Lending Leaders
Reflecting on 2023

Get ready for an eyeful of holiday sweater… Alayna and Jim sit down with Dave Spektor to reflect on 2023 and look forward to 2024.

Dave’s Enthusiasm

…Or lack thereof… Despite what his insanely festive holiday sweater might convey, Dave rated his enthusiasm for the podcast as “a solid 2” on a scale of 1 to 10. All joking aside, we couldn’t be more grateful for a C-Suite that trust us to do goofy things with LodeStar’s brand. From the Summer Session to this week’s discussion of company holiday parties, Lending Leaders is always a joy.

Looking Back on 2023

Despite the joys of things like our podcast, 2023 wasn’t all fun and games. Quite the opposite. With high rates, contracted volume, and low morale across the industry, this year was a tough one for the industry. For many, just surviving the downturn was the bar.

Here at LodeStar, we’re passionate about equipping lenders with the tools they need to scale their businesses and weather market storms. As we anticipate rate cuts and hopefully some alleviation of difficulty in 2024, it’s important to remember to do more than just hold on until things get “better.” If 2023 taught us anything, there’s no better time than the present to reevaluate core processes.

Holiday Parties

What better way to conclude the year with a good old holiday party? Especially after a trying downturn, gathering together as a company is about more than just egg nog and gingerbread cookies. Part of what equips a company with the ingenuity and resilience that difficult markets require is a cohesive culture. And gatherings—yes, even holiday office parties—have the potential to build that.


Happy Holidays, everyone! See you next year!


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