2022 Rising Star: Chris Channell


Mortgage industry leader Chris Channell has achieved more in the past several years than many hope to accomplish in their entire careers. Since joining Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. as a regional vice president in 2018, he has taken a group of four employees and built a team of more than 100 spanning half the country and ranking among the top-performing residential mortgage groups in the nation. With his talents for leadership, sales and finance, Channell has made an outsized impact to the organization, his home D.C. metro region and the mortgage industry as a whole.

When Channell joined Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp., the company had virtually no presence in the Washington, D.C. area. Channell proved himself to be a natural recruiter and team-builder as he attracted new talent and opened a second branch. 

He continued originating mortgages at a high level, with Mortgage Executive Magazine recognizing him on their Top 200 Mortgage Originators in America 2020 list. He recruited more than 75 loan officers and support staff to join his group along with their branch locations in Ohio, Texas and Louisiana.

What is one thing you would tell a younger version of yourself?

Become a professional and learn every aspect of the business so you are a value-add to everyone around you in your field. 


Chris Channell




Regional VP

Company Name:

Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

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