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James Mac Pherson Named CEO of Academy Mortgage

  • Aug 27, 2019
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Draper, Utah––Academy Mortgage is excited to announce that James Mac Pherson has been named the company’s Chief Executive Officer. 

Mac Pherson had been serving as Academy’s President since 2016. He joined the Leadership Team after holding management positions in Compliance Operations and building the company’s Disclosure Operations Department and QA Audit Department. Prior to his move to the Home Office, Mac Pherson led a successful career as a Regional, Divisional, and Producing Area Manager; Branch Manager; and Loan Officer in St. George, Utah, where he firmly established Academy with 20% market share. 

Mac Pherson has promoted Kristi Pickering to Academy’s Executive Leadership Team in the role of Chief Operations Officer. Pickering joined Academy in February 2019 as Senior Vice President of Process Automation. Her leadership experience is deep and varied, having been in the mortgage business since 1993. 

Former CEO Adam Kessler has stepped into a new role as the company’s Chairman of the Board. Kessler appointed Mike Jensen, who was serving as EVP of Marketing & Corporate Development, to join him on the board. 

In these roles, Kessler and Jensen will join Mac Pherson in driving Academy’s strategic growth initiatives and maintaining the company’s more than 30-year history of strength and stability. 

“We are intentional in our planning at Academy Mortgage to ensure our company’s sustainable growth at every level,” said Mac Pherson. “We are fortunate to have strong board members and an A+ Executive Leadership Team at the helm to lead our company into a bright future.” 

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About Academy Mortgage 

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2018 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. It is the company’s mission to become 1st CHOICE in delivering the dream of sustainable homeownership by inspiring hope and building prosperity in the lives of its employees, homebuilders, real estate agents, and in the communities that it serves. Academy has more than 250 branches and 2,000 employees across the country and is licensed to originate loans in 49 states and Washington D.C.

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