Distinguished Colleagues of the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Tom Hendrickson Tuesday afternoon following a three year battle with cancer. Tom was an effective advocate in state and local mortgage banking and an influential proponent of our industry in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of our tri-state conference, Tom was a keynote historian speaker at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Mortgage Lenders Conference in Skamania and shared many stories of that conference through the years.
As a mortgage banker for 45 years, Thomas R. Hendrickson holds the distinguished honor to serve as president of the Oregon Mortgage Association (affiliated with the National Association of Mortgage Professionals), and the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association (affiliated with the Mortgage Bankers Association of America/MBA). He served on MBA 's National Board of Governors. He was the only active residential loan originator in Oregon to hold mortgage lending 's highest professional designation: Master Certified Mortgage Banker and was also the only Oregonian ever to receive MBA 's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, granted to just one person each year, nationwide.
Tom joined Associated Mortgage Brokers in 2001 as Executive Vice President and a stockholder. Before that, he spent fifteen years as Executive Vice President and co-owner of Portland Mortgage Company. An Oregon resident since 1978, Tom held a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, where he served as President of the Associated Men Students, and a Masters degree from Seattle University. Very active in our community, he has served on the boards of non-profit groups, including The Rotary Club of Portland, the Oregon Ballet Theater, Boys and Girls Aid Society, AHA International, the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, and the Sellwood Harbor Homeowners Association. Tom is a Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, spending time with his family, and helping his clients find the best mortgage loan to meet their needs.
Tom's widespread influence was evident during our annual advocacy conference in Washington, DC, when Oregon Representative Earl Blumenhour specifically asked about Tom Hendrickson and how he was so well known and engaged, even in DC. He was an active promoter of the Certified Mortgage Banker program and assisted many as a sponsor or test proctor. Tom's love of this industry was evident in his willingness to offer advice and counsel to our current president, Tammy Golden, who says "his support of myself, this organization, and our industry will forever be remembered fondly by us all”. Godspeed, Tom Hendrickson.