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Guild Mortgage Honored by Department of Defense with Pro Patria Award

South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes Guild’s The Seventh Branch Employee Resource Group for Military-Friendly Policies, Programs

San Diego – Oct. 12, 2022 — Guild Mortgage (NYSE: GHLD), a growth-oriented mortgage lending company originating and servicing residential loans since 1960, and its employee resource group (ERG) The Seventh Branch, received the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (SC ESGR) Pro Patria Award in recognition of their support of employees who serve in the South Carolina Guard and Reserve.

The South Carolina ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws.

“The ESGR Pro Patria Award was created to publicly recognize U.S. employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Jennifer Harding, South Carolina ESGR State Chair. “Supportive employers like Guild Mortgage are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Guild’s regional vice president of the southeast, Matt MacGillivray, accepted the Pro Patria Award on behalf of the company and Guild’s Military Veterans ERG, The Seventh Branch. MacGillivray and his team created the company’s Southeast retail presence, and he is now responsible for Guild’s entire Southeast region, with 10 branches and 39 satellite offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He joined Guild in 2012 and built a strong reputation for the company throughout the region by focusing on providing superior customer service in the Guild model.

“Guild understands that employer support for military service is critical to maintaining the strength of America’s Guard and Reserve units,” said MacGillivray. “National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and by valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, Guild is directly supporting the readiness and retention of these critical national defense resources.”

Guild was nominated for the award by The Seventh Branch board member Peter Huddlestun, a mortgage loan closer in the SE region who currently serves in the Army Band. Huddlestun has benefited from Guild’s military-friendly policies, including the company’s commitment to provide paid time off for servicepersons needing to complete training.

In addition to earning a Pro Patria Award, Guild Mortgage also made a formal Statement of Support. The Statement of Support confirms that Guild Mortgage joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

With its Statement of Support, Guild Mortgage joins a force of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for the United States’ armed forces.

Headquartered in San Diego, Guild Mortgage is a leading national lender with an established history of offering a comprehensive array of loan products and partnering with government organizations to help deliver the promise of home in every neighborhood and community. Its loan professionals can serve the needs of any homebuyer, from helping first-time buyers achieve homeownership, often through government loan programs, to homebuyers looking for a jumbo loan. Guild also helps active duty and retired military personnel who qualify for VA loans with 100% financing and flexible qualifying standards. The company is consistently recognized for its impact in the communities it serves, commitment to customer service, strength in regulatory compliance, and workplace culture.

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Founded in 1960 when the modern U.S. mortgage industry was just forming, Guild Mortgage Company is a nationally recognized independent mortgage lender providing residential mortgage products and local in-house origination and servicing. Guild’s collaborative culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion enable it to deliver a personalized experience for each customer. With more than 4,000 employees and over 250 retail branches, Guild has relationships with credit unions, community banks, and other financial institutions and services loans in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Guild’s highly trained loan professionals are experienced in government-sponsored programs such as FHA, VA, USDA, down payment assistance programs and other specialized loan programs. Guild Mortgage Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guild Holdings Company, whose shares of Class A common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GHLD.