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“I had the pleasure of working with Leigh when she was at the NCHFA. I found her work ethic to be exemplary and her seasoned contributions to be invaluable. Highly professional and personally inspirational; Leigh is someone I would unquestionably want on my team.”

​​Edward Tonini, Director of Education at Alliance Credit Counseling

“Ever felt like you didn't understand the housing market or industry, the credit system and how it effects purchasing a home. Contact Leigh, she is AWESOME. She will answer all your questions and show you how to proceed in the dream of purchasing your home.”

Angela Brown, Singer and Voice Actor

​​“Leigh Lester Holmes is an amazing woman with many talents. She has been in the mortgage business through the ups and downs and has held many different positions through the years which have given her the knowlege to better inform her clients. I would highly reccommend Leigh.”

Colin Tommerson, Senior Loan Officer​

“Leigh is a wonderful person and I feel blessed to have her as an associate and friend. We worked together by aligning our energies to make home ownership possible for many families. Leigh is one of the most compassionate and hard working people I know. She pours her heart into her work and it shows. Even when no one else is looking.”

Michael Martin, Martin Mortgage Group​

“Leigh's trustworthy behavior, work ethic and customer orientation set her apart from most of her competition as a Mortgage Professional and as I continue to see those same traits displayed today, I heartily recommnend Leigh's services.”

Scott Korbin, National Institute of Financial Education

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Work History

Work History

Holmes Unlimited

2013 - Present

Owner and Business Consultant

Holmes Unlimited is a consulting firm providing the following services to new start-up non-profits to medium-sized non-profits:

Client Management System Training

HUD File Management Training & Auditing

Housing Counselor Skills Training which includes:

  • How to Conduct an effective Budgeting Session
  • How to conduct an effective mortgage default counseling session
  • How to conduct an effective pre-purchase counseling session
  • How to retain the client for life

Marketing

Business Development

Board Development

Contract Business Analyst/Community Outreach

Community Outreach Specialist and Business Analyst for the Foreclosure Prevention Program

I raised awareness and connected community members to appropriate services through community events, fairs, churches, etc. I represented the Agency at community events across the state as well as planned and coordinated a variety of outreach events. I was the liaison between the community and various NCHFA programs. I assisted in collecting all appropriate data and provide reports on outreach conducted.

Prior to that I worked as a Business Analyst for the agency and performed the role of Scrum Product Owner in the the agile implementation of software development.

Manager/Coach

As a Coach:

I assisted financial counselors in being more proficient at helping consumers understand the impact of credit and debt and how to get out from under it. We offered debt management, debt resolution, housing counseling and financial educational services. 

As a Certified Housing Counseling Manager:

I managed a housing counseling department that grew daily. We served the Triangle area of North Carolina preparing renters for homeownership and assisting those current homeowners who were in fear of losing their home due to the economic crisis. 

Education

Education

PhD in Management

  • Organizational Behavior Theory and Research (MGT 601)
  • Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management (MGT 606)
  • Assessing Human Development (MGT 607)
  • Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis (MGT 628)
  • Multiple Regression Analysis (MGT 631)
  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (MGT 634)
  • Quantitative Research Design (MGT 635)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (MGT 636)
  • Implementing Sustainability (MGT 676)
  • Outcomes Measurement for Sustainable Business (MGT 678)

University of Phoenix

2006 - 2009

Master of Arts

  • FOUNDATIONS OF PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (MBA 500)
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP (MBA 520)
  • HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT (MBA 530)
  • IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATIONAL INITIATIVES (MMPBL 510)
  • CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (MMPBL 540)
  • CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, AND ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN (MMPBL 550)
  • MANAGING IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT (MMPBL 560)
  • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (MMPBL 570)
  • MARKETING MANAGEMENT (MMPBL 580)
  • STRATEGIES FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (MMPBL 590)
  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR IN PROBLEM SOLVING (MMPBL 591)
  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR IN DECISION OUTCOMES (MMPBL 592)

University of Phoenix

2004 - 2006

Bachelor of Science

  • MANAGEMENT: THEORY, PRACTICE AND APPLICATION (MGT 330)
  • ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (MGT 331)
  • CRITICAL THINKING: STRATEGIES IN DECISION MAKIN (MGT 350)
  • RESEARCH AND EVALUATION I (RES 341)
  • RESEARCH AND EVALUATION II (RES 342)
  • ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS I (ECON 360)
  • COMPUTERS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING (CIS 319)
  • EMPLOYMENT LAW (MGT 434)
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS (MKT 438)
  • HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (MGT 431)
  • FINANCIAL ANALYSIS FOR MANAGERS I (FIN 324)
  • FINANCIAL ANALYSIS FOR MANAGERS II (FIN 325)
  • MARKETING (MKT 421)
  • GLOBAL BUSINESS STRATEGIES (MGT 448)
  • QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY (MGT 499)
  • E-BUSINESS (EBUS 400)

Skills

Skills

Training

Academic Teaching University Teaching Corporate Training Curriculum Development

Business Consulting, Teaching

Nonprofits Coaching Public Speaking Team Building Training Program Management Entrepreneurship Community Outreach Credit Community Development Customer Service Strategic Planning Staff Development Teaching Problem Solving Training Delivery Marketing Mentoring Customer Relations Training Skills

Certifications

Certifications

TEFL Express

Apr 2014 - Present

TESOL

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Apr 2014 - Present

Facilitator for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

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