Wyndham Capital Mortgage Marketing Team Wins Telly Award for Outstanding Video Production

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Posted: 6/9/2021 | Read Time: 2min
Last Updated: 6/28/2021

Classroom Central Video Receives the World’s Largest Honor for Video and Television Content Across All Screens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 8, 2021) – Members of the Marketing Team at Wyndham Capital Mortgage, a leading fintech mortgage lender, have been recognized as a Sliver Award winner at the 42nd annual Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens. The award-winning video was created to highlight the organization’s partnership with Classroom Central and its efforts to help provide vital school supplies to over 30,000 local school children.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology. Wyndham Capital was in some good company this year as other award winners include Walt Disney Company and Bank of America.

“Telling the Classroom Central story was important for a variety of reasons,” said Trey Rigdon, senior vice president of marketing at Wyndham Capital. “The pandemic impacted most non-profit organizations and since Classroom Central’s worked directly with getting kids ready for what was a unique school year, we did whatever we could to help. It was important for our employees and others to see the outcome of their support because this teamwork is a great example of our corporate values and culture.”

Several members of the marketing team worked on the creation of this video, including:

  • Director: Jonathan Sausedo
  • Videographer: Samuel Hannah
  • Writer: Matthew Harris
  • Motion Graphics: Danny Di Salvo
  • Producer: Brittany Collins
  • Executive Producer: Trey Rigdon

Wyndham Capital’s senior vice president of human capital Angela Fumo and quality control manager Charles Lundy, both of whom appeared in the video, were valuable resources in its creation, along with assistance from Classroom Central.

Classroom Central is a Charlotte organization that works to get lower-income students the classroom supplies they need. As one of the organization’s top contributors, Wyndham Capital routinely held in-office supply drives and volunteered onsite to pack the supplies and distribute them, but because of the pandemic those options weren’t available last summer. With time running short just two weeks before classes were starting, the executive team quickly coordinated with Classroom Central. The plan resulted in getting enough donations to match the 15,000-backpack donation the Carolina Panthers pledged with the challenge for the community to match it, which would result in a donation of 30,000 backpacks.

“In the face of a year like no other, the visual storytelling community has continued to defy the limitations of our new world. Achievements have been both societal, such as embracing social media platforms to raise awareness about injustices and promote solidarity for movements, as well as geographical, like developing fully remote pipelines for dispersed teams”, says Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “This year’s submissions doubled down on what we already know about the industry. Creativity cannot be stopped. Collaboration will always prevail. New ideas and stories will always find a way to break through to an audience.”


Gene King is the Director of Communications and PR at Wyndham Capital Mortgage. Gene has over 20 years of experience writing and creating content in the financial services industry, having led communications at H&R Block and Ally Bank. Gene oversees Wyndham Capital’s content strategy, social media, media relations and internal communication to help establish WCM’s brand, recruit and retain employees and drive customers. His team does this with relevant and reliable information to help customers make informed homebuying, selling and refinancing decisions. Gene earned a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Gene, a regular speaker on measurement and content strategy, also earned his Accreditation in Public Relations. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling.

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