Bill Fanning began his Boulder County tenure in 1977 as the branch manager of Midland Federal Savings and Loan, where he led the team to triple production. In 1984, he took his talents to Mellon Financial and became the Northern Colorado Manager. Again, Fanning increased the loan volume – this time, by over $20 million annually. After 13 years working for financial institutions, Fanning ventured out on his own. In 1990, Home Loan Mortgage Corporation began operating the first construction loan brokerage in the Boulder County area, and became one of the largest producers of construction loans to small builders nationwide. Fanning generated over $1 billion in financing during his 21-year run. He had his hand in many projects in and around Boulder County, with a portfolio of over 100 small builders – many of whom got their start thanks to Bill.
Fanning was active civically as well. After serving as a director for four years, he became President and Chairman of the Board of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce in 1983. Perhaps his favorite achievement, he implemented “Business After Hours,” a great networking event still utilized by the Chamber today. Active in many community organizations, Fanning served on the Board of Directors for the Longmont Economic Development Council, and was a long-standing member of the Longmont Builders Association. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Longmont YMCA, Fanning was instrumental in moving and building the current Longmont YMCA where it is still located today. Bill also joined the Army and served his country for two years during the Vietnam War.
What is less known than his well-documented professional accomplishments is his compassion for people. He regularly donated his time, talents, and treasures to several charities, and will be remembered by friends, family and clients for his generosity. He passed away in 2021.