FRANKLIN LOAN CENTER NAMED IN THE INNAUGURAL GATOR 100 AS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING GATOR-LED BUSINESSES IN AMERICA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PALM DESERT, CA – (December 9, 2014) – Franklin Loan Center has been named to this year’s Gator100. Alumni from the University of Florida have created and guided some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the nation and the world. UF's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) recognizes these amazing entrepreneurs with the launch of the inaugural Gator100. The Gator100 honors the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world. The Gator100 serves not only as a setting where UF's elite entrepreneurs can gather and share their talents and wisdom, but also as an inspiration to fellow Gators to be a part of this exclusive group.
Walter K. Neil is the President and CEO of Franklin Loan Center and a proud alumnus of the University of Florida and brings the entrepreneurial spirit of the Gator100 to his local community. Under Walter’s leadership, Franklin has expanded to become a thriving part of the business community and focused on bringing the best mortgage lending experience to the desert’s borrowers. Providing personalized, expert service is a hallmark of Walter’s commitment to the community and, as a leader in the field, frequently provides seminars and educational sessions to the area’s real estate industry on the changing nature of the mortgage business, programs and regulations.
“The Gator100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” explains Dr. Michael Morris, the Academic Director of the entrepreneurship program at UF. “It is open to any and all companies founded or run by Gator alumni, and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovating, and making a difference in their communities.” The first Gator100 Awards Celebration where rankings will be revealed is scheduled to be held on February 6, 2015.
Franklin Loan Center is the largest independent mortgage lender in the Coachella Valley, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary of service to the area. . Mr. Neil graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is married with three beautiful children. Walter currently serves on the finance committee and auditing committee for Palm Valley School and is a member in the YPO (Young Presidents Organization). Franklin Loan Center was recognized this year on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.