Who We Are
We are the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME), a non-profit, national trade membership association created for independent mortgage brokers.
AIME is committed to fostering an inclusive environment to support and protect independent mortgage brokers across the country to grow the wholesale mortgage channel.
We aim to contribute to the overall growth of broker market share to above 25% in 2022 and beyond.
We Support Local Mortgage Brokers
Whether you are a loan officer, broker/owner, or a supporting member of a broker’s team, we take a personal approach to helping you build a successful business. And for members just transitioning into the wholesale channel, we can connect you to valuable business development resources to help you get started.
Protecting Brokers is What We Do
Our wholesale lending partners are committed to protecting and preserving the originator/client relationship. By upholding a client-for-life philosophy, our lender partners work to ensure that your past clients keep coming back to you for their future business needs.
Our other trusted partners include the influential lobbyists we work closely with in Washington, D.C. Through our government affairs initiative, we make sure that loan originators in the broker channel have a seat at the decision-making table and that our members are kept informed of important issues that affect them.
We’re Here to Help You Grow
Your success is important to us! We empower our members with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively reach homebuyers in their local communities. We deliver informative marketing webinars, business development trainings, detailed how-to tutorials, access to exclusive members-only tools and innovative services, and much more.
- Independent mortgage brokers are an important part of the communities they serve and are uniquely positioned to provide expertise on the homebuying process.
- Brokers provide homebuyers with personalized service and offer the most diverse loan options tailored to their specific needs and situations at competitive pricing.
- Building sustainable partnerships with companies that are committed to providing the broker channel with the best resources ultimately serves borrowers of all backgrounds, genders and ethnicities.
Chief Executive Officer
Katie Sweeney is the CEO of the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts. Katie oversees the day-to-day operations of the AIME team by spearheading partnership development, membership growth initiatives, and business analytics. Previously, Katie served as the Senior Vice President at ARIVE where she successfully brought to market a revolutionary portal that provided an all-encompassing technology solution for wholesale brokers.
After joining AIME as the Executive Vice President of Strategy, she spearheaded partnerships with top wholesale mortgage lenders and industry vendors to provide real-time support and exclusive access to mortgage brokers with the launch of the Brokers Are Better Network.
Katie has strengthened the capabilities of AIME’s Brokers Are Better Network to deliver top-tier products & services for the benefit of the wholesale community along with bringing on nearly 20 vetted Sponsors. This collaborative effort between AIME and industry-leading vendors has grown to over 30 dedicated industry partnerships providing independent mortgage brokers exclusive access to technology and services that mortgage professionals need to compete in a historically crowded marketplace. She has also overseen the development of a best in class member portal, launched mentorship and job placement services, and ushered in a renewed focus on diversity initiatives through AIME’s Spark and Ignite Programs.
Katie’s contributions to the growth and success of the wholesale channel has been noted by HousingWire who presented Katie as one of 2020’s Women of Influence within the mortgage industry and Mortgage Professional America who named Katie to the 2020 Mortgage Global 100 list.
President of Membership
Marc Summers is the President of the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts. In addition, he is a seasoned loan originator and Broker Owner of Priority Mortgage Lending in Michigan. Marc entered the broker world in 2001 at Advantage Mortgage as a Loan Officer, holding various titles up until 2015 when he took over as President.
Marc is an advocate for independent mortgage brokers and dedicated to the growth of the wholesale channel. He is also an instructor for courses where he educates and mentors new brokers and originators entering the channel and is the host of AIME’s Broker to Broker weekly podcast.
Marc keeps his finger on the pulse of the broker community’s needs by continuously providing support to new AIME members and drives the government affairs and lobbying efforts to make sure broker voices are being heard in Washington.
President of Advocacy
Brendan McKay co-founded McKay Mortgage Company, LLC in 2017, a mortgage brokerage that serves the DC Metropolitan area. Since then, Brendan has originated 850+ units and $350M in volume. In 2020, Brendan was named to the Scotsman Guide’s Top Originators as the #34 Mortgage Broker nationally.
Involvement in the mortgage broker community is a family affair for McKay Mortgage. Brendan’s mother and business partner, Tina McKay, is a former President of the Maryland Mortgage Brokers Association. Brendan also spent the beginning of his career working in Wholesale Mortgage Operations at American Brokers Conduit and Sierra Pacific Mortgage.
He sits on the Board of Governors for the Maryland Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Association (MMBBA) and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. Brendan is also a member of VettedVA, an organization that serves active duty and former military homebuyers.
Brendan has been a proud and active member of AIME since its inception. Continuing in his advocacy for brokers, Brendan’s role at AIME is pivotal in the future of the community’s growth and will amplify the needs of wholesale mortgage professionals from across the country.
President of Growth
Tom Ahles, Vice President, and Co-Founder of high-volume brokerage Edge Home Finance has 20 years of experience in financial services, including heading his mortgage brokerage. A dynamic entrepreneur and respected industry professional, Tom ranked among the top 100 mortgage brokers by Scotsman Guide in 2021. Edge Home Finance has grown from $71 million in originations to $2.8 billion in under ten years and has recently achieved a spot in the top ten AIME Broker Rankings, which are based on production in several categories. Within the past year, the brokerage has hired 150 loan officers, totaling 400 to date, and currently works with 42 different lending partners. Tom has personally recruited 20+ of the new hires from the retail mortgage industry.
Vice President of Partnerships
Karis Koehn has more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry, primarily in sales, consumer direct and data automation. She approaches business objectives with a relationship-first mentality to create a strong focus on client engagement and is passionate about data and technology.
Before joining AIME, Karis held positions with Volly, an end-to-end marketing platform and Jornaya, a data company both focusing on the banking and mortgage industry. She also served as a Board Member for LeadsCouncil, a nonprofit organization that provides education, advocacy and lobbying for the performance marketing industry. Karis is still an active member in the Diversity Task Force committee for LeadsCouncil.
As VP of Partnerships, she will nurture AIME’s relationships with top-tier vendors who provide the best business solutions to give brokers a competitive edge. She is also responsible for developing sponsorship opportunities and initiatives by engaging wholesale lending partners who are aligned with broker support and development.
Vice President of Brand Strategy
Jennifer Leonard has over a decade of experience in high-level marketing and communications previously working in B2C outlets for Qurate Retail Group (QVC), the leader in broadcast shopping, and Zift, a Pennsylvania-based mobile application and computer software company.
She joined the wholesale broker channel in August 2019 as an Content Strategist, allowing her to bring her insights in brand development, content marketing and user experience to the forefront of the wholesale mortgage industry. During this team, Jennifer leveraged her experience by building a strong brand identity for the Association by developing innovative content through livestreams with industry leaders, webinars geared toward business development and informational content promoting integrated technology which has resulted in her most recent promotion to Vice President of Brand Strategy in January 2021.
Since joining AIME, Jennifer has successfully launched the brand’s weekly Broker to Broker podcast, weekly email newsletter and developed content for the annual Fuse National Conference. Her team also developed and instituted training & development dedicated to supporting AIME members on Google My Business, Search Engine Optimization, and Facebook Business best practices.
Jennifer was recently named to Housingwire’s 2021 Class of Rising Stars, an honor given to professionals under 40 who are making great strides in the housing industry.
AIME Member Committees
Advocacy & Education
Education & Outreach
Membership & Support
Brokers Are Better
Women’s Mortgage Network
Learning & Development
Growth & Impact
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