Our History

  • 1988

    Academy is started by Duane Shaw, who establishes a strong foundation for our company based on values, relationships, and service.

  • 1994

    Academy prospers through the end of the refinance boom.

  • 2000

    At the end of the 20th Century, Academy has 19 branch offices across the country and is licensed to originate loans in 4 states.

  • 2007

    Academy prevails through the subprime meltdown.

  • 2009

    Academy's leadership succession plan is implemented. Adam Kessler becomes President.

  • 2010

    Academy Mortgage becomes the #1 Independent Purchase Lender in the United States as ranked by CoreLogic.

  • 2012

    Academy participates in its first Service Expedition, held in Secanquin, Guatemala.

  • 2014

    Academy acquires the assets of Republic Mortgage, expanding to 200 branches and 2,100 employees nationwide.

  • 2016

    Home Office moves to larger headquarters in Draper, Utah, to accommodate Academy’s continued growth.

  • 2016

    James Mac Pherson is named as President of Academy Mortgage.