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Franco Banares is a Regional Senior Vice President at The Federal Savings Bank and oversees Consumer Direct mortgage lending for three of TFSB’s loan production offices. Franco entered the residential mortgage business in 2003 and has been a top producing Loan Originator since 2006 at the bank. Franco’s focus is now developing high-producing consumer direct mortgage bankers, sales teams, and loan production offices. He is dedicated to coaching and leading his staff, both professionally and personally, to reach their full income potential. He directly leads a team of over 50 Bankers and sales support staff.

Franco comes from a business background having graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2002 with an emphasis in Operations Management and Information Systems. His career began with the prestigious financial advisory firm Waddell and Reed, Inc. as a licensed Financial Advisor. During his tenure, Franco heightened his financial expertise by successfully completing his NASD Series 7 securities licensing and insurance examinations. He enjoyed helping his clients understand and implement financial strategies such as retirement planning, tax-deferred education savings, and wealth accumulation to achieve long term goals.

After spending time in the financial planning arena working with various other business professionals, Franco discovered his true calling was in mortgage banking. He felt that by helping others realize the American dream through homeownership, every single client of his was in a better position to work towards becoming financially independent. Soon into his new mortgage banking venture, Franco quickly became one of the top consumer direct loan officers at his company and earned opportunities to become an assistant sales manager, then sales manager, and eventually Regional Senior Vice President of Consumer Direct mortgage lending over the course of his career.

Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is where Franco, his wife, and beautiful young daughter reside today. When he’s not working, you can find him and his family enjoying everything Chicago has to offer including sporting events, cultural festivals, neighborhood events, fine dining, and the countless museums and landmarks.

If you’re an established consumer direct banker who has outgrown your current company, Franco is here to take your business and career to the next level. We will invest in your success like no other lender will!