Q&A with our CEO, Phil Jawny


Phil Jawny, MRIM, CMP

Phil jawny

Phil Jawny, founder and CEO of GoVA Inc., began his career in the mortgage business at just 18 years old. He has over 20 years of experience with loan origination, residential mortgages, and, most importantly, VA Loans. Phil’s passion for the loan business is evident, especially for military families. His goal is to help make the loan process simpler for veteran and military families, ensuring they can get the loan they deserve without the hassle.   

Question: Why did you start GoVA?  

Answer: I realized most of society is reactive and wondered, what if we took a proactive approach? Many big companies promote helping veterans with loans, insurance, and financial products. While these companies help, they also want their customers to fit inside their box. Who works in any box these days? I don’t have a military background; I’ve just been in the mortgage business for a long time and realized I’m good at helping people with this part of their journey. I want to be able to give valuable information with my knowledge and experience to an underserved (in my opinion) group of people. I wanted to start a company that worked with people to help solve problems and was focused on stakeholders, not shareholders. With today’s technology and resources available, we have a real opportunity to make an impact.  

Question: What’s the best advice you can give someone buying their first home? 

Answer: The discomfort is worth it, the fear is normal, and the right team working with you will make it all possible.  

Question: Is there a quote you love that inspires your daily life? 

Answer: “Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas. – Eleanor Roosevelt  

GoVA Inc. began in 2019 when our CEO and founder, Phil Jawny realized he had the opportunity to give back to the military community. Our mission is simple; we are devoted to being a trusted and credible resource for all members of the military community. You served for us, let us work for you.

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About Our Partnership with TowneBank Mortgage

At GoVA, we’re proud to partner with a lender that delivers peace of mind to those who have served and continue to serve our county. Together, GoVA and TowneBank Mortgage are committed to helping our military service members achieve their dreams of homeownership, as well as providing them with valuable resources along the way. As experienced lenders, TowneBank Mortgage understands the need for a quick and easy mortgage process, especially during life’s transitional moments. Headquartered in Norfolk, just miles from the world’s largest naval base, TowneBank Mortgage has had the honor of helping thousands of military families through their VA loan offerings. Their team is knowledgeable about VA products and the local market, and in-house operations allow them to respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner. Together, we can get you to closing in 30 days or less. Trust TowneBank Mortgage and GoVA loans to get you home.

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