Cheers From Our Clients

Very thorough and comprehensive search process that provides results. Enjoyed working with Joe L., who always kept me informed on candidates and got the job done

S. Lear

Bank President

Joe Lickteig and team have made a significant impact on the organizations I’ve worked in because of their candidate transparency, deep industry expertise and systematic search process. I look forward to the continued partnership

Rick Bechtel

Head of Mortgage TD Bank

Joe Lickteig provided outstanding service for us in finding a really good Chief Lending Officer for our organization. I would highly recommend the Crossing Group in your search for Loan Department executive.

Gary Nation

President, Central Federal Savings and Loan

Joe & his team did a great job helping us recruit to grow our branch network. He’s a solid, trustworthy guy who busted his butt to deliver strong results for us.

Brock B.

Co-owner, Veterans United Home Loans

Joe Lickteig is so good at what he does that it is almost unfair to label him as a recruiter. I have talked to him over the years as both a potential recruit and an employer, and found him to be the most informative, inquisitive and consultative talent acquisition guy out there. Joe is an effective and consistent communicator, and can help either side of the recruiting scenario analyze options and make great decisions.

Ken Niemann

President, Mortgage / Paramount Bank

Joe, Jim and The Crossings Group were an integral part in helping the branch network get started and grow. We all consider them just another member of our Veterans United family. If you are looking for a trustworthy partner to help in recruiting, you can’t go wrong with The Crossings Group. They have represented Veterans United very well.

Rob Quinn

National Production Manager /Veterans United

Joe Licktieg is a well versed mortgage professional. He is exceptionally diverse, knowledgeable, trustworthy and is a well-connected industry coach, confidante and recruiting professional. It is without reservation, Joe earns my recommendation!

Paul Diamond

Owner and CEO, Diamond Residential Mortgage Corp

Joe with The Crossings Group was great to work with. Helping us with what we were trying to find was a tall order and Joe delivered. He stuck with it and found us some fantastic candidates that we went on to hire. Not only did he find what we were looking for, it was also just a pleasure working with him. He is a great guy and we enjoyed the relationship both personally and professionally.

N. Long

Veterans United Home Loans

I have found Joe’s Data base, industry knowledge and professionalism to be invaluable over the past 10 plus years.

Jeff Gennarelli

CEO, BBMC Mortgage

Joe came highly recommended and after conducting several phone interviews of other executive search firms it was clear that The Crossings Group was our first choice. Joe spent time with me and key members of our management team to understand our need and our “story.” Joe clearly communicated during each step, provided multiple candidates for consideration, coordinated the interview process and then provided invaluable insight during the final stage of offer/negotiation. I felt a connection with him and that he truly understood our situation. I would not hesitate to call Joe again or recommend him to another bank.

Scott Conway

CEO, Magnolia Bank

Joe is a superb recruiter who helped me not only find high quality positions to apply for, but he was also able to prepare me for the interviews based on his extensive knowledge of the company as well as the people who were interviewing me. I highly recommend him to my peers in the industry.

George Lopez

Vice President of Mortgage Compliance at Paramount Bank

I could not recommend Joe Lickteig and the Crossing Group any higher. In a business loaded with egos, demanding personalities and quite frankly, sleaziness, Joe is an oasis of calm and concern about doing what is right for the customer, even if to his detriment. I have hired multiple people through Joe and always appreciated his candor and feedback on industry knowledge. Developing that confidence in Joe made my time more efficient.

Peter Haleas

Haleas Group, LLC - A Residential and Commercial Management Company

I highly recommend working with Joe. He was extremely professional and found the perfect fit for me.

Rhonda McConkey

VP National Operations Manager at Midwest Lending

Joe found me my dream job, I am so grateful and cannot say enough about his professionalism and knowledge when it comes to recruiting. Great experience!

Jubilee Diamond

Wholesale Lending Operations Manager- Servicing Oversight at First Savings Bank

Joe knows the mortgage industry well and was instrumental in helping to find the right leadership role matching my unique skills. He is very responsive and a pleasure to work with. I will highly recommend him to any of my colleagues looking for a new opportunity.

Susann Miquelon

VP, Servicing and Default Manager at Town and Country Bank

Working with Joe was not only a career changer for me but a happiness changer as well. Joe listened to my concerns and presented the employers that would best match my needs. Ultimately, he led me to my current employer which wound up fitting like a glove. He was genuinely interested in placing me in the right work environment with an employer that shared my values. He provided excellent guidance at every turn. I will always be grateful for Joe and would recommend him to anyone considering a change in their career.

Christine Menker-Wilson

Branch Manager/Loan Originator at Fairway Independent Mortgage

I got to know Joe in early 2020 just before the pandemic hit. Joe lined up several phone interviews for me which resulted in face-to-face meetings with a couple different companies. The pandemic hit which slowed the process, but Joe continued to keep me updated weekly and set up new interviews. The search eventually came down to two different companies to choose from and I couldn't be happier with how things turned out. Joe was great to work with and I will definitely use his services again for future recruiting needs. I highly recommend Joe for anyone looking to hire or looking to be hired in the mortgage industry.

Ty Sukalski

Branch Sales Manager at Homefinity Loans

I have been working with Joe and his company for years now. He never disappoints me and always comes through for me. He was able to fill three top positions in less than 30 days. Very impressive, he does extensive background checks, references and screenings. Definitely does not waste your time and gets the right candidate for you. I highly recommend Joe’s services, he will exceed your expectations.

Josie Pucci

SVP, Director of Production and Originations, Town and Country Bank

Joe knows the mortgage industry as well as anyone I have connected with in the past 10 years. He listens to his his client's needs and finds the perfect spot for their skill set. I have recommend Joe numerous times to leaders in the mortgage industry and I will continue to do so.

Ryan Kluttz

Director of Production, Paddio Mortgage

I have known Joe for over 10 years, and he has been and still is a phenomenal source of information and knowledge for everything related to recruiting top notch professionals. He is a friend, a colleague and most importantly an expert recruiter. His expertise, attitude and work ethic are beyond exceptional. Simply, he is amazing. I would recommend Joe to anyone for their recruiting needs.

Timothy M. Quinlan

Vice President - Midwest Regional Mortgage Sales Leader, CMG

Joe spends an incredible amount of time and energy getting to know everyone he works with. This depth of relationship translates to a clear focus and feels very straight forward with potential hiring partners. It is easy to see why Joe is in a league of his own with executive career mapping and match making. He is a rare talent in his field.

Tonya Strobel

SVP/President of Mortgage Division, Wilson Bank and Trust

I recently engaged with Joe on a leadership role search he was conducting. My requirements as a candidate were unique. He was very professional in presenting this to the hiring organization. His patience throughout the process was impressive. I would highly recommend him on both the hiring and job search sides of the equation!

Todd A Householder

Housing/Mortgage Industry Consultant

From the first call to the last Joe was a true professional. Most recruiters call with the same pitch and I typically decline but something was different about Joe. He took the time to learn as much as he could about me and seemed truly interested in post hire success, not just a sale. I would definitely recommend him!

Jason Grubba

Producing Branch Manager

Joe and his supporting staff at the Crossings Group have been an invaluable resource and partner. Whether you personally are looking for a new position or trying to find that right individual for your organization, they will get it done. Their professional approach and follow thru, even weeks after the agreement has been culminated, set them apart in the industry. That is a rare thing to find in this day and age.

Steve Greiff

Director of Mortgage at Johnson Bank

Joe is terrific to work with...he is very honest and brings much creditability to any opportunity available. He and I worked together on a couple prospects recently and he really cares about you as a prospective hire as well as doing what's right for the employer. Great guy and would recommend to anyone who is need of a industry leading recruiter. Thank you Joe.

Len Tortorice

National Product Manager at Celebrity Home Loans

Thanks Joe for all your help. I appreciate the time you took in due diligence to see what our needs and wants were and matched them up with a Bank that was looking for the same. Obviously, we are only a few months into the relationship but it has been a great marriage for us and the bank. Thanks again for the insight and help you provided.

Chris Conway

Mortgage Direct Channel Manager at First Midwest Bank

I have known Joe for nearly 15 years through the Mortgage Industry. Joe has always performed above task for me personally and in aiding additional growth in various markets. Always a professional and a pleasure to work with!

Steve Stapleton

Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending Manager at Happy State Bank

Joe taught me all I needed to know to be an effective part of his dynamic team of mortgage recruiters! He is able to coach with patience and care while creating an atmosphere that inspires his employees to give their very best and build a robust pipeline using their unique individual skills. Most important, Joe is just plain "good people" and mighty fun to work with!

Mo Moos

Associate Director of Admission at Coe College

I have experienced the true privilege of working with Joe and his dedicated team at The Crossings Group for more than 3 1/2 years now, and I highly recommend Joe and his company for your mortgage talent acquisition needs---as long as you don't take him away from me 🙂 Joe was my dedicated and only recruiting go-to during the creation of the Veterans United Home Loans Retail Branch Division. He and his team single handedly assisted us in one of the toughest ventures out there in our industry: To find mortgage talent that leads with Values first. They placed every single Branch Manager we have hired (over 20 markets), and they continue to assist in adding both branches to our growing network along with helping us find talented originators to add to our existing branches. He is excellent at reading skills and personality attributes and finding the perfect fit for your needs. He is thorough in communicating the needs of his client groups to the recruitee and setting expectations on both sides. His preparation and screening abilities are excellent which help create the win-win in the end for all parties involved. I absolutely love Joe & The Crossings Group, and would trust him to the fullest with your placement needs!

Wessal Khader

COO/Co-Owner at ListReports

Joe is very good at his job as he pays attention to all the complex details associated with the job search. He is also does a great job at following up before, during, and after the process. I would recommend him.

Matthew Locke

National Mortgage Sales Manager, UMB Bank

Joe has been a trusted business partner in helping us find quality employees to grow our business. He continues to listen to our needs and does a great job presenting qualified candidates

Jim Lind

President, Mortgage Banking at Magnolia Bank

I have found Joe to be the consummate professional. He is well connected and very hard-working. Even though I have not hired Joe, I have spent alot of time networking with him and interacting with him. His approach is very professional and extremely effective. I would not hesitate to work with Joe and would recommend him highly to any company needing some assistance with their talent acquisition.

Todd Geiman

Area Manager at Gateway Mortgage

Joe is the ultimate recruiter. He somehow intuitively knows when there is a good fit for both the candidate and the employer. No high-pressure sales and none of the BS you might get when someone is trying to recruit you. Joe is a straight shooter who cares about the people he is placing and he is willing to take the time to do it right. He spent 3 years working with me and in the end recruiting me to a company where I will probably still be working 10 years from now. Joe is someone you can count on to do what he says he is going to do. Highly recommended!

Chad C. Bowman

Branch Manager at Veterans United Home Loans

Joe is a consummate professional whose client relationship and organizational skills are exemplary. I worked with Joe in a training/mentorship capacity. Joe's management of his team and creative outside-of-the-box thinking helped Joe to develop a strong team of recruiters. I'm not surprised that Joe eventually went out on his own to form his own company and achieved success. I give Joe a big thumbs up!

Roger Hughes

Leadership Recruiting Partner, LinkedIN

Joe is by far one of the most talented "recruiting machines" I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Joe understands the big picture in the world of recruitment. He is methodical, thorough, and makes sure that all the details are covered. Finding hidden or passive candidates is the key to Joe’s success. He will locate talent that is not available through traditional recruiting sources. I would trust Joe 100% with any recruiting engagement I personally would need to have filled. As a side note, Joe is also down to earth, likeable and makes the process of finding critical talent fun. I HIGHLY recommend Joe to anyone how is in need of strong talent!

Patrick Cronin

Talent Acquisition Leader, Supercell

I have worked extensively with Joe to build my business. Joe is an excellent recruiter who knows his market well. Joe has always produced results for Mortgage Managers!

Tom Murrens

Sales Manager at Preferred Rate

Joe was an utmost professional and was able to orchestrate a very equitable package and position for me with a top 3 national lender. He is well-known, well-connected, but most importantly well-respected in the industry and I would highly recommend any company or any individual to work with and through Joe and The Crossings Group.

Esther Phillips

Senior Vice President, Director of Sales at Key Mortgage Services,

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