Meet the TMS Team - Annie Sun

Feb 25 2016


At The Money Source, our Team strives to provide Rock Solid Service every day. The people who make up our team are the key to our success. Meet one of the members who makes up our Secondary Marketing Team - Annie Sun. Annie works in Melville, NY office and has been a part of the Team since August 2015. She's also been in the mortgage industry since 2003. Annie really enjoys working with the people on her team and the rest of the company. 

Annie was actually born in Shanghai, China and moved to New York when she was three-years-old. Annie, her husband, and their one-year-old daughter now live in Queens, NY. During her free time, she loves to play with her daughter, cook new dishes, watch TV and declutter. She also loves to travel and hopes to fly in a fighter jet one day! 

More fun facts about Annie:

  • Favorite Food: Anything and everything - especially spicy cuisines
  • Fun fact: She has a fraternal twin that looks nothing like her!
  • Favorite TV show: She’s currently watching Making a Murderer

Thanks to Annie for sharing a little about herself!

Topics: The Money Source, Correspondent Loan, Grow Happiness, Correspondent Servicer, Melville NY, Pink Unicorn, Annie Sun, Secondary Marketing

What's Up With the Pink Unicorn?

Feb 19 2016


The Pink Unicorn is a mythical creature no one has actually seen and most believe does not exist. The same could be said for a mortgage company with highly motivated employees who are committed to providing the best customer service each and every day.

At The Money Source Inc., we strive to create a positive and strong company culture, anchored by our Core Values

  • People Matter.
  • Inspiring Leadership
  • Strength of Character
  • Rock Solid Service

The Money Source Inc. adopted the whimsical, and yes imaginary, Pink Unicorn as its mascot with the intent of turning what some consider a fantasy workplace into reality; we are building an army of Pink Unicorns to prove it’s possible!

Partner with The Money Source Inc. to experience what sets us apart from other companies - Become a Partner today!

Topics: The Money Source, Grow Happiness, Core Values, mortgage industry, Pink Unicorn

Meet the TMS Team - Catherine Correia

Jan 15 2016


Welcome to another edition of Meet the TMS Team! Today you'll meet Catherine Correia, Records Retention Specialist. 

Catherine works in our Melville office and has been with the team since November of 2015. This is the first job in the mortgage industry and she previously worked for her father in his granite and marble fabrication company. She loves working at TMS because she gets to work with an incredible group of people.

Catherine likes to spend her free time with family and friends and loves a good board game! Being happy and successful with her choices in life is her biggest dream and "so far so good!"

More fun facts about Catherine:

  • Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
  • Fun Fact: She only has one dimple
  • Favorite Food: Bacon cheese burgers are her weakness!

Thanks to Catherine for sharing a little about herself!

Topics: TMS, NY, The Money Source, Melville, Grow Happiness, Meet the TMS Team, Catherine Correia, Pink Unicorn

Grow Happiness Like Charlie Munger

Nov 13 2015

As you may have realized by now, I have a penchant for reading commencement speeches. In staying true to this theme in my life, I was recently reading a commencement speech given by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s longtime business partner, to the 1986 graduating class of Harvard University. Charlie was riffing on a previous speech that Johnny Carson had given to a graduating class at Harvard. The gist of Johnny’s speech was that although he may not be able to tell the graduates how to live a happy life, he could give them advice on three things to do if they wanted to live a miserable life. They included the following:

  1. Ingesting chemicals in an effort to alter mood or perception; 
  2. Envy; and
  3. Resentment

Charlie’s speech was his prescription to how to live a miserable life and he added a few interesting anecdotes to what Carson had suggested. In reading through the speech I found myself stuck on one paragraph that I would like to share. Charlie wrote:

“My third prescription for misery is to go down and stay down when you get your first, second, third severe reverse in the  battle of life. Because there is so much adversity out there, even for the lucky and wise, this will guarantee that, in due course, you will be permanently mired in misery. Ignore at all cost the lesson contained in the accurate epitaph written for himself by Epicetus: “Here lies Epicetus, a slave, maimed in body, the ultimate in poverty, and favoured by Gods.”

I have found that in business and in life it is easy to feel great about things when things are going well. We see this when people fall in love and are in the honeymoon stage of their relationship. We see this when people start a new project or new job and are excited at the prospects of the experience. As a society, we glamorize this when we hear about the business that is on top of the world and can do no wrong. Or when a team is the front runner and their “new fans” come out of nowhere. Or when people flock to live in a city or town because of an oil boom or tech bubble. But this is not reality and this inevitably will not lead us to living a life of happiness as these wins will not all last.

At some point we will deal with a loss or a struggle in many aspects of our life. If you have been in the mortgage industry for more than seven years, you did not stay here because you stayed down when the market imploded. You fought like hell to stay in this business and be successful. The Money Source did not magically become one of the largest lenders in the United States overnight without adversity. It happened because Stavros went against the grain in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He looked at hundreds of opportunities and tested hundreds of business ideas until a couple stuck (Correspondent lending, starting Endeavor America, bringing servicing in-house, etc.)

If Growing Happiness is the opposite of living a life of misery and if we are to take Charlie Munger’s wise words to heart, then I start to think to myself, “what are the things I can do to continue to living our core purpose when I deal with adversity?” I would be lying if I said I have it figured out. Although I have figured out a couple of things;

  1. I need to work within my strengths to stay engaged, because it is easy to get disengaged when the going gets tough and distractions are everywhere around you.
  2. I need to collaborate with my managers and my team to make sure they are thriving within their strengths, which will help support my ability to work within my strengths, as that is the only way to stay focused and to conquer in the world of business.
  3. I need to be thankful for what I have and not take any experience for granted – good or bad – as there are always lessons to be learned in both.

I am sure I am missing a few more, but I do believe these ideas have served me well when I have dealt with reversals in the battle of life. MY question that I leave all of you with is:

What steps will you take in your life to Grow Happiness when you are dealt with a reversal in your daily battles? Who will you lean on to help you stay within your strengths and remain engaged when you deal with adversity? And lastly but most importantly, what is it that you have to be thankful for?

Click here for Munger's entire speech

Topics: The Money Source, Grow Happiness, Darius Mirshahzadeh, The Money Source Inc., Charlie Munger, Pink Unicorn

Meet the TMS Team - GayLynn Womak

Nov 12 2015

We are pleased to introduce you to another member of our TMS Team! Today you'll meet GayLynn Womak, Escrow Representative at The Money Source.

GayLynn works in our Servicing office in Meriden, CT and has been a member of the Team since August of 2015. Her favorite part about working at The Money Source is the atmosphere. She loves that everyone is genuinely friendly and willing to work together to strive for excellence.

 GayLynn live in CT with her two sons, Khalid and Josiah, who are her everything! She loves to cook and hopes to one day be on the show "Chopped." GayLynn loves to do all things girly: hair, makeup, and nails. 

Other fun facts about GayLynn:

  • Favorite TV Show: Scandal, Power, Empire, Survivor's Remorse, OITNB, and Shameless
  • Favorite Food: Any flavored chicken wing
  • Fun Fact: She's a quarter Chinese - her mom is half African American and half Chinese!

Thanks to GayLynn for sharing a little about herself. 

Topics: CT, Meet the Team, TMS Servicing, The Money Source Inc. Servicing, The Money Source, Grow Happiness, The Money Source Inc., Meriden, Meet the TMS Team, GayLynn Womak, Pink Unicorn

Meet the TMS Team - Stuart Rosenthal

Nov 03 2015

We are pleased to introduce you to another member of our TMS Team! Today you'll meet Stuart Rosenthal, Customer Care Representative at The Money Source. 

Stuart works in our main servicing office in Meriden, CT and has been a part of team since July of 2015. This is his first job in the mortgage business - prior to this he worked at Verizon Wireless for 19 years! He loves working at TMS because of his co-workers. Everyone is friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. 

Stuart has a big passion fro baseball and like to attend as often as he can. Whether it major league, minor league or independent league - he watches it all!

Other fun facts about Stuart:

  • Favorite TV Show; Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead
  • Favorite Food: Preferably a 24 oz Delmonico steak - medium
  • Dream of Stuart's: Visit all 50 states

Thanks to Stuart for sharing a little about himself!

Topics: CT, Meet the Team, The Money Source Inc. Servicing, The Money Source, Grow Happiness, The Money Source Inc., Meriden, Meet the TMS Team, Stuart Rosenthal

How to Find Work You Love

Oct 28 2015

A friend of mine passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was a young man, 33 years old. He and his wife were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when a freak accident occurred and was killed by a boulder near the summit of the 19,000 foot tall mountain. His name was Scott Dinsmore, and I would like to share with you a very personal and special story.

In June of 2011 I nearly quit the mortgage industry. I had finally hit rock bottom. From 2000-2007, I had spent most of my career enjoying what I did, learning and growing. However after the implosion of the mortgage industry occurred in 2007, I spent the next 4 years going from one attempt to the next to unsuccessfully find success in our industry. By June of 2011, I had decided to throw in the towel. Although I was still working in the industry at the time, I was very much disengaged and had actually started working on a tech company idea I had on the side. It was at this moment, Ali and I began working together and my passion for the industry was reignited.

Until this time, I had gotten to the point where I did not believe I could do work I was passionate about in the mortgage industry anymore. I wanted to build a world class organization. I wanted to be creative and work within my strengths. I wanted to have a company that had core values and a Why. I wanted to build a strong culture and build a company that was second to none. And until June of 2011, I had felt like this industry did not offer that to me anymore. So I started looking elsewhere. It was at this time that I decided that I wanted to do something that had nothing to do with making money. I had just spent the greater part of the last 11 years grinding away at the mortgage business and I was very dissatisfied with where I was in my life at that point. So I decided to put on a TEDx event. For those of you unfamiliar with TEDx, I will explain what it is. TEDx is a community organized TED event. For those of you that do not know what a TED event is, I will explain. TED is an organization who’s mantra is “Ideas worth Spreading”. The non-profit organization was founded 30 years ago with the sole idea of changing the world by spreading new and exciting ideas. They have since grown to a worldwide movement with many inspirational TED talks at If you ever want to learn something new or be inspired, I highly recommend that you check out this site.

There are TEDx events all around the world every day. You can apply to put on a TEDx event in your home town. It is easier than you would think. The key to a TEDx event is the following: All the money raised from sponsorship and tickets has to go back into the event, speakers cannot sell from the stage, and you have to make sure you follow all of TED’s rules, which there are many. So in August of 2011 I decided to organize a TEDx event in San Francisco. We decided to put on the event at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The event was named TEDxGoldenGatePark. We had decided that the theme for the event would be “The Pursuit of Passion.” Around this time I was looking at friends of mine who had found success in their respective fields, despite the odds, because they had followed their dreams and their hearts and had put themselves out there to live their passions, not just settle for mediocrity. I had decided to showcase a group of speakers who had done this as well. It took me and a few of my fellow organizers nearly 14 months to organize this one day event. We had to find the right speakers, a camera crew, volunteers to work the event, we had to sell tickets, organize food, get sponsors, etc etc .But after 14 months passed it was finally October 10, 2012 and we hosted the event. It was a magical day. One I will never forget. Some of the people who knew me well and saw my struggles over the past 4 years told me that day was a complete representation of what I was looking for during those years. For me the event was very therapeutic and cathartic. It represented a turning point in my life. One of our speakers was a stand out that day. His name was Scott Dinsmore. Scott gave a talk called “How to Find Work You Love.” He reminded me of a young Tony Robbins. Scott was very passionate about his message and had even started an organization called Live Your Legend. His goal was to change the world by helping people find their passions and to do work that they were passionate about. He said something in his talk that struck me:

“I Imagine a world where 80 percent of the people love the work they do. What would that look like? What would the innovation be like? How would you treat the people around you? Things would start to change.”

His talk really hit home for me that day. By this time I had left my job and was embarking on the journey that would eventually lead me to The Money Source just a few short months later. I knew that in my next venture `we would build a business that I was going to be proud of. I knew I was going to do my best to create an environment where our employees were engaged and loved their jobs and went above and beyond not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Scott was a beautiful soul. His talk that day went on to become a viral internet sensation. Over 3,000,000+ people have watched his talk to date and he has inspired millions of people worldwide with his message of finding work that we can be passionate about. I truly believe that we try to do this every day at The Money Source and Endeavor America. This is one of the reasons we are a Strengths organization. This is one of the reasons we are so focused on our team’s engagement. This is one of the reasons we want to Grow Happiness and Respect for our industry. I was truly honored to know Scott and to allow him to change my life. The world lost a shining star. Please join me in celebrating his life.

- Darius

Scott Dinsmore's "How to Find Work You Love" TedTalk

Video: How to Find Work You Love

Live Your Legend Website

In Memory of Scott Dinsmore

Topics: strengths, Grow Happiness, Darius Mirshahzadeh, Endeavor America Loan Services, TedX, How to Find Work You Love, TEDxGoldenGatePark

Meet the TMS Team - Mary Tessitore

Oct 27 2015

Welcome to another edition of Meet the TMS Team! Today you'll meet Mary Tessitore, Loss Mitigation Supervisor at The Money Source.

Mary works in our main Servicing office in Meriden, CT and has been with the team since May 2015. Mary enjoys working at TMS because of the great people she works with every day. She also loves the fact that she's helping families stay in their homes! 

Mary lives in New Haven, CT with her husband and two daughters. She loves to spend time with her daughters either going shopping or anything crafty. Actually, Mary used to own a jewelry business where she designed and crafted sterling silver and beaded jewelry.

Other fun facts:

  • Favorite TV Show: Project Runway
  • Favorite Food: Frozen Yogurt
  • Dream of hers: She would love to travel to Europe!

Thanks to Mary for sharing a little about herself!

Topics: CT, Meet the Team, TMS Servicing, The Money Source, Grow Happiness, The Money Source Inc., Meriden, Meet the TMS Team, Mary Tessitore, New Haven

Meet the TMS Team - Salvatore Palumbo

Oct 20 2015

Welcome to another edition of Meet the TMS Team! Today you'll meet Salvatore Palumbo, Records Retention Specialist.

Sal works in our main office in Melville, NY and has been with the team since June of 2015. He was a recent college graduate and was happy to find a job right after he graduated! The best thing about working at TMS for Sal is the people. He loves how welcoming and nice everyone is and he never hesitates to reach out to others for help. 

Sal's biggest hobby is sports! He likes to watch sports, play sports and pretty much anything to do with sports. He was actually looked at when he was younger to play for the Cincinnati Reds. It didn't work out for him, but he take a lot of price in the fact that he was considered for the pros!

Other fun facts about Sal:

  • Favorite Food: Anything - as long as it’s not alive or raw
  • Favorite TV Show: Anything on Cartoon Network, Comedy Central or HBO
  • Dream: To play for the New York Yankees

Thanks to Sal for sharing a little about himself!

Topics: Records Retention Specialist, Meet the Team, NY, The Money Source, Melville, Grow Happiness, The Money Source Inc., Meet the TMS Team, Salvatore Palumbo

Meet the TMS Team - Megan Hills

Sep 18 2015

Megan Hills

We are pleased to introduce you to another member of our TMS Team! Today you'll meet Megan Hills, Collector at The Money Source.

Megan works in our main Servicing office in Meriden, CT and is a newer member of our team. She decided to join TMS because of the opportunities she would have working here. When she's not at work, her free time is spent working with cars and trucks!

The most influential people in Megan's life are her parents. They have never given up on their dreams and taught her to do the same.

Other fun facts about Megan:

  • Favorite Candy: Jolly Ranchers
  • Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series
  • Favorite Take-Out Restaurant: First Garden in Madison, CT

Thanks to Megan for sharing a little about herself!

Topics: CT, Servicing, Meet the Team, The Money Source, Grow Happiness, Meet Our TMS Team, Megan Hills, The Money Source Inc., Meriden, Meet the TMS Team

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