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BMB Employee Spotlight: Carlene Baxter

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Carlene Baxter- Invaluable Employee, Mentor and Friend.

Bank, Mortgage, Title…you name it, Carlene has done it and always done it well. On July 19, 2013 Carlene will celebrate her 24th year with Benchmark Bank and in that time has become the ‘go to’ person in the Benchmark family. The breadth and depth of her knowledge in all facets of the bank and title company are unparalleled, yet she retains the ability to be a friend and confidante to all. BMB President Bill Brewer describes her as, “my most important person” and that depiction is shared by many.

BMB Employee Spotlight: Laurie Pool

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Congratulations Senior Vice President Laurie Pool!

Laurie, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, has been originating loans and creating a loyal customer base at Benchmark Bank for over 10 years. Highly motivated, well respected and a dynamic personality, Laurie enjoys her work and it shows. Benchmark Bank President, Bill Brewer, commented about Laurie’s value to the company, “Her natural talent for building relationships is truly a gift and we are the recipient”.

Stop by the Plano branch and get to know one of Benchmark Bank’s best.

Affiliated Mortgage Company’s Correspondent Division


Affiliated Mortgage Company Ranked as One of the Nation’s Top Mortgage Lenders

Scotsman Guide Releases Top Mortgage Lenders 2012 Rankings

Monroe, LA – June 10, 2013 – Affiliated Mortgage Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Benchmark Bank, is proud to be named a Scotsman Guide 2012 Top Mortgage Lender. Affiliated Mortgage was ranked #28 in Overall Volume with $2.6 billion and over 13,800 units.
Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its first annual Top Mortgage Lenders rankings on June 1. The list, which ranks the nation’s top mortgage-lending companies, appears in Scotsman Guide’s June 2013 residential edition, and searchable rankings are available online at

Affiliated Mortgage Company was ranked among entries from hundreds of mortgage companies across the country. To be eligible for consideration in Scotsman Guide’s Top Mortgage Lenders rankings, all loan volume had to be from mortgages on one-to-four-unit residential properties within the United States. No commercial or international loans were included. After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants’ volume from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the company or a similar source.
Affiliated Mortgage Company, whose home office in Monroe, LA, originates retail residential mortgage loans and purchases and sells loans on correspondent basis throughout the country.

Scotsman Guide Media publishes a residential edition and a commercial edition of Scotsman Guide, in addition to Scotsman Guide Loan Post and other platforms at The magazines also are available in digital format at Each month, the magazines reach tens of thousands of subscribers nationwide. Scotsman Guide is the leading resource for mortgage originators and connects mortgage brokers with wholesale and commercial lenders.

For more information, visit or call 866-524-7946

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