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I grew up in a town called Streamwood, Illinois which is a blue collar community located about 40 miles outside of Chicago with my 2 sisters and brother. Various teachers/school counselors gave me enough encouragement that I started to believe that I could accomplish anything that I focused on.
While I was in high school, I mentored closely with our high school counselor, Melvin Peters who inspired me to apply for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. I had to compete with many deserving young men for only one Congressional slot from Chicago and the outlying suburban areas. Even though I did not receive an immediate appointment to West Point for the next academic year in 1972, I was selected to attend the United States Military Academy Prep School in Fort Belvoir, VA. I was admitted to West Point the following year in 1973 and graduated in 1977. This was an incredible experience and gave me valuable life lesssons that will alway be applicable no matter what path I choose. So many of my high school and college peers have made great contributions to our military and civilian professions
I served a multitude of leadership and staff positions in Infantry and support units, and was especially grateful and humbled for the opportunity to work with courageous young men in infantry units. I left active duty after the first gulf war to pursue a growing interest in the financial services industry, which lead me to being a mortgage banker and broker. I have been in this field for over 10 years, and chose this field over many others because I saw that my values of integrity, compassion and community could make a real difference in the lives of hard working families wanting to build a better life for their families.
My attitude is that I can assist every family no matter what their circumstances are, because to me it’s about empowering my clients with home financing knowledge that gives them the confidence to make informed decisions based upon THEIR overall financial goals. No matter what my client’s financial status is, everyone gets treated with the same compassion and respect.
I have been married for over 18 years now to my business partner, Yvette(she IS my best friend) and I have two beautiful daughters. Collette is 32 years old and lives in Seattle WA area, and serves as the Director of Business Operations at Appraisal Management Services Northwest and our 17 year old daughter, Mikhaella, swims for the Puget Sound Aquatics Club in Tacoma, WA and attends Curtis High School(and the Tacoma Community College Running Start) as a 4.0 student. Our “surprise” 4 year old son, Vance Jr keeps us young and out of breath! Our Shitzu / Maltese mix, 8 year old “Snuggles” has also trained our family very well. We have attended St Charles Borromeo Church in University Place, WA since my wife and I married in 1996. We have a 2nd Residence in the Philippines outside the city of Naval, Biliran Province, Leyte Island. Our home is just a 2 hour ride from the site of the famous beachhead General MacArthur established for the re liberation of the Philippines during WW2
I am happy to serve you and be your lifelong partner in home financing and always appreciate the referrals of friends and family. I am not a clock puncher, so you can reach me at any time that is convenient for you.
253-921-2934 ph, 1-866-595-0525 fax