About Mark J. Hanna
As Chairman and CEO, Mark J. Hanna founded Directors Mortgage in 1998 with a passion for serving people and a love for numbers. Through decades of building a strong company focused on clients’ mortgage needs and the client experience, he has expanded the company to more than 30 locations across the West Coast.
Mark leads with a balanced focus on client satisfaction, streamlining operations, risk management, regulatory compliance, external economic factors, innovation and growth. With the future and long-term success in mind, he works to identify and seize opportunities that make sense for the right reasons. These strategic business decisions consistently give Directors Mortgage the momentum to make large strides. In 2006, he launched a wholesale division, USA Direct Funding, to expand Directors Mortgage’s exceptional in-house mortgage banking capabilities. In 2009, Mark launched Market Appraisals, an appraisal management company, with the goal to better serve clients through the appraisal process.
Mindful of his lending practices and with a constant focus on integrity, Mark expanded and advanced the company even throughout the housing financial crisis and Great Recession ranging from 2007 through 2009. While many other mortgage companies were closing their doors, Directors Mortgage was growing – a true testament to Mark’s strategic business planning and leadership.
A top priority for Mark has always been to hire and retain talented professionals, whom he strives to inspire and empower. And in 2017, as an expansion of his commitment to take care of Directors Mortgage team members, he launched a companywide profit-sharing plan.
Grateful for his success, Mark has always been committed to giving back to the community through philanthropic efforts earning Directors Mortgage recognition as one of the Top Philanthropic Companies every year since 2001. He has also held several board seats with local nonprofits over his many years of local, impactful leadership.
Personal Achievements & Recognition:
- Top 40 Under 40; 30 Under 30 – Business Journal
- Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
- Top 100 Mortgage Originator in the Nation
- Honors Graduate – Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration & Management, University of San Diego
- Paul Harris Member
- Spirit of Hope Award, American Cancer Society
OUR COMMUNITY PROMISE
Directors Mortgage was founded on the principle of giving back to the communities we call home. We support local hospitals, schools, mentorship programs, sports organizations and more. Directors Mortgage is recognized and awarded in the community for corporate philanthropy. We donate time and money each year to organizations that make a positive difference in our neighborhoods and our world.
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