Q: What is your background and what led you to Avenue Mortgage?
A: 2017 will mark my 19th year in the mortgage industry. I knew I wanted to help people and sales is a natural fit. I have worked in both the retail and wholesale mortgages during my career. I started with Avenue Mortgage, a division of CIBM Bank in November 2015. I was fortunate to have Avenue as a client for over 10 years while I worked in wholesale mortgage. It was a very easy to make the decision to join the team because of the people. The team of people I have the pleasure of working with every day is exceptional. The culture of the organization, the work ethic, customer service and kindness was something I wanted to be a part of.
Q: What do you like most about your work?
A: The joy - There is so much joy. People are excited, they are nervous, and in a lot of cases, it is the biggest decision and purchase they have ever made. And they pick me. They pick me to go through it with them. That’s a big deal and I will always treat it that way. I love being a part of their journey. It can be an emotional process and that’s the part I love. Most people can do the numbers and calculations, but the journey along side them is my absolute favorite. Oh, and the hugs at closing. Those are the best hugs!!
Q: You have been in the mortgage industry since 1998. How has it changed?
A: What hasn’t changed?!? What a wild ride. If you would have told me half the things that have happened when I started in 1998, I would not have believed you. There is a ton more regulation than when I started which requires more people to make the process flow smoothly. That is by far the biggest change. Most of my customers will tell me there is more paperwork than before and that is a FACT!
Q: What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned along the way?
A: People will help you. People love to help. I have had the absolute best mentors, colleagues, and peers in this business. Whenever I have asked for help, they have always come through. Whether it was for a promotion, a new job, advice, an introduction, sharing knowledge, a referral, a great talk after a hard day – They have always helped and lifted me higher. I have been surrounded by the most wonderful and amazing people throughout my career. I am so grateful and fortunate to experience this type of love and support.
Q: What advice would you give for other women in business?
A: Find your people. Find your tribe. Find the people who will support you, cheer you on, and celebrate your success. They are out there and they will help. Just ask. Ask lots and lots of questions, be curious, and cherish them. We all work very hard and it is incredibly important to love what you do. If you don’t have those people, find them. If you don’t love what you do, find it. I promise, both are out there.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love spending time with my family. I have been married for 15 years to my husband, John, and we have a 9 year old son, Patrick. We love spending time at Dewey Lake in Michigan. It is a wonderful way to unplug and reconnect. We are surrounded by family there and have so many wonderful memories. I also love to see live music. If I could go to a concert every night (and not have to wake up to work in the morning), I would definitely do that. And the beach, the beach has my heart. I could sit and watch the water all day.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: My son. Being a working mom can be a hard balance and a lot of us think we aren’t doing it right. I love when I am reminded that I am. Maybe a teacher tells me my son is kind is or a parent tells me Patrick is so well behaved and polite. He is a really great kid with a heart of gold. I love his view of the world. He teaches me to be a better person.
Q. What keeps you up at night?
A: Not much! I am fast asleep by 10pm and I am not much of a worrier. The only thing that usually keeps me up past ten is a great party with wonderful friends, some good live music or binge watching This is Us or The Good Wife.
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