Directors of AWI

Sean and LT 6Sean Parnell and Louise Thaxton have traveled extensively for the past few years for the American Warrior Initiative of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, inspiring and educating Americans on the importance of giving back to the men and women of the United States military.

They have taken this message to over 8,000 real estate agents around the country, at the Certified Military Residential (CMRS) Boot Camps, bringing awareness of the challenges facing the men and women who have served in the military when returning from war.  They also spearheaded over 30 give-back  initiatives wounded heroes of America.  Through the generous donations of the employees of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, over these wounded heroes have been served through mortgage free housing, business grants, home upgrades, and more.  Parnell and Thaxton have a goal of serving 40 wounded heroes and their families in 2015.

LT Boot PicLouise Thaxton (NMLS 69996) is a producing branch manager for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation (NMLS 2289), with satellite offices across Louisiana, Texas and Colorado. She has been in the mortgage business for 19 years, 15 of those years have been with Fairway. She has been a keynote speaker at several industry events, is an avid blogger and a regular contributor to industry publications.

Because the majority of her clients are military clients, Louise and her team have developed a passion for “Serving Those Who Serve.”

She is one of the “Boot Girls” and an Ambassador of the “Boot Campaign” a grass roots movement to give back to wounded warriors when they come home.  She and her team have begun a “Suits in Boots” campaign encouraging business professionals to contribute to this worthy cause.

She is the author and instructor of the “Certified Military Residential Specialist” course, which has been taught as a continuing education course for real estate agents around the nation. Over 8,000 real estate agents have attended these Boot Camps in the past few years to receive this certification. The objective in offering the Certified Military Residential Specialist Program is to provide a platform whereby Real Estate Professionals can be trained and equipped to handle with excellence the home purchase needs of active duty and former military clients.

She is also the founder and trainer and National Director of the “Military Mortgage Specialist” division within Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest mortgage banks in the nation. This designation was created to train and equip loan professionals within Fairway to handle with excellence the mortgage loan needs of active duty and former military clients.

She is a regular monthly contributor to industry publications, Origination News and National Mortgage Professional.

Sean Parnell pic 2Army Ranger, combat infantryman with the elite 10th Mountain Division, and veteran of 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border, Captain Sean Parnell’s unique leadership skills welded his platoon into one of the most fierce and effective American fighting units in modern military history. Repeatedly outnumbered and outgunned by a foe whose avowed purpose was to overrun his platoon and behead his Soldiers so that their torturous deaths could be filmed and posted on Al Qaida propaganda websites, Sean’s “Outlaws” battled furiously in the most rugged terrain on the planet—the towering Hindu Kush Mountains. Eighty-five percent of his platoon received Purple Hearts for wounds incurred in battle, but his men gave far more than they received. Outlaw Platoon killed over 350 enemy fighters in some of the biggest firefights of the Afghan War.

Not only did he lead his men against Taliban, Haqqanni and Al Qaida fighters, but his platoon was repeatedly attacked by uniformed members of the Pakistani military on the Afghanistan side of the border. In January, 2007, a Pakistani frontier corps force joined an Al Qaida-led mass assault on Sean’s platoon, then stationed in a remote and half-completed combat outpost scores of miles from the nearest friendly base. The ensuing battle created an international incident and led directly to a confrontation between U.S. State Department officials and the Pakistan government. Sean was wounded in action on June 10, 2006 when his platoon was nearly overrun for the first time by a force that outnumbered them almost ten to one. Refusing to leave his men as they battled the enemy at point-blank range, Sean was knocked unconscious and wounded two more times during the firefight. Each time, he returned to his feet to lead his men again. His selfless example prompted one of his Soldiers to remark later, “Sean Parnell saved us all.”

After the June 10, 2006 battle, Sean continued to suffer from untreated head and neurological wounds. For weeks after, cerebral-spinal fluid leaked from his ears and nose while he continued to patrol with his men. His dedication to his men came at great personal cost: when he returned home following the 06 deployment, his wounds forced him from the Army and he was medically discharged. His platoon remains one of the most decorated Army units since 9-11.

Since leaving the Army, Sean has penned the New York Times bestselling book, Outlaw Platoon, which is the story of his platoon’s crucible of combat in Eastern Afghanistan. He is a regular contributor on Fox News and has appeared on dozens of national TV and radio shows, including CNN’s Up Front with Erin Burnett, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, Fox News Live, Fox and Friends, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Savage Hour with Michael Savage, Rusty Humphries and Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends. Articulate, down to earth and engaging, Sean’s leadership abilities have been called the, “gold bar standard of the post-911 Army.” He is a subject matter expert on Afghanistan, the insurgency we face there, leadership and how to use it to inspire and motivate men and women to achieve common objectives


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  1. Dear Sean
    I was in attendance at the Fairway CMRS training in Tempe Az and was very moved by your personal story and willingness to share, with complete strangers. You exemplify, with courage and distinction, the challenges associated with Veterans returning and making a difference for others. I call it total selflessness and unabashed giving through your own (and the outlaw platoons’) giving and strengths. Mazol Tov (good luck) and godspeed in your attempt to teach the American public. I am a REALTOR in Phoenix Az and have a nephew at 29Palms CA, a Marine also, who has been on 3 tours to Afghanistan and thankfully returned 2 weeks ago and is back at work ( I think as a gunny Sgt.). Thank you again for your service and keep on keeping on! Best Regards, Ian Katzman

  2. Louise and Sean I attended the program in Prescott, AZ on 4-15-16 and was totally amazed by the passion all of you have for your mission. I too have a huge place in my heart for veterans as my son served his country for 8 years and did 1 tour in Iraq and has suffered from PTSD but is getting help and is dealing with things differently and is doing much better most days.

    I am not a real estate agent just an hourly employee with big hopes and dreams for people that want to buy a home. I am working with a Vietnam Veteran named Fritz and have been trying to help him for several months now. He is approved for a VA home loan and has a contract on it and was supposed to be closing on 5-10-16 but has had many obstacles, he was living in a motel when I started working with him and now has entered into a temporary lease agreement with the seller of the property he wants to buy. Because with all of his obstacles and health issues now does not have the money to pay for his closing costs which are $3,600.00. I have reached out to a nonprofit that I have been working with that does down payment and closing costs but they are not set up yet with the VA to work in conjunction with their program but they have submitted the necessary paper work to do so and we should know soon if it has been approved. Until then he cannot close and the rent is $1,000.00 per month and will be due 5-1-16. We are between a rock and a hard spot and I do not know what else to do so I am reaching out to you for some direction or who I can get help from for another months rent or his closing costs so he can be OK and not stress himself out and get worse. I look forward to hearing from you with ANY information or a contact here in this area. Thank you, Elizabeth

  3. Hello
    I am a Realtor in Northern Colorado and I attended your event in Loveland yesterday…..thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do!!

    Do you have the contact information for the gentleman who spoke about Veterans Compass? I have looked online and couldn’t find anything….perhaps since they are a young organization, there is no website yet. I would like to look into volunteer opportunities or other ways i can help but I don’t know how to reach him. Thank you again.