Let’s learn a little more about the Managing Member and Co-Founder of Rehab Financial Group, LP, Susan Naftulin:
How long have you been an AAPL member?
What AAPL benefit do you MOST value?
I get a lot of benefit from AAPL membership. The annual conferences are a great way to network and keep current with business trends. The AAPL Designations I have help put our clients at ease that they are dealing with an educated and accredited company. I use the member directory to refer clients to other lenders when they are looking for a loan product that my company does not offer or for a loan in a state where RFG does not lend. I also tune into webinars when a topic that I am not familiar with is covered.
Why did you become a member?
I became a member when my company was new and I wanted to meet other lenders to create a peer group for myself.
What is your favorite AAPL memory?:
The first year that I was asked to be on a panel that was all women. I met some of the most awesome, accomplished women. It was the first time I met women in the private lending space who were senior managers and owners.
Why did you decide to enter the private lending profession?
After several years practicing law for a large Philadelphia law firm, I was approached about an in house job with a local, publicly traded mortgage lending company. They made me an offer I could not refuse, and as years passed, I gained more skills and expertise until I was ready to form my own company.
What are some accomplishments you are particularly proud of?
Starting a lending company in 2009, in the wake of the mortgage industry meltdown and making it a success. I am also proud that RFG’s customers universally compliment us on our professionalism in working with them to make their loans a success. Lastly, I am most proud that despite that fact that I have always worked full time, I have raised two wonderful young men who make me proud every day!
Tell us something fun about yourself:
I have a rather snarky sense of humor. If you sit next to me in a public space you are likely to hear something inappropriate come out of my mouth!
What is your favorite book, and why?
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. This book continues beautiful life lessons that are wonderful at putting life in perspective and teaching appreciation for what you have, rather than being bitter about what you don’t have. Also, the co-author, Jeff Zaslow, was a very talented author and good friend of mine in college. He has since tragically passed away, but I have only good memories.
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