About Me

I am a 17-year mortgage industry veteran and currently serve as National Director of Sales Innovation & Strategy for Thrive Mortgage.  I am the Founder & Host of the Mortgage Marketing Expert podcast, where I interview expert guests who share firsthand tips & advice to help mortgage professionals build their business, and I’m the Co-Founder of Industry Syndicate, the real estate & mortgage industry’s first podcast network. I was recently named one of National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s “40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40” & one of the Yahoo! Finance “Top 20 Mortgage Professionals in 2020”.  I have built branches & coached sales teams in markets all over the country, and currently reside in the Dallas, TX area.

My Background

I was born and raised in a rural area of SW Missouri. My mom was a teacher and my dad owned a residential construction company. I graduated high school and started college at the University of Arkansas.  Several years later I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University. Prior to starting my mortgage career I gained some extremely valuable career skills in my first jobs as a retail store general manager, a corporate recruiter, and an apprentice in residential construction.

I have held positions as a Loan Consultant, Sr. Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Business Development Manager, and Area Manager.  I earned by Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist (CRMS), and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Association of Mortgage Professionals (AAMP). I also held an Independent Mortgage Broker license, and owned/operated my own company before selling it to the largest mortgage lender in the country at that time. I was the top originator in a multi-state region with that company during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.  Between 2010 and 2012 I developed production and built branches throughout the South and Southeast regions of the US.

Since 2013 I have built offices throughout the Central Region and worked some of the top mortgage banking talent in the business. In January 2021 I found a home at Thrive Mortgage as the National Director of Sales Innovation & Strategy, where are attracting some the industry’s best talent. My role consists of leading the Talent Attraction team, coordinating between multiple divisions of Thrive ti execute on strategic growth initiatives and expand internal coaching strategies.

Throughout my life I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who taught me the importance of education, both in and out of the classroom. I was taught to always seek out that will help get me where I wanted to go. Having a coach or mentor is allowing someone to take their own experience and convey it to you as wisdom. Much of what I’ve been able to accomplish in my professional life is a direct result of that.


  • We appreciate all of your hard work and efficiency in this process for us. In fact, I think it is the smoothest loan we have ever done. Accolades to you and your team for getting it done so quickly!

    Chuck & Joyce P., homeowners
  • By the way, we think you are awesome! We wish all of our loan officers were as efficient and worked like you!

    Shannon M., processor
  • I wanted to let you know what a superior job you did on this loan. It was incredibly easy to underwrite!

    Dena N., underwriter
  • I shared the worksheet that you created with all of the other managers. It’s a great tool to stay focused on daily tasks and make sure all bases are covered. Great job!

    Danny D., Executive VP
  • I have always seen great things for you and proud of what you’ve done this year to make it happen.

    Brian B., President
  • I love your podcast! You have provided immense value and I couldn't be more grateful for what you do!

    Dylan M., loan originator
  • As a newbie in the business I am so thankful for all of the information supplied. Thank you!

    Rebecca D., podcast listener
  • have listened to most of the episodes and it’s some of the best content out there! Nice work!!

    Rick S., podcast listener
  • You are an excellent manager. I appreciate you ensuring my files and clients were taken care of while I was out of town.

    Patrick P., loan originator