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Mortgage lender announces new group VP

Craig Bland

Craig Bland

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Southeast Mortgage has announced a new member to its team who will lead a new location in Gwinnett.

Craig Bland, who previously worked at Brand Mortgage as an assistant vice president, joined Southeast at a new location at Interstate 85 and Sugarloaf Parkway scheduled to open in the second quarter. Bland was an assistant vice president and mortgage banker at Brand.

"Great beliefs and knowledge of the mortgage origination business makes him a perfect fit for our team and we are a perfect fit for his team," said Southeast President and CEO Cal Haupt. "The synergy created will leverage our ability to serve our clients and referral partners."

Bland was educated in the United Kingdom, but has lived in Gwinnett since 1998, and is married with two daughters.

"I am hoping I can help Southeast Mortgage grow and become even more successful than they already are," Bland said.

Southeast also announced it is opening new "social max centers" in Cobb, Perimeter and Gwinnett. The offices have pool tables, HD televisions and live patio music to promote a social networking environment for realtors, a release said.

The Gwinnett office is scheduled to open in June, and the "social max" locations are expected to add more than 50 employees.

"A business is only as strong as the relationships it can create and sustain," Haupt said. "Our social max centers are a reflection of that. This concept is about doing everything we can to promote a fun and productive environment in which employees, partners and clients can thrive."