April 1, 2019 Catherine Abbott


September 18, 2019

Contact: Catherine Abbott, office (760) 245-4271 x 2523, email: [email protected]



VICTORVILLE, CA – This year’s economic forecast will feature Susan McHan, the President of Retail Mortgage for Flagstar Bank, a top 10 national mortgage lender (Inside Mortgage Finance, 2018), operating in some locations under its brand name Opes Advisors. Before merging with Flagstar Bank in 2017 to become its retail mortgage division, Opes Advisors, Inc. achieved recognition as a top 25 mortgage banking and investment management firm, with volume in excess of $3.2 billion in 2016.

Over the last three decades, McHan has operated as an influential leader in the financial services industry, specializing in retail mortgage. Her experience led her to co-found Elliot Ames, Inc., a high-end mortgage bank and investment services company that was successfully sold to First Horizon Bank Corporation. McHan remained as Regional President and Director of Wealth Management for the California Region of First Horizon until leaving to start Opes Advisors, Inc. in 2004.

At Opes Advisors, Inc., Mchan was instrumental in the invention and implementation of the industry’s first real estate decision technology, OpesAdvantage. This new technology empowered the company’s Mortgage Advisors to provide extraordinary value for clients and real estate agents, by crafting more effective mortgage solutions in the context of each client’s long-term financial concerns, delivered seamlessly through integrated technology. Since the company’s acquisition, McHan has led the development of a powerful “hybrid banking” business model that combines the flexibility of a correspondent lender with the advantages and specialty lending products of a top national bank lender.

McHan has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most respected mortgage executives in the country, named as one of Mortgage Executive Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Mortgage Executives and honored as a Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence.

It was recently announced that the High Desert Opportunity Summit, which partnered with the Victor Valley College’s High Desert Economic Summit in 2018, had been full transferred over to the control of the college.

The Victor Valley College Foundation is already well under way in planning the 2019 conference presented by Desert Valley Hospital/Desert Valley Medical Group and will be held October 24, 2019 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, California.   

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