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Vice president, Springfield branch manager, NationsBanc Mortgage Corp., 2940 S. Glenstone, Springfield. The company provides a full menu of mortgage services for the Springfield and Branson area and is currently in the process of merging with Bank of America. NationsBanc Mortgage is the mortgage division of NationsBank and has 13 account executives on staff who cover the Springfield-Branson area. Through June, NationsBanc Mortgage in Springfield has closed approximately $49.2 million in volume and is on track to close between $90 million and $95 million in 1998. Bass-King is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors, the Association of Professional Mortgage Women, where she serves as director, the Home Builders Association, and the OACAC Affordable Housing Collaborative.

Age: 48.

No. of years in Springfield/area: 27.

Education: Pursued a degree in elementary education from Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., with a minor in English and sociology.

Early career: Bass-King was a substitute teacher when she first came to Springfield from Owensboro, Ky. She then took a full-time job at Central Mortgage Bancshares Inc., where she stayed for 22 years. "I learned all the aspects of the mortgage business and left as senior vice president of the mortgage division," Bass-King said. She went to Boatmen's three years ago and worked on the mortgage side under Boatmen's National Mortgage. The company became NationsBank more than a year ago, and she continued on the mortgage side as the company became NationsBanc Mortgage Corp.

Current projects: Bass-King is currently focusing on the NationsBank-Bank of America merger.

Management philosophy: To have a full staff of mortgage professionals and let them do their job. "We want to stay focused on the customer's needs and provide the best service possible."

Spare-time pursuits: "I love golf and am a member of the Ladies' Golf Association at Highland Springs County Club," Bass-King said. She and her husband also belong to the Royale Couples group at Highland.

Family data: Has been married for three years to Robert King, district manager for DuPont Pharmaceutical, Wilmington, Del. She has one daughter, Robin, who works for ADP in Las Vegas, Nev., and three step-children: Kim, who with her husband, Skip and two children, Jessica and Chase, lives in Harrison, Ark.; Robert II, who resides in San Diego, Calif.; and Ryan, who is a third-year architecture student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

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