Associated Bank mortgage loan originators, John J. Abraham (Peoria, Ill.), Christine M. Blackwood (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Edward C. Currie (Elgin, Ill.), were recently recognized by Scotsman Guide for their mortgage lending performance in 2012.

Abraham, Blackwood and Currie were ranked among entries from more than 1,400 mortgage professionals across the country. To be eligible for initial consideration in Scotsman Guide’s Top Originators rankings, originators must have had at least $30 million in loan volume or 100 closed home loans for the 2012 calendar year. Only loans and volume that originators closed personally could be considered. After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants’ volume from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the originator's company or a similar source. This verification process makes Scotsman Guide’s Top Originators list the most accurate ranking of top-producing originators in the industry.

Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its fourth annual Top Originators rankings on April 1. The list, which ranks the nation's top mortgage brokers, originators and bankers, appears in Scotsman Guide's April 2013 residential edition, and searchable rankings are available online at

“These three individuals are being recognized for their exceptional sales achievements,” said David Bauer, director of mortgage sales at Associated Bank. “Associated is proud to have such an elite group of mortgage professionals delivering outstanding service to our customers.”

In addition, Currie and Abraham were recently recognized by Mortgage Executive Magazine. For 2012, Currie ranked nationally as the 41st top producing mortgage professional, and Abraham ranked as the 102nd top producing mortgage professional.

From left: John J. Abraham, Christine M. Blackwood and Edward C. Currie.