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Cardinal Financial Welcomes Two Industry Powerhouses to the Team!

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Cardinal Financial Welcomes Two Industry Powerhouses to the Team!
Cardinal Financial - April 14, 2021

We are thrilled (and that might be an understatement) to announce that industry powerhouses Cindy Brown and Jim Hopkins are joining Cardinal Financial! Talk about #squadgoals. Throughout their extensive careers, these seasoned sales leaders have guided their respective departments to tremendous success. Now they’ll bring their leadership and experience to their new roles as Divisional Senior Vice Presidents for Retail Production.

More About Cindy

Cindy is a seasoned mortgage veteran with 36 years of industry experience, the last 10 of which were spent at Envoy Mortgage, where she managed 24 branches in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic. Before that, she served as Regional Vice President at GMAC Mortgage. In addition to sales leadership, she’s worked in multiple areas of home lending, including operations, capital markets, and construction lending, and she’s received numerous profitability and production awards over her career. In her personal life, she’s passionate about supporting a variety of non-profit organizations, including one of South Carolina’s largest food banks.

“Cardinal Financial is a forward-thinking lender that ignites entrepreneurial leadership among its retail teams,” Cindy said. “I chose Cardinal Financial for many reasons, especially for its products and superior technology, which creates a frictionless mortgage process for both loan originators and borrowers. I am incredibly excited about the growth opportunity that these tools and premium experience will offer my team and future teams that join Cardinal Financial.”

More About Jim

As a respected industry leader, Jim joins us with more than 19 years of home lending experience. He grew his career at Envoy Mortgage, most recently overseeing about 40 branches across 13 states. He held several key positions throughout his time there, including Divisional Leader and National Sales Leader, with a primary focus on expanding and managing a retail network throughout the country. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker who has received numerous production awards over his career, and *fun fact* he’s a two-time Ironman finisher and a former CrossFit coach.

“Bigger, better, stronger, faster. That’s why I came to Cardinal Financial,” Jim said. Cardinal Financial’s custom-built home loan technology, Octane, provides a competitive advantage that truly cannot be matched elsewhere. It allows originators to generate larger amounts of volume while also removing the traditional bottlenecks that come with increased volume. I’m confident that Cardinal Financial is positioned to be a dominant force in the industry thanks to this cutting-edge technology coupled with true solution-based executive leadership, and I am looking forward to being part of the team and growing our brand.”

In their roles, Cindy and Jim will oversee Retail Production responsibilities and drive future growth for their divisions. 

“We are beyond ecstatic to welcome this caliber of talent to our roster,” Brad Hoke, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy, said. “When it comes to Retail Production, Cindy and Jim are trailblazers, and I’m confident that their extensive sales and management experience will significantly expedite our goals and strategic growth plans not only for their divisions but also across our company.”

About Cardinal Financial

We started Cardinal Financial with a passion for developing a better mortgage experience. Our proprietary loan origination software, Octane®, is a sure advantage, but we soon found out that revolutionary technology only goes so far without revolutionary people. We place a premium on hiring talented, forward-thinking, entrepreneurial spirits who are committed, not only to reimagining the possibilities of mortgage lending, but to delivering a personal experience to every borrower every time. We take a tremendous amount of pride in our people because they’re what sets us apart from the rest. Our culture is strengthened by self-starters who look forward to coming to work every day and are willing to go the extra mile for their colleagues and their clients. Cardinal Financial is where your career meets your calling. Join us and be a part of something more than mortgage lending. For more information about Cardinal Financial, visit or follow us on social media: and @CardinalFinancial on Instagram.