Tony Taveekanjana, EVP and national head of retail lending, Stearns Lending
EVP and national head of retail lending
In early 2017, Stearns Lending appointed Tony Taveekanjana as its national head of retail lending. Prior to joining Stearns, Taveekanjana was divisional vice president at Movement Mortgage, where he was responsible for the growth and profitability of the company’s Western division. He led this division to extraordinary achievement, including increasing production volume by approximately 1,000% – from $2 billion to $12 billion – in under three years’ time. Now implementing his winning strategies at Stearns, Taveekanjana is focused on motivating his teams to achieve exponential growth and expand the company’s retail lending footprint.
Previously, Taveekanjana served as divisional vice president at New Penn Financial and as senior vice president and head of mortgage in Florida at Fifth Third Bank, where he led his teams to quadruple their production volume and profitability in less than two years. He also spent time as a regional vice president at Bank of America/Countrywide, where he built highly successful operations in California, Illinois and Florida – all of which achieved number-one ranking in market share.
Along with involvement in Big Brothers and the YMCA in his Tampa community, family is at the center of Taveekanjana’s life outside of work. “My dad was an immigrant who came to this country with only a dream,” he says. “I watched him work tirelessly as a laborer in the construction industry for more than 20 years. He made those sacrifices so I can create a new legacy for our family.”