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Employee Spotlight Rick Bowman Employee Spotlight Rick Bowman

Rick Bowman - Senior Director (Information Technology)

“Everyone here genuinely cares for one another – not only at work, but outside the office.”

Rick leads and directs the efforts of nearly 40 software engineers across three teams in support of Freedom’s IT initiatives. A typical day for him includes meeting with his team to stay in-the-know about their current projects. In the same day, he’ll develop plans for future endeavors that will continue to keep Freedom’s business operations running quickly and efficiently.

What Rick particularly enjoys about his role is being able to deliver software solutions that make a process smarter, faster, or more efficient. He likes implementing updated applications and modernized methods for our loan origination platform that provide quicker results for our loan advisors.

Balancing the workload across the team in order to deliver the most value to the company can be quite challenging. Rick cites an example of when new mortgage application process regulations were mandated, it took an all-hands-on-deck approach to make sure our systems were updated accordingly.

Addressing the new mandates required numerous changes to multiple software systems throughout Freedom. The changes included everything from the user interface to capture new required data, to logic that ensured we were following the new regulations, to data on the forms being sent to the borrowers. My entire team worked for 39 days straight to deliver these changes by the deadline. I was most proud of the fact that everyone kept asking, ‘What else can I do?’ It was the type of event that demonstrates the true make-up of the team. I’m proud to have helped build that culture within the department.

For anyone interested in joining Freedom, Rick offers the following piece of advice.

Bring your vision and ideas. If you have a solution or a concept for a better way to do something, don’t be afraid to make your voice heard.

When Rick is not in work mode, he enjoys spending time with his wife, crafting, cooking, baking, watching football, and playing the drums.

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