Kelly Allison, SVP, New American Funding

by Atlanta Agent

Where did you grow up? California

What was your most interesting job before going into lending? Fashion career

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Exercise and meditate

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Jack Welch. Because was without a doubt the icon that lived the example of true leadership. He taught me go to the people not the boardroom.

Where is Atlanta’s best-kept secret? Marietta Square

What do you love most about the industry? The result of Realtors, builders and mortgage bankers all coming together for the betterment of the community through home ownership

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Creating consistent results

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

What’s your favorite meal in Atlanta? Mac’s Chop House

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The Herndon Home

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? Covid – and how to navigate through a global pandemic

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to know that I was an introvert in high school.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why? The Amalfi Coast because the family culture is the purist form of love and interaction with the simplest things in life. Eating, gathering and connecting.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the lending industry? Be organized, detailed and consistent. Basic fundamentals will create massive success.

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