PhoenixTeam Engineer Lauren Guse has built a network and support system a year into her time at PhoenixTeam. She enjoys the opportunity to “make a difference in the lives of our clients” while she is challenged to become better at what she does. At PhoenixTeam, Lauren says she “feel[s] seen, heard, and valued by fellow team members” and is “grateful to work for a company where [she] not only feels comfortable sharing [her] ideas but is also empowered to do so.”

Lauren’s interests include animals and culture, with the dream of owning a big, ranch-style home with plenty of land for animals and the bucket list item of visiting Japan to immerse herself in the food and art.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Resonating with Steve Jobs’ thoughts on creating a career, Lauren believes that work is a large part of life, so everyone deserves to have a job that fulfills, impassions, and brings happiness. “I wake up every day genuinely excited to work for PhoenixTeam and that’s how I know I’m at the right place!”

PhoenixTeam’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign is all about supporting the  research, education, and treatment and for breast cancer. Every year in October, companies, families, and individuals around the world gather in the fight against this disease. Breast cancer does not discriminate against age, sex, gender, nationality, or financial status. It can affect anyone at any time, which is why the time to raise awareness, is always! Raising awareness and access to comprehensive care is more important now than ever, as nearly 80% of cancer patients have experienced delays in care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PhoenixTeam is proud to do our part in using our platform to educate our team members, friends, and family this October. 

How We Are Fighting Breast Cancer 

Step Challenge 

PhoenixTeam is taking multiple approaches to support breast cancer awareness through our step challenge and Pink Wednesdays. Phoenicians are invited and encouraged to walk eight miles a week to honor the one in eight women and one in 833 men who will be diagnosed with chest cancer in their lives. PhoenixTeam is using MoveSpring, a health and activity challenge site for organizations to host physical activities and fundraisers. For every mile a PhoenixTeam member walks, we will donate $1 to the fight against breast cancer. $50 provides someone with a HOPE Kit, filled with comforting items for patients to use during treatment. $150 affords a free mammogram for life-saving early detection. $1000 allows patients the opportunity to attend a metastatic breast cancer retreat. All profits are to be allocated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) 

Pink Wednesdays 

PhoenixTeam understands that throughout the month of October, pink is more than a color– it’s a movement! Our folks are dressing in pink every Wednesday of October and wearing custom pink buttons throughout the month to commemorate the survivors and their loved ones battling the disease. With such high diagnoses rates, chest cancer affects millions and PhoenixTeam is showing support by dressing up, showing up, and speaking up. 

How You Can Join the Fight 

As a woman-owned company, the fight against breast cancer is an effort that we are proud to take part in. You can join us and millions of others through donating, fundraising, or just wearing pink! 

Start with educating yourself and those around you. Read about the disease, what its symptoms look like, and how to identify breast cancer. Understand the factors that make someone high-risk such as genetics and lifestyle. Another sure way to help the cause is to donate. The NBCF created a comprehensive list comparing the top breast cancer charities. This list includes each company’s mission, goals, and where donations are allocated to. Another effort to help the fight against breast cancer is to volunteer. Hospitals, support groups, and organizations are often open to help. The American Cancer Society has a Volunteer Community where you can find opportunities to share your time through one-on-one support, provide cancer patients with transportation to treatment, and raise funds at events. 


  • To learn more about breast cancer, click here 
  • To view organizations to donate to, visit this link. 
  • For instruction on how to perform a breast self-exam for early detection, visit this guide by the NBCF. 
  • provides an outline of potential risk factors for developing breast cancer. 

About PhoenixTeam 

PhoenixTeam is a women-owned small business and full stack technology company that partners with clients to enable homeownership through mortgage technology solutions. PhoenixTeam’s goal is to improve the home purchase experience for borrowers and help financial institutions, technology providers, and government agencies achieve their desired outcomes. PhoenixTeam specializes in serving federal housing agencies and the mortgage industry, helping deliver better business solutions through technology implementation excellence. 

For 2nd Consecutive Year, PhoenixTeam featured on the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

ARLINGTON, VA, August 17, 2021 –  PhoenixTeam places No. 911 on the Inc. 5000 2021 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second year in a row with a 532% revenue increase over a three year period.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the nation two years in a row,” said Tanya Brennan, managing partner and CEO of PhoenixTeam. “While 2021 has been challenging in many ways, our continued growth is a testament to our talented team that continues to delight our clients and deliver value by finding innovative ways to help address their most difficult challenges. With our focus exclusively on the mortgage industry, we are fortunate to continue to help federal housing agencies and commercial sector clients deliver better business solutions through technology design, delivery and implementation excellence resulting in better outcomes for veterans, farmers and homeowners.”

Despite the massive shift in the housing and mortgage industry this past year due to COVID-19, PhoenixTeam has helped federal housing agencies and commercial sector clients deliver better business solutions through technology design, delivery, and implementation excellence. Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list proved especially resilient given 2020’s unprecedented challenges.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

Most people look to vacation somewhere quiet and sunny when they talk about winning the lottery and Josh is no exception. His place of choice would be somewhere in the Caribbean. Josh has a huge heart and paying it forward is something he strives to do on a consistent basis. If he won the lottery, this would allow him an even greater opportunity to assist others in need.

Josh’s favorite quote is one that a professional mentor once recited from Alexander Pope; “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep or taste not the Pieria spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain and drinking largely sobers us again.”

The best part of Josh’s job is the availability to collaborate on projects with people of varied skillsets. Josh appreciates the encouragement from PhoenixTeam, of focusing and becoming more knowledgeable on things you are passionate about.