Molitor Financial Group
Craig Messman knows about risk mitigation and sound judgment. He exhibits those skills each time he enjoys two of his favorite hobbies, skydiving and hunting. Both activities require a combination of confidence and intrepidness, even as they demand foresight and strategy. These same attributes are necessary in Messman’s role at Molitor Financial Group, as clients rely on his expert ability to structure an appropriate mortgage that meets their buying needs. Not only is he expected to provide the best lending products available, but Messman must also thoroughly explain the intricacies of those products so that clients clearly understand the financial commitment they are about to make.
Critical thinking and analysis are nothing new to Messman, though. A quantitative economics and computer science degree holder from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he says, “Each of these areas of study is based on problem solving, which is something I do every day in this profession.” He relies on data to help him navigate the complexities associated with real estate financing, which is why he diligently monitors market trends and changes to remain current on everything happening in the industry. “My approach is to inform clients regularly and consistently so that they’re comfortable with the lending process from beginning to end,” he explains. “I give the same level of service and effort to every client, so anyone who needs my help gets my full attention.”
A primary reason for this equitable approach is Messman’s unwavering commitment to doing the right thing. “I was brought up to operate with honesty and to exemplify the meaning of hard work,” he points out, adding that his real estate career allows him to demonstrate these qualities on a daily basis. It also helps that Messman truly loves helping people, which is why he is so passionate about his career.
Thanking Troy Molitor, whom he describes as his “mentor and teacher,” Messman credits his partner for his success. In addition, he points out that his colleagues inspire him with the teamwork they regularly exhibit, a skill he himself continuously strengthens through another of his pastime favorites, CrossFit. “It requires a constant effort to grow stronger, and that’s exactly what we work to achieve each day at Molitor.”