Get to Know Your Presenters!

ABOUT KAREN DEIS

Karen Deis is co-founder and moderator of the Mortgage Girlfriends Mastermind Retreats since 2009.  After being in the mortgage business for 28 years, where she owned a women-only mortgage company; co-owned a mortgage company with a large builder; owned her own real estate and appraisal company. She co-founded the Mortgage Girlfriends membership site with Jenna Lindseth, in 2007.

Karen is the mortgage industry’s main cheerleader when it comes to helping mortgage women increase their business–with the bottom line of achieving financial security for themselves and their families.

Karen Deis
Karen Deis

ABOUT BILL DALLAS

Bill Dallas’ Presentation:  What “Home Sweet Home” Means to the Borrower and Loan Officer of the Future

Bill Dallas is responsible for inspiring and leading more than a dozen mortgage banking and financial technology companies over the past 35 years, including CloudVirga, First Franklin, Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Skyline Home Loans, NewLeaf Lending, and now Finance of America Mortgage.

Here is an infographic of all the companies he has been part of.

Bill Dallas
Bill Dallas

About Linda Davidson

Linda Davidson’s Presentation: A Day in The Life of a Successful Loan Officer

Linda Davidson, Branch Manager/Sr Residential Mortgage Loan Originator with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, began her career in 1997. Growing up in government housing, Linda understands first-hand how blessed she is to be able to create homeownership for thousands of families. Linda has been included in the D Magazine Best Mortgage Professional list for multiple years, has been voted best Mortgage Team (by readers of a local newspaper) for the past 21 years, and was honored by Mortgage Professional America to be among 50 Women Who’ve Made Their Mark on the Industry. 

Interesting details about Linda that most people don’t know is that she is a licensed minister, currently obtaining her pilot’s license, once directed a 100-voice choir, and her first job at age 16 was selling Avon products door to door. Linda credits her faith and perseverance to valuable lessons that she learned from her mother. Married to her husband, David, she is the proud mother of four sons, and grandmother of nine.

Linda Davidson
Linda Davidson

ABOUT TAMMY BUTLER

Tammy Butler’s Presentation:  Creating a Consumer-Referred-Business Without Making Yourself Crazy!

Tammy Butler is a Master CMB, LSS Black Belt and the Publisher of MortgageCurrentcy.com, the premier resource for mortgage guidelines updates, interpretations, support and educational marketing techniques for retail and wholesale lenders. She is also the CEO of Fair Lending Diversity, a Compliance Strategy & Training company that assists lenders in applying complex regulatory changes to their mortgage processes to stay compliant while maintaining strong profitability.

Tammy’s 30-year plus background includes:

  • Top producing originator
  • Head of production for an Independent mortgage banker where she grew production from 120 million per year to 1.2 billion within 18 months.
  • Former owner of the largest training school in the Mortgage Industry
  • Technology developer and compliance subject matter expert for Optimal Blue

This unique background and high-achieving experience in all facets of the mortgage process assists her in developing sales and marketing practices for her clients that shatter production records while remaining compliant and profitable.

Tammy Butler
Tammy Butler

ABOUT LOUISE THAXTON

Louise Thaxton’s Presentation: From Wimp to Warrior in 52 Days

Louise Thaxton, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Leesville, LA, has been in the mortgage business for 22 years, 19 of those years as a top-producing regional manager with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, with offices across Louisiana, Texas and Colorado.  She is the National Director of the Military Mortgage Specialist, a designation exclusive to loan professionals of Fairway Mortgage, which trains and equips loan professionals on working with military clients.

In 2018, Louise was ranked #85 in the Top Women Originators by Scotsman Guide and ranked in the top 100 by National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA).

Louise is a national advocate for America’s veterans and is the Director and co-founder of the American Warrior Initiative, the non-profit of Fairway, leading the way for hundreds of initiatives for veterans in need across the country, inspiring millions of dollars in donations to fund those initiatives.

Louise Thaxton
Louise Thaxton

ABOUT KELLY MCGUINNESS

Kelly McGuinness’ Presentation: What are Super Powers?!

Kelly McGuinness is a Producing Branch Manager at PrimeLending. She owned a mortgage company for 26 years, developing a reputation for hiring inexperienced loan officers and developing them to become superstars. Kelly has been coaching and mentoring loan officers and real estate agents for over 30 years.

During her career, she served for years on the Editorial Board for Mortgage Originator Magazine, has been hired as a speaker at many national and local sales events, served on numerous charitable boards, and was highlighted in the New Haven Register as one of the county’s most influential women.

Kelly is Karen’s original mortgage girlfriend, having met 3 decades ago at a mortgage conference. Karen and Kelly were business mentors to each other when they both owned mortgage companies, and were co-speakers at many events and co-founders of a mastermind group for female owners of mortgage companies. They have toured the country back and forth many times together, always drinking Diet Cokes (and wine) and laughing all the way!

Kelly McGuinness
Kelly McGuinness

About Paula Peck

Paula Peck’s Presentation: Home Scout: The Ultimate Lead-Generation Tool [with Sherry Olsen]

Paula Peck is a Project Consultant with HomeScout.com. She was in the mortgage business for over 20 years and used HomeScout as her main lead-generation tool.  In 2003, she was hired to share her lead-generation strategies with other loan officers on how to use this technology to increase business.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Robert and her family, which includes 13 grandchildren.  Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, catering and reading.

Paula Peck
Paula Peck

ABOUT SHERRY OLSEN

Sherry Olsen’s Presentation: Home Scout: The Ultimate Lead-Generation Tool [with Paula Peck]

Sherry Olsen is the Sr. Realtor Relations Officer with Define Mortgage Solutions, Phoenix, AZ, a wholly owned subsidiary of the largest credit union in Arizona: Desert Financial Federal Credit Union.

Sherry serves as the liaison between the 23 mortgage originators at Define that cover 40+ branches in Arizona and 80,000+ licensed Realtors, and is also the HomeScout Administrator.  Sherry has been in the industry for more than 35 years serving as an originator, a sales manager, and a branch manager, and remains a licensed originator.

Sherry is a guest panelist throughout the valley on a variety of industry discussions and has served on subcommittees for the Arizona Association of Realtors. Recently Sherry was chosen to serve on the Arizona Department of Real Estate Advisory Board. She also has served as the Past President of the Arizona Mortgage Lenders Association, and remains their VP of Education.

Sherry Olsen
Sherry Olsen

ABOUT CHRISTINE BECKWITH

Christine Beckwith’s Presentation: Blueprinting for Success, Modern Day Business Planning

Christine Beckwith became a 30-year mortgage industry veteran in 2018. Over 3 decades she has consistently won awards and accolades in mortgage sales originations at all ranks as she moved up from a Loan Officer seat to her Regional sales management roles, all the while producing at the top 5%, consistently.

For the past 18 years she has run mortgage companies at a senior and executive level. During that time, she has continued to win public awards for repeatedly breaking glass ceilings. She has become a sought-after public speaker on the mortgage circuit, and in January will speak on Gary Vaynerchuk’s bill at his Agent2021 tour at the Miami Gardens Stadium. Christine will also co-host the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers Convention in April, 2019.

This past year Christine won numerous awards, including Most Elite Women in Mortgage from the MPA. She is a three-time recipient of this publicly nominated and curated award. Additional awards include being named Most Connected Mortgage Professional by National Mortgage Publications, and Most Powerful Women in Banking also given by NMP.

Christine had the pleasure and honor to be the feature story and cover of Mortgage Women’s Magazine for the March/April edition, and is now a monthly columnist for that publication.

She wrote and released two bestselling books in early 2018. She won an American BookFest award for her sales book Wise Eyes: See Your Way to Success, while receiving the Best-Selling label for Clear Boundaries: Every Business Woman’s Essential Safety Guide as a Hot New Release on Amazon.

On November 1st, Christine fully launched her Coaching company, 20/20 Vision for Success Coaching & Consulting, into the mortgage finance and real estate world. When asked about future plans, she says in all seriousness with a huge smile, “I plan to go in and grab market share—again—from the boys who dominate this space in our field!”

Christine Beckwith
Christine Beckwith

About Terri Murphy

Terri Murphy’s Presentation: The Real Deal – Power + Purpose = Profitability

As a top-producing real estate agent in the Chicago area for over 24 years, Terri listed and sold over 100 homes a year without a team and while interest rates soared to just under 28%.

Her experience during this financial economic crisis helped Terri to create strategic partnerships, strategies and systems to get more prospects into home ownership.  Terri continues to coach and consult work with Realtors and mortgage professionals to develop initiatives that leverage the strategic services designed to provide the best real estate experiences for customers and clients.

Terri has produced over 5 online learning academies and is the published author of 5 books on real estate sales success and leadership. Terri is a TedTalk Speaker, Master Coach with Workman Success Systems, and the founder of SmartWomen/SmarterChoices.

She is a syndicated author with RISMedia and has been featured on ABC, NBC and CNBC News as a sales industry expert.  She is a regularly scheduled guest on ABC Network’s Live@9 for Women in Business and co-hosts KWAMtheVoice.com Talk Radio every Wednesday, “Women’s Wisdom Wednesdays”.

Terri Murphy
Terri Murphy

Powerful Consumer-Direct Marketing Strategies Panel Discussion

About Jamie Harrington

Jamie Harrington’s Topic:  Homes for Heroes Marketing System

Jamie Harrington, Homeside Financial, Hickory, NC, is Sales Manager and Vice President. With over 22 years in the industry, she has closed several thousand real estate transactions and continues to be a top producer.

Jamie previously founded a CPA firm, a mortgage company, and most recently a real estate and note investment company, which her husband Lanny continues to operate.

She serves as a member of the Homes for Heroes National Affiliate Advisory Board and has spoken at Homes for Heroes events and webinars.  Jamie has received multiple accolades including consistently reaching national ranking as a top producer in the program, the Sapphire Circle of Giving Award, and the Outstanding Service Award for serving nearly 500 hero families.

Jamie is a summa cum laude graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University and lives in Newton NC with her husband Lanny and their rescued dog Freckles.

Jamie Harrington
Jamie Harrington

About Ana Chanis

Ana Chanis’ Topic: Investing in Real Estate Events for Women Only 

Ana Chanis, Freedom Mortgage, Winter Park, Florida, started her mortgage career in December 1998 when a retired Lieutenant Colonel (Special Forces) (who was the top mortgage producer at her company) noticed that she had a knack for the mortgage industry. She knew this was a great opportunity for her to learn from an experienced professional and gladly accepted the role and his mentorship.

Ana has now spent close to 20 years in the mortgage industry helping numerous families in their quest for homeownership. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, which allows her the ability to work seamlessly with the Latino population. However, she has extensive experience helping people of many different cultures.

She recently relocated from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to Central Florida, and is working on consumer-direct lead-generation strategies in her new community.

Her passion is working with first-time homebuyers, helping small communities, and assisting non-English speakers.

Ana Chanis
Ana Chanis

About Cheryl Braunschweiger

Cheryl Braunschweiger’s Topic: Appreciation Events for Consumers 

Cheryl Braunschweiger, Nova Home Loans, Arvada, CO, has been in the mortgage lending business for 25 years. She owned her own business for 17 years as a mortgage broker before joining Nova Home Loans in 2012. She is currently serving as VP Branch Manager in the Westminster office. Cheryl is an active producing Loan Officer and supports a team of 17.

Cheryl is a popular instructor for DORA-approved classes for agent continuing education classes. She instructs 3-5 classes per month on a variety of topics.

She has lived in CO over 35 years, loves the outdoors, and spends her free time hiking, skiing and golfing and spending quality time with her family.

Cheryl Braunschweiger
Cheryl Braunschweiger

About Carla Spragg

Carla Spragg’s Topic: It’s the Bomb Bomb: Building Relationships Using Video Messaging

Carla Spragg – Prime Lending, Katy, Texas, is proud to say that she’s Texan, born and raised.  Her passion and love for the mortgage industry began in 1985 (at the age of 19) as she processed loans during summers and holidays throughout high school for her father, who was a mortgage banker. She decided quickly that helping homebuyers achieve their dream was exactly the industry where she wanted to be. She has 27+ years’ experience in originating, processing, closing, and underwriting.

She took a leap of faith, moved to Dallas and opened up a Joint Venture for one of the largest builders in Texas, and never looked back. She always tries to build a long-term relationship with each and every client.

She is married to her husband Cole, has one daughter, Madison, one grandson and two large dogs (Shadow, an Aussie, and Ellie, a Blue-heeler) When she is not working, she spends time with her family and her main squeeze, Jeremiah, her grandson who is 20 months old. She enjoys most anything outdoors and on the water, including gardening, golfing, swimming, working out, and yoga, as well as painting and crafts.

Carla Spragg
Carla Spragg

How to Use Social Media to Generate Leads from Consumers & Real Estate Agents Panel Discussion

About Anna Smith

Anna Smith’s Topic: The Good, Bad & Ugly: Facebook Personal vs. Business Pages

Anna Smith is a loan originator with Prime Lending, based out of Saratoga Springs, NY.  She began her mortgage career in 2014 in an area where she only knew two people. She has used Facebook to grow her network and become one of the top-producing loan officers in the area.

Her BA degree is in Accounting and Marketing.  Her lending niches are Millennials, first-time buyers and renovation loan products.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, WINE and equestrian sports.  The two loves of her life are her boyfriend (who is an engineer) and her cat Todd.  And did she mention that she also loves wine?  

She has lived in CO over 35 years, loves the outdoors, and spends her free time hiking, skiing and golfing and spending quality time with her family.

Anna Smith
Anna Smith

About Lauren Zambelli

Lauren Zambelli’s Topic: Why Facebook Groups Can Be Your Best Virtual Friends

Lauren Zambelli is a Loan Officer at Cliffco Mortgage Bankers in Long Island, New York. Lauren originates loan applications and monitors them from start to finish alongside her mother and sister who are also Mortgage Originators. Lauren specializes in educating clients about their different financing options, whether they are purchasing or looking to refinance.

Lauren also believes in “GIVING BACK” and spends her spare time raising funds for different organizations (as evidenced by her recent nomination recognition as a candidate for Woman of the Year by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society).  Further, she is an avid dog lover and DIY enthusiast.

Lauren Zambelli
Lauren Zambelli

About Robin Baran

Robin Baran’s Topic: An Introduction to Instagram

Robin Baran, VP Mortgage Banker with Compass Mortgage in Chicago, Illinois, has been in the mortgage origination business for 17 years and has been through some of the hardest and easiest years.  She believes the best years are ahead of us!

She hangs her hat on being knowledgeable and up-the-minute educated on the ever-changing guidelines and programs, which is made possible by Karen Deis and the Mortgage Girlfriend family. Communication is key, and she always tries to bring added value to her key influencers.

Her favorite kids are grown and have moved on, enabling her to pursue other passions – some yet undiscovered.  This includes travel, reading, knitting, guitar, cooking classes, spa days, exercise (that last one is a lie) and is always willing to try new adventures.

Robin Baran
Robin Baran

About Natalie Fallbach

Natalie Fallbach’s Topic: How to Build Meaningful Relationships Thru Social Media

Natalie Fallbach, LoanDepot, Tiejaras, NM, has been in the financial side of the real estate industry since 2004, starting her career as a Realtor in a small town in Colorado. But she always gravitated to the financial side of the transaction. This is probably because she loves a good puzzle. She loves a good challenge. And this eventually led to realizing a passion. A passion for piecing together the best process to achieve the best loans for first-time home buyers trying to navigate through the homeownership process.

Natalie is also the proud wife of a combat veteran and a proud mother of an energetic three-year-old daughter and two obnoxious dogs.

Natalie Fallbach
Natalie Fallbach