Stephen Harless‘ early professional career was taking classic one-of-a-kind cars and restoring them to look like new. A career that left him little room for error.
Today, Harless is senior loan officer with First Federal Community Bank – Home Mortgage and has been for the 1-1/2 years and in the banking industry for the past 12 years.
Two careers that seem to be polar opposites but have one thing in common — taking a person’s dream and making it a reality. Whether it be a frame-off restoration or the hard-working family making that dream home purchase, Harless has brought the same care and individual attention to detail.
“My favorite part about what I do is the diversity of the clients I get to work with,” Harless commented. “We are a community bank which gives us mortgage lending options that most establishments do not offer,” said Harless. “Working for FFCB has allowed me to ensure that I am doing the best possible mortgage for every client, every time.”
He serves those clients from the Delaware lending location for First Federal Community Bank located at 10 1/2 North Sandusky Street – above Typhoon Asian Fusion Bistro – in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.
They made the move to Delaware four years ago to be closer to family and Harless’ work. “Our love for this community started on day one when we pulled our moving truck into our new home,” Harless said. “We were unexpectedly met by about a dozen locals that knew we were moving in and decided to come help us unload our moving truck. The kindness and generosity of the people of Delaware let us know that we made the best decision coming here and we continue to see those attributes in Delaware regularly.”
Harless has made his presence known in Delaware as a regular participant in Main Street Delaware events, the Delaware County Board of REALTORS, and as a member of DelCo Profit Builders BNI Chapter among others.
Harless and his wife, Shanna, have three boys – Zachary, Owen and Theo – and reside in Delaware. Shanna’s brother, sister-in-law, and nephew – Maclen – also live in Delaware as part-owner of Typhoon Asian Bistro, The Flying Pig Ale House, and Poke Bros.
Harless grew up in Geauga County – near Cleveland – and attended Wyoming Technical University to master the art of classic car restoration.