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2022 HW Vanguard: Natalie Verrette


Natalie Verrette brings a mission to mortgage as the president and chief operating officer of Champions Funding, a wholesale CDFI and non-QM lender. The industry veteran brings an extensive understanding of operations, market development, recruiting, strategic partnerships and communications, which is steering the path of Champions. Verrette’s passion to serve the underserved ripples through the company from the programs offered to the people she brings onto the team.

During the past year, Verrette championed the launch of a new non-QM wholesale lender. Starting a company at any time presents obstacles. The tumultuous times presented in 2022 made it especially necessary to have the direction and guidance of a seasoned industry veteran who can mitigate risk while growing the company’s book of business through valuable offerings to the industry.

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

Maintain humility at all times.  While my knowledge is extensive, I know there is always a better way. Embracing change and adapting to it keeps organizations relevant.  Many leaders perfect their way and are not open to change processes or ideas from entry-level team members.


Natalie Verrette


President and Chief Operating Officer

Company Name:

Champions Funding

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