Peoples Mortgage Company Named a 2022 Top Workplace!

PEOPLES MORTGAGE COMPANY – CORPORATE – TEMPE, AZ

Tempe, Arizona July 20, 2022 – Today, Peoples Mortgage Company is thrilled to announce that we are named a Top Workplace in 2022 with Top Workplaces, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, ranking in third for the mid-size business category for the second year in a row!

Top Workplaces is the “nation’s most credible employer recognition program”.

In 2022, Peoples won the following awards:

  • Top Workplaces 2022 – USA
    • Ranked third for the mid-size business category!
  • Top Workplaces 2022 – Financial Services – Industry

In 2021, Peoples won the following awards:

  • Top Workplaces 2021 – azcentral
  • Culture Excellence Awards 2021: Appreciation, Compensation, Direction, Employee Value Prop, Employee Well-being, Empowering Employees, Formal Training, Professional Development, Top Managers, and Values!

Top Workplaces awards companies based on a comprehensive analysis provided by their partner, Energage. Peoples Mortgage Company was recognized as a Top Workplace through surveys completed anonymously by our employees. The results are measured through specific qualifications such as company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, training, compensation, and benefits.

“Energage employee experience solutions are informed by the Top Workplace research, a deep body of research that has helped us identify the 15 culture drivers that are critical to success in any organization. Surveying and studying over 66,000 organizations since 2006 means we know what makes a company a great place to work looks like…” – read more about Top Workplaces here.

Here is what some of our employees have said about their experience working at Peoples Mortgage:

“I get to help people that feel they would never be able to buy a home”.

“I enjoy the leadership and people I work with”.

“I am appreciated and given autonomy to do my very best in the way that is best for me. I’m allowed to work to my strengths and celebrated for my successes”.

“I feel like I am a part of a team of great people doing great things”.

“It’s all about the People!! Great culture and leadership”.

“They make it easy to succeed”.

About Peoples Mortgage Company:

Peoples Mortgage employs over 220 loan officers and lends in 39 states. Our established in-house processing and dedicated underwriting and closing teams help to maintain an unprecedented level of service for their clients.

Peoples Mortgage opened its doors in Arizona in 1998 with the mission of offering competitive real estate financing with unmatched service. This straightforward approach has given Peoples a solid reputation in the industry and paved the way for National expansion.

With competitive financing in mind, Peoples Mortgage has established unique lending relationships with several investors in the secondary market to maximize program versatility, while maintaining the benefits of direct lending pricing. Recognizing the unique needs of each of our clients, each Loan Officer has access to competitive pricing for an expansive list of loan programs.

At Peoples Mortgage, it’s all about the People.

Why Homeownership Matters – and How to Achieve Homeownership in Today’s Market

            June is National Homeownership Month – and homeownership is a huge accomplishment. There are a multitude of emotions that come with the path to homeownership, and we are here to make your journey seamless. Here at Peoples, we recognize that homeownership is personal – meaning it’s not just a business transaction.  We are excited to share a personal story of homeownership – with a couple who worked with us at Peoples to obtain their mortgage.

Meet Adriana and Cori, a – recently married – power couple, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Adriana and Cori shared how and why they became homeowners during an unpredictable housing market. Adriana and Cori believe that it was vital for them to buy a home – and you will find out why.

Homeownership is an asset – financially AND personally. Adriana and Cori believe that homeownership is important because they felt that rent was (and still is) skyrocketing out of control – and they questioned why they would continue to pay a mortgage for an apartment instead of getting a real mortgage. The monthly cost for their 700 square foot apartment was roughly the same as it was for a mortgage on their new home. Now Cori and Adriana are paying roughly the same for their house that they were paying for their apartment.

Homeownership can help you achieve your financial goals long term.

Adriana and Cori felt that their path to homeownership went much better than expected – and they would even say the process was seamless. During the mortgage application process, everything was completed quickly and ready to go in 30 days. At first, Adriana and Cori didn’t believe they would get the house they wanted – however, they were prequalified for their mortgage in 72 hours! They were thrilled to see that everything was taken care of – and they were able to close on their dream home in 30 days!

Homeownership is an emotional journey.

Adriana and Cori knew right away that they were making the right decision when they first walked into their home. There were happy tears as they both immediately envisioned their future in the home – including having enough space for their 5 fur-babies and for raising a family.

Adriana and Cori LOVE homeownership – they enjoy taking pride in maintaining their home and it just feels good to have a place to call their forever home. They love filling up their home with décor, including plants! They also enjoy working from home and they emphasize that being home feels safe. There is also a perk in the freedom to revamp their home as needed – i.e. painting projects, redecorating – and not worrying about landlords. Overall, Adriana and Cori appreciate their full ownership in their home, and it adds to their sense of security and safety in their everyday lives.

Adriana and Cori are thrilled to have found their dream home – and they have some advice for those who are just beginning their path to homeownership:

  • Make sure that everyone who works with you is your #1 advocate.
  • Get referrals from people who have already gone through the process – and find people who are successful in the mortgage and homebuying process, especially during the ups and downs in the housing market.
  •  Ensure that you’re comfortable with who you’re working with during your journey to homeownership.

Homeownership is more than just a financial decision – it is a life changing event that may ensure a positive financial future and will bring positivity to your life. Adriana and Cori found their forever home with us, and they are advocates for homeownership. When you are ready to take the next step to find your dream home, reach out to us at Peoples Mortgage Company. You can check out Peoples reviews/testimonials here.

At Peoples Mortgage, it’s ALL about the People!

Most Admired Leader Award Goes To…Our Very Own President and Owner at Peoples, Stan Morris!

PEOPLES MORTGAGE COMPANY – CORPORATE – TEMPE, AZ

Tempe, Arizona June 7, 2022 – Today Peoples Mortgage has announced that our very own Stan Morris, President & Owner at Peoples Mortgage Company – has received the 2022 “Most Admired Leader” Award from the Phoenix Business Journal.

According to the Phoenix Business Journal, “[t]he 2022 Most Admired Leaders honorees come from a variety of industries and backgrounds. They champion innovation through corporate-giving programs, board service and volunteerism as well”. 

Stan Morris is an exemplary leader at Peoples – and it shows. Stan is dedicated and committed to everyone at Peoples Mortgage Company. Stan believes it’s important to be happy in life and in your job. He values treating others with kindness and to be gentle with them, also known as Stan’s “K & G” philosophy.

Stan Morris values fairness and equality, and he believes in supporting each employee’s professional growth and development. Overall, Stan’s philosophy is to treat people with respect, and he strives for Peoples to be a fun place to work. Stan’s overall business model is:

“Do a few deals; make a little money; have a lot of fun”.

Stan has been in the mortgage industry for 50 years as of January 2022. In 2021, Peoples Mortgage Company was named a Top Mortgage Employer by Mortgage Professional America (MPA), landing a top spot in the 501+ Employees category. Peoples Mortgage was also recognized as the #3 overall employer for “communication between senior leaders and employees” attribute. Stan Morris proves to be a successful and inspirational leader through his 100% approval rating and an overall rating of 4.6 on Glassdoor. These awards and ratings show that there is a direct positive impact on company culture that is curated by Stan Morris and his overall business philosophy to treat people with kindness and respect.

You can view the interview with Stan Morris from Phoenix Business Journal here.

Read more about Stan in the Phoenix Business Journal below. We are ALL about the People!

Peoples Launched Two Brand New Loan Programs for Borrowers Like You!

 ** At this time, the Wealth Builder Loan Program has been suspended. We are looking into alternatives and will announce when we can resume this program. **

Peoples Mortgage Company just launched two new loan programs that are designed to help homebuyers with their financial goals! If you are in the market for a home, keep reading to find out more about how these two loan programs would best fit into your path to homeownership!

We are ALL about the People!

QuickBuy

WealthBuilder

 ** At this time, the Wealth Builder Loan Program has been suspended. We are looking into alternatives and will announce when we can resume this program. **

Peoples Mortgage Announces Their Scotsman Guide Top Originators for 2022!

Peoples Mortgage Company has made huge strides over the years in cultivating top producers to take the lead within the mortgage industry. Peoples is proud to announce 20 of their Scotsman Guide Top Originators for 2022. There is strong leadership at Peoples Mortgage Company. The CEO and Owner at Peoples, Stan Morris, contributes the company’s overall success through treating everyone with kindness. Stan believes in treating the employees at Peoples as equals, and to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Stan believes that people will remain loyal to a company as long as they’re happy. Stan prides himself on creating a positive environment at Peoples Mortgage – his philosophy is “The 3 P’s: Product, Pricing and People”.  To sum it up, Stan believes that “[N]obody works for me, they work with me”.

Peoples Mortgage Company is ALL about the people!

Check out the list of the 2022 Scotsman Guide Top Originators below..

Andrew Augustyniak

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed in 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021; National Mortgage News’ 2022 Top Mortgage Producer
  • Years Loan Origination: 8 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 6 Years
  • Fun Fact: Andrew enjoys golfing and spending time with his family!

Brendan Bracken

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 24 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 9 Years
  • Fun Fact: Brendan enjoys boating on the San Diego Bay, watching SD Padres games and spending time with his wife and 5-year-old son, Brodi!

Rosie Castro

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed in 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 2 Years – has been in the mortgage industry since 2003.
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 11 Years
  • Fun Fact: Rosie enjoys spending time with family, cooking good Mexican food, and traveling to appreciate other cultures.

Ron Duranti

  • Title: Executive Vice President of Sales & Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 21+ Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 21+ Years
  • Fun Fact: Ron has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1992 – and he spear-headed their unified golf program in 1992 – the first golf program for the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled.

Chad Fonagy

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Top FHA Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 13 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 6 Years
  • Fun Fact: Chad enjoys hanging out with his dogs, golfing, playing basketball and watching movies.


Brian Gething

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 15 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 6 Years
  • Fun Fact: Brian enjoys golfing!


Jake Golembiewski

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021; National Mortgage News’ 2022 Top Mortgage Producer
  • Years in Loan Origination: 7 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 5 Years
  • Fun Fact: Jake enjoys golfing, drinking wine, working out and spending time with his wife, Addy!

Diane Greenough

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Top FHA Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 20 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 9 ½ Years
  • Fun Fact: Diane enjoys traveling and spending time with family!

Carrie Hughes

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021; Scotsman Guide’s “Top Women Originator 2022”
  • Years in Loan Origination: 20 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 10+ Years
  • Fun Fact: Carrie enjoys the outdoors – including the pool, the lake, razor rides and watching her kids play baseball!

Mike Morgan

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Top Dollar Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 26 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 13 Years
  • Fun Fact: Mike has been a basketball coach since 1990 at the high school and college level. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling with his family and making memories!

Cesar Munoz

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Top Dollar Volume 2022”, “Top FHA Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 7 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 7 Years
  • Fun Fact: Cesar enjoys traveling and exploring the world.

 Mike Omie

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 8 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 8 Years
  • Fun Fact: Mike enjoys crocheting and performing TIK TOK dance routines!

Becky Patton

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Top Dollar Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021; Scotsman Guide’s “Top Women Originator 2022”
  • Years in Loan Origination: 8 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 3 ½ Years
  • Fun Fact: Becky enjoys wine tasting, hiking, and training her dog, Dean!

Nick Patullo

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 10 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 4 Years
  • Fun Fact: Nick enjoys camping, boating, family time and traveling!

John Saavedra

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 15 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 9 Years
  • Fun Fact: John enjoys spending time with family and he also plays soccer.


Tara Suckstorf

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 4 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 4 Years
  • Fun Fact: Tara won Volunteer of the Year in 2021! Tara enjoys volunteering, painting, making things with the cricket, and watching her boys’ activities.

Kristi Taylor

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 14 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 8 Years
  • Fun Fact: Kristi is an active member of the West O County Chamber. She enjoys spending time with her children and relaxing on their farm!

Mark Tronziger

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s):  Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022” and “Top Dollar Volume 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 23 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 9 Years
  • Fun Fact: Mark enjoys traveling, playing poker, and playing chess (but only in Miles Reed’s backyard!!).

Kelly Weston

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 20 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 10 Years
  • Fun Fact: Kelly enjoys spending time with her two kids (12 & 7), her chocolate lab, traveling, wine tasting, spending time with friends and volunteering for local charities.

Chuck West

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Top Dollar Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 39 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 12 Years
  • Fun Fact: Chuck enjoys walking miles and miles in the desert!


Andy Wilt

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Top Dollar Volume 2022” and “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 22 Years
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 9 Years
  • Fun Fact: Andy enjoys travel, running, snowboarding, and spending time with family!


Emily Zach

  • Title: Loan Originator
  • Award(s): Scotsman Guide’s “Most Loans Closed 2022”; President’s Club 2021
  • Years in Loan Origination: 7 Years – has been in the finance industry for 21 years.
  • Years with Peoples Mortgage Company: 6 Years
  • Fun Fact: Emily enjoys going to her kids’ sporting events, attending concerts and spending time with family!

2021 President’s Club Announcement… We Have Our Winners!

Stan Morris started Peoples Mortgage Company in January 1998 and has made huge strides in company growth over the last 24 years. Peoples Mortgage has grown to employ over 220 Loan Officers and the company lends in 38 states.

We’re All About the People at Peoples Mortgage Company!

The President’s Club is a representation of Peoples Mortgage’s top Loan Officers. Since starting our President’s Club recognition in 2015, we have had countless Loan Officers earn the special accolades. In 2021, 36 of our top mortgage Loan Officers made the cut, which included a mix of recurrent and new President’s Club members.

Out of the 36 Loan Officers who made it into the President’s Club in 2021, 11 of them are women. At Peoples Mortgage Company, we pride ourselves on diversity in the workplace. Our CEO and President, Stan Morris, believes in treating his employees as equals and values working as a team. The hard work and dedication demonstrated from all the Loan Officers shows that Stan’s commitment to his philosophy of treating everyone with respect and making sure his employees feel like family is felt throughout the company.

We are highlighting our top producers who made President’s Club in 2021. Please see the breakdown of our top 36 Loan Officers in 2021 below.

Stan Morris

Stan is the CEO, President, and Founder of Peoples Mortgage Company. Stan has been in the mortgage industry for 50 years as of January 2022. Stan enjoys working in the mortgage industry, and he loves originating loans. He believes that keeping his finger on the pulse in the mortgage business is vital to the company’s success. Stan believes in the saying that “you will get more bees with honey than with vinegar”, meaning that it’s better to treat others well and in return you and everyone around you will benefit. Stan Morris is an active member of the Tempe, Arizona community. Stan has served on the boards of organizations such as the Tempe YMCA and the Tempe Community Council. Stan served as President of the Arizona Mortgage Bankers Association and the Tempe Diablos, a nationally recognized community service organization.

Anders Striemer

Anders has been with Peoples Mortgage Company as a Loan Originator for 2.5 years. He has been originating loans for a total of 12 years. Anders is passionate about mortgage because he shares the excitement of accomplishing homeownership with his clients and their incredible realtors. Anders values integrity in leadership above all else. In his free time, Anders enjoys composing, drawing and creativity.

Andrew Augustyniak

Andrew has been in loan origination for 8 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 6 years. Andrew is passionate about mortgage because he enjoys helping Peoples Mortgage grow wealth through real estate. Andrew values being sales oriented. In his free time, Andrew enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Andy Wilt

Andy has been in loan origination for 22 years, and he has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 9 years. Andy loves the challenge that the mortgage industry provides. He says that to be successful in this industry, you must be on top of your game every day. Andy says that “There is a lot of responsibility that comes along with what we do… our clients are depending on us for the best advice and council to make the right decisions; our referral partners depend on us to deliver on our promises”. In his free time, Andy enjoys travel, running, snowboarding, and spending time with family!

Becky Patton

Becky has been in loan origination for 8 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 3 ½ years. Becky enjoys helping clients achieve financial and personal goals of homeownership and being the person that they trust to guide them through major, life changing transactions, including purchases and refinancing. Becky values working alongside professionals who truly believe “it’s all about the people”. Becky believes that PMC (Peoples Mortgage Company) Leadership creates a positive and fun working environment and constantly encourages collaboration with every department to ensure continued growth in process, product, and services. In her free time, Becky enjoys wine tasting, hiking, and training her dog, Dean!

Bill Geis

Bill has been in loan origination for over 30 years and has spent 13 of those years at Peoples Mortgage Company as of March 2022. Whether it be a first-time homebuyer, or someone purchasing their fifth home, Bill enjoys working with the client in setting a path to accomplish getting them into their new home. A home purchase is important, and Bill alleviates the stress by helping his clients feel at ease and ensure them that they’re in good hands. Bill values hard work and believes that success is a direct result of drive and tenacity. In his free time, Bill enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, traveling with friends and family. He also enjoys spending time in the mountains and at the beach!

Brendan Bracken

Brendan has been in loan origination for about 24 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage since 2013. Brendan loves to break down barriers to homeownership and maintain relationships with his clients to serve them on their next transaction. Brendan values being an active leader, where he is putting in the work and not just delegating work. Brendan enjoys boating on the San Diego Bay, watching SD Padres games and spending time with his wife and 5-year-old son, Brodi.

Brant Serchen

Brant has been in loan origination and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 5 years. Brant and his team enjoy working with a strong network of referral partners to help their clients obtain the dream of homeownership and secure a critical piece to financial freedom. Brant values leaders who communicate expectations clearly, provide tools needed for success and who lead by example. In his free time, Brant enjoys golfing, hiking, and spending time with his wife Shannon, their two young children, Olivia and Miles, and their dog, Maya.

Brian Cohrt

Brian has been in loan origination and with Peoples Mortgage for 3 years. Brian got into the mortgage industry when homes appreciated quickly and rates were low, which helped Brian with his success. Brian has helped several hundred people into homes in a short period of time, and these people now have very manageable mortgage payments and a good majority have huge amounts of equity in their homes. Being in mortgage is an important job with a lot of responsibility and there’s not much that Brian doesn’t enjoy in his role. Brian values transparency and accessibility in leadership, which he says happens often at Peoples Mortgage. Brian believes that Peoples Mortgage has been around a long time due to the trickle down of good leadership. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with family, going to good restaurants, watching the Suns play, snowboarding, playing basketball and staying active and healthy!

Brian Gething

Brian has been originating loans for about 15 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 6 years. Brian enjoys getting to help educate people about investing in real estate and building long-term wealth. Many of his clients have purchased several homes with him over the years. Brian likes to take the relationship approach and treat his clients as he would his own friends and family; so many lenders can make the mortgage process feel like just a transaction when it should feel like an investment working with professionals they trust. In leadership qualities, Brian values integrity, being available, setting proper expectations and being honest with employees. In his free time, Brian enjoys golfing.

Carrie Hughes

Carrie has been in loan origination for 20 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 10 years as of March 2022! Carrie values building relationships with clients and partners, while helping people achieve their homeownership dreams and having the opportunity to create new memories with their loved ones in their new homes. She helps her clients set up their future with one of the biggest investments they can make – homeownership. Carrie enjoys being outdoors – at the pool, the lake, razor rides and watching her kids play baseball!

Cesar Munoz

Cesar has been working in mortgage lending and with Peoples Mortgage for 7 years. Cesar is passionate about mortgage because he has the ability to help make someone’s dream of homeownership come true. It does not matter if it’s a first-time homebuyer, a multiple homebuyer, who the person is or what their situation is. It only matters that he can help them become a homebuyer. In terms of leadership, Cesar values creating an environment of support and to assist in pushing through barriers to get answers to help find ways to make homeownership possible, especially in tough situations. Cesar says he has been fortunate to be led by many great leaders that don’t take no for an answer, and this has helped shape and guide the way he runs his business to create success. In his free time, Cesar travels a few times per year and enjoys exploring the world.

Chad Fonagy

Chad has been originating loans for 13 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 6 years. Chad is passionate about mortgage because he helps people achieve the dream of homeownership and he enjoys working with his childhood friends at Peoples Mortgage. Being in the mortgage industry, Chad doesn’t take for granted the immense responsibility his clients entrust in him to be the best steward for their home acquisitions. Chad enjoys hanging out with his dogs, golfing, playing basketball and watching movies.

Chrissa Michelle

Chrissa has 15 years of loan origination experience and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 14 years. Chrissa says that the mortgage industry gives her the opportunity to simplify complicated situations. Simple mortgage guidance changes lives with possibilities they never knew existed and she loves to inspire! Chrissa believes that leadership is about providing information and inspiring confidence for others to chart their own course and soar. In her free time, Chrissa spends time with her family and enjoys swimming, yoga, skiing, painting, drawing, photography, volunteering and traveling!

Chuck West

Chuck has been in loan origination for 39 years, 12 years of which have been with Peoples Mortgage Company. Chuck loves helping people understand the mortgage process and their best financing options. He believes that owning a home is a terrific way to build financial stability. Chuck values honesty, integrity, and humility in leadership. In his free time, Chuck enjoys walking miles and miles in the desert!

Diane Greenough

Diane has been in loan origination for 20 years and has spent 9 ½ years at Peoples Mortgage Company. Diane loves helping people achieve their goal of homeownership no matter where they are on their journey. Diane believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to buy a home. Diane worked hard to become a mortgage expert in Nebraska, and she enjoys working with realtors and buyers to get loans closed. Offering to help and guide those in the real estate industry has been an immense joy! Diane enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Don Hoover

Don has been in loan origination for about 18 years, and he has spent 10 years with Peoples Mortgage Company. Don loves helping people achieve the American dream of homeownership and helping them achieve their financial goals. Don leads by example with his work ethic, communication and always doing his best. Don enjoys hiking, bike riding and cars.

Emily Zach

Emily has been in the finance industry for 21 years and mortgage lending for 7 years. She has been with Peoples Mortgage for 6 years. Emily enjoys helping people with the most important purchase of their lives…their home! Emily enjoys going to her kids’ sporting events, attending concerts and spending time with family.

Jake Golembiewski

Jake has been in loan origination for 7 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for a total of 5 years. Jake enjoys helping people achieve their dreams of homeownership, while at the same time providing guidance to clients through a complicated process. The key to leadership is leading by example. There is no task too small to complete if it’s for the betterment of your team and others. Jake enjoys golfing, drinking wine, working out and spending time with his wife, Addy.

John Saavedra

John has been in loan origination for 15 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 9 years. John enjoys the mortgage industry because he can help others. He values consistency and genuine caring in leadership. In his free time, John spends time with his family and also plays soccer.

Jon Robinson

Jon has 12 years of experience in loan origination and has spent 6 of those years with Peoples Mortgage Company. Real estate has been a family affair – his grandparents flipped homes and his family has long been involved in real estate. Jon being in lending has added one more piece to the success with his family in the real estate industry. Jon values the ability at Peoples Mortgage to adapt to changes in the business. John believes that the flexibility with comp, products, and pricing keeps us ahead. John says that PMC “also has a great family feel even with a decently large company”.

Justin Toenjes

Justin has been in loan origination for 24 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 12 years. Justin enjoys helping people understand the ins and outs of mortgage. Justin enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and dogs. He also trains for Triathlons!

Katie Kinon

Katie has been in loan origination for 8 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 2 years. Katie is passionate about guiding homebuyers throughout the entire process and ensuring they love their new home and their mortgage experience. Katie values integrity, insight, and a sense of humor in leadership. Katie enjoys traveling, hiking, pickleball and watching Cardinals football. Katie loves spending time with her grandkids!

Kelly Gibson

Kelly has been originating loans for 35 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 9 years. Kelly is passionate about the mortgage industry because he makes his clients’ homeownership dreams come true. Kelly believes that strong leadership is emphasized by leading by example, making yourself available, communicating and being open to new ideas. Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, grandbabies and plays racquetball. He also mountain bikes and goes dirt bike riding and fishing.

Kelly Weston

Kelly has been in loan origination for over 20 years, and she has worked with Peoples Mortgage since 2012. Kelly opened up her own branch, the Kelly Weston Branch, in 2009. Kelly is passionate about the mortgage business because she grew up in the business and loves helping people! Whether she can help them now or down the road, she will help clients with a game plan. Kelly puts her clients first because she knows it’s not just a loan, it’s their home. Kelly values honesty, respect, support, and communication in leadership. Kelly loves spending time with her two kids (12 & 7), her chocolate lab, traveling, wine tasting, spending time with friends and volunteering and helping local charities.

Kristi Taylor

Kristi is a Nebraska native and grew up in Bellevue. With an ease for numbers and a desire to help people, Kristi found her calling in the mortgage industry, where she now has over 14 years of loan origination experience. Kristi has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 8 years. Kristi has worked with hundreds of people in their search for home loan financing. Kristi’s lending philosophy focuses on guiding her clients through the lending process, educating them on their financing options and ultimately helping them to decide on the mortgage option best suited for their long-term needs. Kristi is an active member of the West O County Chamber. She enjoys spending time with her children and relaxing on their farm!

Lori Smolke

Lori has spent 24 years in loan origination and 7 years at Peoples Mortgage Company. Lori believes that every borrower, transaction, and home is different and rewarding in its own way. Whether you are helping someone buy their first home, a vacation home, retirement home, or they’re reducing their payment to help budget, Lori is in the business to help people, and that in itself is rewarding. Lori believes a good leader is a part of the pack – i.e., someone who works as part of the team. Lori enjoys spending time with friends and family…. two legged and four legged!

Mark Tomaszewski

Mark has been in loan origination for 6 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 2 ½ years. Mark is passionate about the mortgage industry because they have an immediate and substantial positive impact on their clients’ lives and financial well-being. Mortgage gives Mark the ability to not only help people achieve their dreams of homeownership but also the ability to grow their net worth by assisting them as their financial coach. Mark values having the ability to help guide people in decision-making that changes their lives in a positive way. Mark enjoys golfing, working out, hiking and happy hours!

Mark Tronziger

Mark has been in loan origination for 23 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage for 9 years. Mark enjoys solving problems that other originators can’t. It becomes a challenge for him to figure out the most efficient way to get a mortgage approved. Mark values a leader that says, “do what I do, not what I say”. Someone who leads by example and exemplifies integrity and doing the right thing even when it’s hard. Mark enjoys traveling, playing poker and playing chess (but only in Miles Reed’s backyard!!)

Mike Morgan

Mike has been originating loans for about 26 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage since 2009. Mike is passionate about mortgage because of the thrill of closing loans, building lifelong relationships, and making connections. Mike values learning from his team and other Loan Officer’s experiences and fresh perspectives. Mike is actively involved in real estate investing and has been a basketball coach since 1990 at the high school and college level. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling with his family and making memories.

Mike Omie

Mike has been originating loans with Peoples Mortgage Company for 8 years. Mike enjoys helping people and their families with the purchase of their home. Mike values support and understanding from leadership. In his free time, Mike enjoys crocheting and performing TIK TOK dance routines!

Nick Patullo

Nick has spent 10 years in loan origination and 4 years at Peoples Mortgage Company. Nick enjoys helping people get into the biggest investment and transaction of their life. Nick like the freedom this business gives to essentially work from anywhere remotely. In leadership, Nick values a strong support staff that works to make things happen and also know how to have fun and have activities outside of the workplace. In his free time, Nick enjoys camping, boating, family time and traveling.

Ron Duranti

Ron Duranti is the E.V.P. of Sales and a Loan Originator. Ron has worked in the mortgage industry for over 21 years and joined the Peoples Mortgage family in 2000. Ron focuses his energy on connecting with his colleagues and clients and following the company’s philosophy of treating people as family. Ron still originates loans along with fulfilling his role as Executive Vice President of Sales – continuing his work in originating loans helps Ron to remain knowledgeable on the current events happening in the mortgage industry and to assist his colleagues as needed. Ron values respect and kindness in leadership. Ron has served on the Board of Directors for both MASD (the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled) and the civic organization, the Mesa Hohokams. Ron helps to run spring training for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s and raises money for the youth sports programs in the East Valley. Ron has been involved with the Special Olympics since 1992 – and he spearheaded their unified golf program in 1992– the first golf program for the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled. Ron also served on the fundraising committees for Phoenix Children’s Hospitals Camp Rainbow.

Rosie Castro

Rosie has been in the mortgage industry since 2003 and started originating loans in 2020 after receiving her NMLS license. Rosie has been with Peoples Mortgage Company since 2011. Rosie is passionate about mortgage and the service she can provide by helping others achieve the dream of homeownership. Rosie especially enjoys helping her Hispanic community and the many challenges they face in achieving their dream of homeownership. Rosie values good relationships built through leadership on her team. She appreciates the efficiency and productivity that she and her team can achieve when working together with one solid purpose: helping others achieve the dream of homeownership! Rosie enjoys spending time with family, cooking good Mexican food, and traveling to appreciate other cultures.

Tara Suckstorf

Tara has been in loan origination and with Peoples Mortgage Company for 4 years. Tara says that becoming a homeowner is a life goal for many and guiding people by educating them on the process and giving them options that best fit THEIR long- and short-term financial goals vs. what she thinks is best is an important part of the process for Tara. Being trusted by clients to assist in such a large investment while realizing the dream of homeownership is an honor. Tara believes in doing what is best for others, not yourself. Tara loves sharing others’ successes by giving back. Tara appreciates and recognizes the whole team, including those who may not get credit for the role they play in your or your company’s accomplishments. In her free time, Tara volunteers! She loves giving back to the community and supports the organizations that she is passionate about, especially when she can get her whole family involved. Tara also enjoys painting, making things with the cricket and watching her boys’ activities.

Timothy Rhey

Timothy has been in loan origination since 2011 (11 years) and has been with Peoples Mortgage for a total of 7 years! Timothy enjoys knowing that the harder he works and the more strategic and creative he is, that he can make a huge impact on an individual or family who are preparing for financial mortgage success. Timothy loves the competitive nature of the profession. Timothy values leadership that prioritizes caring about people ahead of financial profit. In his free time, Timothy enjoys coaching football and baseball, bike riding, traveling and spending time with his wife and kids.

Peoples Mortgage Raises the Bar on Women in Leadership

For the month of March, Peoples Mortgage Company celebrated the hardworking and dedicated women in leadership at our corporate office in Tempe, Arizona.

We have a strong leadership team that is comprised of many women. Peoples Mortgage Company promotes diversity in the workplace, and we have hired and promoted many women into leadership roles.

To celebrate and honor the women in leadership at Peoples Mortgage Company, we are highlighting them below for Women’s History Month!

Barbie CallowayTeam Lead of Outsourced Underwriting

Barbie has been the Team Lead of Outsourced Underwriting for 1 ½ years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for nearly 5 years. Barbie believes that leadership is the ability to see a vision and have the directive to accept the role and responsibility to complete the mission in which you train and empower others around you. A true leader not only directs the way to get the job done, but they also provide their team with all the tools and support required to complete the job. A leader focuses on meeting their goals and helps others to achieve theirs along the way. Barbie appreciates the people she works with. Peoples is a business, but it also feels like a work family. Barbie feels blessed to work with people whose knowledge and skills keep them in the forefront of the industry. They try to come up with ideas to give the Loan Officers a cutting edge in a very competitive market. In a world of change, PMC has not lost its personal touch. Barbie is proud to be a part of the Outsourced Pilot Program and to have support in its success. She is looking forward to continued growth and opportunity that the team can provide. In her free time, Barbie enjoys travel and adventure, photography and home décor and design!

Chloe CardenasAccounting Manager

Chloe has been the Accounting Manager at Peoples Mortgage Company for 4 years and has been with PMC for a total of 7+ years! Chloe values leading by example and maintaining genuine working relationships with staff. Chloe appreciates the inclusive culture at Peoples Mortgage Company. In some exciting news, Chloe’s team recently welcomed a new member to their team, which means they are fully staffed again and working at full force! In her free time, Chloe enjoys playing board games, exercising and family movie nights.

Kelli Colton – Funding Manager

Kelli has been in her role as Funding Manager for 8 years, and she has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for nearly 10 years come November. In terms of leadership, Kelli values being able to connect with and empower people through clear communication and the passion for her role. Kelli appreciates the people and the sense of family within the company. She likes being able to work collaboratively with different departments who are excited about their profession and for successful outcomes. Kelli is proud of her team! During the pandemic and adjusting to working remotely while handling high amounts of volume, the funding team continues to impress her with their work ethic and dedication to their role. In her free time, Kelli enjoys spending time with her daughter, DIY projects, thrifting, and baking!

April Conti – Senior Director of Marketing and Technology

April has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 19 years. April started as a loan officer and worked her way up through the marketing department. She landed the role as Senior Director of Marketing and Technology in 2020. April values leadership that encourages collaboration and ingenuity. April appreciates working with Peoples because the company culture is the greatest part. April’s most recent success was being named a 2021 #NEXTPowerhouse Award Winner! In her free time, April cheers on her kids in their sports, and she enjoys crafting, playing games, and just being with friends and family!

Jennifer Deroian – Appraisal Department Manager

Jennifer has been the Appraisal Department Manager for 4 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 5 years. One of the biggest leadership qualities that Jennifer values is integrity. Being true to yourself as well as your co-workers and peers is one of the most important qualities a leader should embrace. Jennifer appreciates that Peoples is one of the most employee/family-oriented companies she has ever worked for. It is a place you can truly call home away from home. In being here for 5 years, Jennifer has had the opportunity to not only be a part of a great leadership team. She has also had the pleasure of calling some of them her mentors. Recently, Jennifer has been on more a health kick which is a huge milestone for her. In her free time, Jennifer loves to paint and listen to music. Family is very important to her and anytime she has the opportunity to spend more time with them, it’s a win!

Summer Edmonds – Director of Branch Support

Summer has been the Director of Branch Support for 2 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 11 years! Summer values communication and trust most in terms of leadership values. She appreciates the opportunities that she has had over the years to be able to work closely with and provide support to different departments. A recent success for Summer is that she was able to work closely with other leaders in the company to roll out an exciting new program. In her free time, Summer enjoys reading and camping!

Christina Guerin – Underwriting Team Lead

Christina is the Underwriting Team Lead for the Non-Standard Department with Peoples Mortgage Company. Christina has been with PMC for 8 years! Christina appreciates the feeling of family that is shown at PMC, and in terms of leadership, she values empathy, transparency and integrity. A recent accomplishment for Christina is that she recently closed on a condo at Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle and she looks forward to renovating and furnishing it. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband, three adult sons and their wives. She also enjoys going to Pinetop and vacationing in Key West.

Kathryn “Katie” Klauss – Senior Vice President of Operations

Katie has been the Senior Vice President of Operations for 10 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for a total of 20 years. Katie believes a leader should have integrity and be able to keep promises and fulfill expectations. She believes a leader should empower others to act and support employees through a shared vision and clear communication. Katie appreciates that Peoples Mortgage feels like a family and that they can have so much fun with each other. It’s about more than just the work. A recent success for Katie was getting through the volume of 2020 and 2021 while in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s something to celebrate! She also loved rolling out e-closings since it’s a new and innovative way to do a process that has been the same for decades. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, reading, and spending time with family and friends!

Lyndsay Magre – Director of Marketing

Lyndsay has been the Director of Marketing for 2 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 5 years! Lyndsay values empowerment, trust, and communication in leadership. Lyndsay appreciates that Peoples is a place where you feel valued for what you bring to the organization, and it is a huge reason why she works here. Lyndsay took on the role of Director of Marketing at the very beginning of COVID and she was able to keep the marketing team running and maintained a positive atmosphere throughout. Lyndsay is proud of the number of awards and recognition that PMC has won in the last few years. Lyndsay enjoys spending time watching her kids play sports and loves to be outside and hiking when the weather is right!

Rachel McHugh – Branch Support Manager

Rachel has been in her role as Branch Support Manager since 2019 and has been a part of the Peoples Mortgage family for 6 years. Previous to working at the corporate office, she worked at one of the PMC branches. Rachel values helping her team succeed and watching them grow and develop in their own professional careers makes her role rewarding. Many of her team members are very young, and she feels honored to play a part in helping them to navigate their goals. Peoples Mortgage Company feels like a family, and Rachel feels that her voice is heard, and that her hard work is appreciated and recognized. A recent success for Rachel is the rollout of the Underwriting Accelerator Pilot Program. Working with many of her colleagues on a quick timeline was incredible to be a part of. Rachel feels very lucky to work with strong women who get the job done and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! In her free time, Rachel enjoys wake surfing/boarding, lake days, poolside afternoons, F45 workout classes, skiing, and cozy nights at home!

Amy NashDirector of Underwriting

Amy has been the Director of Underwriting since 2015 and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for 9 years. Amy values leaders who can transform a company’s culture so that it allows individuals to thrive by being passionate about their company and their leadership role within it. A good leader is constantly learning so that they can find opportunities and seek input from others to improve quality of the company. Leaders that have integrity gain respect and trust. Amy appreciates the people she works with at PMC. A recent success for Amy has been being elected on the board for a fourth term with Arizona Mortgage Lending Association supporting education. Being on the board allows for Amy to interact with leaders throughout the mortgage industry. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking – especially grilling/smoking, cycling, and hiking!

Kimberly “Kim” NevarezDirector of Learning & Education

Kim has been the Director of Learning & Education for about 7 years and was previously the Processing Manager. Kim has been with PMC for a total of 12 years. Kim believes that strong leadership is a crucial skill necessary in all organizations for individual growth as well as the growth of the organization. An organization with strong leadership is a win-win-win – the organization, employees and customers all benefit. Since PMC has employees all over the country, they have done in person as well as remote training for years. Therefore, PMC had remote learning dialed in before COVID, and as more people were working from home the past two years, PMC expanded its remote training successfully across the organization to maintain a level of personal and professional growth without losing momentum. The people Kim works with are a team – they all work together to help customers accomplish the dream of becoming homeowners. In her free time, Kim enjoys yoga, golf, and teaching personal finance to high school and college age kids.

Terrie WaitePost Closing Manager

Terrie has been the Post Closing Manager for 7 years and has been with Peoples Mortgage Company for almost 9 years. Terrie values trust, positive energy, and knowledge in leadership. Terrie believes that when a leader exhibits all the above traits, that it is a recipe for success on a team. Terrie also values communication and believes that as long as you have the vision for an organization that you are a part of, you can grow in your personal and organizational success. Terrie appreciates her team and the company culture at PMC. A huge success for Terrie is that she recently helped to build a team that knocked it out of the park the past few years despite the many challenges faced. In her free time, (until it is 150 degrees), Terrie enjoys playing golf, backgammon and completing projects around her house.

Looking to Buy a Second Home? Jump in Now Before Rates Go Back Up in April

There will be rising costs for second home loans starting April 1, 2022. The FHFA (Federal Housing Finance Agency) recently announced that they will be increasing fees on specific home loans, including higher upfront fees on some high-balance and second-home loans that are sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These fees will increase the interest rates for borrowers on the above-mentioned loans.

What does this mean for you? If you are planning on buying a second home, or if you plan to buy a home with a high balance loan, now is the time to make that purchase before the fees are implemented in April to save money.
According to the FHFA, “In April, upfront fees for high balance loans will increase between 0.25 percent to 0.75 percent, tiered by loan-to-value ratio. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refer to these mortgages as high balance loans and super conforming loans, respectively. For second home loans, upfront fees will increase between 1.125 percent to 3.875 percent, tiered by loan-to-value ratio”.


When the FHFA announced the upcoming added fees on second home and high balance loans on January 5, 2022, the “NAHBNow” explained that, “[U]nder the plan announced today, the buyer of a second home with a $300,000 mortgage loan amount and loan-to-value ratio of 65% will pay an additional fee of $4,875 if their mortgage is acquired by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Prior to the effective date of today’s announcement, the same buyer would pay no additional fee for the comparable mortgage”. You can read more on the details by following this link.


If you are looking to purchase your first home, and you qualify for affordable housing, the existing pricing for certain affordable housing programs remain the same and won’t be affected by the increased interest rates on second home purchases and high balance loans. The increasing costs for second homes and high balance will, in effect, assist the Enterprises in increasing affordable homeownership opportunities for first time home buyers. Follow the link here for more information regarding the upcoming fees and the increased opportunities for first time homebuyers in the ever-changing housing market.