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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gerald Chan -Senior Software Engineer
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.
David Li – Software Engineer
David is interested in web development and software development. Currently, he is loving life in Victoria, BC.
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 and trying to improve his software development skills.
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.
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.
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 joined the team as an intern and continues to work hard for the company.
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.
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.
Jordyn Sweet – Licensed 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 – Senior Fulfillment Manager
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.
Taylor Pedersen – Licensed 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.
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.
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.
Julie Lyons – Investment Relations Manager
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 Wild – Senior Licensed Underwriter
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