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From left, Nations Lending branch manager Dale Kennedy, processor Chelsea Howard, loan coordinators Jo Andrada and Megan Taylor, and senior loan officer/sales manager Tammy Kennedy make up the team for the new Southaven branch of the residential mortgage lender, located in The Grove Office Park on Getwell Road.

A mortgage lending company based in Ohio has moved to add North Mississippi and DeSoto County to its area footprint.

Nations Lending opened an office on May 11 in Southaven at 5740 Getwell Road in The Grove Office Park.

The office in Southaven will be headed by the husband and wife team of Dale and Tammy Kennedy. While the couple is new to Nations Lending, Dale said they are not new to the DeSoto County area.

“We’ve been in the market for many, many years under another flag,” said Dale. “The major reason we’re here is the way Nations Lending does business and with their products and programs that they offer for all of our potential customers.”

Dale is the branch manager, while Tammy is the branch producer and sales manager. She will bring more than 20 years of experience as a loan officer. A news release said Tammy generated more than $30 million in loan volume last year.

"Tammy brings such a deep knowledge base of her market along with the tenacity and a drive to win a great deal of business," said Corey Caster, Executive Vice President of National Production. "Dale has helped her scale the business, and we think Nations' sales and marketing platforms will help them continue to do so."

"We're in growth mode, and we view this partnership with Nations as an extension of that — we help the company grow, they help us grow our branch,” Dale Kennedy said. “We're glad to be here."

Nations Lending Corporation is considered one of the fastest-growing mortgage lenders in the United States and is licensed to lend in all 50 states with more than 85 branches across the country.

Inc. 5000 recognized Nations Lending as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the country in 2018, and the company was named a top-100 lender by National Mortgage Professional Magazine and Scotsman Guide in 2019.