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Member Spotlight

Mark Fleury

 

Mark Fleury who currently serves on the TNMBA Board as the local chapter president for the Tri Cities Mortgage Bankers Association is our featured “Spotlight Member” this month. Mark lives and works in the Tri Cities area of Tennessee and currently serves as the Financing Coordinator for Eastern Eight Community Development. Mark’s company is on a mission to fulfill housing needs for low to moderate income families, making home ownership a reality for a multitude of people.

Please read the following interview to learn more about Mark Fleury.

On the weekends, where would we most likely find you?

Either at home doing home maintenance or preferably on the golf course.  Some Saturday’s consist of projects through our church’s Men’s Ministry such as a lady’s oil change event we do once a quarter, a mission project or our men’s breakfast held every other month.

How did you get into the Mortgage business?

I started back in 1986 in Michigan and was recruited by the owner who came into the bank I worked at back then. It was a startup company and I initially did processing and closings before getting into loan origination after about a year in.  I worked there over 20 years.

Name three people (or one person, if that is easier) that you view as mentors?

Truth be told I trust in Jesus as my mentor along with all the writers of the Bible.

What keeps you up at night?

I sleep pretty well.  I used to dwell on all of the things I had going on at work but I realized that is not healthy and over time I learned to let it go when my day is done.

What has the Mortgage Bankers Association meant to your career?

To be honest, I was never involved with Mortgage Bankers during my career in Michigan.  My first involvement was when I worked with Eastman Credit Union and even then I only went to a few meetings.  I started going regularly when I came to work at Eastern Eight CDC which is a non-profit housing agency that helps lower income households gain homeownership.  It has allowed me to promote what we do as an agency such as working with the USDA Direct loan program, homebuyer education and credit counseling, etc.  It has also given me avenues to refer people that may not fit our income limitations.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself? (hobbies, etc.)

I like to golf when I have time. I also like to do investing.  I have led Financial Peace University at our church for the past 8 years which allows me to impart some wisdom on others trying to understand how to handle their finances.