2021 HW Rising Star: Alec Hanson

Alec Hanson

Alec Hanson’s career in lending was off to a good start in 2004 as he was ranked the No. 1 rookie originator in the country by Scotsman Guide, with a personal best origination year of $185 million. Now, Hanson leads a $7 billion division for the No. 2 nonbank retail lender (No. 5 overall), is an author, podcast host and recognized thought-leader throughout the mortgage industry. Hanson leads by example, driving behavioral change and evolving the sales tactics of his team. He is also currently leading loanDepot in managing one of the largest salesforce teams, funding over $7 billion annually. Besides the coaching and mentoring, he performs for all the LOs at loanDepot, actively pushing the narrative forward publicly for all local mortgage professionals with a weekly podcast, live streaming coaching sessions and social media engagement.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Someone told me one day that I was an extra in the movie of someone else’s life. As a leader, that piece of advice has framed my leadership journey. When we as leaders realize it’s not about us, but rather about how we enrich, support, encourage, motivate, coach and inspire those around us, we transform our personal journey.”


Alec Hanson




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