Gov. Bill Lee has named one of Middle Tennessee’s mortgage and banking industry experts, Lawson H. (Mike) Hardwick III, to serve on the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s board of directors.
Hardwick is the founder and president of Churchill Mortgage Corp., a Brentwood-based leader in the mortgage industry. The company provides residential mortgages in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
Under Hardwick’s leadership, the privately owned company, which has more than 800 employees, has worked to fulfill the mission of helping borrowers achieve debt-free homeownership and build wealth through a smarter mortgage plan.
“I am extremely honored to join the Tennessee Housing Development’s board of directors,” Hardwick said. “This agency provides valuable opportunities to Tennessee homebuyers, helping them achieve the dream of homeownership. I’m looking forward to helping support THDA as it expands its new conventional loan product in 2021.”
Hardwick began his career in commercial and investment banking with two nationally known firms. In the early 1980s, he founded a condo conversion company that grew to be the third-largest in the nation.
Before founding Churchill Mortgage in 1992, Hardwick was one of the principal founders of Franklin National Bank in Franklin, which was later acquired by Fifth Third Bank. More recently, he was a principal founder and is currently a member of the board of Studio Bank in Nashville.
THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey said that Hardwick will be a welcome addition to the board.
“With more than 40 years of mortgage and banking experience, Mike has consistently focused on providing borrowers with quality loan experiences, and his perspective will be a true asset to the board,” Perrey said.
THDA was created in 1973 to provide loans, grants, tax credits and other financing opportunities to encourage the construction, repair and preservation of affordable housing and to help ensure the housing market meets the needs of every Tennessean, regardless of income, disability or age.