"What it does: Offers wholesale loans to 7,000 mortgage banks and brokers in all 50 states. Why it's growing: SouthStar lets banks and brokers deal directly with underwriters, who have the power to approve loans; that helps cut processing time. Proprietary software also enables brokers to prequalify borrowers and lock into loans automatically on SouthStar's website. Class trip: Last year, SouthStar took 470 staffers on a vacation to Mexico."
No. 429 (2005)