Mortgage Master Expands into the Midwest

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Brian Jensen to lead growth throughout the Midwest.

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Mortgage Master, a super-regional mortgage bank and one of the Country’s largest privately-owned mortgage companies, announced today it has expanded its geographic footprint into the Midwest by hiring Brian Jensen as Midwest Regional Manager to drive the Company’s growth throughout the Midwest and opened a new branch office in Chicago, IL to help support this growth. Mr. Jensen joins Mortgage Master with more than 21 years of mortgage industry experience, while Craig Achtzehn was named Area Manager of the company’s newest branch office in Chicago and brings with him 11 years of mortgage and real estate experience.

Both Mr. Jensen and Mr. Achtzehn are being charged in their new positions with attracting high quality loan officers and branches, expanding production volumes and market share in the Midwest while providing some of the lowest pricing and best-in-class service to borrowers.

“The Midwest is the perfect location for Mortgage Master’s next phase of its geographic expansion,” commented Paul Anastos, President of Mortgage Master. “Our expansion plans have always been predicated on hiring the highest quality mortgage professionals first, and we are extremely pleased to have Brian and Craig become part of the Mortgage Master team. Their significant experience in working with top industry talent, market knowledge, and their leadership skills will help Mortgage Master continue to deliver dynamic service and the best possible pricing to borrowers throughout the Midwest.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Mortgage Master as it begins its 25th year as a responsible mortgage lender,” said Mr. Jensen. “We are off to a great start by adding Craig to lead our key Chicago branch and we just hired a top Operations Manager to build out a high quality operations team in the Chicago area. We believe it is critical to our success to have a quality operations team in place locally to partner with our loan officers throughout the Midwest.”

Brian Jensen, Midwest Regional Manager

Mr. Jensen has a successful track record in building effective sales teams and increasing mortgage production throughout the Midwest. Most recently, Mr. Jensen was District Manager for Prospect Mortgage and was responsible for growing mortgage production in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota. Prior to this position, Mr. Jensen was the District Sales Leader for MetLife Homes, where he expanded multiple branch sales teams, and had oversight of the District P&L and capital expansion plans. Previously, Mr. Jensen worked for Countrywide Home Loans as SVP, Regional Manager, responsible for Illinois and Wisconsin, and managed the sales and operational platforms of Countrywide’s largest region in the country with more than 450 sales and operations professionals. During his career, Mr. Jensen also held a variety of management and sales roles, including positions at TCF National Bank, Midwest Mortgage Services, Inc. and First Chicago Bank. Mr. Jensen will lead the Midwest region, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Craig Achtzehn, Area Manager for Chicago Branch

Mr. Achtzehn joins Mortgage Master with significant mortgage lending and real estate experience. Prior to joining the Mortgage Master, Mr. Achtzehn held management and sales positions at Prospect Mortgage, including Branch Manager in the Chicago River North market and Sales Manager for the Midwest region. Previously, Mr. Achtzehn worked for Wintrust Mortgage as a Senior Loan Consultant and was a Vice President at Guaranteed Rate.

To contact Brian Jensen please call 630-927-0380, or email Bjensen(at)mortgagemaster(dot)com and for Craig Achtzehn please call 312-961-7763, or email cachtzehn(at)mortgagemaster(dot)com.

About Mortgage Master
Mortgage Master, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Mr. Leif Thomsen and has become one of the country's largest independently owned mortgage company. In 2012, the company funded over $7.3 billion in mortgage loans. Mortgage Master has built its business by generating significant efficiencies in its origination and operational infrastructure, and delivering the cost and time savings on to borrowers in the form of some of the lowest pricing and best in class service.

Mortgage Master employs more than 700 employees nationwide, with approximately 250 loan experts, many ranked as the top 200 loan officers by dollar volume in the U.S. Mortgage Master is licensed in 22 states and the District of Columbia, with key branches in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island. The company has 33 branch offices and 4 operation centers. For more information on Mortgage Master please visit

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