frank martell headshots resizedQ&A with Frank Martell, President, Consumer Trust Mortgage Corporation

What was your first job?
My very first job was working for a lawn mower shop in high school. I had just received my driver’s license and was anxious to drive. My job was to pick up and deliver commercial lawn mowers and parts around the Long Island area. My first professional job was as a Financial Representative for a Financial Services Company.

How did you get into the mortgage industry?

In 1980 there was a large layoff in the industry. As a result, my boss came to me and put me in charge of the real estate lending department. After a series of promotions I was transferred to Allentown in 1984 where I purchased my first home and settled down in the Lehigh Valley.

What do you do for fun?
My grandparents had a farm in upstate New York and myself and my siblings would spend our summers there and I learned how to work with my hands. I developed good mechanical skills. As a result, I like to dabble in real estate. Before getting married I loved to work on cars. I had a Corvette, Jeep Renegade, and a Mustang to name a few. Now I enjoy travelling the East Coast with my wife.

Why did you want to start offering reverse mortgages?
I have been with Consumer Trust Mortgage since 1995. A few years ago the government made improvements to the reverse mortgage product which helped protect seniors.
As a result, a reverse mortgage originated by Consumer Trust can be an excellent tool to eliminate mortgage payments and help put seniors’ equity to work for them without selling their home or being burdened with a costly mortgage payment.

What is something that many people don’t know about you?
When I was about 11 years old I decided to take my mother’s car down to the store in town. I was used to driving tractors on the farm so I did not think much of it. I could barely see over the steering wheel and ended up getting a flat tire. It was quite an adventure. Also, I was relatively young when I became an uncle. One Christmas no one wanted to be Santa so I put on the family Santa suite and hitchhiked from one part of town to the other delivering gifts to my nephews and niece.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like to be able to cut through red tape for customers and help them achieve their financial goals. I am also very proud of the team of people that we have at Consumer Trust Mortgage and enjoy working with them.

How do you define success?
Success is doing what is right even when nobody is looking.

Picture caption: Frank pictured with Jill, Carole and Diane

More Lifestyle Articles

  • Celebrate Older Americans Month

    Celebrating Older Americans Month all older adults are encouraged to blaze a trail to civic engagement. Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the lives of your community and its...

  • Strange and Unusual Facts

    William Marston engineered one of the earliest forms of the polygraph in the early 1900’s. Later he went on to create the comic strip Wonder Woman, a story about a displaced Amazon princess who...

  • ’Sno Time Like the Present

    Twelve hours ago, I was fast asleep, and there were 3-4 inches of fresh snow on the ground. Now, there is barely a trace on the ground, and the temperature is in the mid-40s. Welcome to February in...

  • “Small House” Design Nurtures Residents with Dementia

    Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is challenging. In addition to the emotional difficulty of seeing a loved one struggle cognitively, there are marked differences in how...

  • 16th Annual Unsung Hero Event

    Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services is accepting nominations for Unsung Heroes! To celebrate Older American's Month, the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recognizes Lehigh County...

  • A Clean House Means Peace of Mind: A History of Spring Cleaning

    The first signs of spring create excitement in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the Northeast. After four months or more of staying inside because of cold, snow and rain, we can hardly wait to...

  • Angels and Numbers

    Have you ever seen a sequence of numbers, especially over and over again? It could be that you noticed the clock said 5:55, then you looked at your odometer and it read 32,555, and yet again, you see...

  • Apple Picking in the Valley

    This time of year is ripe (pun intended) for picking apples in the Lehigh Valley. To that end we have picked (again with the puns) some of our local “pick your own” venues. Please be sure you go to...

  • Back Story - Fall 2017

    Q&A with JoAnn Bergeron Nenow, Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of Northampton County. What do you enjoy most about your job?I love interacting with my co-workers, volunteers and clients. I take...

  • Back Story - Spring 2017

    Q&A with Frank Martell, President, Consumer Trust Mortgage Corporation What was your first job?My very first job was working for a lawn mower shop in high school. I had just received my driver’s...

 
Contact Us

Please enter your data here. Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
Please provide us with a phone number or email so we may respond to your request.
Full Name (*)

Please type your full name.
E-mail

Invalid email address.
Phone

Invalid Input- please enter in form: 123-456-7890
How may we be of service? (*)

Please tell us how big is your company.
Please enter the characters shown. (*)
Please enter the characters shown.
Refresh
Invalid Input