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  • Guaranteed Rate’s Joe Caltabiano Named Best Loan Officer in Illinois

    Guaranteed Rate, one of the ten largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation, has been honored yet again for industry excellence. The company had a total of 12 nominations in the awards’ loan origination and operations categories at the annual “Best in the Business” Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association. 

    For the third consecutive year, Guaranteed Rate senior vice president of mortgage lending Joe Caltabiano was named the best loan officer in the state of Illinois by the organization. Caltabiano received the award in the “Best Loan Officer” category for non-bank lenders based on his loan production, client experience and community involvement. Caltabiano is the highest-producing mortgage loan originator in Illinois, and one of the top five originators in the nation by loan volume, according to annual rankings in industry publications Scotsman Guide, Mortgage Executive and Origination News, where Guaranteed Rate has more top ranked originators than any other bank or mortgage company. As Guaranteed Rate’s top originator, he was responsible for nearly $240 million in loan production in 2013 alone, and has closed more than $2 billion in home loans over the course of his career.

    Caltabiano is also deeply involved in charitable work. He currently serves as a director for the Guaranteed Rate Foundation, which provides assistance to families in times of unexpected need. A leukemia survivor, he has also served as a board member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is also involved with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Cancer Survivors group; Immerman Angels, a peer-to-peer cancer support network, and Ronald McDonald House.

    In addition to Caltabiano’s win, 10 other Illinois-based Guaranteed Rate mortgage professionals were nominated for the Best in the Business Awards in loan officer, loan processing, loan closing and operations support categories (listed in alphabetical order):

    -          Shimmy Braun, vice president of mortgage lending

    -          Dina Chapman, elite mortgage consultant

    -          Ben Cohen, vice president of mortgage lending

    -          Sofie Damgren, loan coordinator

    -          Dan Gjeldum, branch manager and senior vice president of mortgage lending

    -          Simone LaBorde, Chicago regional closing manager

    -          Sam Sharp, vice president of mortgage lending

    -          Kim Sikes, elite mortgage consultant

    -          Brian Stokes, loan coordinator

    -          Dean Vlamis, vice president of mortgage lending

    Oct 6 2014