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AS PRIMELENDING’S regional manager for the Southeast Region, Karen Blakeslee is responsible for production in eight states and during the last year, she has smashed several records for the company, including funding $2.3 billion in home loans.

Blakeslee’s region led in several areas of performance, including having multiple top ranking branches in units and net income. These accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed, earning Blakeslee a promotion to executive vice president, divisional manager for the eastern United States.

Blakeslee understands the need to be present and helpful within a community. Last year, she instituted a new quarterly “Be of Service” community service policy for branches in her region, requiring them to participate in a charitable community activity.

For example, the Hendersonville, Tennessee, branch cooked meals, provided clothing and necessities and spent time with guests at Room in the Inn, a local homeless shelter. The Emerald Coast Branch of Destin, Florida, hosted an event to raise money for Healing Paws for Warriors, a local organization that connects injured veterans with certified rescue dogs. Following record storms and flooding in Baton Rouge and parts of Western Louisiana, PrimeLending’s local Louisiana branches led efforts to rally employees from around the country to raise $50,000 to support employees who were impacted and nonprofit organizations assisting with area clean-up and recovery.

Her “Be of Service” policy was such a success, it will be expanded to more regions this year and fits perfectly with the culture at PrimeLending to give back to the communities it serves. 

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