Lander Awarded Commercial Certified Mortgage Banker Designation

Published On: 02.25.08

George Lander

BIRMINGHAM, AL—Grandbridge Real Estate Capital Vice President George Lander, along with six other industry professionals, recently earned the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation in a ceremony held at MBA’s Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The MBA’s CMB program is rigorous. CMB is the highest professional designation awarded in the real estate finance industry. CMB candidates must amass 150 points earned through a combination of professional experience, secondary education, continuing education through MBA-sponsored events and CampusMBA courses, as well as participation in MBA at the local, state and/or national level. After accumulating the required points and passing a comprehensive written exam, candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge by passing an oral exam conducted by a panel of other CMBs.

"As a commercial CMB myself, I congratulate these graduates as their expertise, experience and dedication have earned all of them the industry’s most elite and prominent designation, the CMB,” said MBA’s Chairman Kieran P. Quinn, CMB. "As the commercial mortgage industry continues to grow, it is of paramount importance that professionals set the bar of excellence for themselves and the industry by working toward the CMB and taking advantage of the other commercial designations offered through CampusMBA, the industry’s most respected and premiere education solution.”

Based in Grandbridge’s Birmingham Servicing office, Mr. Lander administers the asset management functions for one of the company’s CMBS portfolios. Prior to joining Grandbridge, he served as Commercial Real Estate Manager for Gulf States Paper Corporation/Westervelt Realty, Inc., in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he established and profitably managed the company’s real estate development and investment operations. Mr. Lander has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Alabama Real Estate Research and Education Center. He holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, serves on the Alabama CCIM Chapter’s board of directors and is an active member of the local Rotary International club. Mr. Lander earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and received his M.B.A. with a concentration in corporate finance from the University of Michigan. He holds an Alabama real estate broker’s license.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Grandbridge, a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) principal subsidiary Branch Banking and Trust Company, is one of the largest full-service commercial and multifamily mortgage banking companies in the nation, has a broad investor base that includes insurance companies, CMBS lenders, pension fund advisors, and commercial banks as well as a proprietary lending platform. Grandbridge is a Fannie Mae DUS® (Delegated Underwriting and Servicing) lender, a Freddie Mac Program Plus® seller/servicer and an active participant in multifamily products insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

The company arranges permanent commercial and multifamily real estate loans, services loan portfolios, and provides asset and portfolio management and real estate brokerage services. It operates production offices in 28 cities across the country. Grandbridge’s servicing portfolio was more than $21 billion as of Dec. 31. More information about Grandbridge is available at

With $132.6 billion in assets and nearly 1,500 financial centers in 11 states, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) is the nation’s 14th largest financial holding company. More information about the company is available at



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