APM Honors Girls’s Historical past Month


APM Blog Size-Mar-08-2022-02-39-45-38-PMForeword by CEO Invoice Lowman:

As a CEO within the later levels of my profession, my want is to depart behind a legacy of inclusivity and equality, being a part of much-needed and long-awaited change for our trade.After I turned CEO of American Pacific Mortgage in 2016, we had two girls with seats on our government management group. At present, I’m proud to say that 4 of our eight “chief” positions and eight of our 13 VP positions are held by girls. For the primary time within the historical past of the corporate, we’ve achieved a balanced management group.

As we have fun Girls’s Historical past Month, it’s vital not solely to acknowledge how far we’ve come as an organization but in addition to highlight the profession achievements and success of our leaders right here at APM. Whereas the journey for every of those girls has been completely different, many have skilled related triumphs and challenges all through their careers. 

The objective of sharing this perception is to make sure that our subsequent technology of feminine leaders is aware of that something is feasible—the sky actually is the restrict, and these unbelievable girls are proof of that.

Every of the interviewees was requested the identical query: “As a lady in a management function, what do you credit score your success to?”

Melissa Wright, Chief Gross sales & Advertising and marketing Officer

Melissa Wright_Edit1 - cropped“I’m very proud to return from an extended line of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial mindset and grit had been constructed into me, together with drive and the flexibility to push myself outdoors my consolation zone. 

My character is such that I problem myself and maintain myself and the folks round me to a excessive commonplace. I need to be glorious and to make a distinction, so I’ll seize any alternative and never look forward to folks handy them to me.”

Michele Buschman, Chief Info Officer

Michele Buschman - PressReleaseRetina-1“I credit score my success to my dad. Being a father to 4 women, my dad had his fingers full. He at all times impressed his daughters to be impartial and to do something we set our minds to. There was by no means any debate over what we might accomplish, no differentiation that this was a person’s job or a lady’s job. He instilled in every of us a perception that the sky was the restrict! And he supported us in every of our distinct paths, even to this present day. 

It was so gratifying to share my success with him once I was promoted to CIO. He owns a very good portion of that success in how he impressed me, supported me, and inspired me all through my whole life. He additionally at all times made certain to remind me that there’s a stability between your profession and your loved ones and to remain grounded. I can’t say sufficient about how a lot I attribute my success to how my dad raised and supported me. I’ve strived, as a mom, to do the identical for my daughter and son! The sky’s the restrict; it’s as much as you!” 

Marty Allred, Chief Compliance Officer

Marty Allred“I’ve been lucky to work with nice folks within the trade and at APM, all of whom have emanated a powerful work ethic and a constructive and grateful perspective. These two qualities alone create a basis that may propel you thru something. That, for my part, could be extra invaluable than your technical talent units. 

Moreover, I’ve at all times had a powerful curiosity that helped me study completely different facets of the trade and that finally helped develop my data base and talent units alongside my profession path. I realized early on in my profession to suppose past your personal function; take into consideration the corporate, not simply your bubble; and ask about what you don’t know. And final, the flexibility to be swift, decisive, and to determine find out how to get issues carried out to maneuver the needle ahead has helped propel my profession in every of my roles.”

Denise Derner, VP of Expertise

Denise Derner2020 “At APM, I’ve been very lucky to work alongside among the absolute best, and have been given alternatives to repeatedly develop and contribute to one thing that’s so completely aligned with my aspirations as a frontrunner. This doesn’t occur by likelihood; it occurs by alternative—somebody who stated, “Let’s give her an opportunity—I imagine in her.” So I credit score many individuals on my journey, together with the unbelievable APM mentors and leaders who’ve been with me each step of the best way. 

I additionally credit score an ideal deal to my dad and mom. They instilled a perception that success is measured by the significant experiences we create within the lives of others, moderately than outlined by a title or place. My dad and mom had been lovely examples of this philosophy, and it’s one thing I’ve carried with me all through my profession. That they had an unbelievable work ethic, at all times confirmed up, opened their doorways to these in want, had been servant-leaders, cared deeply, and put religion over concern each time. Their instance of management can be a driving pressure for the place I’m at right now.”

Kimberley Hocking, VP of Danger

Kimberley Hocking - noBG“My profession success could be attributed to the folks I’ve been surrounded by. I began with APM 19 years in the past and have been blessed to work with superb folks and leaders inside the firm. I’ve additionally had superb mentors all through my profession, function fashions who helped me develop and develop by way of offering an setting of goal-setting, accountability, data, and encouragement.

I’m proud and humbled to be a part of one of the best management group within the mortgage trade! The ladies on our management group not solely have spectacular experience and data, however they’re additionally unbelievable examples of our tradition in motion.”

Demetria Hudley, VP of Human Assets

Demetria Hudley-3 “I credit score my success to many superb leaders all through my profession who noticed my potential and believed in me.”


Carolyn Smith, VP of Capital Preservation 

Carolyn Smith“I used to be raised in a household that valued a powerful work ethic, caring about others, and the significance of fixing your personal issues. My dad and mom taught by instance, not by dictating. Studying from my errors was way more efficient than not being allowed to make errors. After I wanted assist with schoolwork, I bear in mind the way it made me loopy that moderately than giving me the reply my father would ask me questions so I’d determine it out alone. Due to the crucial considering abilities that I gained then, I can determine absolutely anything.

Over the various years I’ve been within the mortgage trade, I’ve realized that to succeed you should be prepared to proceed studying new issues—to do no matter it takes so as to add worth to the corporate and assist your group succeed. Share credit score on the wins, and assist others get wins. It’s a troublesome enterprise, and we have to prop one another up.”

Tricia Sobon, VP Controller

Patricia Sobon“I credit score my success to the robust girls in my life as I grew up, and the robust girls leaders that acted as function fashions within the early a part of my profession—whether or not they knew it or not.

They gave me the flexibility to acknowledge my very own self-worth, and the braveness to face up for that in each my private {and professional} life. Lots of them have no idea the impression they made on me, and that’s the reason I at all times attempt to stay my greatest genuine life always. You by no means know who’s paying consideration.”

Laura Clavero, VP of Operations

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“I credit score my success to nice management and remaining teachable by those that are main me. Remaining teachable is vital to proceed to develop as a person.  With out data and a humble strategy, you stunt your personal progress.”


Mary Bolar, VP of Mortgage Servicing

Mary Bolar“I credit score my success to nice mentors and being a lifelong learner with the center of a trainer. The trainer in me has supplied the foresight to have the ability to match group members and their talent units in the proper roles, which has led to producing high-functioning groups all through my profession.”

Brionne Rossi, VP of Treasury

1517576405228“I credit score my success to having the arrogance to pursue completely different positions all through my profession, utilizing my voice, main by instance, and at all times making an attempt to be a part of the answer. I’m additionally somebody who’s at all times trying to study new duties and push myself in new areas, at all times in search of out the why and the way behind the method.”







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