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Corporate Fact Sheet

Name

Movement Mortgage, LLC

Founded

2008

CEO

Casey Crawford

Headquarters

Charlotte

Employees

About 4,200

Locations

Movement Mortgage maintains operations centers near Charlotte, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Phoenix, Ariz., plus about 500 loan production offices in 47 states.

Volume

Movement originated $12 billion in home loans in 2016. That's about one in every 75 homes purchased in the U.S.

Business

Movement primarily serves real estate agents and homebuyers in the purchase market by focusing on creating a referable experience, one loan at a time. We begin with upfront underwriting and process 70% of our loans in just seven business days.

Vision

Our vision is to serve one out of every 10 homebuyers in the U.S. by the year 2025.

Inc 5000
Inc. Magazine named Movement Mortgage the fastest growing mortgage bank in the U.S.
Mortgage Technology
Mortgage Technology Magazine recognized Movement Mortgage as a Top Tech-Savvy Lender.
American Banker
American Banker recognized Movement Mortgage's growth in social media, highlighting that our Loan Officers close 4 to 6 loans a month with social media alone.
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Leadership

Casey Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

Toby Harris

Executive Vice President

John Third

Chief Operations Officer

Laura Bowles

Chief Financial Officer

Casey Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

A glance at his resume and you may think to Movement’s CEO, Casey Crawford, greatness lies in achievements like NFL Super Bowl champion, founder and CEO of a multibillion dollar mortgage company, and becoming a sought-after media guest whose appearances span CNBC’s Squawk Box, Bloomberg and Fox News with print features in The Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine.


There's no doubt the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is ambitious. But what truly drives him is not a championship ring or reaching the top of the corporate ladder. It’s meeting others’ needs.


As a child, Casey watched his father and grandfather use entrepreneurship as outreach. Whether the need was material, employment, friendship or a good example, he saw how business could be used to meet it.


Following his football days during a stint in real estate, Casey became alarmed by glaring inadequacies within the lending industry. The greed and corruption among leadership, the lack of value and care toward employees, and the inattentiveness toward community problems seemed like wide open opportunities.


Casey’s response? Movement Mortgage, established in 2008 on the Christian values he shares with co-founder Toby Harris. Movement was developed as a hope-filled paradox to a dismal reality, with a mission to be a Movement of Change in our Industry, Corporate Cultures and Communities.


Today, the company employs more than 4,500 and has over 650 locations in all 50 states. In 2017, Movement ranked among the top 10 purchase lenders by financing 1 in every 60 home purchases in the country, totaling more than $13 billion in originations. As prosperity increases, so does the overflow into people’s lives. The non-profit Movement Foundation has invested more than $25 million toward community improvement and meeting the needs of the underserved around the globe.


Casey continues to spread this vision of greatness from Charlotte, N.C. where he lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters.


Toby Harris

Executive Vice President

Movement’s co-founder and EVP, Toby Harris, is a driving force of one of the company’s most important qualities: heart. Having held top positions in mortgage and real estate before Movement, Toby is familiar with the gap in the industry where people - both customers and employees - are concerned. In 2008, he partnered with CEO Casey Crawford to create Movement to fill that gap.


Toby leads with a passion for servant leadership, excellence in customer service and coaching and encouraging leaders as a certified Maxwell coach. Drawing from his military background, it was Toby who established Movement’s standard-shattering processing goals of 6-hour underwriting and 7-day processing by asking seasoned underwriters how quickly a quality loan can be completed, rather than following the laissez-faire approach of most lending institutions.


In Toby’s view, Movement should set such a high standard that employees of any industry are drawn to the workplace culture and the service level so high that competitors are compelled to improve their own. These are the convictions he puts to work each day from Virginia Beach, VA, the place he and his wife call home.


John Third

Chief Operating Officer

John Third was invited by friend and colleague Toby Harris to help launch a mortgage company. In 2008, it seemed like a promising career opportunity. Now, it’s become a calling of far greater significance - making a difference in others’ lives. As COO, John and his team do the groundwork so the company can be a Movement of Change through loving and valuing people.


To do this, John focuses on increasing operational excellence in every area of the company, and though that can mean a lot of charts, stats and projections, it’s ultimately about serving people. Be it creating a better work environment for team members, customer service innovation or building key partnerships across the country, John’s end goal is to improve the lives of everyone the company touches. Including those in places like Uganda and India where Movement’s non-profit is active in outreach.


At home in Charlotte, NC, when he’s not planning the next new operations center or investing in younger leaders, John is often immersed in a home renovation or cheering on the Carolina Panthers.


Laura Bowles

Chief Financial Officer

Laura Bowles is the Chief Financial Officer at Movement Mortgage. As CFO, Laura is responsible for the company's accounting, financial planning and investing activities. She also works with senior leadership on strategic planning and development to forecast and guide the future direction of the company.


Laura came to Movement in early 2014 a seasoned financial professional whose career catalog includes home loans risk management at Bank of America, a CFO for several Wachovia business units and most recently Director and Head of Consumer and Small Business Lending Products at Citibank. Previous roles also include positions at Liz Claiborne, Chase Capital and Merrill Lynch.


Laura holds a BSE from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband and two children in Charlotte, NC, and enjoys working out and making the most of nice weather with family trips to the mountains.


Deran Pennington

National Sales Director

At the height of his career, Deran Pennington had a choice to make: He could keep climbing the ranks as a software salesman or he could leave it behind to spend more time with his family.


He chose family, a decision that charted his path to Movement Mortgage, where he started as one of the company’s first loan officers. Today, he’s one of Movement’s two national sales directors, a role in which he oversees and supports the company’s growing salesforce in the eastern United States. The job, he says, aligns with his passions as a career coach and encourager.


After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he started work as a programmer writing computer code for IBM. He realized it wasn’t for him. Following a move to Tampa, Fla., he sold software for a slew of small technology companies before landing a job at tech giant Oracle in Charlotte, N.C. He listed Procter and Gamble, Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch among his clientele. He loved the job but traveled a lot, leaving his family for days at a time.


He left Oracle with plans to go on sabbatical and focus on his children. Then, he met Casey Crawford. The two became fast friends and, later, business partners when Casey told Deran of his plans to start Movement. Deran came on board in 2008, and the rest is history. Outside of Movement, his desire to extend God’s grace and mercy to the least and the lost drives his involvement in ministry. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Van, and their three children: daughter Ann Elise, and sons Truman and Tate.


Ignacio Metcalf

National Sales Director

Ignacio Metcalf is a seasoned salesman who understands hard work and urgency. Nearly a decade before he became one of two national sales directors at Movement Mortgage, he responded to national disasters, from the aftermath of 9/11 to the 2003 explosion of the Columbia space shuttle.


What does that have to do with working for a mortgage company? If you ask Ignacio, it means everything when said company is one that claims to love and value people. The job taught him the significance of caring for people, and the importance of family and community.


He was born in Brussels but grew up in Spain. When he was 17, he moved to the U.S., where he earned a dual degree in economics and psychology. He found work with a company contracted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and worked on a team that deployed as a national crisis response unit.


Looking for a new challenge, he gave mortgages a try, figuring it would be rewarding to help people achieve their dreams of homeownership. He worked in the industry for over 12 years, holding jobs as a branch manager, sales manager and loan officer at various companies.


In 2010, he joined Movement after going toe-to-toe with co-founder Toby Harris over a client. During their exchange, Ignacio realized that he and Toby possessed the same passion for the mortgage market. He was drawn to Movement, where he started as a market leader in Richmond, Va. Two years later, he was one of two of the company’s national sales directors. When he’s not traveling cross country, Ignacio devotes his time to his family, which include five brothers and sisters. He lives in Richmond with his wife Jenn and their two daughters, Cassidy and Clorie.


Henry Santos

Chief Information Officer

After making his mark at IBM, Accenture and other large corporations, Henry Santos joined Movement Mortgage in 2017 as its chief information officer. He brings a rare combination of high achievement and servant leadership to the role, which sees him leading Movement’s strategy to design, develop and integrate advanced technology into a next-generation automated lending experience.


Most recently, Henry led IBM’s Mortgage Business Services unit, and was previously a partner at The Capital Markets Company and managing director at Accenture Credit Services, where he led the housing finance technical services division. Early in his career, he coached football at Davidson College and spent time as a high school coach and teacher in New York City.


A native of Edison, New Jersey, Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Columbia University, where he played varsity football and baseball. He also earned a master’s degree in human development and social policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Henry lives in Charlotte with his wife Betsy. Together, they have a daughter, Shelby, and two sons, Hank and Jack. Henry spends time volunteering with Movement Foundation, Samaritan’s Feet, Room at the Inn homeless sheltering program and the YMCA.


Michelle Donnelly

Chief Commercial Officer

Michelle Donnelly joined Movement Mortgage in March 2017 as the company’s first Chief Commercial Officer.


Donnelly brings two decades of corporate leadership experience to the role and works across business functions to help Movement achieve its business objectives, implement commercial strategy and continue to develop as an organization. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Donnelly previously led a progressive, 20-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, one of the leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the world. Within this $21-billion enterprise, Donnelly most recently served as an executive leader within its largest business unit, Lilly Biomedicines. She led a team of more than 200 while overseeing the development of the commercialization strategy for a late-stage pipeline asset.


Donnelly volunteers with Samaritan’s Feet International and the Charlotte Rescue Mission. She resides in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, Bob, and two sons, Jackson and Griffin.


Brett McDonough

Chief Investment Officer

A career investor and business builder, Brett McDonough sums up his career path in one word: entrepreneurial. Today, he uses that drive as Movement’s chief investment officer, a role that lets him pair his passion for Christian ministry with his experience creating businesses. He strives to break the barrier between the secular and divine that exists in the marketplace, and to glorify God in his daily work.


Brett joined Movement in 2015 after spending several years in business acquisitions. In his role, he’s responsible for the financial oversight of Movement’s nonprofit foundation and its investments in the community, which include starting the Movement School in west Charlotte, developing a commercial farm in Uganda, East Africa and opening the Movement Center, a coworking space for nonprofits and ministries in Charlotte. He volunteers with a host of ministries and organizations, including Love Life Charlotte, Project 658 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is active in foreign missions, having traveled to El Salvador, Uganda and Kenya.


He holds a degree in finance from Rutgers University and is a certified chartered financial analyst (CFA). He lives in Charlotte with his wife Anna and their three children, Breanna, Jax and Harper.


Deran Pennington

National Sales Director

Ignacio Metcalf

National Sales Director

Henry Santos

Chief Information Officer

Michelle Donnelly

Chief Commercial Officer

Brett McDonough

Chief Investment Officer

Mission & Culture

Here's the scoop on Movement Mortgage: We are leading a Movement of Change in our industry, in corporate cultures and in communities.

Through our unique process we are creating a referable experience for both homebuyers and real estate agents. We have created a corporate culture in which our employees can thrive both personally and professionally. We achieve this when we combine a passionate and relentless hard focus on professional excellence with a high view and value people. Finally, our goal is to have a long-term impact on the individual lives of those underserved in our communities. Our mission to love and value people drives everything we do. We have reinvested over $10.3 million in our communities through the Movement Foundation.

Movement Foundation

Movement Mortgage believes in reinvesting and being a Movement of Change in the communities in which we exist. This is the reason we created the Movement Foundation. Our goal is to have a long term impact in the individual lives of those who are economically, spiritually, and socially underserved in our communities. We accomplish this by establishing and supporting community centers, charter schools and matching dollar-for-dollar the amount our employees give to nonprofit work.

Multimedia

Explore our media library for videos, photos, and graphics for use in your reporting.

 

CNBC at Movement

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CNBC Live from Movement

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Fox and Friends

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Fox and Friends

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CNBC

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Bloomberg TV

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Brand Logos

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Casey Crawford Action Shots

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Movement Foundation

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Employee Action Shots

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Casey Crawford Headshots

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About Us

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Grand Opening

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Loan Officers

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Buddy Ball

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Toys for Tots

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Christmas Video Recap

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