I relocated to Portland in 2002. Through a friend I was introduced to Michael Leland and Mortgage Trust two years later.
I originally joined Mortgage Trust in 2004 with a unique background in operations and logistics in both the public and private sectors. Drawing on my experience in emergency management, information technology, and human resources, I led the day-to-day operations while conducting a great deal of business development and strategic planning as well.
I left Mortgage Trust in 2011 to pursue other passions. The mortgage crisis had been exhausting and I needed a change of pace. In 2012 I founded Opfinit Consulting. My goal was to bring together what I saw as the three core business disciplines: operations, finance and information technology. My firm provided a unified resource for a diverse portfolio of local small businesses. Ultimately, though, I felt a desire to focus on the growth and success of a single business. I returned to Mortgage Trust in 2015.
If I had to pick one thing, I think it would be leveraging software integration to achieve the highest levels of process efficiency. I loathe duplicate data entry. This is an appreciable challenge in the mortgage industry, which is not known for being on the cutting edge of technology.
At the end of the day, I am driven to care for Mortgage Trust employees and to ensure that they have all the support and tools necessary to focus on helping their clients achieve their wealth-building goals.
The people. I work with an extraordinary group of high-quality, dedicated employees at Mortgage Trust who inspire me to come to work every morning.
Running Hood to Coast four years in a row. As captain of the company's "Sweat Equity" athletic team, I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2016!
Most likely at home with my family. My wife, Becky, keeps me grounded, my son, James, brightens my day, my dog, The Wuki, is always happy to see me – and they all make me smile. I didn’t fully appreciate the meaning of Balance until now.