CEO/President, Titan Lenders Corp
and Titan Capital Solutions
Many would say that an executive-level career in
the financial services industry is becoming more
difficult. What energizes you to continue to stay
the course every day?
I am, by nature, a problem solver. I often see opportunities where others might see roadblocks. The
industry has been very good to me, and I learned
it from the ground up. So, what energizes me every
day is that there is always opportunity. It’s a matter
of identifying the opportunity and executing it to the
advantage of the company. There is always something
new or changed coming down the pike. If you can
solve for the challenges, that’s what ultimately makes
What are the three things you think about if you
awaken at 3 a.m.?
I don’t typically wake up at 3 a.m.! I make every
effort to be as effective as possible during the day so I
can sleep well through the night. If anything, I’m often
thinking about my schedule for the day because it is
always full. I’m the mother of two teenage children, so
I’m often sorting through the schedule of their events
and thinking about how to get everybody where they
are supposed to be, as well as resolving how to get
everything taken care of from the company’s perspective that is presently occurring in a given day.
What was your first job, and, what was your first
job in financial services if that is different?
My first real job, where I got paid real money, was
as a grocery bagger at the commissary of the U.S. Air
Force base where my Dad was stationed. Baggers
were paid in tips only, so if you didn’t do a good job, if
you weren’t nice to customers, and if you didn’t give
them good customer service; you didn’t get paid much
for bagging and loading the groceries in their cars.
I also took stats at the ball fields because that paid
$3.30 an hour. I majored in English in college, thinking I
would be a teacher. Ultimately, I decided to take a job
as an REO [real estate owned] processor for Columbia Savings in Denver. At first, they were not going to
hire me because I just had a college degree, but no
office experience, and they had another candidate
to choose from with experience. When the hiring
manager told me that, I politely told him I thought
not hiring me would be a mistake, and he changed his
mind in my favor! This event launched my career in
the mortgage industry.