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Victor Ciardelli, Founder and CEO of Guaranteed Rate, Wins HousingWire's 2018 Vanguard Award

The award recognizes C-level and business unit executives who are leaders in their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance.

/EIN News/ -- Chicago, Ill., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chicago, IL (December 3, 2018) --- Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation, is proud to announce that its Founder and CEO Victor Ciardelli has won a HousingWire 2018 Vanguard Award.


Ciardelli is one of only 52 industry leaders to receive the award, which recognizes C-level and business unit executives who have become leaders in the housing and mortgage finance space.

This is the fourth year that HousingWire has recognized top industry executives for their outstanding leadership. Winners are chosen based on their impact on members of an individual organizations, as well as their ability to move the residential mortgage lending, servicing, real estate and investing markets forward.

“I am grateful for this industry recognition,” Ciardelli said. “Our success is a direct result of the great people I have the pleasure of working with every day.”

“In addition to representing a wide range of talent and expertise in the mortgage finance economy, this year’s Vanguard honorees represent much of the change happening within the mortgage industry,” Online Editor Caroline Basile said.

HousingWire announced the winners of the annual HW Vanguard Awards program today. The organization reports that this year's field of entries for the HW Vanguards was among the most impressive they have seen.

In June 2000, Ciardelli founded Guaranteed Rate on the principles of delivering low rates, groundbreaking technology, complete transparency, five-star customer service and a quick, easy mortgage process to borrowers. In July 2015, Ciardelli oversaw the launch of the World’s First Digital Mortgage.

In 2012, Ciardelli founded the Guaranteed Rate Foundation to touch the lives of those in need of assistance after experiencing unforeseen hardships – from natural disasters to medical emergencies. In just six years, the Foundation has assisted more than a thousand individuals across the country and distributed more than $2.5 million in aid to over 250 families. Guaranteed Rate covers 100% of expenses, meaning every penny donated to the Foundation goes to someone in need.

He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012, was named “CEO of the Year” by Mortgage Executive Magazine in 2012 and 2013 and brought home “CEO of the Year” at the 2014 CityLights Awards. In addition, he has been named to MPA Magazine’s “Hot 100” list of the most influential people in the mortgage industry every year since 2013. Most recently, he was included in Crain Chicago Business’ 2017 list of “Who’s Who in Chicago Business.”

About Guaranteed Rate

Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the Company has approximately 317 offices across the U.S. and Washington, D.C., and is licensed in all 50 states. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded nearly $19 billion in loans in 2017 alone. The Company has cemented itself as the Home Purchase Experts® by introducing innovative technology, such as the world's first Digital Mortgage, by offering low rates within an easy-to-understand mortgage process and by delivering unparalleled customer service. Honors and awards include: “Top Lender for Online Service” for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2017; Top Lender 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Chicago Agent magazine; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years; and Best Overall Online Lender and Best Lender for FHA Refinance by NerdWallet in 2018. Visit for more information.

About HW Media

HW Media is the leading digital community for real estate, financial services and fintech professionals to engage, connect and gain knowledge. Founded in 2016 through the acquisition of HousingWire, HW Media is based in Dallas, TX with team members across the country. HW Media is owned by Riomar Capital.

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Jennifer Zeidler
Guaranteed Rate