2021 Vanguard: Dale Vermillion

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Over his four-decade career  in the mortgage industry, Dale Vermillion has influenced every aspect of the origination process. As an award-winning trainer, Vermillion has transformed the cultures, priorities and processes of hundreds of sales and operations teams across the nation. As a consultant, he has guided large and small lenders, third-party vendors and fintech disruptors to offer greater value to their customers and partners. And as a consumer advocate, he has offered timeless advice to millions of consumers through regular appearances on nationally syndicated radio and his book, Navigating the Mortgage Maze.

The pandemic proved what many in the industry already knew to be true: even the most disruptive lenders need trustworthy sounding boards who can help them meet customer and partner expectations in an evolving market, and Vermillion is exactly that.

Over the past 12 months, Vermillion’s influence on the success of individuals and companies within the industry has reached new heights. Vermillion pushed his team to find new and creative ways to engage every member of the industry, from CEOs to individual loan officers and operations team members to consumers.

That push resulted in two sponsored thought leadership series, the development of the first-ever self-hosted podcast series, a complete overhaul of the virtual talent development platform, Mortgage Champions Online, the launch of a digital credentialing platform for LendingTree University, and several top-tier podcast appearances. Mortgage Champions also saw a triple-fold expansion of its client base, all while delivering a suite of new enterprise and non-enterprise customer solutions.

What has been the secret to your success?

“First, having great mentors and a teachable spirit. From a young age I learned the importance of learning from those who have already succeeded instead of trying to figure it out on your own.”


Dale Vermillion


Founder & CEO

Company Name:

Mortgage Champions

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