Our 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!

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Greg Martel

Founder/CEO
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Laura Lang

Vice President
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Ben Vigil

Director Of Operations

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.

Laura joined our team after being a leader in the mortgage and real estate industry for over 15 years. She has extensive marketing and sales experience.

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.

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Regican Ariyarasa

CTO
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Hannah Clark

Director of Marketing
Marketing & Operations Manager

Douglas Botchman

Marketing and Operations Manager

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.

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 attended Pace University where he majored in Applied Psychology and Human Relations. He joined the team as an intern and continues to work hard for the company.

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Garrick Delafuente

Licensed Mortgage Expert
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Juan Vivas

Mortgage Sales Executive
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Gerald Chan

Senior Software Engineer

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

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

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.

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Cale McNulty

Senior Software Engineer
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David Li

Software Engineer
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Mauricio de Paula

Software Engineer

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

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

Mauricio joins the team as an intern. He is passionate about software engineering and is excited to be part of the team.

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Tim Baker

Software Engineer
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Diana Romanovsky

Software Engineer
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Peter Trumbo

Senior Fulfillment Manager

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

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.

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.

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Kapilan Navaratnam

technical marketing developer
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Jordyn Sweet

Licensed Mortgage Processor
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Vivian Pham

Content Creator

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.

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. 

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.

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Kevin Bratt

Mortgage Sales Executive
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Taylor Pedersen

Mortgage Sales Executive
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Austin Thomas

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. 

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.

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.

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Martina Stojanovic

Mortgage Sales Executive
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Tylene Braswell

Executive Assistant
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Natalie Dome

Licensed Mortgage Processor

Martina joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with 5 years of experience in sales and customer service. She speaks 5 languages and loves eating pokè. 

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.

Natalie has 16 years of lending experience as a processor, underwriter and doc drawer. She loves animals, reading, working out, and volunteering.

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Julie Lyons

Investment Relations Manager
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Kathryn Wild

Senior Licensed Underwriter

Julie Lyons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Victoria. She joins the Shop Your Own Mortgage team with extensive experience in real estate investment.

Kathryn attended the UBC Sauder School of Business. With 10 years experience in the real estate industry, Kathryn brings great knowledge and high customer service standards