38 episodes

Spark The Conversation enables our employees to share their stories and what makes them unique. We embrace our differences and celebrate that our collection of individual experiences make us stronger through our diversity.

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Spark The Conversation enables our employees to share their stories and what makes them unique. We embrace our differences and celebrate that our collection of individual experiences make us stronger through our diversity.

    Katie Amundson

    Katie Amundson

    Welcome to the Spark The Conversation Podcast where we get to know individuals around Pulte Financial Services, what makes them unique and the collection of experiences they bring to our team and customers. This month we're talking with Katie Amundson, who is the Regional Sales Manager for Central, North and Southeast Florida. Did you know that Katie….
    Katie has been with PulteMortgage for 18 years and loves mentoring and developing team members Was born and raised in Quebec City, Canada and her first language is French First learned English when her family moved to Calgary Furthered her English speaking at Nova scotia University where she earned a business degree Self-described as passionate, dedicated, and friendly – has a contagious smile and laugh Has two daughters ages 11 and 22. Her oldest daughter just graduated from Seattle University and her youngest is a competitive dancer training at the Parker School for Performing Arts Loves to travel and spends the weekends skiing and doing outdoor activities. Her family’s favorite ski resort is Monarch Finds personal and family wellbeing (her happy place) with playing board games and reading teen books in French to her 11-year-old

    • 15 min
    Ryan Brown

    Ryan Brown

    Show Notes:
    Welcome to the "Spark The Conversation" Podcast where we get to know individuals around Pulte Financial Services, what makes them unique and the collection of experiences they bring to our team and customers.
     
    This month we're talking with Ryan Brown, VP of Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Solutions.
    Ryan followed in his Dad's footsteps who was an Engineer Started programming software at the age of five with a TRS Tandy home computer - his first software program was Pong Stared his undergraduate education studying Psychology and then changed routes to work as a software developer Ryan found that he could solve problems and delight people using technology Enjoys spending time with his family and considers them his heart and soul Enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, biking and hiking Recently took a father/son trip to an Japanese animation (Anime) Planning a trip to Maui to visit family this Summer Enjoys bringing fun to work and likes sparking conversations with interesting Teams background images Being outside is a magical potion for his wellbeing

    • 15 min
    Katie Vigil

    Katie Vigil

    Welcome to the "Spark The Conversation" Podcast where we get to know individuals around Pulte Financial Services, what makes them unique and the collection of experiences they bring to our team and customers. This month we're talking with Katie Vigil, who is the VP of Product Development and System Support. Did you know that Katie…
    Attended nursing school and has experience a cadaver lab. Worked as a teller, personal banker and an investment banker where she still felt like she was helping people . Became a mortgage specialist at her bank and fell in love with mortgage banking. Worked in a number of mortgage banking roles including running a lock desk, originating loans, product development and has helped with LOS and pricing engine implementations. Has three daughters and one boy. She runs around on the weekend with Karate, Football, Soccer and loves trips to the mountains with her family. She takes care of herself by exercising and trying to eat well. Always taking care of others and now taking care of her own appointments.

    • 16 min
    Lichelle Augustson

    Lichelle Augustson

    Welcome to the "Spark The Conversation" Podcast where we get to know individuals around Pulte Financial Services, what makes them unique and the collection of experiences they bring to our team and customers. This month we're talking with Lichelle Augustson, who is the Pulte Mortgage New Hire Supervisor over the MB1 Program.  Did you know this about Lichelle?
     
    Graduated from the University of Colorado.
    One of her first jobs after college was working retail at Mervyn's in the Boulder mall.
    She started at PulteMortgage in 2003 in the MB1 program for Loan Consultants.
    One of her first manager roles was in the Nevada market where learned new parts of the business.
    During the mortgage market downturn, Lichelle pursued an interest and went to Cosmetology School around 2009.
    Lichelle returned to Pulte Mortgage a few years later as an OPS and then moved into her current role in 2017 as MB1 Manager
    One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to know new people and then having connections with them wherever they go in the organization.
    Lichelle and her wife Glenda spend their weekends with their Terrier Jack, who was a rescue.
    They also enjoy traveling and cruises in particular. They have traveled all over Europe and they plan to take a cruise in the New Zealand and Australia January 2022.

    • 18 min
    Ryan Frick

    Ryan Frick

    This month we're talking with Ryan Frick, who is a Loan Consultant on the Florida team.  You may know Ryan for his excellent customer service, but did you know Ryan….
    has worked at PulteMortage for the last two years used to be shy before he developed a lot of his customer service skills from working as a Starbucks Barista prior to Pulte While a Denver native, he has never been skiing.  He likes having the mountains in his backyard to go for hikes or what he calls “mini vacations” Enjoys traveling, exploring new places and road trips especially  He visited 28 States in 5 years and 15 national parks including, Death Valley, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Wants to visit Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth and Justin Texas He also wants to visit the Orlando and Tampa Florida markets where he helps customers today Driving his Suburu WRX makes him happy Enjoys spending time with his nephew Conner New Years resolution to buy a new home

    • 16 min
    Rachel Weatherly

    Rachel Weatherly

    Welcome to the "Spark The Conversation" Podcast where we get to know individuals around Pulte Financial Services, what makes them unique and the collection of experiences they bring to our organization.  This month we're talking with Rachel Weatherly.  You may know Rachel as a Tax Research Specialist, but did you know this about Rachel?
     
    Rachel has an identical twin sister and comes from a long line of Colorado natives She saw her first Star Wars movie at the age of 7 with her sister and dad and is fan to this day There were 18 students in her graduating high school class Rachel majored in Communication with minors in History and Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado Just took a trip to Florida in May with her 11 year old son named Alexander Rachel has a lot of hobbies and keeps bees and chickens She belongs to a medieval recreation society called the Society of Creative Anachronism where she's learning to blow glass and archery In addition to blowing glass and archery, Rachel creates tumblers, does wood working, photography, crochets and enjoys reading She is currently reading Memoir of a Holocaust survivor and The Adventures of Tom Stranger

    • 11 min

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