Sam Whitehead – President/Mortgage Division - PriorityOneBank
You will find me on my farm in Seminary. I have 160 acres full of cows, horses, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, dogs and one bob-tailed cat named Booger.
Divine intervention! I had been in the unemployment line for a couple of months due to the nature of the finance company world. My wonderful wife TOLD me to pick up a phone book (yes, I am that old) and go through the yellow pages. I did exactly that. I made it from A all the way to M. I called a ‘M’ortgage company and the darling little receptionist said, “we don’t have an opening today, but we will tomorrow”. I guess you can say at that point, the rest is history.
I can’t say that I really had a mentor. My career of learning has been through trial and error. I do have a group of people that helped and encouraged me from working for a mortgage broker, to owning my own firm and always being there for me as a mortgage banker. Breck Tyler, Dell Tubbs, Carla Dean, Charlie Kelly, Mary Robins and Felicia Ford from Trustmark (back in the olden days).
Nothing that a normal parent wouldn’t stay up and worry about. I’ve learned that business will take care of itself, but family is what is most important.
MBA is a fantastic source of knowledge. I have enjoyed the informative meetings with experts in their field. Most importantly, the camaraderie from fellow mortgage bankers and the shared experiences are a huge benefit that cannot be measured.
I’ll just share a quote that my employees say all the time: “That Sam-I-am! That Sam-I-am! I do not like that Sam-I-am!!”