The Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas 61st Annual Convention "Right Place, Right Time" will be held Oct. 4-7 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Convention is a "colorful" event with diverse, entertaining and informative sessions throughout. Plan to come with anticipation. Plan to leave with true takeaways. It's surely the "Right Place" and the "Right Time."
Travis Wright has joined Mortgage Network Inc. as a loan officer in the company’s Columbia, S.C. branch office where he will be responsible for serving homebuyers and homeowners throughout the metro Columbia area.
A recent graduate of Mortgage Network’s Mortgage Bankers in Training Program (MBIT), Wright brings 10 years of retail banking experience in the Columbia area to Mortgage Network. Most recently, he served as an assistant vice president/branch manager for NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank. Wright was born and raised in Columbia and has called Columbia home his entire life, aside from the four years he spent earning a bachelors in business administration at Charleston Southern University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is active in his church, Blythewood Presbyterian, and also serves as a board member for Bethany Christian Services in Columbia, S.C.
“Mortgage Network prides itself on having the most experienced and knowledgeable loan officers in the industry, exceptional people like Travis Wright,” said Clint Hammond, branch manager of Mortgage Network’s Columbia office. “With his proven professionalism and dedication to serving borrowers in the metro Columbia area, Travis is an outstanding addition to our team.”
“I have worked hard my entire career to offer customers the very best service possible, and I am delighted to join a company that puts the borrower experience first,” said Wright. “Mortgage Network is renowned for helping first-timers and experienced borrowers with the highest levels of service and the best products for their needs. It is a great privilege to be part of the finest team in my home town. Columbia is coming off a rough patch but all the indicators are now positive, according to industry sources. Prices are rising and there are fewer listings, signifying improved demand and increasing values. It’s a perfect time to buy and I look forward to helping buyers understand their options and reap the benefits of this rising market.”
South Carolina suffered catastrophic flooding during what meteorologists called a 1,000-year rainfall last month. Because of devastating road and property damage and the loss of lives, President Barack Obama declared South Carolina in a state of emergency. As danger subsided, employees of the Columbia Guild Mortgage branch went to work.
Guild team members were given days off work to help with cleanup efforts and volunteered on weekends, assisting families of flood-stricken homes. Other Guild employees volunteered with the Harvest Hope Food Bank by sorting and packaging food for distribution to flood victims.
“At Guild, we are dedicated to serving the communities where we live and work,” said Caitlyn Bell, transaction coordinator for Guild’s Columbia branch. “Lamont Watson, producing sales manager, organized volunteer work at Harvest Hope and our team was happy to assist.”
A GoFundMe account was created by branch manager Heyward Cathcart, encouraging company employees, friends and family members to raise money for victims. A goal of $5,000 was set during its launch and rapidly gained widespread attention.
“People from across the nation have donated,” said Bell. “Every penny counts and it’s amazing to see how quickly friends and strangers reached out to help others. Our GoFundMe page spread like wildfire and we’ve raised nearly $15,000 together.”
The funds donated will go entirely to the Red Cross in the name of the flood victims of South Carolina. It fits within the Guild Giving Program established company-wide in 2010 to encourage employees to donate time and money to worthy causes to help improve the communities where its employees live and work.
Heyward Cathcart, Mark Tibshrany, Ron Dorko, James Nobles, Athena Leventis, William McCamy, Beth Walker, Lauren Wild, Lamont Watson and Kellie Kessler of Guidl Mortgage lend a hand to victims of South Carolina's recent record floods
A storm-damaged home awaits repair
Heyward Cathcart, branch manager/loan officer with Guild Mortgage on site during the repairs
A damaged home from the South Caorlina floods