Melanie Taliaferro joins American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc.
as National Director of Sales Development and Training

American Mortgage & Equity Consultants, Inc. (AMEC), a rapidly expanding Minnesota-based mortgage lender, led by CEO Todd Ellestad, announced that Austin’s Melanie Taliaferro has been hired to the position of National Director of Sales Development and Training. Taliaferro is implementing a purpose-built program designed to teach, coach, and mentor both new and experienced loan originators, along with support staff. She and her local team will continue to serve clients and referral partners through originating loans and hosting training events. 

Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Harazin praised Taliaferro's achievements, stating: "Melanie and her team have built a hugely successful mortgage operation in Austin, and we will heavily rely on their expertise to expand our footprint in the great state of Texas. Top to bottom, Melanie's group is talented, experienced, and professional. We are impressed by the collaborative approach they take to everything they do from loan production to customer service to team training efforts. We are thrilled to have them on board. Melanie's extensive mortgage experience and creative, enthusiastic approach to training and mentoring will be incredibly valuable to the AMEC team."

Taliaferro noted, "I greatly admire AMEC's dedication to raising the bar in mortgage lending and company performance through improved education and training. I have learned that there is endless opportunity in this space to drive chance, starting with integrating more innovative, interactive, and creative training initiatives. Together we will establish a foundation that drives strategically-improved best practices, loan quality, employee engagement, and positive adaptation. I am incredibly excited for this new opportunity and look forward to all that we can accomplish together."

Taliaferro joins AMEC in 2017 after most recently serving as Producing Branch Manager for SWBC Mortgage in Austin, Texas. The mortgage industry has been Melanie's home since she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has over 14 years of mortgage industry expertise as a branch manager, loan originator, and loan processor. 

Taliaferro has received multiple top producer awards and accolades including being recognized as a Top 1% Lender by Mortgage Executive Magazine and receiving designations as a Five Star Professional, Austin Monthly Magazine Top Mortgage Professional, and nominee for Austin's Top 40 Under 40. 

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