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Private Money Lender’s Senior Vice President of People and Culture Receives Industry Accolade

August 2, 2021REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – CIVIC Financial Services (CIVIC), a leading private money lender specializing in the financing of non-owner-occupied investment properties, today announced that Sophie Kim, Senior Vice President of People and Culture, has been named one of HousingWire’s 2021 Women of Influence. The eleventh annual Women of Influence Awards recognized 100 women in the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries who are making notable contributions to their businesses and propelling the industry at large.

“Another way to describe our Women of Influence honorees this year would be the women who are making an impact, which is something we saw woven into each of these amazing award winners,” Brena Nath, HW+ managing editor, said. “Congratulations to these women who are cultivating a new path forward for the housing industry and reimagining a better, more collaborative future.”

Kim, a 2018 recipient of HousingWire’s Rising Star award, holds a 18-year career in mortgage and has been recognized for her leadership and collective contributions in successfully navigating CIVIC through the turmoil of the pandemic. During what was considered a crisis period in the private lending industry, Kim provided a safe and flexible environment for team members to thrive in, concurrently balancing corporate objectives and supporting the due diligence and transition of CIVIC’s acquisition as a wholly owned subsidiary by Pacific Western Bank.

“Sophie’s success of this past year stems from her calm and confidence, her dedication to bringing people together in a meaningful way, and the atmosphere of transparency that she developed by revolutionizing our internal communications,” said CIVIC President and CEO William J. Tessar. “Sophie is a phenomenal leader with a servant attitude, continually improving our employee experience, human resources, and learning and development efforts. She is at the pinnacle of her career, and we are so proud that her contributions have been nationally recognized.”

“The strength and resilience of our CIVIC team members and clients, amidst a turbulent year, has led to record-breaking results and an exciting new trajectory for the company,” Kim said. “If not for our people-centric CEO and leadership team, and the incredible talents of the People and Culture team, none of these accomplishments would be possible. To be named among this respected group of HousingWire 2021 Women of Influence honorees who are shaping our industry is a true honor.”



About CIVIC Financial Services

CIVIC Financial Services, LLC is a leading institutional private money lender specializing in the financing of non-owner-occupied investment properties. CIVIC helps investors leverage opportunities to grow their real estate portfolios and build wealth through real estate. As a direct lender offering an array of residential and multifamily financing solutions for retail, wholesale and correspondent channels, CIVIC maintains all operations in-house so loans are managed closely, quickly, and efficiently. For more information, please visit


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