HousingWire Honors Nik Athanasiou as a 2019 Insider
Chicago, Ill., September 19, 2019 -- Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation, congratulates Chief Operating Officer Nik Athanasiou, for being named a HousingWire 2019 Insider.
The honor is bestowed annually to “operational superstars” driving the housing industry who are absolutely essential to the performance of their companies within the housing space.
“Nik is certainly an individual who deserves recognition on HousingWire’s 2019 Insiders List,” said Victor Ciardelli, Founder and CEO of Guaranteed Rate. “Nik has played an integral role in the disciplined growth of our Company and his embodiment of our core values, as well as his commitment to our employees and customers, is unmatched. Nik’s rare combination of strategic insight combined with a hands-on ability to produce results have been an essential ingredient in Guaranteed Rate’s on-going success.”
Athanasiou, who oversees the Company’s national growth, received the Insider Award in response to the vision and strategic leadership he consistently provides to Guaranteed Rate. After opening the company’s first New England branch in Boston in 2009, he moved to the corporate headquarters in Chicago in 2011 to run Guaranteed Rate’s Direct Division. In less than two years, he guided an operation of 150 employees and $400 million in loan volume to one with 400 employees that funded $2 billion. Currently, Athanasiou runs operations and innovation for Guaranteed Rate Companies, which funded nearly $24 billion in 2018.
The results he’s delivered have been recognized throughout the mortgage industry. Crain’s Chicago Business included Nik in its prestigious “40 Under 40” list in 2017, noting the company’s rapid growth and his strategic leadership during his tenure.
Since 2000, Guaranteed Rate has built a foundation of delivering competitive pricing, mortgage products and unmatched expertise from its top-producing loan officers, helping thousands of customers move into their dream homes. The company introduced the world’s first Digital Mortgage, creating an easy-to-understand, transparent loan process, which has led to an industry-leading customer satisfaction rating and exponential growth.
About Guaranteed Rate Companies
Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has nearly 5,000 employees in over 350 offices across the U.S., and is licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded almost $24 billion in 2018. The Company has cemented itself as a Positively Different℠ mortgage lender by introducing innovative technology, such as the world's first Digital Mortgage, offering low rates and by delivering unparalleled customer service. 2017 marked the launch of Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. Honors and awards include: “Top Lender for Online Service” for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2018; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Online Mortgage Lender, Best Mortgage Lender for VA loans and Best Conventional Mortgage Lender by NerdWallet in 2019. Visit rate.com for more information.