MBA Education Path to Diversity Scholar Profile: Kim King, CMB, AMP

(One in a continuing series of profiles of participants in the MBA Education Path to Diversity (P2D) Scholarship Program, which enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.)

MBA NewsLink: Tell us about yourself

Kim King, CMB, AMP

Kim King, CMB, AMP: I am the Director of Mortgage Operations at Bryant Bank. I am fortunate to be in this industry thirty plus years, since my senior year of high school. I began working as an Assistant in November of 1991 for Marbury Mortgage, Inc., a small wholesale mortgage company in Birmingham, Ala. I was able to work in high school because of an on-the-job training program where my high school partnered with local businesses to help high school students find their career path and acquire on the job training skills. I worked for this mortgage company while I attended college, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated with a Finance/ Real Estate degree.

Even after college, I worked another nine years until the company closed in 2005. Thankfully, at a very early age, I was able to learn invaluable skills working as a Loan Processor, Loan Officer and an Assistant.

As the mortgage industry continued to evolve, I worked for other companies as a Mortgage Specialist and a Closing Supervisor, which truly began my management path in this industry. I am the mother of two young men, ages 23 and 21. I am a true sports mom, so in my spare time I enjoy traveling to see my youngest son play college football and watching sports on television. I also enjoy church activities, exercising, shopping, and spending time with loved ones.

MBA NewsLink: How did you learn about the MBA Path to Diversity Program?

Kim King: Ashley Yarabinec, CMB, AMP told me about the Path to Diversity Scholarship opportunity. Ashley works for MBA as the Director of Member Relations. She explained the scholarship and emailed me the link to apply online. I am truly grateful for Ashley because I have won this scholarship three times through MBA, which has helped me further my professional education and growth in the industry.

MBA NewsLink: What inspired you to become more involved?  Did a co-worker/supervisor/mentor encourage your participation?

Kim King: The president of our Mortgage Division, Michelle Robinson, knew that I was passionate about furthering my professional education, so she allowed me to take courses through MBA starting with the School of Mortgage Banking I.

Since then, I have obtained my AMP (Accredited Mortgage Professional) designation and my CRU I (Certified Residential Underwriter) achievement. Most recently, I earned my CMB (Certified Mortgage Banker) designation. I graduated in October of 2023 at MBA Annual in Philadelphia. Luckily, 2023 was the 50th anniversary celebration of the CMB Society! It was an epic event full of memories that I will cherish for a lifetime!

MBA NewsLink: Did you find the application process to be user-friendly? 

Kim King: Yes, the application process was very user-friendly. I think completing the application and uploading the documentation only requires the time and effort to complete the task. If you want to further your professional education and you meet the qualification requirements, this is an awesome scholarship opportunity offered through MBA!

MBA NewsLink: How has the Path to Diversity Scholarship benefited you, personally and professionally?

Kim King: I have definitely grown in my self-assurance! I think the MBA courses require perseverance, a substantial amount of studying and time-management skills! In addition, by taking these courses, I have created a huge network of many passionate real estate finance professionals. I love the available networking opportunities through MBA’s educational and scholarship opportunities.

MBA NewsLink: What have you been able to bring back to your company as a result of the Path to Diversity program?

Kim King: I have learned much more about the mortgage industry in all areas through my MBA studies. One unique thing about the mortgage industry is that it is ever changing with new programs, products, guidelines, etc., so there is always something to learn in this industry even if you have been in the industry for decades.  

I am very proud that our employees at Bryant Bank continue to further their professional education through the Mortgage Bankers Association each year!

MBA NewsLink: What would you say to someone considering applying for a Path to Diversity scholarship?

Kim King: First, I would say, “Believe in yourself!” Next, complete the application and documentation requirements. Be proud that you have put forth the effort to win a scholarship. Even if you do not win the first time, reapply! As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”


About the MBA Path to Diversity Scholarship Program

The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes existing industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. Recipients receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for popular MBA Education courses and designation programs. This education opportunity enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.

MBA recognizes that a strong, responsible and sustainable real estate finance industry requires a workforce that is reflective of our society at large.

For more information about the Path to Diversity Scholarship Program, click here.