MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (November 8, 2019) – William Ross, president-debt and equity, was selected as NorthMarq’s 2019 O’Brien/Klebenoff award winner, which was announced at the company’s annual production conference Nov. 4-6 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This annual award recognizes one leader who has made a long-term impact on our company,” said Eduardo Padilla, CEO. “William exemplifies the culture of NorthMarq, operating with integrity, deep industry and lender relationships, and a commitment to find new opportunities for growth,” said Padilla. “Most importantly, he is a close friend who has consistently represented loyalty and dedication to the company.”
The award, named for two long-time, well-respected former employees, Mike O’Brien and Marty Klebanoff, has been given annually for more than 30 years. “In receiving the prestigious O’Brien/Klebenoff award, I am deeply honored and humbled to be counted among the past recipients,” said Ross.
Ross, who joined the company ten years ago, was recognized for his role in leadership of the 37 production offices, recruitment of new debt and equity experts, and as a member of the Executive Committee.
He has been in the mortgage banking business since 1976 when he began his career at Bright Mortgage Company. In 1989, he was a founding principal of Keystone Mortgage, which in 2001 was sold to Capmark Finance (formerly GMAC Commercial Mortgage). As executive vice president at Capmark Finance, he managed the company’s nationwide mortgage banking network.
William 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 including Aegon USA Realty Advisors, Allstate Insurance Company and Nationwide Life Insurance Company, and on the Mortgage Bankers Association COMBOG Board. He was honored by the MBA in 2017 with the Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) Distinguished Service Award.
Ross 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. He is a licensed real estate broker in Texas and chair of the Dallas-area Salvation Army.