FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Chesterfield, MO (July 28, 2015) – Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc., is saddened to announce that the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, James E. Dean, passed away on July 24, 2015, from natural causes. Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Angi Stevenson has appointed Brad Bradford, as Senior Vice President. Together they will lead Cornerstone through this difficult time. Mr. Bradford has been an integral part of Cornerstone since its early days and is fully committed to the future of the company.
Angi Stevenson stated, “I want to thank everyone for the generous outpouring of love and support. It is hard to express the sadness and grief that we are all feeling. As everyone knows, Jim was a force to be reckoned with. His drive and vision was second to none. He worked tirelessly to help build Cornerstone to what it is today.”
Ms. Stevenson added, “Jim and I focused on building the best team possible and Cornerstone has never been stronger from a financial or staffing perspective. We are committed to having strong and experienced leadership at Cornerstone. We will continue the company’s strategies, growth trajectory and record of service to our customers and partners. Our employee family will rally around each other and continue to improve upon Jim’s legacy. Our customers and real estate partners can be assured that Cornerstone will continue to exceed their expectations.”
James Dean and his business partner, Angi Stevenson co-founded Cornerstone in 1995. Cornerstone began as a two person lending team transforming into one of the fastest growing INC. 500/5000 companies, employing over 185 people with a lending presence in 8 states. Mr. Dean’s passion was to build a company that focused on the very best service for the customers’ home loan needs. He also took pride in Cornerstone’s staff and felt honored to be awarded as a top workplace by Workplace Dynamics and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for four years in a row.
About Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc.
Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. was founded by Jim Dean and current President/CEO Angi Stevenson in 1995. Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. is licensed in eight (8) states and has over 185 employees, with 16 locations and continues its rapid growth. Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. is an A+ accredited lender with the Better Business Bureau and continues to have an outstanding reputation. Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. secured approvals from all three federal agencies: Fannie Mae (2010), Ginnie Mae (2012) and Freddie Mac (2013). In addition, Cornerstone is also recognized as a Top USDA Lender in Missouri, currently holding the #3 ranking and is a ProLoan Approved Lender. Cornerstone has been featured as one of the fastest growing mortgage companies in America by INC. 500/5000 for four (4) years in a row. Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc. was named a Top 100 Mortgage Company in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine, is listed as one of the top-producing mortgage lenders in the country by Scotsman Guide, and Forbes Magazine has featured Angi Stevenson and Cornerstone. Regionally, the company has been the #1 fastest growing mortgage banker in Missouri for the last five (5) years and is currently the 2nd largest privately-held mortgage banker in the state. Cornerstone is also the 17th fastest growing privately-held company in the St. Louis region. Processing, underwriting and closing are completed locally by Cornerstone.
For More Information, Contact:
Angi Stevenson, President/CEO
Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc.
17280 N Outer 40 Rd., Suite 100
Chesterfield, MO 63005