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Former Countrywide, Saxon and American Equity Mortgage executive to focus on growth initiatives as LeaderOne continues to expand its multi-state operations

December 16, 2015 – Overland Park, KS –  LeaderOne Financial, a Kansas City area-based mortgage banking company licensed in 38 states, announced the promotion of Steven Light to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief strategy officer.  His areas of responsibility include production support, marketing, corporate communication, process improvement and strategic growth.  Light joined LeaderOne in 2014 and previously served as vice president, director of corporate services for the company.

Light has over 20 years of mortgage experience and held executive positions with Countrywide, Saxon Capital and Household International.  Prior to LeaderOne, he was senior vice president for retail sales for American Equity Mortgage, where he managed three regional vice presidents and their retail branch networks.

“I’m excited to be joining the senior leadership team here at LeaderOne Financial, an employee-centric company that has always focused on quality and organic growth,” Light said.  “I look forward to helping guide the company’s expansion into new areas and increasing our share in the markets we currently serve, leveraging our trademark high service levels with borrowers and referral partners.”

LeaderOne has experienced significant growth over the last three years and is currently originating about $1 billion in annual loan volume. The company intends to expand to more than 40 offices by 2017, and Light’s role as chief strategy officer is integral to achieving its growth plan.

“Steven is an organized, optimistic leader who sees the big picture and knows how to recruit individuals to the mission,” noted A.W. Pickel III, founder, president and CEO of LeaderOne Financial.  “He has the ability to see the issues with a laser-like focus.  I count on Steven for his candid opinions and his gifted leadership.”


About LeaderOne Financial:
LeaderOne is a full service mortgage banking company founded in 1992 by A.W. Pickel, III as a mortgage brokerage. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, LeaderOne Financial originates a complete range of conventional and government loan programs and services over $600 million for its investors, which include Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  LeaderOne is a direct Ginnie Mae issuer and is licensed in 38 states.  For more information, visit