herself,
the knowledge she shared, and her subtle ways of commanding respect. In other words, I was blown away! Here
is the story of Jessica Gonzalez, Millennial, Latina and
proud to make a difference in the mortgage industry!
How did you discover the mortgage industry?
I joined New American Funding’s recruitment department three years ago. I studied Business and Human Resources, and I was offered the opportunity to
work in my field. I was a little worried about working
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in the mortgage industry, as it has had a questionable reputation at times. Growing up my
family was impacted by the housing downturn,
and I was unsure about working in what was
perceived as an unstable industry. As I became
more familiar with mortgage products, I saw the
opportunity to make a significant change. I was
now in a position to empower others in my age
bracket to get educated on the reality of the
Two months after I was hired, Christy Bunce,
COO gave me an opportunity. She recognized
qualities in me she needed to lead a new department - the Retail Marketing Division.
Is the industry what you expected?
Not at all! I grew up in the middle of the
housing crisis, my mom and the news were my
source of information. At school, this was a hot
topic, families we knew were losing their homes,
absolutely heartbreaking. The housing industry
became a bad word in our vocabulary, never to
be trusted, shady, and always unstable. When I
started in the industry, I did my homework on
all of the different programs that are provided to
first-time homebuyers and the underserved. After educating myself, I was very proud to be part
of something that was making people’s dreams
of homeownership come true.