Men of Influence- Shawn Vinson of Vinson Mortgage

Shawn Vinson knows what it’s like to rise through the ranks: he started at the very bottom of a marketing department of a mortgage company in 1998 and worked his way up through each department, eventually becoming president of his own company. His success, he says, is mostly due to his great-grandmother, who taught his father the value in giving back: “It’s in our blood to be successful at whatever it is we are doing,” Vinson says. “We believe giving back is the definition of success.”
In Vinson’s role, he’s able to help others each day. “For most people facing financial situations is not easy and most people’s biggest fears, yet we make it easy for them to save money and put them in a better place financially,” he says.
He also extends his family’s philosophy to the community: he founded the Vinson Mortgage Charity of Choice, designed to help smaller local charities that need donations by marketing them on TV and radio to help them get off the ground. The company has helped more than 30 charities through this program and donated well over $1 million to further their causes.
“The most rewarding part of my job is helping others with their finances, all the while performing charitable work and donations mostly within our St Louis community,” Vinson says.

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