April 7, 2014, Washington, D.C.— MontgomeryMontgomery County Community College is pleased to announce that Regina M. Lowrie, CMB, Blue Bell, received the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ (AAWCC) Trustee of the Year Award on April 7, 2014.
“As a consummate business leader and entrepreneur, philanthropist and dedicated trustee, Regina serves as an inspiration to women striving to make a difference both professionally and personally,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president. “Her strong leadership, ongoing support and steadfast advocacy for the College qualified her as a well-deserving candidate for the esteemed 2014 AAWCC Trustee of the Year Award.”
Lowrie is deeply committed to Montgomery County Community College as evidenced by her unwavering service and philanthropy to the College. She currently serves as the treasurer for the Board of Trustees and previously served as a College Foundation Board member.
Over the years, she has been involved in many of the College’s initiatives. Inspired by her daughter Crista Lowrie’s involvement in the College’s Fine Arts classes and fueled with a passion to provide similar positive experiences for other students, Lowrie took on the responsibility of chairing the “Courage to Create Capital Campaign” in 2008 to build the College’s Fine Arts Center.
In addition to supporting the arts, Lowrie serves as an active member of the College’s Leading Women Symposium and Golf Experience committee. As part of this committee, she helps to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in the workplace and to raise funds for the College’s many innovative programs for women. She also serves as a liaison to the College’s Foundation Board of Directors.
In the business world, Lowrie, a Certified Mortgage Banker, is a successful leader and entrepreneur as demonstrated by her 30-plus year career in the financial services and mortgage industries. Lowrie is the founder, president and CEO of RML Investments Inc., d/b/a RML Advisors. Established in 1994, RML Investments serves the financial services industry as an advisor and consultant, providing a broad range of services to assist clients with financial planning.
Lowrie started her financial services career with Commonwealth Federal Savings and Loan and subsequently Comnet Mortgage Services, where she held executive and senior management positions, rapidly climbing the professional corporate ladder. Then in 1994, she started Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services in Horsham, Pa. Under her direction as president and CEO, Gateway Funding grew to become one of the largest privately owned mortgage bankers in the tri-state Delaware Valley area with 57 branch offices licensed to do business in 42 states.
In 2007, Lowrie sold Gateway Funding and became president of Vision Mortgage Capital, a division of Continental Bank. In this position, which she held through 2013, she was responsible for creating, developing, directing and managing all aspects of the mortgage division, and she started mortgage operations for the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) federally regulated bank.
Through her many achievements, Lowrie has been an advocate and mentor for those in the industry and has opened the doors for women to achieve success in her company and profession. She was the first woman to lead the local chapter of the Philadelphia Mortgage Bankers Association (1995), and she holds the distinction of being the first woman chairperson of the national Mortgage Bankers Association (2005) in its 94-year history.
Additionally, she has been featured in the local and national news, including The Scotsman Guide, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Mortgage Banking Magazine. Among her many awards, she was honored in 2000 by Gov. Tom Ridge as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, and in 2006 she received the Philadelphia Business Journal and National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2006 Women of Distinction Award. Recognized by the Credit Counseling Community Services of Delaware Valley as an outstanding member of the Philadelphia community, she also received the “A Credit to Greater Philadelphia Community Award” in 2006.
AAWCC is a national organization that promotes and highlights the educational achievements and professional endeavors of women. Founded in 1973, AAWCC is dedicated to professional development and leadership involvement of women in community, junior and technical colleges and provides scholarships for women working in community colleges who are pursuing their doctoral studies.
- Diane VanDyke