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?
The difficulty and the challenges. It is impossible
to be complacent as a mortgage banker in this environment. I enjoy the great team we have at Guild.
They are strong, intelligent, creative people, and a very
collaborative and cohesive group. We keep each other
motivated by setting goals and sharing in the challenges and rewards. We also stay mindful that being good
at something challenging is a differentiator. If you are
good at adapting, have the right process, are successful
at staying in compliance and have a strong team, it sets
you apart from the others.
What are the three things you think about if you
awaken at 3 a.m.?
Well, I have four boys, all in their 20’s, but, a mother’s worries about children never go away! Also, I think
about the prospects of the company growing too
quickly, becoming too structured. I want to stay close
to our core values and continue to foster the entrepreneurial spirit that exists today to empower and
train leaders, and to remain flexible and adaptable. We
don’t want to follow the path of some large corporations where everything is in a box. I worry that, if we
went that route, we would lose sight of who we are
and why we’re special. Last, I think about gaps that
may exist as we grow – what might we be missing?
We have a strong group, though, so risk management
thoughts don’t keep me awake. I have confidence in
the team to identify and address risk issues.
Mary Ann McGarry
President and CEO, Partner
Guild Mortgage Company