Strategies to Grow and Expand Your Construction Lending Program
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 1:00 p.m. central time
Construction loans are a vital product for Credit Unions to offer their members. Limited housing inventory in communities across the country will drive demand for new construction for years to come, opening many opportunities for credit unions to grow and expand their construction lending programs.
Join this panel discussion with industry veterans to provide insight into strategies that will help grow your programs and provide more value to your members. Topics will cover opportunities in construction lending, expanding your loan offerings, building a strong team, reaching new markets, and scaling your operations.
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Director of Strategic Relationships, Land Gorilla
Shannon Faries has lifelong experience in mortgage banking and construction lending. Shannon has founded and managed mortgage banking operations and is the former Chief Lending Officer of a Federal Savings and Loan. Throughout his career, starting as a loan officer, Shannon has focused on construction and renovation lending, A&D loans, and builder financing. In his role at Land Gorilla, Shannon oversees consulting and new product development for lenders looking to enter the construction lending space and provides best practices for loan program development and risk management. Shannon also manages strategic partnerships and provides consulting services for Land Gorilla’s industry partners, including loan closing doc providers, MI companies, insurance providers, and government agencies.
AVP Mortgage Production, Northwest Federal Credit Union
Nestor Villanueva is the Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Production at Northwest Federal Credit Union. He has close to 20 years of banking experience with the last 16 in mortgages. Having worked for some of the largest mortgage lenders in the industry, he was instrumental in expanding the mortgage team at Northwest from 4 loan originators to a total of 19 loan originators in four different states. Nestor currently oversees loan production, product development, marketing efforts, and secondary market responsibilities for the entire mortgage department. A motivational leader, he helps others strive to be the best version of themselves.
Nestor graduated from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and will be receiving his MBA in Real Estate from Longwood University in the Spring. He lives in Lake Ridge, VA with his wife and two teenage boys, and enjoys actively participating in his kids’ team sports which include swimming, lacrosse, and wrestling.
Peter J. Benjamin, CMB
Peter J. Benjamin, CMB is the President of the American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA). A mortgage professional with 20 years of experience, Benjamin has held various positions throughout the mortgage industry including Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Lafayette Federal Credit Union in Rockville, MD. During his time at Lafayette Federal, Benjamin led a high-performing mortgage team that exceeded production and budget goals each year, reduced the Credit Union’s cycle times to the industry-required timeframes; and improved the credit union’s application pull-through rate. As an association, Benjamin wants to see ACUMA members continue to foster the collaborative spirit that has made the association so great and work together to support the American Dream of homeownership. He sees ACUMA as a vital education arm that helps Member Credit Unions gain market share in the mortgage industry.
Land Gorilla is the leading technology provider of construction loan management software, giving financial institutions confidence to make safe, fast, and profitable construction loans. Land Gorilla technology reduces the frustrating back and forth between loan stakeholders, while giving lenders complete control over draw management and reporting tasks. Our proven platform enables faster disbursements and seamless exchange of information between stakeholders all in one place.