Get reacquainted with John Oliverio
Our BDMs are scattered across the country and they’re busy with your deals; we were lucky enough to snag a few minutes to interview one of our Ontario BDMs!
In the interview, we learned more about his home life, hobbies, but mostly how much of an amazing dad he strives to be — and is. He’s professional and personable to boot, he’s the ever so interesting John Oliverio!
Q: Why did you decide to work in the mortgage industry?
A: Growing up, I was challenged with finding my passion when it came to my career. I found myself going back to school for banking and finance in 2005. I eventually landed a position in retail banking with TD Canada Trust, although not being fulfilled or happy at the time, I started questioning the move. I took a leap of faith by moving to mortgage lending as a mortgage broker. Then, I moved over to the lender side – a decision that was my best career move yet.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of your job as a BDM?
A: No two days are the same! I enjoy building relationships with brokers and learning about their business. Having been a broker in the past, I can relate to their needs, understand their pain points and day-to-day activities. I can appreciate how hard they work.
Q: How do you stay informed about what’s happening in the market?
A: Industry events, conferences and through my broker network. I also follow MPC and Mortgage Broker News for the latest industry news.
Q: What’s a skill you’d like to learn and why?
A: I would love to learn how to fly a plane because of the amount of pressure that comes with that career and having so much responsibility from a leadership aspect.
Q: In the span of your career, what are you the proudest of?
A: No doubt, making a massive career move in 2005 months before getting married. I decided to go back to school. Juggling family life and school was quite challenging, although all the hard work led me to my role as a BDM today. I love what I do and getting the opportunity to work within the mortgage space is truly a blessing.
Q: Who do you most admire in life?
A: My family. Growing up, my parents made many sacrifices for me. They were great role models; they instilled in me their core values and what’s important in life. There’s no bigger responsibility than fatherhood, it’s what I value most in life.
Q: What’s your best childhood memory?
A: Growing up as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, having the opportunity to play a game on the famous Maple Leaf Gardens rink and being in the same locker room as my childhood idols, Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, was truly something I will remember forever.
Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: I would travel to Paris.
Q: What’s your most treasured item?
A: My family, I’ve been blessed to have two boys Mario (10 years old) and Sebastien (6 years old). They teach me so much just by being present and spending time with them. One thing I’ve learned from them is a child spells LOVE by T.I.M.E.
Q: If we asked your best friend to describe you, what would they say?
A: Loyal, family oriented, hard-working, driven by his boys, and obsessed with health and nutrition. Being a great role mode to my family is one of the most important things I can offer Mario and Sebastien. I want to make sure I’m around for many years to come for them.
Q: If I had the opportunity to pass through your region, what would be your top recommendations for things to do?
A: Living in a big city like Toronto, I would recommend the CN tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and visiting the home of the 2019 NBA basketball champions, the Toronto Raptors – hopefully one day, the home of the Stanley Cup champions, the Toronto Maple Leafs.