On May 13, 2018, Embrace Home Loans celebrated its 35th birthday. To mark the occasion, we’ve collected a series of stories from Embrace employees to share our journey and culture with customers, partners, friends, and family.
Pete Tytus, Head of Business Intelligence
With Embrace since 2016
“I distinctly remember interviewing at Embrace and thinking that the company was very progressive — and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. In particular, I remember being asked about my life outside of work including family, fun, and fitness.
A hobby that I started about 10 years ago is racing in triathlons. I recently hit a big milestone and completed an IRONMAN 70.3 race. This is commonly known as a “half IRONMAN.” It consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run.
This race in particular meant a great deal to me because I had attempted it two years ago and failed. With three miles left in the race, my legs cramped to the point I could no longer walk. It was a great blow to me personally as I tend to be very critical of myself.
This year, I decided to make some life-changing decisions to ensure that I would be best positioned to finish the race. I wasn’t concerned with time — just finishing. I put my training in the pool, on the bike, and a lot of running. It was tough with work and family. I also used this as the inspiration to get sober.
I think participation in this event fits within many of Embrace’s corporate values, which are courage, innovation, empowerment, community, achievement, fulfillment, and love.
I had the courage to compete in this race again, empowered myself through life-changes and training, leveraged the triathlon community for training tips, and ultimately achieved my goal and was left fulfilled. Like anything else, this would have not been possible without the love of family and friends.
This is perhaps a bit more personal than I had intended, but the commitment required to compete in and complete these long races allows for a lot of reflection. I traveled the 70.3 miles in 6 hours and 30 minutes. I always wonder what motivates people to do things and when I reflect on my own motives, it comes down to having that sense of fulfillment.”