2022 Rising Star: Samantha Funderburg


First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation’s vice president of learning and employee experience Samantha Funderburg leverages people experience to accelerate employee and company growth. She has an ability to understand employee needs and expectations while merging those with company goals. Funderburg has been instrumental in increasing employee engagement and satisfaction, modernizing and streamlining employee/leadership training and development and implementing strategies that prioritize the employee voice. 

Amid historic volume and 300% growth, Funderburg and her team remained focused on creating an overarching positive employee experience despite a shift to remote work and implemented programs that drove continued growth and enhanced employee satisfaction to an impressive 86 percent.

Funderburg personifies FGMC’s company values and demonstrates excellence with an effortless drive to create valuable and positive change. Funderburg’s ability to think outside the box has influenced FGMC to implement modern and effective employee engagement and training solutions conducive to a virtual work environment. 

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

Believe in yourself. Take risks, and don’t be afraid to fail.


Samantha Funderburg




VP, Learning & Employee Experience

Company Name:

First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation

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