2020 HW Vanguard: Tawn Kelley

Taylor Morrison Home Funding, President

Tawn Kelley, President, Taylor Morrison Home Funding

Taylor Morrison’s latest acquisition of William Lyon Homes also brought the integration of Closing Mark Home Loans and Closing Mark Title and Escrow. 

Under Tawn Kelley’s leadership, these companies were successfully integrated into Taylor Morrison Home Funding and Inspired Title Services, creating a strong infrastructure and expanding the company’s existing footprint into three new markets. With keeping the primary focus and expertise on new construction lending, Kelley coordinated the transition of the retail side of CMHL to a third party, preserving employment and active loan pipelines for many. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about one of the toughest leadership tests, and Kelley has displayed many behaviors indicative of a true leader during these unprecedented times. She tackles the tough challenges head on, providing acknowledgement of team members’ fears, as well as credible hope that collectively the company has the resources needed to meet daily challenges. 

From the implementation of remote work to personally reaching out to every team member, to ensuring her leadership team is practicing empathy and compassion when it matters most, Kelley has been a true inspiration during the pandemic. 

Under her leadership, Taylor Morrison Home Funding has been recognized by several publications for different awards, including in the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Workplaces for the last three years running and recognized in the Orlando Business Journal as a best place to work for 2020. 

Most recently, Kelley accepted a seat on the board of directors of a publicly traded company, STORE Capital. 

What has been your secret to success?
Appreciating that every step in my journey has brought me to the success I’ve achieved. Every failure, challenge and disappointment as important as every promotion, title and win. I’ve accepted that I don’t need to know everything, I only need a talented team with shared vision.

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