The Atlanta Women’s Pacesetters List recognized
Casey as the city’s fifth most influential female business owner. She has also been named one of the Top
Female Entrepreneurs by Atlanta Woman Magazine. She
was named one of Housing Wire’s Women of Influence
in 2015 and was a 2016 Roaring Twenty awards winner
with NAWRB, the National Association of Women in
Real Estate Businesses.
Casey was recognized as one of the top loan originators in the U.S., and is the chief architect of the most
proven, successful, and respected
mortgage learning programs in
the nation. She has led her team
to win nine culture awards and is
deemed one of the fastest-grow-ing businesses in Atlanta. Casey
has a passion for professional
standards, education, sales productivity, and accountability, and has
empowered professionals across
the nation to experience more
fulfilling and productive careers.
Mortgage Women Magazine’s
Managing Editor, Kristin Messerli
had an opportunity to visit with Casey “Blade” Cunningham to share with our readership just what powers this
astute, insightful, mortgage industry leader.
MWM: What is your primary mission in the industry?
CC: My mission is very easy. It is to elevate the industry
and empower knowledgeable professionals to serve
consumers that are buying homes today.
MWM: What is some of the best work or life advice
that you’ve ever received?
CC: The best life advice I ever received was from my
mother, who said to pursue excellence in everything I
do – to be your very best each and every day and each
moment, leaving it all on the table. The best work advice
was about putting others first and serving them with
compassion. If I can help others succeed, then I certainly
am going to continue to grow.
MWM: Can you recommend one book or film that has
had a major impact on your career trajectory?
CC: I could name so many books, but probably the most
prominent is the Bible. It has life lessons throughout.
That’s definitely been the greatest influence on how I
lead and how I have grown as a human being.
In terms of movies, there’s a million of them because
I’m a huge movie buff, but I love all the motivational ones
you can imagine from Brave Heart to Rudy. I love the
movies where the underdog wins in the end because
they just didn’t give up. A motto I have in my family and
in my business is “Cunninghams never give up.” So, when
you’re faced with a challenge, that
challenge is just an opportunity to
grow and to thrive.
MWM: What advice would you
want to give any young woman
seeking a career in the mortgage
CC: You know Kristin, I stumbled
into this industry. I’m just so excited
you asked that question because I
didn’t get the advice or the insight
I’m about to share. If I had known
this as a young woman, I think I would have pursued it a
lot earlier. When I stumbled into this career, the thing that
became obvious to me is that it is a career that gives you
the opportunity to really help people at one of the most
influential times in their life.
For any young woman that is considering a future career, if she loves helping people and assisting them at one
of the most influential times in their life, if she wants to
give back to her community and society, and if she loves
flexibility and the opportunity to create her own destiny,
then the mortgage industry is for her.
Most people want three things in life, and I’m just going to call this the American Dream. They typically want
to get married, buy a home, and have children. In this
industry, you get the chance to help people with one of
their most significant life goals, and that’s buying a home.
So, my best advice is, if anything I just said resonates
with you, explore it to the nth degree. And I would
recommend that they actually shadow loan officers and
processors, and find which path within our industry is
right for their skill set.
"If I can help others
succeed, then I
certainly am going to
continue to grow. "