The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
has announced that five companies have been recognized as 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Residential Leadership Award recipients, recognizing MBA members for their leadership efforts in diversity and inclusion in two award categories: Organizational Diversity and Inclusion, and Market Outreach Strategies.
“As we enter the fourth year of our Diversity and Inclusion Residential Leadership Awards, I am amazed to see the progress of the mortgage industry when it comes to creating successful D&I programs,” said Brian Stoffers, CMB, 2020 MBA chairman, and global president, debt and structured finance at CBRE. “This year’s recipients have an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, and I look forward to seeing the future successes of their programs.”
The five 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Residential Leadership Award winners are as follows:
Organizational Diversity and Inclusion Award: FirstBank and Equity Prime Mortgage
The Organizational Diversity and Inclusion award celebrates company initiatives that were specifically developed and designed to increase diversity and inclusion within the leadership and employee base of member companies, thereby leading to a mortgage banking industry that may better reflect and understand its customers.
For companies with more than 1,000 employees, FirstBank is being awarded for its initiative on hiring and training a diverse employee population. FirstBank prides itself on employing individuals with strong moral compasses. With the help of FirstBank’s Director of Diversity and Diversity Committee, FirstBank’s D&I policy provides a framework to ensure that equality and equity are at the forefront of all business practices. The committee guides FirstBank to fostering, nurturing, and preserving a culture of inclusion at its organization.
For companies with less than 1,000 employees, Equity Prime Mortgage is being recognized for its dedication to creating a diverse and welcoming culture for both employees and clients. Through its efforts, Equity Prime Mortgage creates an approach that fosters, celebrates and infuses diversity into the company’s core mission, which includes promoting an inclusive culture and improving financial performance and innovation.
Market Outreach Strategies Award: SunTrust Banks Inc., Synovus and the Idaho Housing and Finance Association
The Market Outreach Strategies Award recognizes company initiatives that are specifically developed and designed to increase outreach, marketing, and products to attract customers from the industry’s fastest-growing market segments.