27 Jul

Gary Mauris named finalist for entrepreneur award

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Posted by: Kristina Crosbie

Gary Mauris named finalist for entrepreneur award

By Vernon Clement Jones | 24/07/2011 8:00:00 PM | 2 comments




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Dominion Lending Centres President Gary Mauris has been named a Pacific finalist for Ernst & Young’s coveted entrepreneurial award — an acknowledgement of the company’s growth strategy and his ability to activate it.

“Entrepreneurs have the ability to transform ideas into great businesses. And not just any business – businesses that drive economic growth,” says Ron Voyer, Pacific Director of the E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Behind their success is an entrepreneurial mindset to innovate, create jobs, and invest in communities across the country.”

As the driving force behind DLC and its rapidly expanding network, Mauris is now on the shortlist of three corporate leaders in the Business-to-consumer products and services category. Attila Koronczay and Boldijarre Koronczay, owners of the Vancouver-based Éminence Organic Skin, have also been named finalists, along with insurance industry titan Kenneth Armstrong, also from the Lower Mainland.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards recognize “the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world” and is now in its 18th year. Mauris was selected, as were all finalists,  based on his vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

The DLC head is credited with helping advance the broker network model at the same time leveraging the marketing strength of Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry to grow DLC’s profile with consumers.

Since the company’s launch in 2006, Mauris has steered DLC into the fast lane, amassing a membership team of more than 2,000 mortgage professionals spanning the country. In the six months starting in December 2010, it added no less than 62 locations, expanding its brokerage network to 380 office locations, according to DLC’s latest numbers. Of the 2,065 mortgage professionals operating under its banner, 453 have come onboard since last December. As a group, they’ve brought an annualized mortgage volume of $2.3 billion, lifting the network’s overall volume to just under $11 billion, annually.

The expansion has attracted some push-back from competitors concerned about conversions from within their broker ranks. Conversions, in fact, fuelled 90 per cent of the company’s recent growth spurt.

Mauris denies that DLC is actively hunting the territory of other super brokers, attributing its success to the company’s very active communication with franchise owners, including its emphasis on professional development training, providing a comprehensive suite of Internet tools and ensuring ready access to head office support.

“Nobody owns their brokers,” he told MortgageBrokerNews.ca in May. “ I find it interesting that companies think that because a broker works for them, they own them. The broker owns the broker. You have to continually innovate, and create value for your network and if you do not, agents will exercise their free will and educate themselves on what’s available. If we lose an agent or broker, we don’t blame the competitors, we have a hard look in the mirror and try and figure out where we failed them.”

The Pacific awards will be handed out in Vancouver October 5, with national awards to follow in Toronto on November 23.

21 Jul

Location, Location.

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Posted by: Kristina Crosbie

One of my favorite things about Canadais how diverse everyone seems to be. Personally, I feel proud that so many people from vast backgrounds come to live in our wonderful nation. Which is why I am so pleased to be a council member and announce the recent establishment of the Local Immigration Partnership in Smiths Falls. This council foresees to partner with newcomers, employers and service providers in the community to develop local settlement strategies.  For more information about the council and to read their full press release please click here, http://immigratetosmithsfalls.ca/lipcouncil.cfm

If you have any questions, regarding your recent move to Smiths Falls, you can reach me at my office 613 283 8763 or email kristina@smithsfallsmortgages.ca

20 Jul

Kristina Crosbie

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Posted by: Kristina Crosbie

Whether you’re a first time home buyer, refinancing, or building your dream home…I can help!  With 7 years experience in the mortgage industry & a drive to deliver the best in class service to each of my clients, I will do my best to help you along the way

My name is Kristina Crosbie, daughter of Smiths Falls Mortgage Agent, Eileen Crosbie. You might say mortgages are in my DNA! As long as I can remember, my mother has been sharing her knowledge and experience of the Canadian mortgage industry with myself and her clients. In August 2010 I joined Dominion Lending Centre: The Mortgage Source, Smiths Falls team; having spent the last four years with Genworth Financial Canada in the National Underwriting Centre in Oakville, Ontario. As a second generation Mortgage Agent, I offer our clients a wealth of experience.

I will make your entire mortgage process less stressful with no obligation or pressure!

If you have any questions you can reach me at our office 613 283 8763.

If you want to learn more about my business please visit my website @ www.kristinacrosbie.ca or email Kristina@smithsfallsmortgages.ca

20 Jul

Paw…Sit…Stay…

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Posted by: Kristina Crosbie

I love my job. I love helping people from all walks of life find, purchase, refinance and keep their dream home. It is a passion of mine and I am so thankful I can do it every day.  So you can imagine my delight, when I discovered a way to combine this passion with my second love; dogs!

I made the decision to start volunteering with a dog shelter for so many reasons. Firstly, as passionate as I am to get each and every one of my clients in to the best house, I am equally passionate about finding not only a home for my furry friends, but the right ones. After all, a client can tell me why the love this or that layout, style or neighbourhood. But with pups, I have to listen to, not words, but to body language, eye contact and other non-verbal cues.

It’s amazing, after working with dogs, I feel like the one who ends up trained. My interpersonal   skills are heightened; I am more perceptive to the silent signals all around me. I am also much more connected to my community. I meet so many people at dog shows, parks and even doggy fashion shows!

The benefits to working with these adorable creatures for me are infinite. Sure, I come home covered in dog hair, but also with a sense of harmony with not only my community but with the animal one as well.

If you are a dog lover and want to know more about my experience with animals, drop me a line at kristina@smithsfallsmortgages.ca or 613 283 8763.