2022 HW Vanguard: Katie Sweeney


As the CEO of the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) Katie Sweeney has made monumental moves in the industry. After the 2008 financial crisis, mortgage brokers’ market share fell from well over 60% to single digits. Thanks to Sweeney’s leadership, that market share has begun to recover. She has made it her mission to regain the impact of the broker channel.

Sweeney’s efforts to represent and defend the independent broker channel are the very definition of leadership, coining the organization’s phrase, “We help people help more people.” Her passion for the cause and the fervency with which she advocates for the channel has inspired not just  financial contributions, but real-world action as well. She has overseen the development of an AIME Member Portal, launched mentorship and job placement services, revamped AIME’s business model and ushered in a renewed focus on diversity initiatives through AIME’s Spark small business grant program.

What has been the secret to your success? 

My success is directly tied to the success of those around me. I’m very proud of the teams I’ve been able to work on, lead and ultimately build. My career has been a series of start-up-style environments, and that world can be tough. I strive to be a bumper when things go sideways and the biggest cheerleader when things go right.


Katie Sweeney


Association of Independent Mortgage Experts

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