today, which is sort of funny! My first job that sparked
interest in the mortgage business was when I worked
for TransUnion Credit in the data input department.
We would prepare mortgage credit reports, and I
would build conversations with the loan processors
calling in for the status of reports. I’d ask them, “Why
do you need these reports?” When I learned what
they did and what they were paid, I started to look
for those jobs, and I did get a job as a mortgage setup
Education and role opportunities are important
factors to success as are mentor relationships.
Have you had mentors, and, if so, how have
those relationships contributed to your journey?
I have found that my need for mentoring has
changed as I age. My mentors, those who I have
watched and followed, have changed as my experience in the industry has grown. I watch for people
who are successful, those who I admire, and companies that are doing better than we are. My current
mentor is with a competitor.. She is an extraordinary
leader, often taking her advocacy for our industry to
Who is the one person that you have held up as
the person which whom you would like to emulate or be like or held in high regards, and why?
It may sound cliché, but, it is really my husband.
He helped me look at myself and recognize the value
of my accomplishments. At this point, the company is
the largest woman-owned, minority-owned mortgage
company in the Nation. He helped me see that, while
I was working with my head down, I had built this
company. He encouraged me to look at myself and
recognize the value I have to offer other women.. The
result is a commitment to building women up within
the mortgage industry, not just on the operations side,
but ownership and executive management.
What three character traits do you consider
your strongest suits?
Humility, determination, and honesty.
Date of Current Position:
34 years of experience in mortgage lending with posi-
tions as a Processor, Underwriter, and Top Originator
President – New American Funding
Multiple Roles – New American Financial