G. Todd White, a senior loan production manager for Arvest Mortgage, is the recipient of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Arkansas’ first Mortgage Banker of the Year award.
According to the association, the award was established to recognize one state mortgage banker who has a track record of volunteering in his or her community, church or other service organization. The successful recipient must also set an example of leadership for the mortgage banking industry by performing ethical and fair business practices while exceeding the needs of Arkansas home buyers.
White has been a mortgage banker since 1985. He is a member of the national Mortgage Bankers Association’s Board of Directors, the Residential Board of Governors and is the chairman of the national Mortgage Bankers Association Political Action Committee (MORPAC). He is also a two-time past president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Arkansas (1999 and 2002), president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Northwest Arkansas and was awarded the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation in 2007.
White was selected alongside two other finalists – Libby Donohue of Liberty Bank of Arkansas and Thad Eckolls of IberiaBank Mortgage – from a pool of more than a dozen candidates submitted by association members. Executive Director of the organization, Jamie Dixon, says these are rare and precious gems:
“We are lucky to have such incredible people in this business,” said Jamie Dixon, executive director of the association.“People that are raising the bar and setting examples for our membership every day to improve the lives of families and communities through their quality of work and personal character. Important? No, these people are much, much more than that to us.”
The candidates were submitted to the association by its mortgage banking members, and each reviewed for his or her merits throughout the year. White was named Arkansas Mortgage Banker of the Year at the association’s annual Fall Conference in the first week of November.
The association was organized in 1959 to promote ethical, efficient and professional business practices in mortgage financing, benefiting individuals and businesses seeking mortgage loans. The association serves more than 2,000 individuals within company memberships and continues to encourage, foster, stimulate, and advance those interests related to promoting accessible and fair housing and lending in Arkansas. The group will next meet on Dec. 13 at noon at Crowne Plaza in Little Rock.
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