In a critical stride for gender equality within the financial sector, Heather Devoto, Vice President and Branch Manager of First Home Mortgage Corporation in McLean, Virginia, has been honored in Mortgage Professional America magazine’s Elite Women of 2023 list.
The annual catalog celebrates women who are successfully challenging gender disparities in leadership roles and societal norms within the mortgage and finance industry.
Devoto, a native of Arlington, Virginia, has been with First Home Mortgage since 2002, leading the McLean branch in a stellar career that saw her close over $1.4 billion in loans. She holds the record for the highest closed volume at First Home Mortgage, a testament to her professional prowess.
Devoto’s accomplishments extend beyond the corporate world. She is also a recognized television personality, hosting the Emmy-nominated show The American Dream. The nationwide program, which airs on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and the Travel Channel, spotlights lifestyle and real estate trends.
In February, Devoto was included in First Home Mortgage’s Mortgage Legends Panel, where she offered career guidance and industry insights to up-and-coming loan officers. She has been recognized as the Best Mortgage Professional four times by Washingtonian magazine and was named in Mortgage Executive Magazine’s list of Top 1% Mortgage Originators of 2018.
As an active philanthropist, Devoto involves herself in multiple charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mulholland Family Foundation, Women in Housing and Finance Foundation, Northern Virginia Alliance League, Langston Boulevard Alliance, N Street Village Women Empowerment, and Bridges to Independence.
In a statement, Devoto said, “The mortgage industry is not one that’s traditionally been open to women – but we’re changing that. There are still only a handful of women who hold top positions at financial institutions, which means as women we have to work extra hard. If you’re going to be a woman in this business, you have to work hard, study your craft, and always be willing to learn new things.”
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