2022 HW Vanguard: Kristi Pickering


As President of Academy Mortgage, Kristi Pickering’s primary focus is on the implementation of strategies to support the company’s long-term vision. She has been instrumental in streamlining processes and implementing technology to increase speed and efficiency to enhance the overall lending experience. Having served in every operations role over her 28-year mortgage career, Pickering has acquired invaluable knowledge and experience. This experience enables her to see the big picture in her role as president.

Pickering is committed to helping her Academy family continue to inspire hope, deliver dreams and build prosperity. The launch of Academy’s social impact program provides her team members with the tools and resources they need to inspire hope within their communities by serving in ways that are meaningful to them.

What is one habit that has made a  crucial-difference in your success?

I believe it is so important to begin every day with a morning routine. So each morning, I wake up before the sunrise to get a workout in, as it helps me to start my day with a boost of energy and positivity. I also set the tone for the day by creating a clear action plan on what I need to accomplish in the day ahead.


Kristi Pickering



Company Name:

Academy Mortgage

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