Atlantic Bay Mortgage Opens Two Offices in Tennessee

Virginia Beach, VA – Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group opened offices this month in the towns of Kingsport and Maryville in Tennessee, expanding mortgage-lending options to several communities in the region.

On February 3, 2016, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce was on site at 2412 Memorial Boulevard in
Kingsport for a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. Attendees at the ceremony were Atlantic Bay Mortgage Bankers, Rhonda Manis, Denise Dula and Wendy Baker, Kingsport’s Vice Mayor Mike McIntire, Atlantic Bay Executive Vice President of Strategic Growth Justin Caplan, Atlantic Bay Kingsport Branch Manager Rhenda Dye, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Banker Cindy Greene (serving Maryville, TN), Atlantic Bay East TN Area Manager Leanne Grigsby, and Alderman Darrell Duncan. Also attending were Atlantic Bay Mortgage Banker Doris Beavers, Fire Chief Craig Dye and Alderman Colette George.

On February 4, 2016, the Blount Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon cutting at 1778 W. Lamar Parkway, Maryville, TN. Mayor Tom Taylor officiated. Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group employees attending were Justin Caplan, Larry Miller, Cindy Greene, Ron Daughtrey, Lisa Romines, Rhenda Dye, Leeann Holsomback, and Le Anne Grigsby, and approximately 135 local realtors and business people. The branch manager of this location is Le Anne Grigsby.

“We look forward to community involvement with the local Chamber, Realtor and Homebuilder Associations in our area as well as serving our local charities and non-profit organizations as a part of our ABMG Cares initiative. We pledge to provide the finest personal service to our clients, who will enjoy the entire mortgage process and become a client for life. We are proud to serve you as the newest mortgage lender in your community!” – Rhenda Dye, Branch Manager

Atlantic Bay Employees Pay it Forward

Virginia Beach, VA – Atlantic Bay Cares (ABCares) is the community outreach arm of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group with the primary goal of changing lives in communities through doing good and giving back.

In the month of February, ABCares has been encouraging employees to “Pay it Forward” by completing random acts of kindness. No act is too small, from buying someone a cup of coffee to surprising community service workers with lunch or snacks. “Kindness Cards” are given during the act of kindness, encouraging the recipient to keep the kindness flowing by paying it forward.

In conjunction with Random Acts of Kindness week February 14 – 20, 2016, two of Atlantic Bay’s offices spread some kindness to police and fire departments in their communities.

On National Kindness Day, February 17, 2016, Atlantic Bay’s Charlotte Operations employees brought Firehouse Subs to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Westover Division in Charlotte, NC.

“We wanted to not only introduce ourselves to the neighborhood, since we just moved into the area that they patrol at the end of December, but we also wanted to show our appreciation for everything that they do on a daily basis,” states Kevin Newton, Closer for Atlantic Bay.

“It was one of the nicest, kindest things anyone has done for us,” says Sgt. Cherry of CMPD. “Around 40-50 officers were able to enjoy the food throughout the day and it was greatly appreciated.”

Then, wrapping up the week, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group’s Maryville, TN mortgage bankers delivered Girl Scout cookies to the Maryville City Fire and Police Departments on February 19, 2016.

The idea occurred to them during a staff meeting and they immediately put the wheels in motion to purchase three cases of Girl Scout cookies and deliver them.

Le Anne Grigsby, Area Manager for Atlantic Bay, states, “We’re paying it forward to our local fire and police departments! What better way than a case of the all-American Girl Scout Cookies! Thank you Maryville City Fire and Police Departments for serving our community! We hope to continue the random acts and make them part of our monthly routine at the Maryville Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. No reason to save such fun for once a year!”

Random Act of Kindness – Jake Whitaker

The Infrastructure department’s Jake Whitaker was flying out of Norfolk to visit Kenny Tyler’s branches and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to “Pay it Forward.” Jake encountered fellow surfer Matt who was traveling with his fiancé to Nicaragua to surf and do volunteer work. His duffel bag was full of pencils, pads, crayons and school supplies for the children in Nicaragua. Because they were paying it forward, Jake decided to pick up the tab for part of their luggage fees.

“They were stoked that ABMG picked up $50 of their $150 luggage bill,” states Jake.

Now, that’s one way to make waves with one random act of kindness.

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5 Tips for Volunteering in Winter Weather

When the weather outside is frightful, your gratitude attitude can still be delightful.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from helping out your favorite charities when the temperatures drop and your desire to hibernate is at a high.

Here are some things you can do this winter!

1. Take the plunge! The polar plunge, that is. Many areas offer some sort of activity that involves dashing into cold water in the name of charity. If getting cold and wet doesn’t sound appealing, you can still help out in other ways such as handing out warm drinks, selling t-shirts, helping with enrollment, leading a fundraiser, or simply cheering people on. Check out this link http://polarplunge.com/ to see if there is something in your area. Many of the events support the Special Olympics. So, be brrrrrave this winter and help make a splash.
2. Make it micro! Did you know that there’s something called “microvolunteering” that gives people like you and me the opportunity to do good things in small chunks of time and on our own terms. It doesn’t cost anything and you can pick and choose what you are able to do. Sounds like a win-win to me. Check out this link for more information: http://helpfromhome.org/
3. Get crafty and snuggly, too. The Snuggles Project is looking for people who are crafty to crochet, knit or sew blankets for animals in shelters. We all love the comfort of a warm, cozy blanket. Animals are no different. Check out the project at: http://www.snugglesproject.org/
4. Use your voice. Literally. The Learning Ally project helps provide audio books to those with visual or learning disabilities. If you’ve been told you have a great voice or if you just like to read books, you could record books in the comfort of your own home for others to enjoy. If you have a professional recording studio in your home or office, you can even head up a group project. Application and information is available at: http://www.learningally.org
5. Get matched. We’re not talking about dating here. However, finding the right charity can feel like finding the right date. If you just don’t know where to start, try VolunteerMatch. This organization will help you find a charity and then available opportunities, many of which can be done at home or indoor.

Don’t let the shorter days and chilly weather keep you from volunteering. Every little bit helps!

Charlotte Chenette – Employee Spotlight

With more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of accounting, it’s no wonder that Charlotte Chenette fits right into her Accounts Payable role in the Finance and Accounting department at Atlantic Bay.

She joined the Atlantic Bay family in September 2014 when a need for less stress and more balance in her life prompted a career change. If you’ve ever needed reimbursed for something here, most likely, Charlotte has been involved. That’s just one of the many things she lists as her responsibilities. She does it all with a smile.

“Integrity, professionalism, honesty and the ability to get along with others are key to a person’s success,” she states about working at Atlantic Bay.

An interesting thing you might not know about Charlotte is that she is a skilled diver and has been involved in turtle rescue missions in Mexico. She loves any sort of water activity and is even involved in rescue and recovery diving in Chesapeake.

Ashley Green – Employee Spotlight

Ashley Green, Compliance Team Lead, started her career with Atlantic Bay in July 2013 as an Operations trainee, with the possibility of being a processor but was quickly tagged to the Compliance department.

Her previous experience at a large financial institution provided her with skills that she was able to apply to the world of compliance. She enjoys being a go-to person who involved in the day-to-day operations of getting files audit-ready, whether it is answering questions, reviewing reports or just encouraging her teammates to do their best.

“In my previous job, I was a little jaded from seeing the Collections side of things. It seemed like I only saw the bad side of the business, but it’s not like that here. It’s a different world here. Everyone is positive, friendly and helpful. We’re helping people live the American Dream,” she states of the transition from her former role to her new role.

Outside of Atlantic Bay, Ashley enjoys hanging out with her dog, Henry, going to the beach, biking, and trying out the “locals’ favorites” restaurants in the area.

Pat Nocella – Employee Spotlight

Bringing a background in real estate and property management to Atlantic Bay in 2012, Pat Nocella brought A-game customer service skills with her. Initially, she assisted with the shipping process and then the government desk but was quickly promoted to Compliance within her first year. Then, in 2015, she took on responsibilities supporting the government desk again, something she enjoys because of the variety in the work.

“I always end up where I’m supposed to be. Things happen for a reason,” she states of her career path.

She states that it’s the Atlantic Bay way to take a person and ask, “Will this person be a good fit?” and then try to find the department and role in which they will be most successful.

“Open your heart and your head. Pay attention to what people are teaching you. Enjoy yourself,” she offers as advice to those just joining the company.

Pat considers herself a quiet person who enjoys cooking, reading and watching television. She also enjoys spending time with her family.

Shanti Mullen – Employee Spotlight

With a background in legal matters and having no previous mortgage experience, Shanti Mullen was a little bit nervous when she accepted a position in the finance department in August 2014. She was also excited about the opportunity and made it her mission to do it well. A little over a year later, she was promoted from assistant finance clerk to finance clerk.

“I love the company’s culture. I also love that if you put your foot to the ground and work hard, you will get recognized and you can work your way up. If I do well and the company flourishes, I will want to do better. It’s a win-win,” states Shanti of Atlantic Bay’s culture.

Shanti applies a positive attitude and can-do mindset to everything she does. She supports a charity that helps disenfranchised kids and families. She has a creative side that she channels through sewing and singing. She loves to make clothing that you can’t find in stores.

She offers advice to new hires to take time to get to know the business and the people. “One thing you do may impact another person and it’s good to know how it all comes together, “ she says. “Also take time to enjoy yourself. This company is the bomb! You’ll feel appreciated and want to be part of it forever.”

Betty Yungk – Employee Spotlight

Betty Yungk, PST Manager, needed a career change and a family connection led her to Atlantic Bay in October 1998. She started with the company as a processing assistant and receptionist and moved into roles in Processing for a decade and then Underwriting for six years. She was promoted to PST Manager in early 2015.

Betty has loved every position she has held because of the different challenges and variety of situations each one presented.

She believes that a person is able to be successful at Atlantic Bay if he/she is open to change and is adaptable in different environments.

“We’ve done so many things and are growing. You have to be able to adapt and be self-motivated. If you are a hard worker and a problem solver, you will succeed,” she offers as advice to new hires.

She also believes that the company is successful because of the management and leadership that support the mission of the company as well as the employees.

“We’re a family. You can talk to Brian or Stan. Management has an open door policy.”

When she’s not working, Betty enjoys reading, football, and spending time with her family.

Sue Peach – Employee Spotlight

Sue Peach, Processing Team Lead, has been with Atlantic Bay practically from the beginning of its existence and has been immersed in the processing world since her first day. She has also helped with compliance and other tasks, but processing is where her heart is.

Prior to coming to Atlantic Bay, Sue worked for nearly 20 years in banking, and then a moment of serendipity connected her with a member of the Atlantic Bay sales team and a new career opportunity.

Sue enjoys processing because every file is different and each time she does her job, she knows she is helping the borrower get one step closer to homeownership.

“The sky’s the limit here if you have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, the ability to give more than 100%, and are open to learning new things,” Sue states about the culture at Atlantic Bay.

When Sue isn’t at work, she enjoys travelling, especially when that travel involves one of the sunny President’s Club trips she has been fortunate to win in the past. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

One of Sue’s favorite quotes is “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” Steve Jobs