A Secret Handshake, Scientology, and a New Guy
So there’s this new guy working here named Shane. Shane is a mortgage banker. He’s also a bit ornery but for some reason I like him anyway. He used to work for a crazy boss who was BFFs with John Travolta, too. Y’all just need to read on…
The Church of Mortgageology
An Interview with Sassy Mortgage Banker, Shane Davis
Just the Assistant: First things first, why do you think you can sass me?
[Note: Shane sassed me a couple of weeks ago and I threatened to write a whole blog post about his attitude.]
Shane (obviously not hearing my question): Did you see I put up some new pictures of my kid on Facebook?
[He had actually emailed me a few hours earlier to tell me he put new pictures up of his son. I’m not making this up.]
Just the Assistant: Mm hmm. So cute. Now listen, how long have you been in this business?
SD: Since 2006. I started working in Dallas at this company that was straight off of Boiler Room. The owner of the company would go to these big marketing conferences that were all hosted by Scientology – he was a Scientologist – and then he’d come back and change things at the company.
[Note: You should totally see Boiler Room.]
JTA: Wait a minute. Scientology? Did Tom Cruise work there, too?
SD: No, but my boss was friends with him, and one time after one of those conferences, John Travolta flew my boss back to Dallas on his private jet.
JTA: Shut UP! Wait a minute. What kind of place was this? Are you nuts?
SD: It was crazy. I was only there a year. Sometimes if my boss was having a bad day, he’d just fire people.
JTA: That won’t happen here. The ole Bosses are typically pretty level-headed. Except for this one time I forgot to order lunch for an event and James went bananas on me. And I’ve never heard them mention Tom Cruise when discussing their weekend plans. Did you go to college?
SD: Yeah I went to Texas Tech and got a degree in marketing and management.
JTA (immediately cautious of a power struggle like Dwight on “The Office”): Wait a minute. Management? Are you trying to get James’ job? Oh no, you aren’t like Dwight are you?
SD: I had James’ job at my former company.
JTA: You were a manager? Oh my gosh, this can’t be good. I’ve got to warn James. Why did you come here if you were the manager?
SD: My former company took 40 days for underwriters to approve loans.
JTA: I don’t know what that means. How long does it take Envoy?
SD: 48 hours.
JTA: Oh, well that’s quite good. Do you like it here? I mean, why else did you come to work here?
SD: Gobe was the reason. I trust her. She’s been telling me to come on board for a while. James looked like an honest guy as well. You can tell when someone is sincere or is just telling you what you want to hear. I like the fact that it’s extremely hard to impress me…and I was impressed with the systems in place and the knowledge. What I can tell already, is Envoy is three steps ahead of everyone else…I know because I’ve worked at and know people who are at “everyone else.”
JTA: Oh yes, I forgot you are friends with Gobe [another of our famous mortgage bankers]. How do you know her?
SD: Her husband and I were pledge brothers. I was in their wedding.
JTA: Pledge brothers? That’s so weird. Do y’all have a secret handshake?
JTA: Well? What is it? Show me the shake.
JTA: That is so weird. That is just so weird. Do your clients know about this? And speaking of clients, I know you get a lot of repeat business. Why do folks come back to you?
SD: I do what I say I’m going to do. Even if it’s hard, I get the job done. And I don’t tell people what they want to hear. I tell them the truth.
JTA: You’re doing an interesting loan right now for a client. What is it?
SD: It’s a loan for people who want to buy or refinance a home and tie in some funds for home repairs or remodeling into the mortgage. It’s not for anything structural like adding on a room, but for remodeling a kitchen or putting down new floors, it’s perfect. It’s called a 203K…
[He told me all the details, but I lost interest. If you want to know more, he’s happy to give you the whole scoop – Sdavis@envoymortgage.com]
JTA: That’s cool. Do you do normal loans too?
SD: I do everything.
JTA: What does your wife think about how sassy you are?
SD: She’s worse than me!
JTA: Oh my gosh, y’all are like a match made in Heaven. Are y’all the people who take one picture of your child every day of his life so you can have some flipbook thing at his high school graduation party?
SD: No. I just put pictures up on Facebook because our families live out of town.
JTA: Okay, I’ll give you that. I totally get it because my mom is all the time, “How’s Cowboy?” and I’m like, oh yeah I need to put up some more pictures of my dog. Alright Shane, thanks for your time. Now go answer all those phone calls!
If you’d like to get sassed by Shane or view the Facebook album of his son’s whole life, you can find Shane’s info on my fancy Who’s Who page. And while you do that, I’m off to contact his old boss about hooking me up to meet Suri Cruise so she can help me go viral.