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Member Spotlight

Lisa Lanik

Ms. Lisa Lanik who currently serves on the TNMBA Board as the 2018-19 Affiliate Director is our featured “Spotlight Member” this month.

Lisa Lanik has more than 23 years of mortgage industry experience in her role with MGIC, with an extensive background in mortgage financing, from loan originations and underwriting to mortgage insurance. She has spent most of her career in mortgage banking and serves MGIC customers throughout Tennessee, with the exception of Memphis. Before starting her career in the mortgage industry, she studied business at Georgia State University.

Please read the following interview to learn more about Lisa Lanik.

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

I enjoy supporting my sons’ sporting activities. So, on Friday nights, I’m usually sitting on the bleachers in the high school football stadium watching Mitch, my 16-year-old son, play or I’m watching him play baseball. You’ll also find me attending wrestling tournaments with Chase, my 13-year-old son.

Our family also loves to go hiking and biking together.

How did you get into the Mortgage business?

My friend told me I should become a loan processor because it would lead to a great career – and she was right! I started working as a processor for SunTrust when I was 23 years old. I then became an Assistant Branch Manager for Countrywide and that lead to other positions. I’ve been an Account Manager for over 20 years and I love it. I enjoy helping my customers close more loans.

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

My mentor was Tom Goldstein, the former CEO of ABN Amro, who was also recently on the Board of Freddie Mac. When I worked at ABN Amro, I was named the Account Executive of the Year. Tom wanted a clearer understanding of our customers and how we could better serve them so he asked to ride along with me in my car. I really respected that the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company would do this. He became my mentor and I learned a lot from him. Sadly, he passed away in February 2019 after a tough fight with cancer.

What keeps you up at night?

Definitely worrying about my two teenage boys!

What has the Mortgage Bankers Association meant to your career?

The MBA has brought such an amazing network of industry peers into my life. I’ve learned so much from them, and my association with the MBA has really helped me to grow my career.

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

We moved to Tennessee from Atlanta in 2011, and I have to say that the people in Tennessee are the nicest people in the world. I love all the open land, and seeing the horse ranches. My joys in life are spending time with my family and walking my dogs. We have a golden retriever named Dutch (after President Reagan) and a pug named Georgia (we used to live there). Oh, and I can’t forget another joy in my life – Girls’ Night Out!