Where We Began

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

Duane and Marci Shaw posing together

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.

model home on money held by hands

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

pen and calculator sitting in a printed graph

2007
Academy prevails through the subprime meltdown.

Adam Kessler family photo

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.

man performing physical labor

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

pendant push pins on street map

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

James Mac Pherson family photo

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.

Academy Mortgage Home Office Building

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

Glassdoor Best Place to Work Post

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.

group photo of Academy Corp members

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

interlocked arrows for Academy's 5 Ps

2019
James Mac Pherson is named CEO, and Adam Kessler steps into the role of Chairman of the Board. Academy has strong leadership at the helm to drive our strategic growth initiatives and maintain our strength and stability.