Founded in 2007, InterLinc Mortgage entered the industry when many mortgage companies were struggling to stay open. Consisting of four branches and one state license, the Houston-based company had production volume of less than $100 million during its first year. Through grit and perseverance, InterLinc has navigated multiple industry ups and downs; today, the lender has over 40 branches, employs nearly 100 originators and is hitting targets of over $2.5 billion annually.
InterLinc President & CEO Gene F. Thompson III has been in the industry for decades. Thompson’s father was in the building industry for over 30 years, and despite his plans to work as an auditor, his father requested that he sell homes for a year within the family business. “I was instantly enamored by the business,” he shares. “I finished my one-year commitment of selling houses, and went straight into the mortgage business. That was 23 years ago.”
Thompson credits humility as a key cornerstone of his leadership strategy. “Behind every loan is a family and a life decision.” he says. “That is why InterLinc’s vision is to help 25,000 American families a year with their home financing goals.”
Under Thompson’s leadership, InterLinc has major plans for strategic growth. “What keeps us agile is the ability for us to quickly scale. I’m committed to being transparent and process-driven to strategically grow our company all while keeping a ‘boutique’ feel that can’t be found elsewhere,” says Thompson.
A facet of InterLinc that is near and dear to Thompson is the InterLinc Family Foundation. Serving as a board member, Thompson helps advance the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life in the communities where the company conducts business. Outside of work, Thompson enjoys hunting on his ranch in western Texas. He shares life with his high school sweetheart and wife of 24 years and has two beautiful children, one of whom now works at InterLinc as an originator.