Dream Team

Meet the Dream Team

We would be nothing without our team. Here are the hardworking faces behind Shop Your Own Mortgage. In addition to meeting them “face-to-face,” find out more about their interests, values, and experiences. While they may all be different, our team members do hold one thing in common; whether they’re in engineering, sales, or marketing, our team is here to help you have the best mortgage experience possible. Reach out to us today! We would love to help!

California

Greg Martel
CEO/Founder

Greg Martel is the entrepreneur and businessman who founded Zilla Group of Companies. He has since acted as CEO in several other startups before this latest venture.

Ben Vigil
Director of Operations

Ben joined the team after working in media in Florida and Dubai. He holds a Master’s degree from Hult International Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Garrick Delafuente
Head of Sales

Garrick has 6+ years in the finance industry with experience in b2b and b2c sales. He specializes in residential home loans.

Tylene Braswell
Head of Human Resources

Tylene is a 2019 MBA Candidate, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University. She joined us after relocating to California from Louisiana, where she worked as a Project Manager and Competitive Gymnastics Team Coach and Director.

Juan Vivas
Head of Mortgage Operations

Juan Vivas has 7+ years of experience in mortgages. He brings to the table knowledge as a Mortgage Loan Officer, Processor, and Underwriter.

Taylor Pedersen
Mortgage Processor

Taylor comes to us with 8 years of financial experience. This includes 4 years in commercial lending and 4 years in the mortgage industry. She’s a sports enthusiast who loves puppies and the beach.

Jordyn Sweet
Mortgage Processor

Jordyn joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with over 6 years of experience in the mortgage industry. During that time, she spent 4 of those underwriting and 2 of them processing. 

Peter Trumbo
Mortgage Sales Executive

Peter began his career in real estate over a decade ago. He has worked in sales as a loan officer, in operations as an underwriter, and as a top realtor in Los Angeles.

Kevin Bratt
Mortgage Sales Executive

Kevin graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance. He has worked in the commercial lending industry for 2 years and has a strong background in sales. 

Austin Thomas
Mortgage Sales Executive

Austin joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with 2 years experience in the mortgage industry. Whether you’re looking to trade up, downsize, or just change things up, contact Austin today.

David Marcelin
Mortgage Sales Executive

David graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors Degree in Advertising and Sales. When he’s not working, he enjoys designing clothes and listening to music.

Nathan Guzik
Mortgage Sales Executive

With a background in Sales and Customer Service, and an academic history that includes a B.A. from UCLA and an M.A. from USC, Nathan is passionate about maximizing his abilities to help those in need.

 

Jamir Rodriguez
Executive Assistant

Jamir recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Sports Management and a minor in Business. He is a huge sports fan and loves to be outdoors.

Samantha Gong
Marketing Coordinator

Samantha joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with 2 years experience in social media. She enjoys travel, finding new boba shops, and occasionally kayaks.

Vivian Pham
Content Creator

Vivian has a degree in Communication Studies from UCLA. She is a wordsmith and a true lover of puns. She enjoys woolgathering, playing guitar, and sipping tea.

British Columbia

Cale McNulty
Senior Developer

Cale McNulty is a software engineer with over a decade of experience building web applications. He has a degree in Computer Science.

This is David he is one of our software engineers
David Li
Software Engineer

David is interested in web development and software development. Currently, he is loving life in Victoria, BC.

This is Mauricio he is one of our software engineers.
Mauricio de Paula
Software Engineer

Mauricio is a software engineer with a Computer Science degree from the University of Victoria. He is passionate about learning new technologies.

Tim Baker
Software Engineer

Tim has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Victoria. He is originally from the BC town of Fort St. John.

Keara Chapman
Software Engineer

Keara will soon be graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in Computer Science and Art. She loves learning new technologies and is looking forward to what the future holds.

Oressa Mathers-Cyr
Marketing Associate

Oressa is From Vancouver Island, Canada. She is a travel enthusiast and adventure seeker who enjoys basking in the sun and putting her feet in the sand.

Ontario

Regican Ariyarasa
CTO

Regican is a technologist with more than 15 years of experience building apps. He has worked for several companies ranging from small businesses to massive enterprise corporations.

Diana Romanovsky
Director of Product

She is an intrepid explorer of all things code and an arbiter of true recursion. Diana is an interdisciplinary full stack developer with a passion for creating cool things.

Kapilan Navaratnam
Marketing Engineer

Kapilan joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with experience in software engineering, coding, and web development. He is passionate about coding and web design.

Gerald Chan
Senior Software Engineer

Gerald Chan is a software developer. He has experience from back-end written in C, all the way to front-end mobile application written in JavaScript.

Remote

This is Hannah she is our marketing director
Hannah Clark
Director of Marketing

Hannah joins the team with over 7 years of experience in the tech industry. You can usually find her skiing, surfing, hiking, camping, and exploring new backcountry zones.

Douglas Botchman
Marketing and Operations Manager

Douglas attended Pace University where he majored in Applied Psychology and Human Relations. He has over 2.5 years of digital marketing and operations experience.