Buckwheat is not my real name. That may surprise you. But it’s not. Buckwheat is a term of endearment bestowed upon me by Sparky, for reasons I have never known. I don’t remember Sparky’s real name. It’s too much trouble to try. “Sparky” works for me and he answers when I call him by that name.
Sparky spent years in Kansas, so that might explain his preoccupation with grain in general and buckwheat in particular. He stuck me with the label “Buckwheat” some time ago, never explained it, and continues to call me that to this day. Go figure. I gave up trying to figure it out. I’m Buckwheat and that’s the way of the world.
Mark is my real name, you already know my nickname. I work as a full time Commercial Loan Officer for Olympic Northwest Mortgage in Washington State. In the last five decades I have been many things. At this time in my life I am the father of two magnificent young men and husband to a beautiful Italian woman. That is how I define myself; husband and father. I don’t think I will ever accomplish anything more important in my life than to do my best in those two roles. My two most loyal friends are Boxers (the four legged type, not the gloved sort). They have taught me many things about leadership and loyalty. My journey so far has led me through times when I was called a:
- sous chef
- pastry chef
- automobile dealer
- automobile wholesaler
- owner of a janitorial company
- finance manager
- finance director
- seo expert (a contradiction in terms)
- sales manager
- sales trainer
- dog trainer
- website designer (amateur)
It’s been a long and interesting ride.
I’ll finish this biography (yawn) the next time I’m feeling egocentric. Nobody reads these, do they?
WARNING!: This Bio is being temporarily ‘hijacked!’ by Sparky.
Since Mark isn’t the type to ‘toot’ his own horn, I figured I’d jump in here and ‘toot’ it for him! As a licensed real estate agent, you learn the importance and value of having your clients working with a Loan Officer who is knowledgeable, ethical, and hard working. In all of my experiences, Mark is by far one of the most qualified, proficient, and honest individuals I have ever worked with. We both share the same passion and drive for the relentless representation of our client’s best interests. And in those instances when someone throws in a last minute financing curve-ball, Mark steps up quickly to the plate, and creatively explores every possible option in order to achieve a timely resolve. Whenever I refer one of my clients to Mark, I know for certainty that they will receive highly competitive rates, detailed care and service, and honest answers.
Co-authoring this blog with Mark is a fun and satisfying adventure! I am truly honored to call him my friend!