#WHYoming: Alex Yates

Welcome to our series, #WHYoming.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

For this week’s #WHYoming, I had a chance to talk with Alex Yates, co-owner of Wyoming Mortgage in Rock Springs. Alex has been doing home loans for over six years and he loves his job. When Alex isn’t hard at work, he is most often taking photos, traveling, and training for athletic competitions. Many of the photos throughout this article are pieces of his photography.

Alex grew up in Rock Springs and now lives in Green River with his wife. He loves this tight-knit community and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. A proud Wyomingite, Alex is happy to call this state and this county his home. No matter where his travels take him, he is always glad to return to Wyoming.

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Alex, what do you do for a living?

I do home loans at Wyoming Mortgage. My dad, Willie Yates, started Wyoming Mortgage about 20 years ago. After college, I joined him there and became a partner and co-owner of the company. I’ve been doing home loans for about six to seven years now and worked as an assistant to a real estate appraiser for a couple years before that.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I get to meet and work with so many different people, at such a big time in their lives. Buying a home is a big milestone. Whether it be someone’s very first home, or the home they want to retire in. It can be incredibly fulfilling to see my clients, some of whom I worked with for a very long time, accomplishing the things they set out to do, and becoming home-owners. I’m very grateful for the many friends and people I’ve had the chance to meet and learn about through this line work.

You also do photography. How did you get into that?

Doing home loans can be a bit stressful at times. I really needed an escape and a way to creatively express myself again. I did film photography back in college and really fell in love with it then, so I naturally reached my way back to photography about three to four years ago. It’s opened a lot of doors for me, I’ve been able to travel for photography/video work to a few different places in the country. But most importantly for myself, I love that I’m able to take pictures of the things most important to me, and that I get the chance to relive some incredible memories and adventures I’ve been fortunate to have because of photography.

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#WHYoming: Alex Yates