SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shashank Shekhar, Founder and CEO of InstaMortgage, a technology-focused mortgage lender licensed in 26 states, today announced its commitment to relaunch and host the California Mortgage Bankers Association (California MBA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Podcast.
This bi-monthly podcast brings together the personal stories of the diverse workforce that supports the mortgage industry. Shekhar will also integrate lending opportunity strategies available throughout the California mortgage space and beyond, drawing on his own extensive personal business history as well as his guests. Penultimately, each episode will celebrate those working together to craft a future for the housing finance industry that is a perfect and equal union.
“The mortgage industry is filled with great people who are focused on providing homeownership opportunities,” Shekhar said. “I’ve always been inspired by the people I meet in this industry. This podcast gives listeners the opportunity to join me as I learn about each guest and share their stories. »
The first episode to relaunch the podcast, available today, features a lively discussion from Shekhar outlining his and the California DE&I MBA Board’s vision for the future of the podcast. In the second episode, launching in two weeks, Paul Gigliotti, founder of AXIS Lending Academy, talks about his personal challenges to succeeding in the mortgage industry as an openly gay man.
“I was told that I would never meet the love of my life, that I would never have children,” Gigliotti confesses to Shekhar in the second episode. “I was told that I couldn’t be a respectable person in a profession because I was different. It really played a number on my head. Today, Gigliotti is married, has children, and now runs several mortgage operations, including a non-profit organization that aims to train the next generation of mortgage professionals.
The California MBA is committed to creating a better corporate culture for the mortgage banking industry through resources and services like this podcast.
“We wanted an industry leader with deep experience in mortgage diversity, equity and inclusion to host our podcast relaunch,” said California MBA DE&I Committee Chair Ian Rambarran. “We found Shashank to be the perfect host. His story of personal growth is inspiring and he has the unique ability to encourage our guests and motivate our listeners.
Shekhar is one of the nation’s leading mortgage experts and the author of Amazon’s bestselling book, My First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Realizing the Ultimate American Dream. He is an avid blogger and his blogs are regularly featured on some of the top loan and real estate websites. He is celebrated for his entrepreneurial spirit and has been awarded for the extraordinary growth of his business. For his mortgage expertise, Shekhar has been featured in various media including Yahoo! News, FOX, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and countless others.
Starting today, June 23, the California MBA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion podcast will be available on major podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. New episodes will drop twice a month.
To share your story and be considered for a chance to appear on the podcast, contact show producer Jacob Gaffney at [email protected]
About the California Mortgage Bankers Association
The California MBA is the only statewide association solely dedicated to representing the real estate finance industry in California by providing on-the-ground advocacy before the state legislature and before government agencies and regulators . The California MBA also hosts numerous educational conferences, webinars, and programs to keep you up to date with the latest information and analysis. Plus, they offer their members and the industry valuable networking opportunities to help you find new business opportunities.
Originally founded in 2008 by Shashank Shekhar as Arcus Lending, the company rebranded as InstaMortgage in 2021. InstaMortgage aims to deliver a radically different mortgage experience to its customers in 26 states. By combining their superior technology with expert advice, excellent customer service and competitive rates, they offer mortgage options tailored to each client’s unique financial situation. The company was named to the Inc 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies and recognized in the mortgage industry as one of the best producers and one of the best places to work. InstaMortgage, dba Arcus Lending Inc, NMLS 1035734