In September of 2008, industry phenomenon Kim Nelson founded a mortgage company at the height of a financial crisis, confident she could bring a better option for consumers’ mortgage experience. Beginning with only 10 employees, the company originated loans as a brokerage, primarily utilizing BankSouth as a warehouse line. Through this interaction, Harold Reynolds, CEO of BankSouth, and Kim began to realize the entities both offered each other a complementary partnership with aligned strategic goals, vision, and principals. In February 2011, BankSouth opened BankSouth Mortgage. Today, Kim Nelson leads the bank’s mortgage company subsidiary with more than 200 employees.