Leonard Pollard Vice President of Mortgage Lending

Guaranteed Rate Affinity

Where did you grow up?
Los Angeles, CA.

What was your most interesting job before going into lending?
Market Manager at Rent-A-Center.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Workout, pray, meditate.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Oprah Winfrey because I admire her story and work ethic. She has really helped a lot of people locally and nationally.

Where is Chicago’s best-kept secret?
The Japanese Garden off of Lake Shore Drive South.

What do you love most about the industry?
I love the ability to impact lives and build life-long relationships with clients and real estate professionals.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Building trust within the communities; once that relationship is built the rest is exhilarating and I look forward to education and helping people everyday.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
SXM 330, A&E Court TV, HGTV, “The Millionaire Mentor.”

What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
Prime and Provisions’ Seafood Tower.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Willis Tower.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
I witnessed a sheriff and his wife fight at the closing over some debt.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I was once a deacon in a Baptist church.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?
Puerto Rico. The people are very nice and humble.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the lending industry?
Focus on relationships; people work with people.

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