Where We Began

Founded in 1988, Academy has successfully navigated through all the market swings over the last 30 years.

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1988
Academy is started by Duane Shaw, who establishes a strong foundation based on values, relationships, and service. Academy began as a family-owned company, and we remain a family-owned company. As such, there is a family culture at Academy that you won’t find at banks and other mortgage lenders.

1994

1994
Academy prevails through the end of the refinance boom by focusing on purchase business.

2007

2007
Academy prevails through the subprime meltdown.

2009

2009
Adam Kessler becomes President. Prior to his appointment, Adam held leadership positions across most functional areas, providing him deep and varied experience to lead our company.

2012

2012
Academy participates in our first biennial Service Expedition, held in Secanquin, Guatemala.

2014

2014
Academy acquires the assets of Republic Mortgage, expanding to more than 200 branches and 2,300 employees nationwide.

2016

2016
Adam Kessler becomes CEO and James Mac Pherson becomes President. James assumed this leadership role after an immensely successful career as a producing Area Manager, Branch Manager, and Loan Officer.

2016-2

2016
The Academy Home Office is moved to a new, larger location in Draper, Utah.

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2018
Academy ranks #18 on Glassdoor's prestigious list of Best Places to Work. Academy is the only home loan lender on the list of 100.

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2018
Academy completes our first and second employee-sponsored Service Expeditions to Ecuador. The Academy team assisted the village in building a vocational school.