Thomas Goldsmith, senior loan officer, Guild Mortgage

by Seattle Agent

Where did you grow up?

Kirkland, Washington.

What was your most interesting job before going into lending?

Selling movie screen advertising.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?

Walk 18 holes of golf.

If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?

I would want to meet Tiger Woods because I would want to question him on everything he does as a routine. I believe that his practice routine is what makes him great.

Where is Seattle’s best-kept secret?

Seattle Waterfront. Not exactly a secret, but what people don’t know is, since the removal of the viaduct, the waterfront is a very quiet, tranquil place.

What do you love most about the industry?

What I love about this industry (other than helping those in our community realize their dream of home ownership), is that, even though it is a competitive industry, everyone seems to step up and help each other when things are rough. An amazing family of people to work with.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Keeping your “eye on the ball” all the times, even when things are good. When business is good, that’s when you should be pushing hardest toward the future.

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?

Watching a lot of documentaries lately.

What’s your favorite meal in Seattle?

Steak from the Met!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Seattle?

The old WaMu Building in downtown Seattle.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

When I hand delivered final loan docs for signature (before you could email them) at 3:00 Christmas Eve, then went straight to Christmas mass.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

That I sing! Haven’t been too active lately (thanks, COVID) but used to sing a ton of wedding ceremonies, funerals and a little karaoke.

What’s your favorite vacation spot and why?

Palm Desert, because I don’t ever have to play the same golf course twice :).

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the lending industry?

Latch on to someone who has been in the biz for more than 10 years.

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