Erika Martens, VP of Finance & Systems Administration
First Trust Home Loans
In the last 12 months, I am most proud of:
1). Managing to adapt to faster than ever changes and managing to keep my sanity and integrity intact. It’s always a challenge to give the right amount of energy to being a mom, wife, mortgage professional, community volunteer, and friend, but it’s even more challenging to get it just right during a pandemic.
2). As a mortgage professional, the constant monitoring of changes to guidelines, market movements, and operating protocol forced me to see what I was really made of. It forced me to up the ante on communicating quickly and clearly with our executive team and all our team members. We made a lot of decisions in a short amount of time, and I truly believe our desire to work together and be candid with one another, aided in our ability to succeed through the uncertainty.
As President of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association, I was faced with canceling a conference, working with our teams on how to get our association’s bylaws in order so that the business of the group could still go on, and keeping our members informed on current issues. I have a great group of directors at OMBA, and while I’m proud of myself for making some tough calls, I’m really so grateful to them for always being available, providing wise counsel and support when decisions had to be made.
3). Finally, I’m really quite proud of all the people around me! Nothing that I’ve accomplished and no task or project that I’ve completed was done in a vacuum. I’ve been successful on a lot of fronts, but only because of the help of others. I would not have anything to be proud of without the support and mentorship of so many great people in my life, both personally and professionally. Looking around at all the other people in our company, in the OMBA, and in my family that have also pushed the limits and powered through many tough seasons these last 12 months….that makes me proud!