We had the good fortune of connecting with Dwight Howard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dwight, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
My initial reaction to this question is to say getting out of the military and using my experience to help me in the mortgage industry. The connections I made through that experience along with the timing of that decision helped propel my business into new heights, However, I think the reason for my continued success is my decision to always put my clients’ interests first and do right by them, no matter the scenario. It became a lifestyle when I was a sergeant in the Army to always exemplify the NCO creed, taking care of my soldiers to the best of my abilities. I adhere to those high standards in my business now as well.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We always put our client first, no matter what that means for our immediate bottom line. I strongly believe that when clients realize who they are working with is trustworthy and dependable, it creates a stable future for a business. As such, our focus is always on doing the right thing. “We take care of our own” is my personal motto, and while other businesses may believe that money is on the line, we believe relationships are.
Starting out, this business, this industry, was easy because it allowed me to focus on helping people. Housing is a basic need, and owning a home creates a strong financial foundation. It was a mission that I believed in from the heart and that always lead me in the direction I needed to go. It hasn’t always been easy due to the ups and downs in the economy and housing market, but with sustained belief in what it is what we do here, we have always overcome the obstacles.
I’m most proud of being able to thrive in this business for over 25 years. The team I’ve been able to build and the support system that I have in them is another thing that makes me feel very proud. I’m excited to see where Affinity goes in the coming years; I would love to see my business continue to thrive even after I retire.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Denver, I would take a friend to a Nuggets game. Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is my go-to dinner spot; the food there is delicious, I also love to golf, and I like to play the City Park golf course (which also has a great restaurant).
Colorado Springs, where we are headquartered, has several gems. I like to eat at Springs Orleans and golf at Country Club Colorado and Kissing Camels, along with the Air Force Academy. I am an avid hiker and Red Rock Canyon is one of my all time favorite places to hike, so I would take friends from out of town there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My grandmother, who the business (Osie Inc) is named after. She was always supportive of my dreams and nurturing in every sense. She instilled a strong sense of morality in me.
I also have my experience in the U.S. Army to thank for where I am today as it helped develop me as a leader. But along with that experience, I have to recognize the book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell. I have had my copy for over 25 years and I have read it numerous times. It is a great manual of leadership to live by, with real world examples and truly excellent advice.
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