Team Member Testimonials

January 2010

I really enjoyed my time in Houston. I continue to be amazed at the happiness level of the employees. What a great place to work! Thank you for the opportunity.
-Cathy Stroud

Thank you for the warm welcome and introduction to the Cornerstone family.  Just finishing out my second week with the Oklahoma City office, I can easily see why our customers are so impressed with the service provided by Cornerstone.  I look forward to being a part of Cornerstone and seeing what successes the future holds!  Thanks again.
-Kevin Arter, Sr. Processor

Thank you so very much.  I do so enjoy working here in this wonderful company that you have built. 
-Rose Lamb, QuEST Compliance Analyst

Thank you for your leadership and example.  I hope to bring you honor to you and Cornerstone in the great opportunity you have provided my team and me.  I also hope to develop into a leader of your commitment, consistency and capacity.
-Jay Crowell, Certified Mortgage Planner, Branch Manager - Downtown Seattle

Just wanted to take this time to thank you for your exceptional leadership. I am extremely grateful to be part of this amazing company. Looking forward to my next 8 years.

Wow.  What an honor to work for a company with such great leaders whose ideas show that you are always looking for ways to make our company the place to be!
-Donna Dotson, Cornerstone Mortgage Company

Marc, good morning!  Thanks for your email - I feel very welcomed and "at home" already settling in to my new company. It is clear that Cornerstone's vision as a company is very much in line with my own values and vision. I feel privileged to be a part of the team and look forward to being a productive, long-term team member.  I look forward to meeting you soon.
Best Regards,
 -John W. Burnam, Jr.

Dear Marc,
Starting on Monday, I will begin with Cornerstone, and already I see evidence of your vision, energy and perseverance. It has been nothing short of exceptional.
Today I am writing to express my gratitude. Everyone I have encountered has exhibited kindness, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to help. Surely this is a reflection of the corporate leadership.
In the tomorrows I hope to share, we will celebrate our successes and blessings. Hopefully to the degree we ask why did it take me so long to get here.
All My Best!
-Don Cadena

Hi, Kim and PR Team – What a wonderful meeting my team had yesterday with your group in Houston!  What a classy group you are! We are so excited to hit the ground running and build our volume through consistent and wonderful marketing efforts!!   You guys took care of every detail for us – from Bernard transporting us, to flowers in our room, to even handing me a sandwich on my way out the door to the airport last night (that was a big wow factor) – you made us feel so welcome … and, of course, we are so in awe of everyone’s many, many talents and this incredible company. 
Love you guys – let’s make things happen in a big way for 2010!   We are committed, we have a “big, hairy audacious goal” to meet this year . . .  and we know that we cannot fail with you on our side! Thanks, again, from the bottom of my heart!!!   
-Sharla Ellis

Mr. Laird and Mrs. Belanger,
First of all, I want to give God thanks for ordering my steps and for His many blessings. I also want to thank both of you for allowing me to be a part of this excellent, special and blessed company. I will work hard with dedication, loyalty, honesty and integrity in order to “make a positive contribution to the lives of our customers.” I will represent Cornerstone proudly at a very high standard. I will adhere to the Vision Statement and values of Cornerstone. Thanks again and may God continue to richly bless both of you and your families.
-Alfonso Ross, Sr. Loan Officer

I appreciate everything you and Judy have done over the 13 years I have been here! You guys are great mentors. I thank God for you daily.
-Keith Ward, Loan Officer

I am very proud to part of a GREAT company. Thank you, Mr. Laird.
-Josie McKinny

I gave the generous Cornerstone Cares gift to one of my staff members, and she immediately broke down.  It was as if a huge burden had been lifted off of her shoulders.  She cried for a long time (I can still hear her sniffling in there). 
I had to stop this morning and thank God for this company, for all of you on this committee, and for Marc and Judy’s foresight to set up a program such as this so that we can assist people when they need it the most.
Thank you.  That gesture means so much to the recipient and to me.

Thank you.  I am proud to be part of the Cornerstone Family I remember your telling me 19 years ago that I would not be bored with my job. Boy, that statement was more truthful than either of us would have guessed!
-Becky Smith, Sr. Loan Officer

Thank you for the Welcome e-mail and the Cornerstone Story.  I joined this industry because of divine guidance many years ago, and so I really appreciated reading your history and story.
Over the past dozen years in this industry, in both originating and managing, I have worked for some very large and—what I thought were—great companies.  Only now do I truly feel at home, however, knowing that Cornerstone was and is a destination for me. Thank you again for your warm welcome and vision.

Hi Marc,
Thank you for your kind words. I have never worked for a better company than Cornerstone! I am truly happy here and plan to stay for many more years!
-Jeni Beecher

Marc, our underwriter, and I were talking the other day about the culture here.  He was in shock about something, and I said that I couldn’t fathom being anywhere else and wished there were a way I could get our recruits to actually experience the culture rather than simply hear us talk about it.  Funny that most of us go about business everyday and take for granted the awesome gift we have been given in this flourishing garden that you so diligently tilled, planted and groomed for so many years before we arrived.  Know that there is a whole group of frozen Minnesotans that get it and are truly honored to be a part of the Cornerstone family. 
Have an excellent day and thank you again for all you’ve done and continue to do each day.
-Carrie Guarrero, Sr. Loan Officer

I’m so grateful to you guys for setting up the Cornerstone Cares Fund , for I have personally seen it bridge gaps in the lives of our staff over the past 5 years.  What an absolute blessing and something that truly makes our company so unique!