Ascentra’s Mortgage Experts Earn Iowa Mortgage Association Awards

Bettendorf, IA – Five out of five Ascentra Mortgage Loan Originators (MLO), or “mortgage experts” received a President’s Club or Winner’s Circle Award from the Iowa Mortgage Association (IMA), during their 2021 Fall Conference in Des Moines.

The IMA presents their President’s Club and Winner’s Circle Awards to Iowa’s top producing MLOs each year. Ascentra’s mortgage team includes Elaine Moeller, Kristina Davids, Lesley Gilmore and Becky Rosenthal who earned the President’s Club Award for originating more than $25 million or 180 loans; and Raquel Gamez, a bilingual originator, who earned a Winner’s Circle Award for originating more than $18 million or 120 loans. They are supported by several additional mortgage department staff members and numerous branch employees at each of Ascentra’s nine branch locations in Clinton, Muscatine and the Quad Cities.

This recognition is a result of Ascentra’s Mortgage Team shattering an almost 10-year record for the most mortgages closed in a year during 2020. “It couldn’t have been done without incredible teamwork and passion to serve and do what’s right for our Ascentra members,” said Charlie Kilburg, VP of Mortgage Lending, Ascentra Credit Union. “The record was surpassed by 50 loans and nearly $30 million of originations  for a total of 902 loans closed totaling over $133 million.”

The mortgage team accomplished this though their commitment to members, dedication to service and going above and beyond their normal workload when required. During a year where many financials were challenged with pushing closings back or not taking refinancing applications, Ascentra’s team was still holding closing within six weeks, only two weeks later than the normal four-week process.

“I’ve never been more amazed by a team rising to the occasion to serve our members in the best way possible,” said Linda Andry, President and CEO, Ascentra Credit Union. “I am very proud of our mortgage team and their reaction to the increased workload in 2020; they did a great job serving our members during a national pandemic!”

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Photo Captions:
All five of Ascentra’s Mortgage Loan Officers received a President’s Club or Winner’s Circle Award from the Iowa Mortgage Association during their Fall conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured left to right are: Elaine Moeller, Raquel Gamez, Kristina Davids, Lesley Gilmore and Becky Rosenthal.

About Ascentra:
Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $528 million in assets and 9 branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Illinois. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org.  Follow Ascentra on Facebook (@ascentra), Twitter (@ascentra), Instagram (@ascentracu), TikTok (@ascentra) and on the Ascentra Credit Union YouTube channel. 

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