A great mortgage loan officer will get the job done when a loan seems impossible. Ante Zlomislic is that guy. His in-depth understanding of the mortgage industry and transparent approach have allowed him to excel and thrive. Ensuring that every experience turns into a lasting relationship has allowed him to provide exceptional customer service and be a top performer. Ante is an asset to the AdvantageFirst Lending sales team and is our Employee Spotlight for August 2022.
Here’s a little more about him.
How long have you been at AFL:
I’ve worked at AFL for two stints. I initially worked here from January 2020 to April 2021, left for a short time, and came back in February 2022 until now – so let’s say 2.5 years 😊 I’ve worked in the mortgage industry since 2017.
What is your role:
I’m a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer and a “co-captain” of our sales team. I help the team make their loans work, answer questions, and fix problems on loans that pop up. I have a knack for loan guidelines and tricks to make loans work, and it’s probably my favorite part of the job to help my team make loans happen when it doesn’t look like we can.
Before working here, what was an interesting job you had:
My most interesting job was before getting into the mortgage industry. I worked for an Automotive PR firm that did vehicle launches for major brands like Volvo, McLaren, Kia, and others. I would help plan the events, and specifically, test drives. I would fly out to different parts of the country and “test drive” the roads. Basically, looking for the coolest possible drive that would suit the vehicle. We got to drive on racetracks, go off-roading, and look for cool spots and restaurants to stop at in the area. We were on the mission to find the “perfect road trip.” It was pretty cool to take a standard everyday car and push it to the limit on a racetrack. We also did a lot of auto shows across the country for clients. I traveled to almost every major auto show in the country and saw some cool cars!
What has been your favorite part of working here:
My favorite part of the job is when I get to help a customer through a complex transaction. I have done a lot of transactions where I know I am the only person who would have fought as hard to get the loan done and help the customer, which is a great feeling, especially when they are buying a home. I love the final call when I can tell someone they can close on the home of their dreams. Getting a mortgage can sometimes be stressful, so I love calling to say they are done. I can hear the weight and stress lifting off their shoulders! Also, the co-workers and the camaraderie in the office are awesome!
If you could work in another position at AFL, what it would be:
This is the only job I’d want to do!
What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work:
I have played soccer all my life, so that’s a big hobby. I have coached for the past 12 years or so since I was in college. I have coached club soccer in south Orange County and private training for players. I love helping players reach their potential and love seeing their progress after working with me.
What is your hidden talent:
I can do many cool tricks with a soccer ball, but that’s about it!
What is your favorite quote:
My favorite quote is the “Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt – “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”