We are honored to announce that HousingWire has chosen CIVIC President William J. Tessar as a recipient of its 2022 Vanguard Award. The Vanguard Award recognizes leaders of businesses that are contributing to the growth of the housing economy and having an unmistakable impact on the industry at-large.

This is the eighth year that HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing economy for their outstanding leadership in the space. Tessar is among the 100 honorees selected for the prestigious award. 

"The 2022 Vanguards honorees represent the housing economy's elite leaders who have made an unmistakable impact on the industry at-large and continue to drive growth and inspire their organizations," said HW Media Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler. "With these leaders at the helm, companies will be able to weather the current market to fight another day."

HousingWire's 2022 Vanguards have led their respective organizations towards greatness while tackling challenges the housing economy has faced over the past 12 months. Tessar taking on the extraordinarily tall order of driving a private money lender through an acquisition by a publicly traded company, and doing so amidst a global pandemic, a volatile market, and everchanging financial landscape, serves as the perfect example of that.  

With over 30 years of mortgage industry experience, Tessar joined CIVIC in March 2017. William previously founded and served as President of three mortgage companies resulting in residential funding volume exceeding $35 billion. On top of his leadership accolades and track record of scaling organizations to new heights, William was formerly one of the nation's top loan originators. Having been in the shoes of the originator, he has used his unique vantage point to create a recruiting, training and management style that sets the gold standard among industry leaders.

"Bill Tessar is truly one-of-a-kind leadership and mentor. Over the past year he has proven that he is also a force to be reckoned with in the private lending space," said CIVIC EVP of Operations Merced Cohen. "His mastery of knowing when to lead tactically vs. strategically has catapulted his strength and directly impacted the direction and continued growth of CIVIC Financial Services."

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