Guaranteed Rate's elite mortgage training team lands in SoCal

September 26, 2017

Guaranteed Rate's Julie McDermott and Adriana Fitzpatrick get ready to greet candidates. 

Guaranteed Rate’s unique loan origination program, Liftoff, is putting down roots in Southern California, creating new opportunities for homebuyers and 100 new jobs for talented salespeople in Orange County. "We’re thrilled to be bringing jobs to our Southern California location,” says Guaranteed Rate CEO Victor Ciardelli. “This program will mirror the proven training model we’ve built in Chicago. This is an awesome opportunity to get into the mortgage industry and offers all of the tools to be successful in the field.”

Designed to draw the best of the best to its doorstep, Liftoff uses an innovative training program to develop loan officers of the highest quality, providing them with the tools, techniques and technical knowledge they need to enjoy long, highly rewarding careers. “Liftoff is no stepping stone,” says Kia Gostovic, a top-producing originator in Chicago. “With the resources I’ve been given, I can have an incredible career here. I’ve been in the sales industry most of my professional life, and I’ve learned more in the past six months with Liftoff than I have in the past 10 years.”

Recently, the Liftoff team held a networking event for interested prospects at Del Frisco’s Grille in Irvine. Included in the evening were creative cocktails and appetizers, as well as a mini seminar on how job seekers can brand themselves and become better positioned for a successful search. One of many planned recruiting events, the gathering drew a standing-room only crowd on Del Frisco’s patio—a sign of many great things to come.

"Guaranteed Rate is a success story and I'm thrilled that its growth will benefit the Irvine community," says Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bryan Starr. "Irvine is a great place to do business and we look forward to the company increasing its reach in Orange County. The creation of more than 100 new positions with high-income potential and full benefits is exciting news for Irvine’s workforce.”

A product of Guaranteed Rate’s industry visionaries, Liftoff reflects the constant search for doing things better. Employees don’t need any previous mortgage experience to be accepted into the program. At Liftoff, trainees are given the space to learn the material and practice their approach in a supportive team environment. They work together, they compete with each other and they hang out in their free time. Liftoff is where individual goals contribute to a larger team ethos, where accountability, acumen and adherence to the proven process are all rewarded.

“We look for people who thrive in a competitive environment but who also like to have a lot of fun and enjoy working within a collaborative team,” says Scott Stephen, President of Guaranteed Rate’s Online Division. “We expect a lot of our sales team but we give a lot in return. This program really invests in people.”

Chicago startup guides

Best Companies to Work for in Chicago
Coolest Offices in Chicago Tech
Best Perks at Chicago Tech Companies
Women in Chicago Tech