Kelle Smart enjoyed tremendous success as a loan originator in 2015, posting an increase in personal loan production from $27.8 million to $40 million – all while leading one of Academy Mortgage’s most successful branches. Smart has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, joining Academy in 1996 as a shareholder and vice president. In these roles, she is involved with numerous company initiatives and product development.
Smart considers her role as a mentor for her production and operations teams to be her most important, but a close second is her relationships with her clients. “What I love most about my job is the close connection with people,” she says. “Working with a borrower on a mortgage loan is very personal. You learn a lot about their financial situation and about their lives. It is fun to be connected so closely and to get to know them so well. These relationships become long-term, as their lives – and mortgage needs – change throughout the years. It is a sincere honor to be included in their lives as a trusted advisor.”
Smart is a member of Academy’s President’s Club, a recognition she has held every year since joining the company. She also currently sits on the board of trustees for a charter school in downtown Salt Lake City and has led fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Utah and the University of Utah’s College of Social Work.
Salt Lake City, UT