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NAMB Names VCI Community Impact Award Winner

Washington, DC & Santa Rosa Beach, FL – December 19, 2018 – The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) is pleased to present Vermillion Consulting, Inc. with the 2018 Community Impact Award, presented during NAMB National.

NAMB presents its Community Impact Award to an individual or organization that bestows a high level of involvement and investment in making their communities a better place to live.

NAMB takes great pleasure in recognizing Vermillion Consulting, Inc. for their hard work in 2018 to improve the lives of so many people across several communities.

The work Dale and his team do to create real change through giving within Mortgage Professionals Providing Hope which they founded in 2006, as example, is second to none.

Their long and honorable record of public engagement is a wonderful example of how to be a fantastic neighbor for our entire marketplace to recognize and model themselves after.

Please join NAMB in congratulating Vermillion Consulting, Inc. for their tireless dedication to positively impacting communities and we are eager to watch this organization continue their philanthropic endeavors within 2019 and many years thereafter.

— Richard Bettencourt, President of NAMB

NAMB measures applicant’s overall mentoring, time-donations and community impact for each Community Impact Award along with how applicants incorporate their community giving into their everyday operations, and how each organization creates pathways for their employees to also become actively involved.

On behalf of our entire team, I want to communicate how incredibly honored and humbled we are to have been chosen for this year’s Community impact Award.

We are so grateful to be recognized by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and their members. Like NAMB, we believe that we are all called to help those in need in everything we do and practice that belief daily and are very privileged to be partnered with such a great organization that believes in the same ideals.

— Dale Vermillion, President & CEO of VCI



Our Submission

Everything we do, we do for others. That is the heartbeat of what Dale Vermillion has built at Vermillion Consulting, Inc. (VCI)—a company defined by its commitment to give without restraint. A company that not only founded Mortgage Professionals Providing Hope (MPPH), but that 10 years later still pays its overhead so that its donors’ dollars go directly to helping those in need.

As employees at VCI, we get opportunities every week, month, and year to pour into the lives of the impoverished, the broken, and the abused.

From spending a rain-soaked day together moving a homeless family off the streets, to having a portion of our paychecks donated to provide housing and education around the world, to visiting places like India and Guatemala to personally confront poverty and the families and communities it plagues. Our team isn’t just asked to care about those in need, we’re invited to witness—firsthand—the hardships they endure and to ask ourselves, “What can we do to help them overcome?”

At VCI, we are challenged to see ourselves as agents of change, and to ensure that business is always done for the profit—never the expense—of others. We’re taught to believe that there is a balance to be walked in meeting the demands of the workplace while seeing to the needs of our local and global community. And, every day, Dale asks us to work toward that balance, taking time to celebrate the days when we get it “just right.”

Having been in business since 1994, and having founded MPPH in 2006, there’s no quick way to sum up the impact VCI has had on those it has served over the decades. But, there’s a telling story that we think exemplifies the spirit of the at-all-costs generosity Dale has instilled into his company, and us.

We want to tell you the story of Terupatama.

In 1999, Dale heard a speech about some orphan children in a place called Repalle, a small, agrarian town in rural India. It was a type of speech he’d heard a dozen or so times before about other issues in other places around the world.

But, for some reason, this speech was different. The stories of these children’s hardship pierced Dale in a way that, for the first time, forced him to truly confront the pain so many endure in their daily lives.

Overcome by the images of hopelessness the speaker had projected across the wall, tears began streaming down Dale’s face, falling silently onto his new suit—the one he now felt shameful for owning.

For Dale, something changed in that moment of self-indignation, of powerlessness, of rage.

After the speech came to a close, Dale waited impatiently for the service to come to an end. As soon as it did, Dale beelined for the man responsible for his discomfort, intent on asking the question that had been playing on repeat in his mind for the last 40 minutes, a question all of us should be just intent on asking ourselves:

“What can I do?”

Much to Dale’s surprise, the speaker’s answer was simple: “Pick a child.” Confused, Dale followed the man’s gaze toward the tabletop that separated them—where dozens of children’s photos lay in neatly organized rows around a flyer that read, “Become a Child Sponsor, Today!”

And that’s exactly what Dale did. Sifting through the names of kids representing India’s lowest caste, Dale found the object (and future catalyst) of his goodwill: a little girl with looping pig tails, beautiful dark skin, and a life-giving smile named Terupatama—Teru, for short.

That picture of Teru made its way onto Dale’s refrigerator door, where it stayed until just a few short years later Dale was able to replace it with a new picture: one of him and Teru standing huddled together, their faces beaming from when—just moments before—Teru had taken a sip of clean water for the first time in her life.

They say “a picture’s worth a thousand words;” but, so often in Dale’s case a picture is worth a thousand acts of kindness in service of those who need him most.

That fist picture of Teru gave Dale the courage to travel the world to meet her, and to see India for himself, which in turn gave him the conviction to: work tirelessly to unite his peers through acts of service and commitments to give; sustain a nonprofit that serves the industry, at the expense of his company; make the central tenant of his training a call to “in all things, put others before yourself”; and to teach people the life-changing power of taking an OthersFirst approach to everything in life.

At VCI, we believe that pictures have power because we know the impact a picture of a little girl in rural India had on the man who’s made each of us better men and women today.

That’s why, should you have the opportunity to visit our office, you’d be surrounded by pictures of the people and communities our company has had the pleasure of putting first over the years.

Some of those pictures you’d see capture our own Terupatama stories—the origins of our own personal awakenings to the heartache so many carry, and the role each of us can play in bringing about a better, brighter future for them and their loved ones.

We are all immensely grateful to have the satisfaction that comes with knowing no matter the climate of the industry or the success of our business, we share in the legacy Dale is creating every time a new photo goes on the wall of hope being restored to even someone who desperately needs it.

Collectively written by the staff of VCI,

Beau, Jake, Lynette, and Michael