How did you end up in the mortgage business?
By random, actually – when I was 21 and finishing up in college, a friend offered me a job as her assistant. Interest rates were coming down from 10% to 8% and we were incredibly busy. Keep in mind that back then we still typed applications by hand and credit reports came over the teletype. It was a great fit from the start – I loved the time pressure, learning about why loans are approved and the detail pieces that make for a smooth mortgage process. I never looked back and have loved it ever since.
What’s the best part of your job?
My co-workers and clients! Michael is the best business partner and counterpart I could ask for. Every day has its challenges, but I get to come to work with a crew of dedicated, caring professionals. We get to work together to guide our clients through an unfamiliar process and help them feel confident. Change in the mortgage business is constant, and I appreciate the challenge of maintaining expertise and communicating clearly. Seeing clients move from a place of trepidation to confidence is a joy and never gets old.
How’d you end up in Portland?
My parents moved here when I was three (so not much of a choice). It stuck for sure. I love Portland and other than a brief sojourn in Washington, D.C, it’s been my home ever since. I did my undergraduate and graduate work at Portland State University and have watched Portland grow and mature into a vibrant city.
What’s your favorite day look like?
It would start with breakfast with my family (I’m married with a Daughter and Son). There would be lots of coffee and likely a hike around Mt. Tabor with our dog. We’d make dinner together and hang out in the evening – maybe play some HORSE in the summer or board games in the winter. I’m always up for any excuse to eat…
What would you do if you weren’t in the mortgage business?
That’s tough, because I love what I do. I’d say run a small hotel someplace warm. I love Oregon, but sometimes even I reach my rain limit. Waking up to sun and helping guests plan their day, overseeing the small details that make for a memorable stay. Maybe when I’m retired…