LINTHICUM, MD, October 28, 2020NFM Lending is pleased to announce that it has received the 2020 George B. Vashon Innovator Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). The award was accepted by NFM General Counsel, LaTasha Rowe during the MCCA’s “Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference” held virtually on October 27, 2020.

The MCCA is the premier source of research and knowledge on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The annual award, named for George B. Vashon, the first African American attorney licensed in New York and first admitted to practice in front of the Supreme Court, is given to companies that show a commitment to hiring and advancing diverse attorneys.

“On behalf of the legal department and the leadership team at NFM Lending, I’d like to thank MCCA for this incredible honor,” said Rowe, NFM’s General Counsel since 2010. “As lawyers we have the power to influence, innovate and develop lasting changes in the world around us. Like Mr. Vashon, we cannot accept societal injustices experienced by our fellow citizens just because of their race or sex. We are obligated to use this gift to level the playing field.

As half of NFM Lending’s workforce are women and minorities, Rowe knows firsthand how much an organization can thrive when diversity and inclusion are present.

“Differing cultures and backgrounds are the foundation of the country,” said Rowe. “I am proud NFM Lending takes diversity seriously and creates an environment where the main goal is to be the best we can for our consumers. I firmly believe that we outpace our peers in serving women and minorities because our company very much looks like the communities we serve. We continue to reach beyond NFM’s walls to better our neighborhoods, promote the mortgage industry as a career path for women and minorities and ensure fair lending remains a priority for our consumers.”

Rowe has recently been recognized in Modern Counsel Magazine and was a featured speaker at the Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) event in Washington, D.C, where she educated attendees on how developing a good relationship with regulators can lead to a more productive examination experience. She has also been named among the “Elite Women in Mortgage” by Mortgage Professional Magazine.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, October 15, 2020 — NFM Lending is pleased to announce that it has been ranked a 2020 Top Workplace in the Washington, D.C. area by the Washington Post. This is the sixth consecutive year NFM Lending has received this award. 

NFM Lending received the award at a virtual ceremony held Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Founded in 1998, NFM Lending has grown from a small mortgage brokerage in Baltimore to a lender with locations throughout the United States, including multiple locations in the D.C. area.  

“6 years in a row!” said Greg Sher, Chief Business Development Officer. “This honor has become an annual affirmation that we are doing the right things by our employees. It’s also an important reminder that our quest for happy employees begins anew. Our employees mean everything to us. The fact that the feeling is reciprocated is worth its weight in gold.”

Each year, the Washington Post distributes a survey to the employees of Washington, D.C. area companies asking them to evaluate their workplaces. The survey asks participants to rank employers on quality of leadership, work-life balance, pay and benefits, and more. NFM Lending ranked among the top 35 midsized companies that made the final cut for inclusion on the Top Workplace list.

NFM Lending is consistently recognized for its exceptional company culture. These awards include: ‘50 Best Companies to Work For’ by Mortgage Executive Magazine; ‘Top Mortgage Employer’ by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; ‘Top Work Place’ by The Baltimore Sun; and a winner of the “Best Places to Work” by Baltimore Business Journal. NFM Lending is proud of these accomplishments and the work its team does to make it a Top Workplace.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, Bluprint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, October 14, 2020 — NFM Lending is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Houston, TX. The branch is located at 23603 W. Fernhurst Drive, Unit 2204-2205, Katy, Texas 77494 and will be led by Branch Manager, Matt Westervelt. The NFM Lending branch will focus on expanding NFM’s flexible and powerful lending platform throughout the greater Houston area to better serve community families with exceptional customer service. NFM Lending offers Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, FNMA, Jumbo, and many other loan options to fit every borrower’s need.

“I am incredibly excited to join the NFM Family,” said Westervelt. “To my clients and partners – I thank you for your trust and I want you to know that I have made this move with you in mind. I believe NFM is the best vehicle for me to serve you at the highest level. I look forward to showing the Houston and Greater Texas Market what NFM is all about.”

The branch’s goal is to continue to provide the same commitment and dedication to borrowers, ranging from first time homebuyers to seasoned buyers looking for their next home, a second home, or investment properties.

“Matt has shot up the origination ranks nationally with a determined precision,” said Greg Sher, Chief Business Development Officer. “He has that ‘won’t stop, can’t stop’ attitude that differentiates the goods from the greats. We’re confident with NFM’s legendary Ops support and entrepreneurial model his ascent will be greatly accelerated. We’re lucky to have him here.”

The Westervelt Team is currently seeking qualified Mortgage Loan Originators for full and part-time positions.

For more information, please contact:

Matt Westervelt
Branch Manager
NMLS# 1161193
713-244-8780
mwestervet@nfmlending.com
www.nfmlending.com/mwestervelt

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, October 6, 2020— NFM Lending is proud to be a Sponsor for the 16th annual BARCStoberfest virtual 5k run and one-mile walk and festival on October 23-25, 2020. The event will benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). This is NFM Lending’s second year sponsoring the event.

BARCS is Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. All proceeds will support the more than 12,000 animals that come through their doors each year that require shelter, food, and medical care. It will also enable them to remain a vital resource to our community through their innovative programs. Funding is more critical than ever, as their fundraising efforts have fallen without the ability to host in-person events due to the COIVD crisis. This event will be completely virtual and will spread out over the course of the weekend, including the 5k run and one-mile walk and costume contest.

“NFM Lending is once again proud to be a sponsor of this year’s BARCStoberfest,” said Gene DiPaula, Vice President of Communications at NFM. “Even though the festival is virtual this year, it sounds like they have a lot of fun activities lined up to raise money for a very worthy cause. Every pet deserves to feel safe and secure and be part of a loving home. The work that BARCS does to make that happen, all the while taking care of those animals while in transition, is admirable and inspiring. We’re excited to partner with BARCS to make that happen.”

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, September 30, 2020 NFM Lending is proud to announce it was named one of the winners of the Best Places to Work 2020 by Baltimore Business Journal.

Every year, Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ) conducts a months-long nomination process and online survey of local companies. The survey was limited to employees in the Greater Baltimore area presently employed by the companies they rated. The BBJ explains the Best Places to Work as a “program [that] measures a wide range of research-validated workplace factors that impact employee engagement and satisfaction. Best Places to Work foster a workplace where employees willingly go above and beyond in their work, advocate for the organization and intend to stay into the future.” Finalists are placed into one of four categories based on the number of employees: micro, small, midsize, and large. Only 10 companies per category were named finalists; NFM Lending was the second place winner in the large category.

“NFM is proud to accept this award as one of the top workplaces in the Baltimore region,” said Gene DiPaula, Vice President of Communications. “It’s a reflection of how we all feel about working for such a great company that has made a tremendous effort to keep everyone engaged and connected during these difficult times. Starting with only three employees in a tiny office down on Fleet Street, it really was built from the ground up by the Silverman family, along with our incredible current and former employees. To all of them, we thank you for getting NFM to where we are today.”

NFM Lending prides itself on its exceptional company culture. Their unique culture allows employees to feel more like family than anything else. NFM is dedicated to making employees feel appreciated by regularly recognizing their contributions and celebrating milestones. The company celebrates birthdays and work anniversaries and applauds work ethic through weekly employee spotlights and company value awards. Members of the NFM Family build strong relationships with each other through holiday celebrations, frequent service opportunities, and team building events. NFM has created a warm, fun environment that constantly fosters growth and community.

In addition to this award, NFM Lending is consistently recognized for its exceptional company culture. Other awards include: ‘50 Best Companies to Work For’ and ‘Top 100 Mortgage Companies’ by Mortgage Executive Magazine; ‘Top Work Places’ by both The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun; and “Top Mortgage Employer” by National Mortgage Professional Magazine. NFM Lending is proud of these accomplishments and looks forward to another successful year.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, August 24, 2020 — NFM Lending is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Lynnwood, WA. The branch is located at 3400 188th Street SW, Suite 400, Lynnwood, WA 98037 and will be led by Branch Manager, Oleg Tkach. The NFM Lending branch will focus on expanding NFM’s flexible and powerful lending platform throughout the greater Seattle area to better serve community families with exceptional customer service. NFM Lending offers Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, FNMA, Jumbo, and many other loan options to fit every borrower’s need.

“Every once in a while, someone comes along that changes the game,” said David Silverman, Founder/CEO of NFM Lending. “Oleg Tkach is that guy. He’s a superstar with a work ethic that is unmatched.  Yes, he’s one of the biggest producers in the country and a coach who gets pleasure in seeing others achieve, but he’s also coachable. You can tell by the way he encourages the sharing of ideas. He’s a collaborator who cares about helping people and organizations reach their maximum potential. This also applies to the care and service Oleg gives his clients; He always listens and strives to put them in the best position for financial success. NFM is very fortunate to have him join our family and we look forward to a long and successful relationship together.”

The branch’s goal is to continue to provide the same commitment and dedication to borrowers, ranging from first time homebuyers to seasoned buyers looking for their next home, a second home, or investment properties.

For more information, please contact:

Oleg Tkach
Branch Manager
NMLS# 90937
425-478-7676
oleg@nfmlending.com
www.nfmlending.com/oleg

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, July 1, 2020— NFM Lending is pleased to honor Tyler Stallings as the NFM Salute for July 2020.

When he was just four years old, Tyler’s mother, Andrea Blackstone, began teaching him about Veterans. Tyler came to understand that military service members were true American heroes. While watching videos on YouTube, they came upon one focused on homeless Veterans. Tyler was upset to see these heroes living on the streets. He knew he wanted to do something. Together with his mother, Tyler contacted Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who provided him with a $100 kid’s grant through Start a Snowball. Tyler and his mom also started a GoFundMe on Facebook. Tyler decided to use the funds once a year on Veteran’s Day to create care packages with hygiene products and clothes to give to homeless Veterans. It quickly became clear that once a year was not going to be enough.

The Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training (MCVET) was more than happy to have Tyler work with them as their designated “superhero”. In this role, Tyler brings “hero bags” full of basic supplies for homeless Veterans.

Stallings explained the types of items he puts in his hero bags. “Gift cards, sanitizer, socks, clothes, anything that they need. We start off with giving them supplies, and then we give them resources. MCVET and the VA gives us things to carry around and when we see a Veteran on the street, we’ll give him or her some cards. I got to say a lot of times they open the bag up as soon as we leave, as soon as we get in the car. You can tell they need it a lot.”

With five years of giving back under his belt, Tyler has raised over $70,000 for homeless Veterans. He believes every donation makes a big impact.

“One of my mottos is ‘A dollar makes an item’ because we do some of the shopping at the dollar tree. So just one dollar can help to get a veteran a stick of deodorant or a box of cereal,” said Stallings who encourages others to get involved also. “You don’t need a big pile of money or you don’t have to be rich or have a fortune. Don’t give up ever. If you want to succeed you have to keep on going.”

NFM Lending donated $2,500 to Kid Time Enterprises on behalf of Tyler, which was immediately used to purchase much needed supplies for homeless Veterans. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.

NFM Salute is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will donate to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, June 10, 2020 — NFM Lending is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Lynnwood, WA. The branch is located at 3400 188th Street SW, Suite 400, Lynnwood, WA 98037 and will be led by Branch Manager, Jeff Miltenberger. The NFM Lending branch will focus on expanding NFM’s flexible and powerful lending platform throughout the greater Seattle area to better serve community families with exceptional customer service. NFM Lending offers Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, FNMA, Jumbo, and many other loan options to fit every borrower’s need.

“I am incredibly excited to be welcomed into the NFM family,” said Miltenberger. “To my clients and partners- I thank you for your trust and I want you to know that I have made this move with you in mind. Ultimately, NFM’s approach to the loan process aligns with what I believe will best serve you into the future. I look forward to working with you for the first, second, or 15th time!”

The branch’s goal is to continue to provide the same commitment and dedication to borrowers, ranging from first time homebuyers to seasoned buyers looking for their next home, a second home, or investment properties.

“Jeff brings the kind of experience, leadership and consistency that few in the mortgage business can match,” said Greg Sher, Chief Business Development Officer. “In an industry that’s seen its fair share of tumult over the past 2+ decades, Jeff has always found a way to rise above the challenges during his long and successful career. The NFM Lending family feels very fortunate to be working with someone of Jeff’s caliber.”

The Miltenberger Team is currently seeking qualified Mortgage Loan Originators for full and part-time positions.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Miltenberger
Branch Manager
NMLS# 108278
206-295-8455
jeffm@nfmlending.com
www.nfmlending.com/jmiltenberger

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, June 1, 2020— NFM Lending is pleased to honor Staff Sergeant Jeremy Katzenberger as the NFM Salute for June 2020.

Katzenberger enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2004. He completed training at Fort Benning, GA as an infantryman, and later was assigned to their Ranger Assessment and Selection Program. Upon graduation of the program, Katzenberger was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He served as a rifleman, automatic rifleman, team leader and Ranger squad leader. He was deployed eight times in support of the War on Terror; four times to Iraq and four to Afghanistan. On June 14, 2011, Katzenberger was conducting combat operations with his unit in Sharana, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, when he was attacked and killed by enemy forces. He was 26 years old.

Katzenberger’s awards and decorations include: Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with one loop, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2.

Katzenberger met his wife, Colleen, during sophomore year of high school while lifeguarding in their hometown of Weatherby Lake, MO. Their son, Everett, was only four months old when Katzenberger was deployed for the final time.

Discussing why Katzenberger chose to join the Army, Colleen explained, “We actually didn’t start dating until our first year of college. Jeremy decided after that [year] the school route wasn’t for him yet. So, he made the very selfless decision to enlist in the military with a Ranger contract. We stayed together in that. I often like to talk about how I got to watch this 16-year-old boy that life-guarded become this amazing warrior and selfless man that served our country.”

She also touched on the impact of becoming a Gold Star wife and how life has been for her now nine-year-old son.

“I always tell people that I think grief is big and it’s powerful and you don’t ever get rid of it. Watching and raising a son by myself that always so desperately wants to know who his dad was, it means a lot to have people like [NFM] that are always willing to tell my story and Jeremy’s story and honor that, because it means a lot to that nine-year-old boy who looks just like his dad. He’s doing really well. I think there is a certain amount of beauty in watching a young child really grasp the idea that his dad died fighting for our country and I can’t help but think Jeremy is really, really proud of Everett.”

NFM Salute is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will donate to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name.

NFM Lending is proud to donate $2,500 to The Gary Sinise Foundation on behalf of Katzenberger and his family. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, BluPrint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

LINTHICUM, MD, May 8, 2020— NFM Lending is proud to be the returning Presenting Sponsor for the fifth annual Below the Belt – Stride and Thrive 5k and 1-mile run/walk on June 7, 2020. This virtual event will benefit the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service (KGOS) in the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics. This will be NFM Lending’s fifth year sponsoring the event.

To promote the safety of the community while still celebrating gynecologic cancer survivors, the Stride and Thrive event will be held virtually. Participants will be able to complete a 5k and can submit their results via the runsignup.com results page. The event is run by an all-volunteer staff, and all proceeds will support life-saving gynecologic cancer research, cancer survivors, and women undergoing cancer treatment. According to their website, “Every 5 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with a ‘below the belt’ gynecologic cancer. These cancers affect more than 100,000 women and cause over 30,000 deaths each year.”

“Obviously, we would love for this event to be live,” said David Silverman, Founder/CEO of NFM Lending, “but it doesn’t change our commitment and love for this cause. NFM is once again honored to be associated with such an amazing event. Despite being held virtually, I am hopeful the impact will be as good or better than years past.”

Mary Levinson, NFM Lending Branch Manager in Linthicum, MD coordinated the company’s involvement in the event.

“It’s an honor for NFM Lending to be the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ once again for the Johns Hopkins Gynecologic Oncology Stride and Thrive event,” said Levinson. “This year we are going virtual, which means we can all participate in this incredible event. The Johns Hopkins Gynecologic Oncology Service is a world leader in surgery and oncology care for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Even during these challenging times, we are so proud to continue to support this mission and the people associated with it. I am so inspired by the patients, their families, the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and the participants that make this event so special.”

NFM Lending looks forward to being part of such an important and impactful mission.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 41 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. NFM Lending and its family of companies includes Main Street Home Loans, Bluprint Home Loans, and Freedmont Mortgage Group. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.