William Ross to retire after 45-year career in mortgage banking

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (March 23, 2021) -- William Ross, president – debt and equity, plans to retire from NorthMarq after 45 years in the commercial real estate mortgage banking industry, 12 of which were with NorthMarq.  His last day with the company will be March 31.

“Ending my career at NorthMarq is special, as not everywhere has the culture and camaraderie we enjoy,” he said. “As I leave NorthMarq, I know the future will be bright as the company is in the capable hands of many younger leaders who will further expand the growth of the company.” 

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Weidell has worked with Ross since 2009 when he joined the company, leveraging a relationship they had as competitors for many years. “William has been nothing but a plus for NorthMarq, boosting its people and commitment to clients 100 percent of the time,” he said.

Ross joined NorthMarq from GMAC/Capmark Finance as a member of the Executive Committee, focusing on leadership of the production offices, recruitment of new debt and equity experts, and oversight of the production and analyst conferences. In 2017, he received the Mortgage Bankers Association Distinguished Service award. He was also recognized with NorthMarq’s top production award in 2019.

He began his career at Bright Mortgage Company in 1976, and became a founding principal of Keystone Mortgage in 1989, which in 2000 was sold to GMAC Commercial Mortgage (subsequently renamed Capmark Finance). As executive vice president at Capmark Finance, he managed the company’s nationwide mortgage banking network. Ross has served on the executive council of the real estate finance and investment center at the University of Texas, on numerous life company correspondent advisory councils, and on the Mortgage Bankers Association COMBOG Board. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and real estate from Southern Methodist University.