Published on June 16, 2020
Written by The Servion Group
To start with, perhaps the best thing is all the friendships I’ve been fortunate enough to make. I value every one of them, and I know they will be what matters most in the end.
As for big events that shaped the company, I would have to point to 2000, which is when we had 31 new owners buy stock in the company in a single year. To us, that meant the company had support and could sustain itself over the long term.
Another important development was the creation of our correspondent mortgage lending channel in 2011. This channel allowed more institutions to partner with us and control more of the mortgage process if they wanted to, which was a catalyst for further growth.
Every year has been an improvement on the last, and that shows we’ve built something special. Of course there was times of adversity, but as a company, we have conquered the challenges that have come our way, and we are proud of how far we’ve come. I’m extremely grateful to be surrounded by a great group of people that create a great atmosphere every day.
I believe that the strategic decision to diversify the company is the main driver. Mortgage was and remains our foundational offering, but over the years we expanded to offer residential title, commercial title, commercial loan resources, financial advisory, and we started a real estate company. We believe it is important to be a valuable resource to our partners, and having this diverse structure allows us to meet more needs. Couple that with our commitment to hiring talented, passionate people and you get some solid growth.
Being a leader is something you must show, and I believe that it’s important to show that I care about everyone here. I want people to feel like they’re in the right spot, no matter their job. It’s a priority to promote from within because when you create a positive environment, positive outcomes follow suit. That starts with getting to know everyone and forming a strong relationship with all our employees.
Everyone has their own challenges in life, and it’s no different when it comes to my career. But we’ve worked hard to build a strong management team, and that makes all the difference in the world. By surrounding yourself with talented people and letting them go to work, you can overcome a lot of things.
Sometimes my own personality has been the challenge. I like to be right, like anybody else, but I’ve learned that sometimes there are more important things than being right; namely, using certain events as a way to cooperate and compromise with others in order to achieve goals together.
Things are easy when you’re doing what you love. When it comes to business, competition is at the forefront, and I consider myself a very competitive person. I want to come out on top in every situation, especially when it comes to my work. This industry is designed to be competitive, and I think that’s why I have accomplished the things I have during my time here. My hope is that we continue to hit bigger milestones than we can imagine, and I believe we can do that if we continue to be competitive and goal-driven.
My family has been very supportive throughout my time here. It’s been great to watch my kids grow up in front of my eyes since they are a huge part of my life. One thing I’ve done is not talk about work when I’m at home, as it allows me to enjoy the time that I spend with them. It also lets me process things more thoroughly while working instead of worrying or overthinking throughout the day.
Other people. I like to surround myself with people that I believe are smarter than me to make sure I’m getting information and advice that I know I can trust. Beyond that, I try to stay focused on the big picture instead of worrying about little things. It helps me realize that there’s more going on than I can impact positively.
I want to see this company continue to grow. I want to create more opportunities to increase our staff and take on greater responsibilities as well. I’d like to see our diverse business units expand to serve even more partners, so I’m spending a good deal of time thinking about strategies around that.
It’s important to hold the right values close to you. When I was a loan officer and the market was soaring, there were people telling me I had better opportunities elsewhere. When the recession hit, these were the same people asking if we had any work available. The moral of the story is to stay loyal in a fast-moving world. Stay true to yourself. I always knew that working hard and staying focused would be recognized. Your actions speak louder than anything, and if you believe that nobody’s paying attention, you’re wrong. Never stop learning and stay positive. Good things will come.
The Servion Group is proud of Brad’s achievements and looking forward to an exciting future under his leadership. Though the company has grown during his 25 years, our commitment to serving community financial institutions remains the same, reflecting Brad’s own commitment to strategic growth, thoughtful decision-making and passionate leadership.