Toby Harris Named HousingWire Vanguard Award Recipient - Movement Mortgage Blog

Movement Mortgage, a top 10 national retail mortgage lender, is proud to announce co-founder and Executive Vice-President Toby Harris is a 2018 HousingWire Vanguard Award winner.

Harris is part of a spectacular field of mortgage professionals chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry.

After spending decades in the mortgage industry, Harris decided to make the change he desired to see. In 2008, he joined forces with Movement CEO Casey Crawford to form Movement Mortgage with just four people. Through purely organic growth, Movement now boasts more than 3,000 employees. It was Harris’ vision of a better way to serve people that led to the industry-shattering 6-7-1 process. Through his guidance, Movement has grown to become a top 10 national retail mortgage lender in less than a decade while originating $13 billion in mortgages in 2017.

My biggest accomplishment has been investing in leaders at Movement Mortgage,” said Harris.  “My purpose is to help them develop their vision through clear, strategic and effective goals to become leaders of impact and influence.”

Movement’s COO John Third has known Toby for more than 30 years and has worked with him for 26 of those years. “As a fresh, new 21-year-old in the mortgage business, Toby took me under his wing and mentored me,” says Third. “I can remember vividly how nervous I would get as Toby would entrust me with new tasks and roles within the company. So many of those were followed up with a conversation in his office or over lunch with Toby starting by saying in a quiet voice, ‘Now son.’ I knew immediately I had messed up but there was never a raised voice or a criticism, only words of encouragement and mentoring on how to do things differently next time around. It is amazing to work alongside such a visionary who truly cares about the people he works with.”

Movement Regional Director Clay Duncan first met Toby when he went to Seattle to interview for the position. It was what Toby did when Duncan’s flight got delayed that sealed the deal. Listen to Clay’s story below.

“Toby Harris is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the entire industry,” says Movement Regional Director David Massey. “I think that loan officers in the industry need to search for higher ground, loan officers who want a career and not just a job. With Toby’s experience and Casey’s servant leadership, I don’t think there’s a better combination.”

Regional Director Mike Ferreira echoes Massey’s sentiment. Ferreira first met Toby on a President’s Club trip and immediately understood why Movement Mortgage has been so successful under Toby’s mentorship. Click play below to hear Mike’s story.

And as we approach another uncertain time in the financial services world, Toby Harris is once again serving as a beacon for people who want to find a purpose instead of just a job.

“The secret to success is simple but often difficult for some people,” says Harris. “First, you must develop a vision that is complete. Then, you must intentionally work to live out that vision until it is complete.”

Movement Mortgage CEO Casey Crawford took a moment while he was on the road to congratulate his friend and mentor.

Read the story about Toby’s award on HousingWire.


About Movement Mortgage

Movement Mortgage exists to love and value people by leading a Movement of Change in its industry, corporate culture and communities. Movement funded approximately $13 billion in residential mortgages in 2017 and is the seventh-largest retail mortgage lender in the U.S. Movement is best known for its innovative mortgage process and referable experience, which begins with Upfront Underwriting and a seven-day loan processing goal. The company employs approximately 3,500 people, has more than 750 branches in the U.S. and is licensed in 49 states. Its nonprofit organization, the Movement Foundation, has reinvested approximately $40 million in communities to date. For more information, visit

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Jennifer Bates

Jennifer is the Communications Manager at Movement Mortgage. When she's not taking her dog Maddux on a hike in the North Carolina mountains or to the dog park, she competes in powerlifting and strongman.