Bob Padula is the VP of Mortgage Lending at the $3B+ Empower Federal Credit Union located in Syracuse, NY. During his 20 years in this role, he turned the credit union from a low-volume, primarily refinance lender to the number one mortgage lender in Central NY. Under Bob's leadership Empower offers a myriad of mortgage products from small FTHB loans to jumbo mortgages and developed an efficient process that delivers these products to exceed the expectations of both members and real estate community.
Bob oversaw the credit unions project to become a CDFI and numerous successful grant applications, including the 2018 award of $776,500 to create the Financial Inclusion Mortgage Program.
Bob is an advocate for DEI in the workplace and the real estate market and is spearheading the process to become ASIL (Accredited Social Impact Lender) certified through the North American Minority Mortgage Bankers Association.