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Amanda Andrade joins Veterans United executive team as chief people officer

August 1, 2012

Amanda Andrade is given the task of enhancing company culture and improving talent and employee retention. See Amanda's previous roles here.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Veterans United Home Loans has added Amanda Andrade to its executive team as chief people officer. Andrade is tasked with enhancing the company's workplace culture, employee retention and talent acquisition efforts nationwide that have already led to a workforce of more than 900 in 21 states.

Andrade is currently working towards her Ph.D., at the University of Missouri. Her dissertation is focused on "Highly Profitable, Employee-Centric Work Environments."

"Our people are our greatest asset, so hiring the best and brightest is a major focus," said Nate Long, CEO of Veterans United. "We must ensure each employee is a great fit for our values since our culture is so important. Employees must be passionate about serving military families, supporting their community and helping their fellow employees. Amanda is the perfect fit because of her experience, and she is literally writing the paper on building a business where people can feel fulfilled in their work while serving others and having fun."

Andrade joins Veterans United after holding the director of human resources position at Shelter Insurance in Columbia for six years. She was director of human resources at Missouri Employers Mutual in Columbia and the State of Missouri Department of Social Services in Jefferson City prior to that. She has a Master of Science in architectural studies from the University of Missouri, a Master of Education in adult education and counseling from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ottawa University.

"Veterans United has found a way to manage fast-paced innovation, within a fun and passionate work environment," Andrade said. "The company is great for our communities, our employees and military families we are fortunate enough to serve. I'm very proud to be part of this nationwide business."

Andrade has several professional certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional and Global Remuneration Professional. She has also been a board member of local nonprofit and government boards.

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Veterans United Facts

  • $16.4 billion
    in loans financed in 2019
  • No. 17 on the 100 Best Companies to Work for List
    published by Great Place to Work and Fortune in 2020
  • More than $50 million
    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
  • More than 3,000 employees
    in more than 20 states

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Chris Birk, Director of Education at Veterans United Chris Birk
Author, The Book on VA Loans

Chris is the nation’s leading expert on VA Loan benefits. He authored The Book on VA Loans in 2011, and maintains the VA Loans Insider blog. Chris writes about military home buying and the mortgage industry for a host of sites and publications, from Zillow’s Mortgages Unzipped and About.com to the Huffington Post and Motley Fool. Members of the media may request a free copy of The Book on VA Loans to learn more about the VA loan program.

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