Senior Associate Western Region Production
"I started working in property management, and by a turn of fate, I met a Freddie Mac director on an inspection. It was a pivotal moment in my career." — Addison Dorflinger
What is your current role?
A: I’m a senior associate on the Western region production team in Freddie Mac’s Multifamily division. I spend my days working with my producer and Optigo® lenders reviewing loan submission packages, working with our capital markets team to generate quotes on multiple deals for our lenders and guiding deals through the application process into the hands of underwriting.
Favorite part about it?
A: I get to work with intelligent people who push me to be better. I love that every day is different, and I’m constantly challenged and learning in my career.
What did you think you would be when you grew up, and what did you study in school?
A: I always thought I would end up being an attorney or a teacher. I studied finance in college but when I graduated I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my degree, so I had some navigating to do and decided to start in property management.
What was your first job in this industry?
A: I started working in property management right out of college, and by a turn of fate, I met a Freddie Mac director on an inspection. After touring him around the property and telling him about the asset, he asked me if I’d be interested in interviewing for an analyst position. I didn’t know anything about Freddie Mac at the time, so I was naturally nervous to make the jump, but his encouragement was instrumental – he saw potential in me and knew that I could learn the business. It was a pivotal moment in my career.
Did you have any mentors, role models or inspiration that helped groom you for your career?
A: Both of my parents are my role models. They are originally from Kansas but moved out to California together when they were 19. They came from nothing and both worked relentlessly to become successful and provide for our family. Going to college was never an option for either of them, so being the first person on both sides of my family to graduate college was a huge accomplishment for not only me but for my parents too. Their drive motivated me to forge my own path.
They drilled into my sister and I that “hard work always pays off.” You may not be the smartest person in the room, but you can outwork anyone.
How would you like to see the industry change or evolve toward women in the next decade?
A: I’ve noticed a shift and I think it’s continuing to evolve. Since I started at Freddie Mac, there are now several women in leadership roles. It’s refreshing to see female leaders and I think we continue to grow in the right direction. I’d like to see more opportunities for women in general to prove themselves and bring their unique perspectives to the table.
If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self, what piece of advice would you give her?
A: You can’t be perfect, so stop trying to be. The little things that you think matter today aren’t going to matter in five years. Be kind and don’t forget how fortunate and lucky you are.
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