I would like to personally welcome you to my page and promise that we are here to provide you with outstanding service and programs to support your business. As the CEO of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp., my commitment is to make sure you receive the support you need to succeed, with personal attention to you and every application you take!
My entire career has been in financial services. After earning a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University, my journey began at a regional public accounting firm where I led various audit teams responsible for mortgage banks, credit unions and other various financial institutions. In addition to being a CPA, I also hold a Series 7 General Securities License and a Graduate Certificate from the Mortgage Bankers Association's School of Mortgage Banking. In 1990, I took an opportunity to join one of the ten largest mortgage banks in the United States. My experience included all aspects of the operation: internal auditing, correspondent lending, loan purchasing, customer service and, eventually, managing wholesale operations.
In 1997, I decided to use my extensive financial experience to its fullest and left my position at the bank to start my own company: 1st Advantage Mortgage. Since then, my time has been spent assembling a team of professionals with diverse financial backgrounds who share my views on exceptional customer service. This approach helped me to establish 1st Advantage Mortgage as one of the top mortgage banks in Illinois. In 2008, we joined Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, the national full-service property and financial services firm, and in 2016, we took their name as Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. I am extremely proud of the success we continue to achieve, and I acknowledge that it is only possible through the lasting support and performance of my dedicated staff. With their help, we've also been named one of the Top Mortgage Lenders in America by Scotsman Guide and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive magazine, all while maintaining an A+ BBB rating and 98% customer satisfaction.
We have since exceeded 700 employees, 50 branches nationwide (with licenses in 49 states plus D.C.) and $9 billion in annual loan volume. As we continue our national expansion, we have a very clear mission: to provide the best opportunities for our employees, the best experience for our clients and the best results for our partners. We are known for closing loans, and that's something that will always remain true – you have my word.
There are many mortgage companies out there, but there are very few that can offer you the service and support that set us apart from the rest. I encourage you to learn more about our company, and I welcome the opportunity to discuss how you can become part of our journey!