MBN Hot list 2014: Gordon McCallum

MBN Hot list 2014: Gordon McCallum

 MBN Hot list 2014: Gordon McCallum Gordon McCallum's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014

Who: Gord McCallum
What: President
Where: First Foundation Residential Mortgages

A commerce graduate with distinction from the University of Alberta’s School of Business, Gord has worked hard building First Foundation into a group of companies offering mortgage brokerage services as well as general insurance, life insurance and other financial services.

Gord is a former director with the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association and a consecutive four-time member of CMP’s “Top 50 Brokers” list. He was also named the Accredited Mortgage Professional of the Year in 2011 by CAAMP.

Milestones achieved in 2013
  • Expansion into Saskatchewan with the acquisition of Highland Mortgage Partners in Regina
  • Completed our rebranding and the redevelopment of www.firstfoundation.ca
  • Relaunched the #owngrowprotect blog at www.firstfoundation.ca/blog
  • Hosted a number of excellent mortgage industry leaders on Canadian Mortgage Hangout TV #cmhTV
  • Secured a lease on a prime high-traffic location in Edmonton that gives us room to grow and more visibility
Goals for 2014
  • Help more people to own a home, grow their wealth, and protect themselves and their loved ones
  • Increase mortgage client to insurance client conversion rates
  • 92 per cent funding ratio across all of our lender partners
  • Grow organically throughout Western Canada
  • Partner with other like-minded brokerage owners across Canada to increase the asset value of mortgage brokerages; create saleable value in mortgage brokerages where none existed, and give owners a potential exit strategy
  • Continue to develop leaders within our organization
Forecast for the industry in 2014
  • ​Minor regulatory changes
  • More competition online
  • Some consolidation between firms
  • New business models emerging
  • Increasing rate uncertainty
  • Stronger real estate markets in local areas with job growth - and underwriting that reflects this
  • President/Founder, First Foundation Insurance Inc. (2012)
  • President/Founder, First Foundation Residential Mortgages (2002)
  • Previous:
    • Strategic Mortgage Partner, RE/MAX River City (2009-2010)
    • Founder/Owner, StudyBucks, Inc. (1999-2002)
    • Cable Auditor, Shaw Communications (1993-1999)
    Years of Experience:
    12 Years of experience in the industry.
    • Finalist - Top Customer Service from an Individual Office (First Foundation) at 2013 Canadian Mortgage Awards
    • Winner - Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) of the Year – 2011
    • Winner - Best Internet Presence – 2011
    • Finalists - Canadian Mortgage Awards: Best Internet Presence, Mortgage Brokerage of the Year – 2010
    • Finalist for Canadian Mortgage Professional Magazine's 'Best Customer Service' for 2008 - April 3, 2009.
    • CMP Magazine - Top 50 Brokers in Canada - 2007 - Present
    • Director for Ethics for Alberta North for the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA)
    • Axiom Mortgage Network
    • Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals
    • Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, MIS, Entrepreneurship, University of Alberta (1996-1999)
    • Economics, Augustana University College (1994-1996)
    Current Town

    Edmonton, Alberta

    Hometown Saskatoon
    Family Married, 4 Children
    Interests Sports, technology, finance
    Other Information  

    This article was first published on Which Mortgage website. To read the full feature, click on the following link CMP Hot List 2014 to download the PDF.