PITTSBURGH, PA (July 7, 2022) – Howard Hanna Mortgage Services is pleased to welcome LaMarcus Thurman to the team as the Vice President of Community Lending. This role is a newly created position that will focus on the community lending efforts of Howard Hanna Mortgage Services and its affiliated mortgage companies across a 13-state footprint. Thurman will be responsible for building relationships, awareness, and education around community lending in underserved communities throughout majority-minority census tracks across the markets we serve.
“We are thrilled to welcome LaMarcus to Howard Hanna Mortgage Services,” said F. Duffy Hanna, President of Howard Hanna Financial Services. “His expertise in the industry will be invaluable to the future of our community lending program throughout the region and beyond.”
Thurman has more than a decade of experience in the banking and mortgage industry and has held roles at Fifth Third Bank, The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, Citizens Bank, and in his most recent position as Assistant Vice President in the Southwest Region at Northwest Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Managerial Economics from Allegheny College.
“Thank you to Duffy and the Hanna Family for this opportunity,” said Thurman. “I’m very passionate about and committed to helping everyone. With the support of Howard Hanna, I’m excited to see what the future holds and the impact we will make in the communities.”
With a commitment to philanthropy in the region, Thurman is also a current board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and is a board member and the Treasurer of both 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and Crossroads Foundation. He also sits on two Loan Review Committees, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the East Liberty Development, Inc.
“The key to successful community lending in underserved markets is to have staff with the requisite and relatable skill sets, along with the resilience necessary to excel in this transitory housing market environment,” said Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and Chairman of the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund. “LaMarcus is the embodiment of what it takes to focus, pursue, and achieve these objectives and I commend Howard Hanna Mortgages Services for continuing to make a substantive impact in urban and underserved markets.”
In March 2022, the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA), announced that Howard Hanna Mortgage Services was the first lender to earn the NAMMBA certification as an Accredited Social Impact Lender (ASIL). This accreditation was achieved after a 12-month accreditation program to help the company reach its goals by combining its desire to be a force for good within the communities they serve. As a four-pronged approach, ASIL helps lenders see their past and present, and helps them create their future with policy and company culture assessments, data on current market trends and future forecasting, training, and coaching, and an execution plan.
“Having someone with LaMarcus’ broad industry experience and passion for community demonstrates the commitment of an ASIL organization like Howard Hanna. This shows exactly why they are part of the Top 5% of Lenders,” said Tony Thompson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAMMBA. “It is precisely this type of commitment that will help unlock business value over the decades while ushering in generational wealth through homeownership for the individuals in those underserved communities.”
Along with the insights gleaned from the relationship with NAMMBA, Thurman’s role at Howard Hanna Mortgage Services will help continue to grow and evolve the community lending efforts at the organization to achieve a bright future for communities and the company alike.
About Howard Hanna Mortgage Services:
Howard Hanna Mortgage Services has provided quality mortgage products since 1983 and earned its place as one of the area’s largest independent mortgage bankers through customer accommodation serving Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. As a subsidiary of Hanna Holdings, Inc., Howard Hanna Mortgage Services is an affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the nation’s largest family-owned and operated full-service real estate broker. For more information, visit www.howardhannamortgage.com.
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