VRM Mortgage Services (VRM) was recently named to DiversityBusiness’ 15th annual “Top Businesses in America” list and received multiple awards as an African American, diversity-owned and privately held business. According to a recent DiversityBusiness press release this is the second year in a row VRM has received such honors.
DiversityBusiness recognized VRM in five of its surveys, including ranking 158th of the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the U.S. and 47th out of 100 top African-American-owned businesses, the release says. The company was also recognized locally as the 17th-ranked diversity-owned business in Texas and was listed 21st out of 100 privately held Texas businesses.
“It’s an honor to be recognized again by DiversityBusiness,” said Keith Murray, president and CEO of VRM Mortgage Services. “We are committed to diversity in our daily business operations and appreciate the recognition we’ve received with this national award.”
DiversityBusiness produces annual lists, provides business news information, conducts research and data collection services, and provides other services to advance best practices through diversity. The “Top Businesses in America” program was started by DiversityBusiness in 1999 and recognizes and honors diverse companies that are industry leaders who push our economy forward.
More than 1.3 million businesses in the U.S. participated in this annual business survey and companies were selected based on an expansive set of criteria. VRM supports many of the industry’s major ethnic, minority, and diverse real estate organizations and even holds leadership roles with a variety of diversity initiatives, including the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Strategic Diversity Committee.
VRM’s founder, Murray, believes a commitment to diversity strengthens a company’s recruiting, purchasing, and partnership decisions, the release notes. Under his leadership, the company was able to develop a sourcing solution to help ensure small and minority-owned businesses were included in its offerings. This included providing its clients a diverse network of real estate and mortgage brokers, repair contractors, closing/title agents, and appraisers.
“As a minority-owned company, VRM embraces diversity as a significant driver of our performance excellence,” added Murray, “We look for every opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion with our clients and throughout our industry. These awards are recognition of those efforts and our industry achievements.”