Albert Collu joins former rival

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Albert Collu is joining VERICO as its president, effective September 1.

“This is a rare and incredible opportunity that I simply could not let pass me by. VERICO is a world class organization that personifies integrity and professionalism. It’s always been my view that the VERICO culture has been predicated on growing its business in concert with its network of mortgage entrepreneurs to help them grow their respective businesses while simultaneously looking to do well by the industry at large,"  Albert Collu, president of VERICO Canada, said in a release.­­­ "That’s something I can embrace and be part of proudly. It is a privilege to lead a significant network of Mortgage Professionals ‎who are among the industry’s elite.

"I congratulate all the staff at VERICO, with special mention of John Kelly‎ and Colin Dreyer, on their incredible success inevitably making VERICO the #1 Broker Network in the country. My sole aim is to contribute to the growth story of this incredible organization for years to come and to be a leader and resource for the licensees in any way I can be.”

Collu resigned from Mortgage Architects on August 19. He served as MA’s president and CEO for over seven years.

He brings with him to VERICO experience in business development, operations and, indeed, sought after leadership skills.

“Albert’s reputation is one of professionalism, excellence, and integrity which parallels with VERICO’s long standing core values,” Colin Dreyer, CEO of VERICO Canada, said. “With the addition of Albert and his expertise, we are looking forward to continuing to provide the best package of tools, support and services to our network of entrepreneurs while remaining true to our mission and the values by which we operate.”
 
  • Jim F on 2016-08-31 12:20:59 PM

    So let's see.....that is 4 positions in 6 or 7 years? TMG, Argentum, Mortgage Architects and now Verico.....lets see where he will be 2 years from now.....just another floater from company to company.

  • Anna Roberts on 2016-08-31 12:43:36 PM

    Congratulations Albert. Wishing you much success.

  • tom on 2016-09-01 9:25:10 AM

    just a jumper , not game changer !!

  • Albert Collu on 2016-09-02 11:00:18 AM

    Anna Roberts thank you so much for the kind words and for having the integrity to disclose your full and real name. That’s a classy and appreciated gesture.

    I don’t normally dignify comments from those hiding behind ambiguous names making them virtually anonymous but I will make an exception in this case so that I may use this invaluable public feedback to improve upon myself and learn from your distinguished examples gentlemen. Tom and Jim F, I’m sorry that I have you let you down in a manner in which compels you to post this type of commentary about me since your names (or at least the ones you are hiding behind) are unfamiliar to me. If I actually knew who you were I would invite you both to lunch as my guests to make that apology in person. I would also take that time to learn from you both in terms of what I can do to improve myself to “change the game”. I do not profess to have all the answers but I do my very best to move the industry forward in the best way I can as demonstrated by my 7 years of volunteer time working on the boards of industry associations.

    To Tom specifically I say this - perhaps if I have the privilege of meeting you in person you can outline some of the wonderful contributions you’ve made to move our wonderful industry forward and I will use that as my personal barometer to strive towards and measure myself against.

    To Jim F I say this – thank you for outlining some of the wonderful organizations I had the privilege of working with but unfortunately your facts are quite inaccurate so if I may I will help you sort out the facts properly. I started Argentum 7.5 years ago. As we grew Argentum we were extremely fortunate to garner interest from other organizations to acquire our organization and I elected to have Argentum acquired by Mortgage Architects years ago to make both companies stronger than they were prior to the transaction. At that time I had the privilege of being appointed President of Mortgage Architects essentially making Argentum and Mortgage Architects one in the same once all the Argentum folks proudly adopted the MA brand. So you see Jim F I’ve actually been on the same path with the same organization for almost 8 years…not a jumper Tom…not a floater Jim F. Again I’m here to improve myself so I’m happy to meet with you Jim F to learn what embodies loyalty and to become a “game changer” since my resume does not seem to fit your scrutiny. I’d welcome an opportunity to hear from you both since I am extremely easy to locate. Although you are using ambiguous names most readers and most industry participants can guess who would deploy these types of character assassination strategies. In fact, I did not know these comments were posted until many industry leaders I respect immensely called me to share their disgust and their unanimous guess on who would post such thin in character comments in such poor taste. It’s very unfortunate to have public comments like this posted to reflect poorly on all of us within this awesome industry particularly since we are all striving to build consumer awareness and to elevate our professionalism as a collective group but thanks for setting the example for us all to “change the game” Tom….or whoever you are.

    As for my time with MA I’ve have said, and will continue to say, that I wish nothing but absolute success for Gary Mauris, Chris Kayat, and all the brokers and staff at Mortgage Architects. Anyhow Tom and Jim F, while I may have let you both down to drive you to character throttling I will take peace and solace from the hundreds of emails, calls, texts, etc. that I have received from numerous industry participants offering warm congratulations, warm words of support, and warm welcomes to my new family…Verico. This is an organization that embodies integrity and professionalism…and in simple terms they are simply just solid human beings enriched with character. My focus now is on the Verico organization to give the staff, the licensees and brokers all I have to be an extremely committed President they can count on to help them grow their business in any way I can for a very, very, very long time and I hope Jim F and Tom…that I will earn a stronger opinion from them than I have with you both.

    Albert Collu

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