About A.W. Pickel
A.W. Pickel, III is an avid pilot and grandfather. Having 11 grandchildren who want to go fishing and fly in the plane keeps A.W. busy and thrilled. A.W. is married to his wife, Diane, for the past 38 years and together they enjoy eating out, drinking wine, and making wine. Not to mention, visiting grandchildren. But you might want to know A.W.'s background in the mortgage industry. A.W. has been in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. He founded a leading regional mortgage lender in the mid-west. His vision took that company from its roots as a mortgage brokerage in Lenexa, Kansas, and grew it into a full-service mortgage banking operation operating in 40 states employing 550 people with over $2 billion in closed loans. Having sold that company in 2016, he thought he would retire but he is glad to be back with Hancock Mortgage Partners.
He served on the Freddie Mac Loan Prospector Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2009. From 2003 to 2005, he was also a member of the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Council. From 2003 to 2004, A.W. served as President of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB). During this time, he testified before members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding protecting homeowners from abusive lending practices. He has also served in many roles within the NAMB from 1995 through 2003, including seats on the Board of Directors and various committee chairs.
A.W. has been widely interviewed and quoted in the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, CNNfn, and the Washington Post, among others. Additionally, A.W. frequently speaks at industry conferences and contributes to mortgage industry publications.
A.W. received his Bachelors of Science in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended Wheaton Graduate School.