Hot Seat: Steve McClellan

From his first job and favorite book to his thoughts about the future of the reverse mortgage market, we get the personal and professional facts from Steve McClellan, president of Urban Financial of America, in this month’s edition of The Hot Seat.

 Ten years from now I will be retired.

My first car was a 1967 Chevy Impala.

If I could meet anyone, past or present, it would be John Wayne.

When I was younger I wanted to be a Navy fighter pilot.

I can’t go without a good cup of coffee.

When I was a kid I lived in Hawaii.

I’ll never forget the good bosses I have had.

My first job was as a lifeguard.

My parents taught me how to work hard.

My favorite time of the day is sunset.

My iPod go-to is mostly country.

I’ve never skydived.

I always thank people in uniform for their service.

The best lesson I’ve ever learned was that I learn more when I listen than when I talk.

The worst purchase I’ve ever made was a Saab.

The best purchase I’ve ever made was a 1980 Nissan 280ZX.

My favorite book is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.

If I could trade places with someone for a day, I would choose Bret Baier.

If I could time travel, I would go to the Abe Lincoln White House.

People should seek a career in the reverse mortgage industry because you can get paid to make a difference in the lives of seniors.

The most fascinating thing about the reverse mortgage industry is the people in it. I love the diversity of the group.

I am optimistic about the reverse mortgage industry because the underlying demographics and financial needs will ultimately create a large business segment.

Reverse mortgage professionals can best support the public image of reverse mortgages by making sure we think about doing the right thing for the long run and always, always do the right thing by the customer.

The ideal characteristics of leaders in the industry are integrity, empathy and vision.


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