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Wednesday Wonder Woman: Darlene Reese

Darlene Reese is the owner of Ambassador Mortgage in Baton Rouge, LA. The company’s motto is “We are making dreams come true and helping your conquer new territory!” In 2014, Ambassador Mortgage received the Louisiana Business Award for Residential Acceptance Corporation. Get “cozy” with Darlene below.

Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Darlene, Darlene?

Darlene: Darlene is a go-getter. Darlene perseveres and beats the odds. You can tell me I can’t, and I will prove you wrong. My love for my family, my community, and for my passion is unmatched.

Fancy: How did you get your start in the mortgage industry?

Darlene: I started working as a loan originator at a local company in 2004. That soon became just a stepping stone for me; I quickly realized I wanted more.

Fancy: What was it about the mortgage side of things that interested you?

Darlene: Being able to help people achieve their dreams of owning their own home – no matter their background or status, is a big deal for me.

Fancy: How long have you been in business, and what do you attribute to your success?

Darlene: I’ve been in business since 2004, and my hunger for knowledge is one of the many things I attribute to my success. I enjoy being able to inform and educate people on things they can improve on to better enable and equip them to be successful homeowners.

Fancy: What’s the best business advice you’ve received?

Darlene: Always provide excellent customer service. A happy customer is a returning customer!

Fancy: Can you share three tips or nuggets for those who are currently seeking home ownership?


  • Always pay your debts on time. Too often we think “as long as the bill is paid, it’s fine.” However, when it comes to trying to gain financing to own a home, all your bill payment history is heavily reviewed under a microscope.
  • Monitor credit card usage! Don’t use them unless absolutely
  • Open a savings account and contribute to it often! Also, spend money from your checking account wisely! No NSF fees! If you don’t have it to spend, then don’t.

Fancy: What are some ways Ambassador Mortgage gives back to the Baton Rouge community?

Darlene: As a successful African American female business owner, I look to employ people in Baton Rouge and give them the tools they need to not only to be able to help others, but also empower them to obtain the knowledge to progress in this growing industry and obtain stability for them. I have always believed that education and knowledge is the best and most effective way to help those around you. It’s priceless.

Fancy: Have you been able to find a work/home balance, or do you seek harmony instead between the two?

Darlene: My home is my sanctuary of peace. My husband Milton Reese, of 20 plus years. is my rock, and the family we have created together is my solitude. Balance has not been a challenge; I am incredibly blessed in knowing how to prioritize in order of importance, when it comes to work and home.

Fancy: Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you care to share?

Darlene: No upcoming events to share but stay tuned.

Connect with Darlene below.




Darlene Reese is also featured in our Pink & Purple Survivors issue. 


Official Pink & Purple V2 Cover




Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.


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