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TCYP Member Spotlight- Brayton Farr

What is your day job?

I am a Mortgage Loan Originator with Cardinal Financial Company.


How long have you lived in the Grand Traverse area?

My family has been in Northport for over 150 years! I grew up there and I still call Leelanau County home. I left for college and ended up staying downstate for a few years after college, but of course Lake Michigan and family drew me back to the area about three years ago.


What is your favorite thing about living/working in the Traverse City area?

I love the community and how everyone is helpful with one another! It’s also like playing bingo when you meet someone new from the area, they’re either related to or a friend of someone I’ve known for years. Of course the lakes and trails are great too!


What do you do for fun?

I enjoy renovating houses and working on my Jeeps. There’s not much better than driving around in the summer with the doors and top off the Jeep!


How do you get involved in the community?

I’m currently the President of the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Suttons Bay Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI). I’m also on the boards of the Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation, Suttons Bay Chamber, Northport-Omena Chamber. I’m also an active member of Aspire North, Women’s Council of Realtors, Home Builders Association, and of course the Traverse City Young Professionals! I love volunteering and being involved in the growth of the area.


What is your favorite local business (restaurant, shop, service, etc.) and why?

The restaurants in the area are my go to, but a particular business that comes to mind is, Leelanau Coffee Roasters. Their coffee is my absolute favorite, although I do not always make it to their shop in Glen Arbor, their coffee is almost always in my kitchen!


What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I actually worked in a produce warehouse in college. We’d get a list of items and have to drive around on a pallet jack and have to stack all the items sometimes 6ft+ tall. It was a giant puzzle. It was odd, but a great workout, 50 lbs. bags of potatoes get heavy after an 8+ hour shift!


Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’ve never traveled out of the continent! …and Canada barely counts as international travel.


What is something you learned in the last week?

Mortgage lending is constant learning, in the last week I’ve learned that Fannie Mae’s new maximum conforming loan limit is $647,200 for 2022!


How can other TCYP members support you (personally or professionally)?

I always love a good cup of coffee so I’d love to connect more and talk about the area and ways we can help each other grow professionally and personally. If you know of anyone looking to purchase or refinance a home, I’d love to chat with them as well!