Meet Our Sales Leaders | Equity Prime Mortgage

Meet Our Sales Leaders

Keith Webster, SVP of Retail Sales

NMLS #176551

As SVP of Retail Sales at Equity Prime Mortgage he is a national sales leader and overall leader of The Legacy Division, Keith Webster’s mission is to empower underserved markets by creating a bridge to homeownership through empowering leaders in strategic growth markets that are influential and closely relate to the communities that they serve. He has over 24 years of experience in the mortgage industry as a leader in both ownership and management roles. As a part of the leadership team at Equity Prime Mortgage, Keith is known as one of the top leaders of a fast growing and successful organization. He is a 3-time President’s Circle winner, a proud Diamond Sponsor for NAHREP local chapter, and advisory board member and major supporter of NAREB, Empire Board, and WCR organizations. His primary focus are in emerging markets such as, but not limited to the African-American, Hispanic, women lead households, and millennial demographics.

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Tim Arrington, VP of Sales

NMLS #717914

Tim Arrington is an experienced home-financing professional committed to providing exceptional service from application to closing. Tim is a graduate of the University of Alabama, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He has been in the mortgage business since 1998, with experience as a mortgage: loan officer, sales trainer and sales manager.

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Jean Paul "JP" Avallone, VP of Sales

NMLS #212464

Jean-Paul has been a mortgage professional for since 1995 and the last 22 years have proven several things as true. Rates will always change daily, underwriting guidelines change constantly and Jean-Paul will be there to help you navigate the process of buying or re-financing your home. He calls Clarkston, home, and his office is in Beautiful Downtown Rochester, MI. JP's goal with every transaction is 5 star service for his customers and business partners. His approach to mortgage education means his customers can be confident in their mortgage decision whether they are buying their first home or their 10th home. 

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Jay Byars, VP of Sales

NMLS #270085

Jay is the Vice President of Sales for the Charleston, SC market. An avid community servant, he currently is serving as Chairman of Dorchester County Council and was reelected to his third four-year term in 2018. Jay has been helping people with their home loan purchase and refinance needs since 2002. As a former high school science teacher and baseball coach, Jay understands how to sit down and help families navigate their home loan needs without worry or stress. As he tells his clients and constituents, 

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Stephen Carpitella, VP of Sales

NMLS# 15331

Stephen is a proven leader with over 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He holds an accounting and finance degree from Rider University and is a former CPA. Stephen is a highly successful individual loan originator and was ranked 20th in the nation for FHA loan volume in 2012 and 25th overall for Reverse mortgage origination.

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Bill Carr, Regional Vice President

NMLS# 147514

Bill is an accomplished, results-driven executive leader with 20 years of industry experience.  Bill has a proven track record leading organizations, fostering relationships, creating new services and efficiencies while assisting real estate agents to become leaders in their chosen markets.  He is a solid leader with the ability to identify and capitalize on individual strengths, motivate teams, and implement vision to achieve business goals on a global level.

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James Driscoll, VP of Sales

NMLS# 21420

Jim Driscoll has worked in the mortgage business for more than 25 years and is noted as one of the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators by Mortgage Executive Magazine.  Most recently, he was ranked 25th on the list of Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators by NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®). As the Vice President of Sales Equity Prime Mortgage in Methuen, Jim and his team are committed to providing service that exceeds expectations by catering to the unique needs of each client.

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Rick Forbrich, VP of Sales

NMLS# 1293091

Richard "Coach Rick" Forbrich has been in the mortgage industry for 20 years. He started as an originator and quickly moved to Branch manager. He can still remember his first ever closing: "Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz, and how as we carried her in her wheelchair up the stairs into her very first home for the very first time she started crying tears of joy. My wife was with me that day and she had been skeptical if I should be working in this industry with a 2-year-old and an infant to feed, but after Mrs. Ortiz told her the story of how I helped her realize the dream of homeownership, on the ride home my wife was in tears and told me 'you are right where you are meant to be' and to never stop helping people."

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Michelle Herbst, VP of Sales

NMLS #1459242

Michelle Herbst VP of Sales and a Mortgage Loan Originator. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in Psychology and proceeded to start her career in the mortgage industry in 1993. Michelle commenced her career in the mortgage industry with a large national company where she held positions that included Closer, Processor, Closing Supervisor, Post Closing Manager, Underwriter and finally a Wholesale Account Executive. She has been able to do over 5000 mortgage loans so far in her career, and opened an Equity Prime Mortgage branch in Cary, North Carolina.

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Kerry Knott, VP of Sales

NMLS #1661486

As a former Custom Home Builder, Assistant Real Estate Developer, and Lender with over a decade of experience in helping clients become Home Owners Kerry knows the ins and outs of the housing industry. He is dedicated to it ensuring all of his clients fully understand every aspect of the home financing options available to them. He will carefully run through your financial situation and long and short-term financial goals in order to perfectly select the type of financing that is correct for you.

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Edgar Lozada, VP of Sales

NMLS# 21116

Based in Orlando, Edgar Lozada is a passionate, genuine and self-motivated individual who adheres to the belief that building and maintaining relationships are the keys to success.  As the Vice President of Sales for Equity Prime Mortgage Orlando, Edgar and his team with a diverse set of personalities and skills will ensure your mortgage needs are not only met, but exceeded from beginning to the end of the mortgage process.  Edgar has mastered how to couple hard work with efficiency, and realizes how important timing is to any venture.  He has been in the industry for over 20 years.

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Mike Manieri, Regional Vice President

NMLS# 231924

Vice President of Equity Prime Mortgage LLC of Orlando, Mike Manieri, NMLS# 231924 has been in the mortgage business since 2000. Mike brought his leadership skills and expertise with him to Equity Prime in 2011. He increased his sales staff and Production numbers to 5 times that of when he joined. Mike routinely tells his team, “You absolutely MUST over communicate with your clients. Educate them on the programs and processes.”

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Leslie McGarry, VP of Sales

NMLS #369740

Leslie is currently the VP of Sales for Equity Prime's Las Vegas Office. She has an extensive background and experience in every facet of the mortgage industry including operations, sales, management and originating. Leslie currently oversees a team of mortgage professionals and operations staff delivering engaging live facilitation and training to help to organically grow their businesses. Leslie's prides herself on the engagement and adaptability of her team.

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Sam Patel, VP of Sales

NMLS #119511

Sam Patel has been working in the mortgage industry for over 10 years. With a heavy background in developing process-flows for the industry, Sam understands how every aspect of the operation and individual involved in the loan process adds value to the service Equity Prime Mortgage delivers as an organization. He’s consistently looking to challenge his team and find creative solutions to help streamline and speed up the lending process.

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Loren Ragland, VP of Sales

NMLS #79996

Loren F. Ragland has helped people build wealth through homeownership for more than 20 years. Whether it's your first time buying a home or not, he is ready to serve. Loren is passionate about you and works hard to accomplish your mortgage goals along with your overall financial needs. With his vast knowledge of FHA, VA, and Conventional loan programs; he will review your credit profile and offer up tailor-made solutions that will help grow your financial wardrobe.

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Charles Richarson, VP of Sales

NMLS #365761

 

A mortgage banker since graduating from The University of South Carolina in 1982 with a B.S. in Finance, Charles is passionate about and dedicated to providing his clients the absolute best financing terms and customer service. From first-time home buyers to relocating executives, Charles' clients benefit from his local real estate knowledge, hands-on approach and extensive knowledge of mortgage banking. Contact Charles anytime to discuss your personal home mortgage financing needs.

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John Rios, VP of Sales

NMLS #73087

A proud family man with over 25 years experience in the mortgage industry, John is the man you can trust to get your loan done right. He is involved with the development of personnel, increasing sales, and originating loans such as FHA, VA, FNMA, FHLMC, and Non-QM. He has a comprehensive understanding of their guidelines, with the ability to properly train and inform his sales team and borrowers regarding their questions under any new challenges within the market. John is well known for making himself available 24/7. Reach out today!

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Ryan Sanford, VP of Sales

NMLS #119511

Ryan Sanford has had over 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. It is this love for what he does that has led him to his current position as the Vice President for Equity Prime Mortgage in the St. Louis area. This is a role that allows me to be involved in the day to day direction of the company, while also overseeing every aspect of the loan process for my clients, from application to funding.

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Nick Tantanella, VP of Sales

NMLS #216424

Nick grew up in Augusta, GA before attending Georgia Southern University where he obtained a BBA in Finance. He has grown within the company as first an LO, then a sales manager, and now a VP running the Equity Prime Mortgage Buckhead office. Nick says, “Over the last 15 years I have been responsible for funding billions of dollars in loan volume, closing well over 6,000 transactions, as well as providing guidance and advice to tens of thousands of applicants.”

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Kim Thomas, VP of Sales

NMLS #239180

A highly accomplished mortgage professional with over 23 years experience, Kim offers exceptional skill and experience in mortgage loan processing, loan origination, and customer service. In her years, she has become an exceptional leader and recognized as a top mortgage trainer for loan officers and loan processors. It is her passion to not only bring borrowers into homeownership but to make them successful in maintaining that opportunity with education and proper guidance.

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Derek van Dam, VP of Sales

NMLS #1140429

Derek van Dam is a seasoned mortgage professional with 17 years of experience. Prior to joining Equity Prime, he served in a variety of roles in the industry such as Loan Originator, Sales Manager, Branch Manager, AVP, VP of Sales and Senior Vice President of Production. He was also the part owner in two different companies. As a Vice President with Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, he helped them grow into the number two online lender in the US during his six-year tenure there. Derek prides himself on his attention to detail and communication skills. 

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Vestell Wright, VP of Sales

NMLS #354636

Vestell Wright began his real estate career in Salt Lake City in 1974 as an agent for Empire Real Estate. In 1975, Vestell's real estate sales efforts were recognized as he was awarded "Founding Member of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club", a designation garnered by less than 2% of the licensed agents at that time. He managed two offices and was the sales trainer. In 1986 Vestell was recruited by a financial services firm in Austin, Texas as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He helped the company grow from $23 million in sales in 1985 to over $300 million in 1989, establishing a pension administration firm, broker dealer and sales force of over 5,000 licensed insurance agents and financial planners spread over 47 states. Calling on his experience in real estate and financial services, now in 2018, he manages a Branch Office in Austin and enjoys sharing his marketing expertise with Realtors and Financial Planners.

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