Richard Smith, has been working in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years. Tekamar Mortgages first opened its doors in 1979, but soon became a father and son team. Richard took over as president of the company in 1992 and has since provided thousands of customers within southern British Colombia with renowned service.
Born in Vancouver, but raised in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Richard knows the area he operates in. He attended and graduated from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary. He then attended the UBC engineering program for two years before transferring into the Veterinary Medicine program at the university of Saskatchewan. Richard graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He practiced in the veterinary industry for nine years before deciding that it was not going to be his life career. Instead, Richard became a licensed mortgage broker, after finishing the program at UBC Sauder School of Business, in 1993 and has worked as a broker since.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys being active in his community. He has been a member of Rotary International for 10 years. Richard was also the president of the Revelstoke Ski Club, and now sits on the board. Along with that, he regularly volunteers at ski races across the country. He is also an avid mountain biker, skier, and white water kayaker and has been known to enjoy the thrill of hang gliding.
Ester was hired in 2003 by current owner, Richard Smith, as an Administrative/Broker Assistant. In December 2006 Ester completed the UBC Sauder Business School requirements to become a Licensed Mortgage Sub-Broker and is now registered with the Financial Institutions Commission of BC and the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC.
At Tekamar, Ester is an invaluable member of the team. She operates both as a mortgage broker as well as aides in managing the Tekamar Mortgage Investment Company. She is also one of the manager’s of Tekamar’s social media, and is quite active on her own as well, so feel free to greet Ester through that as well (link above ).
As a lifelong resident of Salmon Arm, Ester has been active as a volunteer with the Silverbacks Booster Club, the Shuswap Youth Soccer Association as a coach, played ball for 20 years in the Salmon Arm Mixed Slow Pitch League and is a former member of the Enderby Women in Business. Ester looks forward to assisting many friends and acquaintances to successfully achieve their mortgage financing needs.
Tom is one of our newer brokers on the Tekamar Team. Born and raised in Salmon Arm, he joined us during the summer of 2014 as an administrative / broker assistant. In the fall, he returned to school at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC to finish the last year of his education. In May of 2015, Tom graduated from Okanagan College with Distinction and Honours in the Bachelor of Business Administration program with a major in Marketing. He joined Tekamar once again in June 2015 full-time as a licensed broker.
Tom has always had a passion for helping others in his community. While attending college, he volunteered through a student-run non-profit organization called Enactus. Enactus runs entrepreneurial programs in the Shuswap and Okanagan that address various needs in the community from financial literacy to hunger relief, to job creation. During his last year at Okanagan College, Tom was the President of Enactus Okanagan College.
Pete is the most recent addition to the Tekamar Team, joining the team in October 2015, after having completed the Mortgage Brokerage Course at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Pete graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in English and a concentration in Business Administration. Originally from the Boston area, and raised outside of Philadelphia, he moved with his wife and two boys to Salmon Arm from Salt Lake City, Utah via Canmore, Alberta.
After graduating from University, Pete took on a career in the ski industry working as a high performance, alpine ski racing coach. He ran the women’s provincial ski teams as Head Coach both in Ontario and in Alberta. Before coaching in Canada, Pete coached the US National, Women’s Europa Cup Speed Team, and coached for 20+ years in the USA’s elite ski racing academy system, and for commercial summer camps in the US, South America, and Europe.
After the birth of their second son, Pete left the ski industry and accepted a managerial position with RBC, Royal Bank in Vernon. During his time with RBC, he successfully completed both the management training program, and the account manager training program, complimenting his management roles as a mutual funds representative.
Pete has been active in the Salmon Arm community, volunteering as a coach for his sons’ hockey, baseball, and soccer teams. His youngest son is just entering the organized sports scene, so you’ll see Pete coaching on the sidelines for years to come. As an avid outdoors enthusiast, Pete enjoys alpine skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water kayaking, and fly fishing.
Rich is one of the newest broker on the Tekamar Team. At the time he finished his mortgage brokerage course at UBC Sauder of School of Business, he was also the youngest broker in British Columbia! Rich started working for Tekamar Mortgage in the spring of 2013, working as a broker assistant. After heading off to Calgary in the fall to continue his studies at the University of Calgary, Rich returned in April to become Tekamar’s youngest broker. Rich is the 3rd generation broker to be working at Tekamar Mortgages, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
When not learning the ropes of mortgage brokering, or studying business and economics at UofC, Rich maintains a pretty active lifestyle. He skis regularly in the winter, is an enthusiastic runner (rain or shine) and white water kayaks in the rivers surrounding Salmon Arm. Rich also volunteers his time as the Recreational Rowing Program coordinator at SARP, rowing 5 days a week.