About Us

Our Team

LaDonna Lockard

LaDonna has worked in and around the mortgage industry for over two decades. She has held licenses in title, property and casualty insurance, and real estate. Ultimately, she found her calling in mortgage education, dedicating 12 years to the field. Her vast industry knowledge serves as inspiration for connecting with others in the mortgage world.
LaDonna is passionate about bringing people together and finding practical applications to mortgage education. You will often see her at networking events as she thrives on forming evergreen relationships with anyone that she can find commonality in.
If LaDonna isn’t working, she is most likely spending time with her husband and daughter – with the exception of when she’s at Nordstrom, her true home away from home.

Brandon Christensen
Director of Education, National Instructor

Brandon has been in financial services for more than 15 years. As a Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1% Mortgage Originator, Brandon built his mortgage business by providing an advisory and educational experience to his clients and partners. He has led successful sales teams in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Utah.
Brandon brings his passion for education and training to his students as Director of Education/ National Instructor with Maximum Acceleration. He believes that an MLO properly equipped with knowledge will have the tools necessary to assist clients in accomplishing their homeownership goals.
When Brandon isn’t originating or educating, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years and their 5 children. He is an avid sports fan and food enthusiast.

Melissa Andrus
Credit Banking Manager

Melissa (Missi) has over a half a decade of experience with handling NMLS banking submissions and records, as well as assisting with live class coordination. Missi enjoys assisting students with the assessment of what education is needed to either obtain or renew their mortgage loan originator license. A proud mother of four, Missi spends any free time she may have with her five grandchildren.

About Maximum Acceleration

Maximum Acceleration is a cutting-edge NMLS-approved provider of mortgage continuing education. We embrace our mission to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable prices, Maximum Acceleration produces regular symposia to bring new ideas and practices to mortgage industry leaders, as well as providing NMLS-approved education classes to loan originators across the nation.

Delivering connections that matter.

Mortgages aren't made in a vacuum, and Maximum Acceleration works hard to bring to our clients the best services and products available to put their careers into high gear. In addition to our own class and training events, we've entered into strategic partnerships to bring the industry more than any other mortgage school. You'll find us offering FREE NMLS training at dozens of mortgage conferences across the nation. And we give you access at the push of a button to the industry's top producers of news and insight — from daily news bulletins, to high quality insightful magazines, business-boosting webinars and in-depth industry-specific newsletters. And you can get it all free because of the efforts of Maximum Acceleration.

We're bringing you a new generation of mortgage education. High quality, high-powered, and featuring the industry's best instructors and top leaders. At Maximum Acceleration, you put your career in high gear.

Properly preparing property professionals.

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