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Brian Augustine, CRMS is named 2009 Mortgage Loan Originator of the Year

February, 2010, Schaumburg, Illinois. - Brian Augustine, CEO and Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist, has been named the 2009 Mortgage Loan Originator (up to $40 Million category) of the Year by the Illinois Association of Mortgage Professionals. Now in their fourteenth year, the Industry Awards, widely regarded as the equivalent to Hollywood’s Oscars, recognizes the contributions and successes of mortgage professionals and their affiliates. Nearly 300 nominations were scrutinized to decide which mortgage professionals really were the “cream of the crop”.

The Association is committed to promoting the highest degree of professionalism and ethical standards for its more than 550 members. In addition to mandating members adhere to a professional code of ethics, IAMP provides mortgage professionals with specialized education opportunities, and offers rigorous certification programs to recognize members with the highest levels of professional knowledge and education. As the sole state trade association for this mortgage industry, IAMP continues to remain active with lobbying and advocacy efforts - frequently focusing on national and state issues.

“This award comes at a time when the mortgage industry is challenged with a difficult economy and less and less available products. It is a refreshing reminder that hard work and determination can pay off. I’m honored to receive this award and share it with my company, clients, business partners and employees.” Brian Augustine, CRMS

Capital Financial Bancorp Inc has over two decades of experience and expertise in mortgage lending. Capital focuses on building strong relationships, offering its solid line of mortgage products and services, and has a diverse national network of lenders. Capital is making history in the mortgage lending industry as a progressive leader – introducing a Free Employee Benefit Program, a “Going Green” initiative, and the Union Advantage Home Ownership Program.

For more information on any of Capital Financial’s products or services, please contact them at 866.FUND.789 or visit them online at www.capitalfinancial.net.

Tory Tarsitano and Brian Augustine are nationally honored as the Most Influental Mortgage Professionals in the mortgage industry.

November, 2009, Schaumburg, Illinois. - The National Mortgage Professional Magazine recently awarded Tory Tarsitano, CRMS and Brian Augustine, CRMS their prestigious 40 UNDER 40 award. Tory and Brian were honored as top mortgage professionals under the age of 40, as voted on by their peers, who exemplify professionalism and top production in today’s housing market.

In assembling this list, we at National Mortgage Professional Magazine took some criticism when we began this endeavor. Many felt a list of this nature ignored many, and others felt that a list of this type is a thing of the past, but we firmly stood by our decision to assemble this group. Like the pioneers before them, these individuals are the ones who will carry the torch of professionalism in the year 2010 and beyond, fighting the daily barrage of regulatory and legislative pressure and negative coverage by the mainstream media as the culprits for the collapse of the U.S. economy. However, they forge forward, as they continue to lead by example and set the bar for education, professionalism and excellence in the mortgage industry.

"Achieving this type of award is an honor and comes at a time when the mortgage industry needs to showcase some of the hard working originators looking out for the consumer’s best interest," said Tory Tarsitano, CRMS and President.

Capital Financial Bancorp Inc has over two decades of experience and expertise in mortgage lending. Capital focuses on building strong relationships, offering its solid line of mortgage products and services, and has a diverse national network of lenders. Capital is making history in the mortgage lending industry as a progressive leader – introducing a Free Employee Benefit Program, a “Going Green” initiative, and the Union Advantage Home ownership Program.

"This honor is an indication of our continued driven passion for our customers and finding them the best mortgage products available today," explained Brian Augustine, CRMS and CEO, who attributes the company's success to its dedicated staff. "We share this award with our team of caring professionals who continue to put the needs of our clients above and before anything else."

For more information on any of Capital Financial’s products or services, please contact them at 866.FUND.789 or visit them online at www.capitalfinancial.net.

Capital Financial Bancorp’s Union Advantage Team supports the 2016 Olympics bid in Chicago.

April, 2009, Chicago, Illinois - Members of the Union Advantage Home Ownership Benefit Team joined forces with other volunteers to back the bid to host the Chicago 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s Evaluating Commission was in Chicago for an official visit to assess the city’s Olympic bid, touring potential venues and event locations.

“Not only will it be an event that most of us will only experience once in our lifetime, but it will also facilitate the creation of thousands of jobs in the building trades, hospitality industry and others. We need to create as much awareness and enthusiasm as possible for the potential of this event.” Stacey Hofert, Account Executive.

The Union Advantage team believes Chicago is a city where races, religions and nationalities all live and work and play and reach for the American dream. “Chicago is a city that lives and breathes the ideals of perseverance, echoing a message that organizers have been making about Chicago's ability to host the games,” Mike Gerth, Mortgage Consultant.

Union Advantage is committed to being the premier home buying and refinance solution for union members. Our goal is to serve as a union member advocate by providing high-quality service and mortgage education. Union Advantage will extend the benefit of the program by presenting union members with the best trained and most qualified loan consultants in the industry - who are ethical and demonstrate strong integrity. Our reputable business partners are hand selected and we are committed to providing partners who are trusted, experienced and a strong representation of our moral values. Through our union support, activities and efforts, we join together with our union members and community allies to build a stronger, more empowered and educated homeowner – while remaining steadfast on continuing to emphasize the importance of union labor.

For more information on any of The Union Advantage’s products or services, please contact them at 888.UNION.09 or visit them online at www.unionadvantage.net.