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Founded by Originators, Built for Better Culture.

When Assurance Financial was founded in 2001, two bold originators set out on their own to create a different kind of mortgage company culture. One that prioritizes employee happiness in order grow. Through great leaders, we've been able to keep up with industry standards and accomplish exceptional goals over the past 20 years.

Learn more about our leaders and how their industry experience continues to drive us forward.

Kenny Hodges, President/CEO

Kenny Hodges is the President and CEO of Assurance Financial. After working with Wells Fargo for seven years out of college, he founded Assurance Financial in 2001 and has grown the company to over 20 branch offices supported by two operations centers. He is a licensed mortgage banker through the National Mortgage Licensing System Registry and has 27 years of mortgage lending experience. Kenny earned a B.S. in Entrepreneurship Management from Louisiana Tech University where he was elected to serve as the Student Government Association President. He is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Louisiana Mortgage Lenders Association where he is a past Board President. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Louisiana and is a past Chapter Chair. Kenny currently serves on the Louisiana Tech University College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. Kenny is married with three children and resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Steve Ward, COO

Steve Ward has over 17 years with Assurance Financial. He began his career in production before assisting in the company’s retail branch expansion. Steve is Assurance Financial’s Chief Operating Officer, Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Steve lives in Baton Rouge, LA with his wife and three children.

Chad Hebert, CFO

Chad Hebert, CPA, CMB, joined Assurance Financial in 2013 and is now the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to 2013, Chad worked in public accounting along with a role in financial reporting at a publicly traded advertising firm. In 2017, Chad earned the Certified Mortgage Banker designation and is a member of the MBA Accounting & Financial Management Committee. Chad graduated from Louisiana State University and currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and daughter.

Katherine Campbell, Chief Digital Officer

Katherine Campbell is the Chief Digital Officer for Assurance Financial. She is an analytics driven executive with expertise in Web conversion, UI, and technical integration with over 18 years of digital experience in financial services. Selecting, adopting, and integrating over 20 new technologies in the since 2018 in addition to launching a new brand, Campbell is on track with the industry to offer an end-to-end digital mortgage solution. She is frequently featured on webinars for digital trends and was named a HousingWire 2020 Tech Trendsetter.

Terry LeBlanc, Central Regional Sales Manager

Terry has enjoyed 30 plus years in mortgage banking. Experienced as an originator, sales and service have been at the forefront of his managerial duties. Joining Assurance Financial in 2015, Terry was tasked with expanding the marketing footprint with new branches and talented professionals. With Terry’s assistance, Assurance Financial has increased 10 branches in 6 different states. Terry is the Central Regional Manager of 12 branches. Terry formerly held positions with BancorpSouth Mortgage, was president of Acadian Residential Lending, and is a past president of Louisiana Mortgage Bankers Association. Terry remains active with the Mortgage Bankers Association. Terry lives in Baton Rouge, LA with his wife, Wendy.

Clavis Smith, Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Clavis entered the mortgage business in 1989 and has held numerous positions in mortgage origination and sales production before moving exclusively into sales leadership in 2014. He joined Assurance Financial in 2018 as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager. His experience in retail mortgage production provides great guidance and support to branch leaders and loan production personnel. Clavis is also very active in both state and national Mortgage Banker’s Associations advocating on issues to support the industry. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently resides in Glen Allen, VA with his wife. He has four children and one grandchild, and enjoys fishing on the Chesapeake Bay or playing tennis and golf in his spare time.

Paul Peters, National Business Development Manager

Paul Peters, CMB, has over 40 years of experience in residential mortgage banking. Paul has worked in all areas of the business with most of his focus in production and executive management. Paul has owned an independent mortgage company, worked as a national production manager and was a President/CEO for a leading large national bank-owned mortgage company for 14 years. Paul has been heavily involved nationally with the Mortgage Bankers Association and Fannie Mae having earned his Master Certified Mortgage Banker designation and served a term on the the MBA’s Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG). He also serving on Fannie Mae’s National Advisory Council and was a Fannie Mae Southwestern U.S Advisory Board Member. Paul resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and family.

Courtney Henson, Director of Human Resources

Courtney Henson is Director of Human Resources for Assurance Financial. She is responsible for the oversight and management of the company’s “People Departments” including human resources, payroll, recruiting, and training and development. She has been with the company since 2013, and has been an integral part of its growth during that time, and now sits as a permanent member of the company’s Executive Committee.

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