In March, the top 20 producers of 2015 from Castle & Cooke Mortgage (NMLS #1251) were treated to a 5 day, 4 night trip to the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, where they were recognized as part of the President’s Club. Each year, loan originators vie for their ticket to paradise and membership among this elite group of mortgage professionals.

Adam Thorpe with Marcus Burton

Company President and COO, Adam Thorpe, with first-time qualifying loan officer, Marcus Burton

As in years past, the top producers continue to raise the bar to qualify for this experience. For last year’s trip, the minimum volume required to qualify for the President’s Club was $9,875,664. To qualify this year, minimum 2015 production volume increased by over 32% to $13,069,743, and it is expected that the benchmark will be even higher for 2016. Loan originators can track their production and see how they stack up to their competition on the company’s intranet site.

In addition to an awards ceremony featuring a seven-course meal, President’s Club members enjoyed a number of leisure and recreational activities, as well as time to relax during their stay in Maui. They shared meals with live music and dancing and had the opportunity to go whale watching, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding and go on scenic drives around the island.

“Being in Hawaii was amazing!” says Marcus Burton, who qualified for the trip for the first time this year. “Everything that Castle & Cooke did for everyone there was FIRST CLASS. It was truly VIP treatment all the way.” Marcus credits the banner year that qualified him for the trip to the amazing support he receives from the company behind the scenes, including his processor, MarShay Blair, without whom he says this wouldn’t have happened for him.

Joe Massey with Mr. Murdock

Joe Massey talks with Mr. David H. Murdock, chairman of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company, Inc., at the awards banquet.

Several of the company’s top producers have been fortunate to qualify for the trip multiple times. This was Joe Massey’s fourth time earning a spot in the President’s Club and he says this year was the most memorable of the four, noting that the caliber of qualifying employees just gets better and better. “It’s a constant motivation throughout the year to know that every phone call, every sign-up, every closing gets you one step closer to a Hawaii vacation,” says Massey. He encourages his colleagues to push themselves out of their comfort zone so they, too, can enjoy this trip of a lifetime.

“I believe the President’s Club is a great incentive for our loan originators and provides the company an opportunity to reward hard work and recognize achievement,” says Adam Thorpe, President and COO of Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “The race is on for the 2017 trip and the competition will be as fierce as ever. But we take pride in the quality of the support, tools and resources we provide to level the playing field and put the President’s Club within reach for every LO.”