Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Fairway Independent Mortgage to Train Over 400 Real Estate Professionals at Tennessee Boot Camp Event on August 19

Mortgage-free home to be presented to injured Veteran

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, one of the country's largest mortgage companies, will train more than 400 Realtors® at an intensive "CMRS Boot Camp" event this week. As the nation struggles to provide housing opportunities for veterans, the mortgage company will conduct a CMRS Boot Camp which includes three hours of continuing education and earns the real estate professional the certification of Certified Military Residential Specialist.

Veterans face a number of challenges when seeking to buy a home. Fairway's training program is designed to equip real estate agents with special skills and knowledge so that they can better serve active military and veterans' specific needs. 

The press is invited to the following CMRS Boot on Tuesday, August 19 in Clarksville, TN at:

Wilma Rudolph Event Center (WREC) – 1189 Cumberland Drive, Clarksville, TN 37043 

9am – 12pm: 

CMRS Certifications 

12pm – 1:30pm:    

Author Sean Parnell Speaks, Home Giveaway to Army Specialist Marshall Lane, Book Signing & Lunch

In addition to providing this CMRS training, Fairway has joined forces with Military Warriors Support Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting returning American military troops, to help sponsor a mortgage-free home to one of our nation's combat-wounded veterans. This sponsorship provides a three-year Family and Financial Mentorship Program for retired U.S. Army Specialist Marshall Stuart Lane and his family. Specialist Lane served in the U.S. Army for three years, from December 2010 to December 2013. While on deployment in Afghanistan he was wounded during combat operations and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was also awarded the Combat Medical Badge for performing medical duties simultaneously while being actively engaged by the enemy.

"Fairway is grateful to Specialist Lane for his service to our nation.  He is a true hero and we want to honor him for that service.  Through these events throughout the country, we are also hoping to inspire others to do whatever they can to give back to our wounded heroes," said Louise Thaxton, director of Fairway's American Warrior Initiative and the Military Mortgage Specialist Division.

Active duty and veteran service members often face an uphill battle when trying to buy a home, explained Fairway CEO Steve Jacobson. Research shows that veterans are more likely than the general population to face unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

The objective of the CMRS certification programs is to train and equip real estate professionals to handle with care the home purchase needs of active duty and former military clients, Jacobson said. This is one of the reasons that Fairway also has its own designation for mortgage professionals, the Military Mortgage Specialist (MMS) designation, which trains mortgage professionals on the specific challenges facing veterans when obtaining financing.  There will be an exclusive MMS training for Fairway employees seeking this designation following the event.   Since launching its CMRS and MMS Boot Camps two years ago, Fairway has trained over 3,000 mortgage and real estate professionals while sponsoring 22 mortgage-free homes to deserving military veterans.

"We need to find real solutions to the housing challenges our military men and women face," Thaxton said. "We've found over and over that education is critical. Our veterans face unique hurdles to homeownership, and we know the training we provide helps housing professionals become better equipped to help them."

Joining Fairway for the event is Sean Parnell, author of the NY Times best-selling book Outlaw Platoon, which details Parnell's experiences serving the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Parnell, a retired Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient, is an advocate for Fairway's programs and plays an integral role in the Boot Camps and home-giveaway presentations. 

By the end of 2014, Fairway will have trained more than 600 mortgage professionals and 3,000 real estate agents, and will have sponsored a total of more than 25 home mortgage-free home giveaways.

Fairway Independent Mortgage is a proud supporter of the American military and has helped thousands of active military personnel and veterans nationwide with their home mortgage needs. Fairway employees have personally pledged several hundred thousand dollars in donations to help sponsor mortgage-free homes to veterans through their partnership with the non-profit, Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.

Real estate professionals interested in attending one of the Certified Military Residential Specialist Boot Camps can contact [email protected].

About Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 1996 by Steve Jacobson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is a mortgage banker headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The company has 175 locations and approximately 1,700 employees nationwide. The corporate vision is to foster relationships and create a team atmosphere, empowering offices to operate autonomously in their day-to-day operations, while still maintaining strict compliance and consistency across the board. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation provides all necessary support in the areas of personnel, accounting and compliance. For more information, please visit

About Military Warriors Support Foundation

Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, founded by (Ret) Lieutenant General, Leroy Sisco, in 2007. Our Mission is to provide support for our nation's wounded heroes and Gold Star Families as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. This is a very fragile time for these heroes, and their families, and it is our goal to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition. Our programs focus on housing and homeownership, employment, as well as recreational activities and travel assistance.

Mary McGarity 
Strategic Vantage Mortgage Public Relations 
(203) 513-2721 
[email protected]

Mike Murray 
Strategic Vantage Mortgage Public Relations 
(240) 498-0863
[email protected]


SOURCE Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which...
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and t...
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessi...
Continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications are both impacted by -- and a benefit to -- the Internet of Things trend. To help better understand the relationship between DevOps and a plethora of new end-devices and data please welcome Gary Gruver, consultant, author and a former IT executive who has led many large-scale IT transformation projects, and John Jeremiah, Technology Evangelist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), on Twitter at @j_jeremiah. The discussion...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNu...
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...