Branch manager

Fernando Ayala began his career in 2009 armed with big dreams, perseverance and the goal of becoming one of the nation’s top loan originators. The former basketball player brought his coaching and team mentality to the mortgage industry; today, Ayala relies on this approach to guide his own team at Academy Mortgage, where he relishes “the ability to change people’s lives, from my employees to our borrowers.”

Before making the move to Academy in 2014, Ayala was a member of the Chairman’s Club at his previous company for five consecutive years. He is now a member of Academy’s President’s Club, which consists of the company’s highest performers. In his spare time, Ayala sponsors youth organizations, basketball programs and extracurricular activities for Tucson’s Amphitheater School District. He is also currently designing an internship program at Academy to train future loan originators and give them the tools and training to find success in the mortgage industry.