(WICHITA, Kan.) – Nancy Mills has been hired as a mortgage lender at Bell Bank Mortgage, a mortgage company with a 130-year history and an expanding footprint in several U.S. regional markets.
Bell Bank Mortgage was founded in 1880 by early Minneapolis, Minn., civic leader David C. Bell. Today, the company is Minnesota’s largest residential mortgage originator, with thousands of family mortgages to its name. It has been named among America’s Top Mortgage Employers by National Mortgage Professional Magazine.
Bell’s mortgage division is backed by the financial strength of Bell Bank, one of the nation’s largest independently owned banks, with more than $6 billion in assets and 1,500 employees. Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Fargo, N.D., Bell has full-service banking and mortgage locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Arizona, and has opened additional mortgage offices in Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee and Florida. Bell Bank has been named among the World’s Best Banks by Forbes and is on Fortune’s Great Places to Work list for financial services and insurance companies.
At a time when many mortgage companies are tightening operations due to market challenges, Bell is actively expanding and recruiting in several new regions.
Kansas is a new market for Bell’s mortgage division. Mills, who has 23 years of experience in the mortgage field, served as vice president/mortgage originator at Bank of the West in Wichita for 6 years prior to joining Bell Bank Mortgage.
“We are proud to join forces with a respected and experienced local professional like Nancy,” said Greg Gunn, vice president/Midwest regional manager for Bell Bank Mortgage. “This market is an attractive strategic fit for our regional growth, and we are excited for Nancy to have all the resources and programs at Bell available to people looking to finance or refinance their home in the Wichita area.”
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Mills added, “Becoming part of the Bell family allows me to offer even more loan options to fit what homebuyers are looking for. I’m excited to join this growing company and provide a top destination for building mortgage relationships.”