Wells Fargo Merger Spawns New Business Startups in North Carolina

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Envision Mortgage and eSynergize Online Solutions Announce Their First Anniversaries as Entrepreneurs

After spending many years building a business within a large corporation, the merger opened the door for all of us to consider doing something on our own. Had our company not been acquired, we might never have pursued these opportunities.

As Wells Fargo rolled out its new signage in North Carolina this month, Envision Mortgage Corporation and eSynergize Online Solutions are expanding as they mark their first anniversary in operation.

A catalyst for both startups was Wells Fargo's recent acquisition of Wachovia Bank. While Wells moved to integrate the acquired company into its operation, five of the six top executives from Wachovia's Direct Lending Group ventured into entrepreneurship.

Robert Weber and Melanie Orlando founded Envision Mortgage Corporation in Wilmington, North Carolina just over a year ago. About the same time, their former colleagues Gary Suess, Jim Johnson, and Joan Sommerer were launching eSynergize Online Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"After spending many years building a business within a large corporation, the merger opened the door for all of us to consider doing something on our own,” said Weber, the former head of Corporate Mortgage Services. "Had our company not been acquired, we might never have pursued these opportunities."

"Bob has long had a vision to form and operate his own company," added Orlando, who oversaw Direct Lending’s Strategic Partnerships. "As the door closed on our previous endeavor, we were both inspired to channel the knowledge and experience we gained over so many years into our own business."

Mr. Weber serves as Envision's CEO, while Ms. Orlando is the President. The full service mortgage broker is currently focusing new business efforts on the Wilmington and surrounding market, but lends throughout the state and plans to expand its sales presence throughout the Carolinas.

"While Bob and Melanie are filling an important niche in home lending, we decided to pursue a mostly different opportunity with online marketing and web design," said Suess, the former head of Direct Lending and now CEO of eSynergize Online Solutions. "We want to assist all types of businesses to realize the same kind of success that we achieved online."

"We attained high growth rates and profitability through online marketing over more than decade," said Johnson, former Chief Administrative Officer of Wachovia's Direct Lending Group. "And, building a well designed, robust web site provided the critically important foundation," added Sommerer, former head of eBusiness.

Although the former colleagues went down different paths with their new business ventures, they still remain linked. Envision Mortgage is a client of eSynergize.

"Both companies have made a great deal of progress in its first year. Envision Mortgage is excited to be providing what we believe to be unparalleled assistance to homeowners as well as new job opportunities right here in Wilmington," said Weber.

"Similarly, eSynergize is pleased to be expanding its reach by hiring sales representatives in Charlotte, Wilmington, and the Philadelphia area, where we maintain a satellite office," added Johnson.

"This has truly been a case of having one door open as another one closes," Orlando offered. “We are very enthusiastic about our respective businesses.”

Envision Mortgage Corporation, located at 2004 Eastwood Rd. Suite 201 Wilmington, NC 28403, offers a wide array of purchase and refinance mortgage programs including fixed rate, adjustable rate, FHA, VA, USDA and jumbo loans all with competitive rates and exceptional service. Envision Mortgage originates mortgages throughout the state of North Carolina with a focus on Wilmington, Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Greenville, Fayetteville and Jacksonville markets. NMLS 345514.
For more information, visit http://www.envisionmortgagecorp.com, or call 877-509-2030.

eSynergize Online Solutions of Charlotte, North Carolina offers a wide array of Internet related services, including website design and development; search engine marketing and optimization; email marketing; social media marketing; content creation; website analytics; reputation management; and public relations. In addition to the direct provision of services, eSynergize also offers consulting services, including all aspects of mortgage banking, as well as eBusiness strategy development, branding, sales, and process design. All eSynergize websites are built on a leading content management system platform to allow flexibility and facilitate administration. eSynergize offers it services in all 50 states and operates a satellite office in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit http://www.eSynergize.com, email admin(at)eSynergize(dot)com, or call 800-760-1531.


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