This month’s edition of Lead + Follow — a Q&A section dedicated to further understanding the personal and professional mindsets of area business leaders — features Kyle Rohrbaugh, branch manager and senior loan advisor at RPM Mortgage in Gig Harbor.
Rohrbaugh has spent 17 years in the mortgage industry, where he is committed to advising his clients toward wealth creation while skillfully guiding them through the loan process. He is an advocate of RPM’s “Can do. Will do.” philosophy, and his goal is to help his clients select the loan solution that best fits their needs.
Rohrbaugh has an accounting degree from Pepperdine University, has received recognition as “Top 1% Mortgage Originator of America,” and has been voted “Best Mortgage Lender” by South Sound magazine readers for five consecutive years. Outside the office, he enjoys anything on the water and cheering on Seattle sports teams. He also is an Eagle Scout and serves on the board of Tacoma Youth for Christ. He was raised in Gig Harbor and resides there with his wife, Leah, and their four young daughters.
What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
What was your last Netflix or Prime binge?
Medal of Honor on Netflix. Incredible true accounts of unbelievable courage in the face of grave danger.
When was the last time you completely unplugged?
Costa Rica over two years ago. Must learn how to do this more often!
Whom do you admire most?
My dad. Incredible faith, friendships, and the best model of a husband and father I will ever have.
What is your email etiquette?
Thorough, bordering on long-winded. Grammar is important, and NEVER USE ALL CAPS because it’s rude.
What is your car you are most attached to?
Not the minivan
Do you still write letters?
I write a letter to my four daughters on each of their birthdays every year. Someday when they leave home, I’ll let them read them, and hopefully understand how much their dad loves them.
Wine or drink of choice?
Coconut lime kombucha
Whatʼs your favorite neighborhood?
Downtown Gig Harbor
Whatʼs your favorite childrenʼs book?
Little Blue Truck is the children’s book by which all other children’s books are measured. Courage, perseverance, and selflessness.
What causes are important to you?
We were fortunate to adopt our two oldest daughters after two years as their foster parents. I love any cause associated with orphan care.
Be a servant and set a great example, and own my mistakes.
Must-haves on road trip?
A phone full of podcasts
What, apart from time, would make the biggest difference to your life?
Building discipline in every area
What apps do you use the most? Wall Street Journal, Spotify for music and podcasts, YouTube to learn from interesting people
Do you have any personal rituals?
My most important daily ritual is to journal and have a devotional daily.
What in your wardrobe do you wear the most?
I cannot stop wearing my boots from Origin Maine.
What book would you recommend to everyone?
North to the Night by Alvah Simon
What do you collect?
What does success look like?
First, be the best version of yourself, then be responsible for your family, and make a positive difference in your community.
What advice are you glad you ignored?
“Live for today.” Most things done for today’s enjoyment make tomorrow worse.
What song is currently in your head?
“All Too Well” by Ruston Kelly, a Taylor Swift cover
When self-doubt creeps in,
I say it out loud. My wife and close friend s won’t let me believe it.