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Posted on Thu, May 31, 2012 : 12:02 p.m.

Cole Taylor Mortgage plans to double Ann Arbor office space to accommodate its 200 employees

By Lizzy Alfs

Cole Taylor Mortgage, a division of Chicago-based Cole Taylor Bank, is rapidly growing its Ann Arbor presence.

The company leased 27,800 square feet in the Northeast Corporate Center complex on Green Road in July 2011, bringing 115 employees from offices in Hamburg Township. It was one of the largest commercial real estate deals in Washtenaw County over the past few years and one of the largest single incidents of job creation in the private sector.


Willie Newman, head of Cole Taylor Bank's mortgage division and former executive vice president of ABN AMRO Mortgage Group.

Photo courtesy of Cole Taylor Bank

After opening the office in November, the division has been quickly growing its staff and is now up to 200 employees. To accommodate its growth, the mortgage company is in the process of doubling its office space in the building, according to a release.

Previous tenants at the 223,196-square-foot property — one of the largest office complexes in the area — included Toyota and Pfizer. Ann Arbor-based real estate firm McKinley manages and markets the Northeast Corporate Center on behalf of an institutional client.

Cole Taylor Mortgage President Willie Newman said, in a release, the “primary driver” in the staff expansion has been the division’s increased mortgage market share and growth in earnings.

Taylor Capital Group Inc., the corporate parent of Cole Taylor Bank, reported $17.5 million in mortgage banking revenue in the first quarter of 2012, up from $9.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

It also recently launched an evening shift program that primarily targets college students and recent graduates and provides entry into the industry.

“Much of the inspiration for the design of this program came from being so close to several great universities - in other words, being located in Ann Arbor,” said Newman.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 11:50 a.m.

Maybe Ms. Alfs, or whoever it is that writes headlines for Ann, should ask Kavya Pratapa how to spell accommodate correctly. Bet she wouldn't miss such an easy one.....

Lizzy Alfs

Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

Nope! She only misses "ammocoetes." Thanks for catching it. :)