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DENVER, COLO. April 27, 2015—W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC, a privately-held mortgage banking firm, today announced that Robin Wagstaff has been hired as Retail Sales Area Manager to direct retail activity for its first branch location in Hawaii and to support its retail expansion in the market.
With nearly ten years in the lending industry, Wagstaff carries a strong background in private mortgage banking. Most recently, he served as a vice president lending officer with Bank of America. Wagstaff is currently the leading lender for the 700-unit Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Ka‘anapali and the preferred lender for the exclusive Wailea Beach Villas and Ho‘olei Townhomes in Wailea Resort, for which his work has been nationally recognized. Most recently, Wagstaff became the leading lender for the Ritz Carlton Residences in Kapalua and one of the preferred lenders for Kukui‘ula on Kaua‘i.
“With Hawaii’s continuing growth and increasing home values, we’ve had our eye on this market for awhile now,” said Howard Michalski, Executive Managing Director for W.J. Bradley. “Consumers in the area demand a broad selection of home financing options, and offering a competitive price is critical to meeting the needs of the area. Having such an extensive lending background and being native to the area, we are confident that with Robin in this seat, borrowers in Hawaii will be well served and W.J. Bradley will be strongly represented in the market.”
“Being intimately experienced in what our community requires, I’m excited about this transition and the opportunity to extend an expanded level of lending service to my clients and partners,” said Wagstaff. “They can expect not only a larger selection of home loan options, but also, quicker response rates and an expedited closing process.”
As a Maui-grown businessman, the Seabury Hall alumnus graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Applied Human Science. He has been regionally and nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top-producing bankers. Wagstaff has also been recognized by Pacific Business News in its “People Who Make Hawaii Work” and “Top Forty Under 40” lists.
About W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC
W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC, a residential mortgage banking firm founded in 2002, is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. With nearly 100 branch locations throughout the United States, the Company is licensed in 47 states and currently operates with more than 1,200 employees. The Company has allocated significant capital to growth through acquisition in 2015 and is regularly seeking quality origination outfits in exchange for premium valuation opportunity. In 2014, the Company originated $3.306 billion in residential home loans. The Company is the fastest-growing retail mortgage lending firm and third fastest-growing financial services firm in the country among the top fastest-growing financial services firms in the country among those with revenues in excess of $200 million, as ranked by Inc. Magazine and based on percentage of growth in revenue between the years 2010 and 2013. For more information, please visit www.wjbradley.com.
(Wailuku, HI April 22, 2015) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated eighteen (18) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on April 21, 2015. Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the graduation and encouraged the students to keep their commitments and never give up on their dreams. The students also heard words of encouragement and advice from Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino, who was in attendance.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank and received suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.
MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.
For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990. The next Core Four classes will be held during the day, from 9 am to noon starting May 5th. One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30th from 9am to 10am at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, April 29th from noon to 1pm. The six-week series will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.
Chief Tivoli Faaumu is Featured Speaker at MNHCoC April Membership Dinner
New MPD Head to Speak at Maui Tropical Plantation
KAHULUI, HI – The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce has invited Maui’s new Chief of Police, Tivoli Faaumu to be the featured speaker at its April Membership Dinner. Slated for 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 14 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, the chief will share his vision for the Maui Police Department with MNHCoC members and their guests.
The Maui Police Commission selected Faaumu to lead MPD in September of last year and he has since worked diligently to establish open communication and engage with the community. His career with the Maui Police Department began at the receiving desk in 1985. Upon graduating as a recruit, he was assigned to Lahaina as a patrol officer and later worked in the Vice Division. A series of promotions took him from sergeant to Lāna‘i District Commander in 2005.
He returned to Maui to serve as commander in the Communications section before his promotion to captain in 2011 serving as district commander for the Kīhei station. Chief Faaumu received his AA degree in Administrative Justice from UH Maui College, his BS in Business Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska, and his MA degree in Homeland Security from American Military University in West Virginia. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico. Born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga, he came to Hawai‘i in 1978 as a student.
“We are quite honored to have Chief Faaumu come to speak with our members personally,” said MNHCoC President Doreen Pua Canto. “When we hear about tension between the police and some mainland communities, we feel especially fortunate to have someone like him leading the Maui Police Department. And we are especially proud to see a fellow Polynesian in such a key leadership role.”
Prepaid admission for the April Membership Dinner is $20 for members or $25 for non-members who pay online in advance. Advance payment may be made through PayPal on www.mnhcoc.org. Those who wish to pay at the door will be charged $25 for members and $30 for non-members. The fee includes a complete buffet dinner A no-host bar opens at 5:30 for informal networking.
MNHCoC’s mission is “to promote and sustain Hawaiian values and culture, and enhance the socio-economic status of Native Hawaiians in business and as individuals.” Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of Aloha through commerce, culture and community. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hawaiians and Hawaiians at Heart to share in their mission.