Blue Water LO Joins the Military Roger Odoardi Reviewed by: Roger Odoardi 4/14/2021 HAMPTON, NH – Blue Water Mortgage Corporation is proud to recognize one of our own loan officers, Erik Hauck, for his service in the National Guard – especially for how he’s helped our community throughout the recent pandemic. Blue Water Mortgage first profiled Erik back in 2018 when he joined our team as a Loan Analyst. Since then, Erik has realized his goal of becoming a Loan Officer, but has felt the drive to do more for his community and his country. “I was always interested in joining the military,” Erik says, “but at the time, college was a priority. I’m glad I went to school, because that led to Blue Water, but part of me always had that desire to serve.” Over the past few years Erik felt his window of opportunity was closing, so he decided to take action and enlist in the Army National Guard. Erik explained the importance of his choice. “The National Guard are called upon to help during emergencies. They assist with food banks and shelters, or whatever’s needed. A few years back the New Hampshire members were called down to Mass to help dig out the T-line after a blizzard.” Erik’s own service came at an extremely important time, as he enlisted in January of 2020 – right before the start of the pandemic. Upon completion of training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he returned to New Hampshire to assist during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. “New Hampshire actually has the highest percentage of National Guard helping with COVID,” Erik explains, “early on it was with testing. Since the vaccine rollout we’ve been helping with setting up vaccination sites, traffic control [and] distribution. Medics are able to administer vaccines. Our team reports out of Concord and we’ve gone all over the state to help with mobile and fixed sites.” When asked about finding balance as a Loan Officer and a service member, Erik admits that he’s fortunate that his responsibilities line up conveniently. While working with the guard, he is able to track his emails and follow up with clients in the evenings and on weekends. Erik appreciates the role that both organizations play, saying, “they’re both there for the community. [Blue Water] doesn’t push their product on people, they’re looking out for the best interest of buyers and to help them with their financial goals. It’s about helping people.” Erik is hoping to leverage his dual experience as a Loan Officer and as a service member to better assist local veterans. He wants to be an advocate for veterans and help educate them about the benefits and financial opportunities they have earned through their service. “Some [service members] don’t know that they’re able to refinance without needing an appraisal or having to verify their income. I’m not sure that people know that they could buy a house because of their National Guard work during COVID.” He hopes to change that and open the door of opportunity for others. Overall, Erik is thankful for the amount of support he’s been shown throughout the past year, and he’s eager to return the favor. “I want to shout out to everyone working day-in and day-out in uniform.” He adds that New Hampshire has had one of the best responses to COVID and it’s due to “everyone who’s been working hard during this crisis.” Roger Odoardi Roger is an owner and licensed Loan Officer at Blue Water Mortgage. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and has been a leader in the mortgage industry for over 20 years. Roger has personally originated over 2500 residential loans and is considered to be in the top 1% of NH Loan Officers by leading national lender United Wholesale Mortgage.