Member Spotlight: First Federal Lending

Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

Member Spotlight by Christine Pohorence, Mortgage Loan Originator
Member Spotlight by Jon Deshler, VP of Commercial Real Estate

Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services.
First Federal Lakewood is committed to helping Ohio residents and businesses achieve their financial goals. As the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, we make decisions that benefit our customers, not shareholders. Deposit dollars are reinvested in our communities, and collectively we strengthen and help the local economy thrive.

Our Commercial & Business Borrowing team leverages our expertise to provide area businesses with the wide range of business and commercial lending solutions they need to stay successful. From term loans and business lines of credit to SBA loans and commercial real estate, we’re here for their success.

First Federal Lending, a division of First Federal Lakewood, is one of the top mortgage lenders in Ohio. Whether a customer is buying, building or refinancing, we work with them every step of the way to help make financing their dream home easy.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?
We are most looking forward to opening up new networking opportunities that will allow us to meet and work with other professionals who can help us grow professionally and personally.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?
Our industry moves very quickly, so keeping up to date is extremely important. We need to stay on top of new financial regulations, changes to existing laws and regulations, and emerging financial products or opportunities that may be of benefit to our customers or our community.

Also, the financial market itself is constantly changing, so we watch and react to its movement in order to keep our customers informed and ready to make the best financial choices possible. To do so, we rely on a diverse range of resources such as industry conferences, webinars, networking events and various industry newsletters.

What is your company culture like?
Our culture really reflects a sense of collaboration, teamwork, and giving back through community involvement and volunteerism. In a way, our employees make up our own little community, one where working together to achieve our goals, having fun and creating a good work/life balance are all important.

What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?
Columbus is a vibrant, growing city with so many things to do. There are not only growth opportunities for business here, but the mix of business is very diverse, allowing you to meet and work with professionals from a wide range of different industries.

How do you achieve a work/life balance?
We make sure we carve out time each day for family, and for hobbies like reading or health & wellness. Knowing when to stop working and focus on ourselves and our families can be hard, but it’s something we make sure to do, every day.

Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside the office?
Columbus has so much to offer, it’s hard to pick just one! But if we had to narrow it down a bit, we really enjoy Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in German Village and Carsonie’s, both their Upper Arlington and Westerville locations.