Member Spotlight

Karley Bond


Karley Bond who currently serves on the TNMBA Board as the 2018-19 Vice President is our featured “Spotlight Member” this month. Karley is a resident of Jackson, Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a minor in Real Estate. Additionally, she has earned a MBA from Union University. In her job as a Mortgage Production Manager at Regions Bank, Karley has helped many people achieve their dream of homeownership.

Please take a moment to get to know Karley Bond a little more through the following interview.

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

I love spending time with my husband and three children on the weekends.  In the fall, you will find us in Oxford, MS for Ole Miss Football.  In the summer, we enjoy spending time on the river with friends and family.  Our kids are also involved in numerous activities.  We enjoy spending our weekends following them and watching them grow and chase their dreams.

How did you get into the Mortgage business?

The Mortgage Business found me! That is often a common theme that I hear from other comrades in the business.  My senior year as an undergraduate at The University of Mississippi, I was contacted by a Finance Division of a Bank to come interview with them.  My intentions were to proceed with my Master’s Degree after College before entering the workforce.  However; I was offered the position and decided I could get my MBA at the same time.  I learned an invaluable amount of information while there.  My heart was always in Real Estate, and I left there after getting my Realtor’s license and begin my new career as a Realtor.  I enjoyed my time as a Realtor, but was approached by the Mortgage Company that was in the office to consider coming to work for them as a Mortgage Loan Originator.  I decided to take that step and try it out.  That was when I officially began this journey in the Mortgage Business!  I am still loving it 12 years later!

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

I am fortunate to have had several great mentors all along the way in my life.  Presently, I could name several that I look up to, have made an impact on my life, or I aspire to be like one day.  However; to narrow it down, I would first have to say Jimmy Harrison, has had a great influence on my life.  Jimmy, is very well known in the Mortgage Business and was my previous manager here at Regions Mortgage.  He always pushed me, let me see my potential, and gave me constructive criticism that I needed.  He taught me to pick my battles and learn what was actually in my control.  I will be forever grateful to him for what he has taught me and his friendship.  Secondly, my present manager Dean Puryear, has been a great mentor to me.  He is the reason that I chose to participate as a director for the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association.  He pushes me outside my comfort zone which has really helped me grow as an individual as well as a Manager.  I am blessed to have such great mentors and advocates in my life.  I hope that I can be a mentor to someone else just as these and many others have been for me.

What keeps you up at night?

Honestly, my kids keep me up most of the time at night.  However; when it isn’t them, I am usually making checklists and to do lists in my head, thinking about more complex loans, what I can do to be a better coach, parent, spouse, and the list goes on and on.  It is amazing what you can fix or visualize when it is quiet and there are no interruptions!

What has the Mortgage Bankers Association meant to your career?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far being a part of the Mortgage Bankers Association.  I have learned so much and have seen the value that the Association brings to our Mortgage industry.  The annual Mortgage Conference has been wonderful and a great time to get re-energized with peers in the field.  I’ve met some incredible people along the way and look forward to the next few years on the ladder for the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself?

Besides spending time with my family, I love to cook and try out new recipes.  I love sports!  Football is my favorite and I have grown to love watching golf.  Music has always been a passion of mine and I love to sing.  I am also a certified judge for the Miss America Pageant System and enjoy getting to judge pageants and being a pageant mom.  Lastly, I have an enthusiasm for traveling.  As a family, we are always planning our next adventure.