Fun! It’s What Makes Fairway Independent Mortgage Tick!

Fun! It’s What Makes Fairway Independent Mortgage Tick!

Fun, most don’t have it anymore in the workplace. Moreover, people dread going to work because it is no longer that. That’s not the case at Fairway Independent Mortgage having fun is so important to our company’s culture that it is our third core value. Our CEO Steve Jacobson realizes if people aren’t having a good time they are less motivated. Furthermore, they are harder to retain.

So what’s the simple answer? Create and foster an environment where employees are encouraged to have fun! And it starts at the top. Our CEO, Steve Jacobson, sends out a “Friday Funny” created by Lindsey Hardman, our On-Boarding Coordinator. “Jake” as he’s known has the uncanny ability not only to know almost everyone’s name in the company, but has a nickname for them. And if you know the background of each person the nicknames are appropriately funny!

Furthermore, on our company calls there is always a great sense of humor from the executive team. They do a great job of filtering important information in humorous manner, which encourages you to be on the calls. I can guarantee you most companies have boring company-wide calls – not us!

Fairway is managed at the Branch Level, or what Jake calls “The Street”, because we know our local market better than anyone. And here at The Keslo Group of Fairway Independent Mortgage we take our Core Value # 3 to heart!

How’s that you say? Chris Kelso, our branch manager is the king of social media. His posts are always funny. He’s always making silly videos of the staff. Recording videos of our referral partners dancing between commercials on our radio show “The Real Estate Rat Pack”. Then he posts them on Facebook. In addition, how many mortgage companies have a wrapped “Monster Truck”? Chris came up with a contest. If you post a picture of him in the “Monster Truck” driving around town onto Facebook, we send you a Starbuck’s gift card.

The Kelso Group has a signature “environment” to foster having fun. We design our offices like a home, makes sense since we our in the home-mortgage business! When you walk-in it’s like walking into a “Great-Room”. There is no reception area. Attached to our “Great-Room” is a lounge/bar, and kitchen. We have lots of fun events here for our clients and referral partners – sushi-making parties, football/baseball/basketball watching parties, birthday parties, happy hours, and more!

No one loves what they do more than we do – let’s have some fun!

Foster Knowledge & Growth – Core Value #2 at Fairway Independent Mortgage

Foster Knowledge & Growth – Core Value #2 at Fairway Independent Mortgage

Today we visit Fairway Independent Mortgage’s Core Value  number two – “Foster Knowledge & Growth”.

 If you are not learning, you are not growing, and you are not helping you clients.

 If there is ever an industry in a constant state of change, it would be ours – the mortgage industry. Guidelines seem to change hourly, regulations, compliance, loan programs. The list goes on & on.

You have to embrace this constant change to be the best in the business. And the best way to do that is by fostering knowledge and growth.

One of the things we do at Fairway to stay on top of change on a daily basis – is to send two different e-mails to inform everyone company-wide of changes.

The first is ” The Retail Daily Credit Policy Newsletter”. It addresses any regulatory changes from the likes of Fannie-Mae, Freddie-Mac, and FHA. In addition, it alerts us to upcoming guideline changes from these same agencies in addition, to our portfolio lender programs.

The second, is “The Product Post Of The Day”. It advises to new products available to our clients. In addition, it alerts us to any changes to existing products.

At Fairway we are also required to take annual training for compliance, and security for documents. Our client’s privacy and the security of their private information is paramount at Fairway.

Our CEO Steve Jacobson is a huge believe in coaching. Branch managers and their loan officers have access to the best coaching programs in the industry. Many of these are paid for in part or whole by the company – they are that important.

We have on-going training through on-line educational programs thru our Fairway Mortgage University. There are so many great classes available for every position in our company.

We also have weekly webinars for new products and programs so we can better serve our clients.

Finally, we have live classes and seminars on a variety of subjects that are available to the appropriate staff.

Education is power and thru fostering knowledge and growth we want to be the most powerful and educated mortgage company for our clients – they deserve nothing but the best!

Cary Michael Cox – Operations Manager The Kelso Group

RMLO # 336786  NMLS # 2289

Humility First

Humility First

Humility First is the number one “Core Value” at Fairway Independent Mortgage. We have ten of them and live by them.

The 1st Core Value is “Humility First”. Humility First is the essence of Fairway Independent Mortgage. It has to be part of your DNA to be “on the team”.

Here is an a real-life example of how not to show humility. This person did not demonstrate Humility First.

We had an small party at our house for the Super Bowl.

When they showed the Atlanta owner leave his box and go to the sideline already celebrating at the end of the 3rd quarter, I told everyone, “that’s it – the Patriots are going to win this game.”

Of course everyone asked why do you say that? To which I replied, “See the coach already on the sideline, he’s violated Core Value #1 he’s not showing humility.”

One of the mom’s said, “Do you really believe that?” My reply, “Yes mam, God expects us to be humble, especially in victory – anytime you lack humility and get out in front of yourself, God has a way of putting you “in check”. I don’t know if she understood my hockey reference, though she clearly understood what I meant.

There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Patriots were going to come back and win the instant I saw that.

Atlanta was put “in check”, I wonder if the owner even realizes what happened.

Showing “Humility First” is important in both victory and defeat. It also keeps you from getting out ahead of yourself, keeps you grounded, and makes you a better person.

We are taught at Fairway to have Humility First in everything we do. It is our most important core value. Humility First is the fabric of who we are in business.

Humility First is all about being humble, hungry, and smart.

Cary Michael Cox