Skilled entrepreneur Frank Monte, owner of the marketing firm Frank Monte Centurion, has always possessed the desire to help others. Not only has Monte achieved considerable success in the field of business; he’s also been able to steer his companies towards causes that work vigilantly on behalf of others, as well as to pursue a sense of accountability and justice for those who have been wronged or harmed in some way.
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Before the advent of Centurion, Frank Monte was responsible for the launch of Homeowner Answers, LLC, a firm that negotiated directly with lenders to eliminate homeowner liability following the listing and sale of homes. Those facing the possibility of foreclosure following the 2008 housing crisis found a strong and passionate advocate in Monte’s team.
In 2012, Frank Monte and Centurion began their foray into the pursuit of financial compensation on behalf of those impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill. By dedicating themselves to building a vast marketing network, one that encouraged business owners to file claims against BP, Monte and his team were able to hold the energy giant financially culpable for the disaster (to the tune of $50 million).
Frank Monte is the owner of Centurion, a marketing firm in Florida. Frank Monte currently has his sights set on becoming a lawyer. But up until now, he has spent many years in marketing.
He also started a real estate company just as the housing market was collapsing, but turned that into a positive by creating a company called Homeowner Answers, LLC. That company represented homeowners on the verge of losing their homes to lenders. His strategy was to hire negotiators who tried to work out deals where homeowner debt would be forgiven, and the company had a lot of success.
“Sometimes the lenders wouldn’t go quietly into the night,” he says, “so I had to step up our game. I was able to find attorneys that would help my clients pro bono, and ultimately shift the tide back on our side and gain a better leveraging position.” Major lenders had taken hundreds of millions of dollars through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). “Instead of helping homeowners underwater, they did everything they could to try and leverage the homeowner for everything they had to their names.”
Most of those homeowners were struggling even before the housing crisis, he says, and he found it gut-wrenching to watch. “Homeowner Answers LLC gave the underdog a voice, and a fighting chance.”
Eventually Homeowner Answers LLC ran its course, as the environment that created it stabilised. Frank Monte of Centurion intends to continue fighting for the underdog once he has become a licensed attorney.