(from article by Bill Quinnan):
Motive Lending maybe less than three years old, but the Santa Ana-based mortgage company has already generated more than $5 billion in funded loans, expanded to just over 200 employees and earned recognition for its positive work environment.
In December 2015 – almost exactly two years after first opening its doors – the company was named among the Orange County Register’s Top Workplaces. Through anonymous surveys conducted during the Top Workplaces selection process, employees gave the firm kudos for its company culture, leadership and staff.
“We are privileged to be among the Top Workplaces in Orange County. To see the fruition of the culture we have worked so hard to produce is simply amazing, and I am thankful to every associate who has made this the best place to work,” said Cory Tona, Executive Vice President and founding partner of Motive Lending. “As our company continues our incredible growth and expansion nationwide, we know and recognize that our employees are our greatest asset. Being a Top Workplace is solely based on our employees’ feedback, which makes it even more effectual.”
According to Tona, Motive Lending’s positive culture begins with the company’s mission.
The company’s mission statement reads, “To lead the third-party residential mortgage industry by providing products and services that satisfy the needs and exceed the expectations of our business partners through an unrelenting pursuit of our four pillars of customer service: Communication, Consistency, Accessibility and Accountability.”
Tona reflected, “From our inception, we have always maintained a clear purpose – a purpose not only to be the best wholesale lender in the nation, but to be unique, to stand out for the right reasons. Motive Lending identifies its vision as that of making a dent in what it sees as a “very stagnate lending industry.”
The company’s leadership strives to guide the company with a simple “top down” approach, Tona explained.
“Leaders throughout our organization are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches to get something done. Being that most of our competition does not operate that way, it gives our associates inspiration and creates one of the best environments in the lending landscape,” he said.
Seeking ‘go getters’
When recruiting, Motive Lending looks for associates who are “go getters” and are unafraid to take on a challenge. The company places a strong emphasis on internal promotion, with 85 percent of its leadership roles comprising employees who have advanced into those positions.
“We are firm believers in recognizing great employees and moving their careers in the right direction. If we don’t, somebody else will,” Tona said.
The company has also sought opportunities to engage employees in serving the community. This year, Motive Lending has donated $50,000 to the Jessie Rees Foundation, which provides support to children fighting cancer and encourages them to uphold the foundation’s motto, “Never Ever Give Up” (NEGU).
A wholesale mortgage banker, Motive Lending specializes in closing Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Affairs, conventional, U.S. Department of Agriculture and jumbo loans. Founded by proven producers, Motive Lending offers partnership to brokers across the country.
According to the firm, Motive Lending prides itself on not only employing highly skilled mortgage experts who are dedicated to delivering an exceptional experience for its partners and customers, but to also helping its employees achieve their fullest potential.
“We not only have a fun and unique culture with an astronomical amount of opportunity, but we are one of the fastest growing wholesale lenders in the nation,” Tona said. “The best part is we are just getting started.”