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Jeffrey S. May | President & CEO
Since his arrival as President in 1987, Jeff's hands-on management style has paid dividends for the company. Under his direction, the firm was twice listed as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. In addition to strategic planning, he directs a dynamic team of corporate officers while focusing a great deal of energy on the production side of the business. To his credit, Jeff has stayed in touch with the best practices of the highest producing originators in the country. He is a recognized leader in the areas of sales and leadership development focused on the mortgage lending industry.
Jeff is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) and was Chairman of the Education Committee. In 2008, Jeff was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the CMLA.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University. When not working, Jeff, his wife Kathy and their four children spend most of their free time working on and enjoying their cattle ranch in western Nebraska.
Wil Armstrong | Chairman
Wil Armstrong joined Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in 1992 and has since served in the roles of Vice President, Executive Vice President, and Vice Chairman. Throughout most of his tenure, he has served as a company director. He was elected Chairman in January 2009. He is also a founder and the CEO of Blueberry Systems, a software development and consulting firm aimed at data management and application integration. In 2007, Wil was selected to the Board of Directors of Colorado Community Bank, a $400 million (assets) commercial bank and was named Vice Chairman of the bank's holding company in early 2009. He served previously on the Board of Directors of Colorado-based Heritage Bank, a $350 million (assets) bank.
At the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA), Wil served as a Director for nine years including his last year as Chairman beginning in 2004. The Denver Business Journal recognized him in 2005 as one of the 40 Under 40 outstanding local professionals for his business success and community contributions.
The CMLA awarded him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006. Wil received a BBA in Finance from James Madison University. He lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado with his wife Kristy and their three children.
Don Siecke | Director
Don grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska, and has a
bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Denver. He
practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for sixteen years with
Peat Marwick Mitchell and then with a CPA firm which he headed. Don
is actively involved in real estate investment and development,
banking and diversified other businesses, and serves as a board
member of a number of businesses, metropolitan districts and
Don has two grown daughters and eight grandchildren. He has tutored Denver inner-city young people for fourteen years
Stacey Harding | Senior Vice President
Stacey Harding brings a unique background of leadership experience and abilities to Cherry Creek Mortgage Company. He began his mortgage banking career in 1985 as a Mortgage Loan Officer in Wichita, Kansas.
Since then, Stacey has held broad leadership roles in the mortgage industry. Those include: AVP-Secondary Marketing Manager for Mid Kansas Federal, VP-State Production Manager for Banc One Mortgage and SVPOperations Manager for Pulte Mortgage Corporation.
In 1998, Stacey made the decision to return to the production side of the mortgage industry and joined CCMC as Vice President and was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President and National Production Manager.
In addition to his duties at CCMC, Stacey served as the Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) in 2008 and served on the Board of Directors from 2003 through 2009. In 2008 he received the C. A. "Bus" Bacon Award and in 2009 the Aksel Nielsen Award, both presented by the CMLA. Stacey is also the 2006 recipient of the Lifetime Mastery Award, presented by The Todd Duncan Group.
Scott Issel | Vice President & CFO
Scott joined Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in June 2014 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, he has overall responsibility for accounting, finance, and human resources.
Before joining CCMC, Scott held senior level management positions in the oil and gas and mining industry for over 8 years. Scott has experience in both the private and public sectors and is familiar with international and country specific accounting standards. Prior to this, he worked as both a financial advisor and portfolio manager for a large private equity group in Colorado. Scott has had direct management responsibility for over 400 employees in his previous rolls and brings a strong human resources background to CCMC.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Scott and his wife Kristen live in Highlands Ranch with their three sons, Brody, Greyson, and Henry.
Jerry Kaplan | Senior Vice President - Capital Markets
Jerry began in the mortgage industry in 1991 as a retail loan originator. After owning then selling his own mortgage company in 1997, he joined Cherry Creek Mortgage Company as the Alternative Product Manager before becoming Vice President of Capital Markets in 2006. Jerry serves as a senior member of the executive team and director of Risk Management and Product Development Committees. It is this wealth of experience that has allowed Jerry to develop strong investor relations with national institutions, manage product development and maintain a high level of customer service and support. His continually innovative look at the mortgage industry is what allows the Capital Markets department to continue with state of the art tools and product knowledge to assist our Loan Originators with all their product needs.
Jerry is a Certified Mortgage Lender (CML) thru the Colorado Association of Mortgage Lenders and is an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) thru the Mortgage Bankers Association. Jerry has a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a founding father of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He resides is Parker, Colorado with his wife Lauren and their three wonderful children: Jillian, Marc and Brett.
Tom Kelly | Vice President, Operations Manager
Tom Kelly serves as Vice President National Operations and
oversees the underwriting and closing activities of Cherry Creek
Mortgage. He joined the company in May of 2013, and he possesses a
genuine passion to serve others and a commitment to excellence in
all that he does.
Tom has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years and has held management positions with Pulte Mortgage, Wells Fargo, Chase Manhattan, and Norwest Financial. He is a Certified Mortgage Lender in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, California, and Florida, and he has earned a B.S. in Business Management from Regis University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Michael E. Hole | Vice President & CIO
Mike has served in the mortgage business since 1983 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cherry Creek Mortgage Company. His responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day systems support for a 500+ person organization as well as providing timely information in the support of business operations. Prior to joining CCMC in January of 1995, Mike served as Systems Administration Manager for a regional loan wholesaler and servicer. Since then he has helped build the infrastructure to support a flexible and fast growing organization including the planning and implementation of three major loan origination systems. From 1983 to 1987, Mike worked with a national mortgage company as a residential loan officer serving the metro Denver area. Following this period, he managed the disposition of residential properties on a national level as a property manager and licensed real estate broker at MTS Real Estate Services. He negotiated the sale of over 400 individual single-family properties from 1987 to 1992.
Mike received a BBA degree in Finance and Real Estate from Texas Christian University. Mike and his wife Jan live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
John Carson | Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
John is responsible for the legal, quality control, compliance and legislative affairs operations of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company. He previously worked as a real estate attorney with Snell & Wilmer LLP. John served as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2001 to 2009, where he oversaw FHA, affordable housing, fair housing, and economic development programs in the Rocky Mountain West. John served for eleven years on Capitol Hill, working for three members of Congress in senior legislative positions. He also served as Staff Director for the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation, where he was responsible for oversight of HUD, FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. John worked as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
John received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Georgetown University. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for six years. John is president of the Douglas County Board of Education and lives with his wife Eileen and their three children in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Kirsten Hamling | Vice President - Marketing
Kirsten Hamling has more than 20+ years of experience in marketing, PR and corporate communications. She's helped dozens of companies increase their market share and grow revenue through the development and execution of integrated marketing programs and innovative go-to-market strategies.
Kirsten has worked on both the corporate and agency side of the business and has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, EarthLink, Disney, Ingram Micro, Kodak, Level 3 Communications and TeleTech.
At EarthLink, she helped to transform the regional ISP into a leading national brand, prompting PR Week to name her as one of the nation's top 50 high tech corporate executives. In 2010, Kirsten was named as one of Colorado's Most Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal. A year later, she was appointed as the president of a startup venture called CauseBeats and worked with AEG Live and its popular recording artists to change the face of philanthropy in the music industry.
Kirsten lives in Denver, CO with her husband, two daughters and two dogs. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Pepperdine University.
Scott Hamling | Vice President - Appraisal Operations
Scott Hamling applies a unique perspective, broad insight, and solid decision-making skills to the process of determining proper appraisal valuation on a daily basis. He has more than 28 years of residential real estate appraisal experience and currently serves as vice president of appraisal operations for Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, which he joined in 2010.
Prior to joining Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, Scott owned and operated his own real estate appraisal business for 24 years and became an expert witness testifying in court on a variety of appraisal and real estate issues.
Scott is primarily responsible for appraisal quality and dispute resolutions while overseeing appraisal ordering, customer service, and quality control. Scott and his team cover almost every aspect of residential appraisals and communications with the company's roster of appraisers that complete the bulk of appraisal assignments generated from Cherry Creek Mortgage Company and its subsidiaries.
With his great depth of experience in the appraisal process plus a strong understanding of the real estate business, Scott continues to be invited to speak to Realtors nationwide about topics related to understanding the appraisal process and how the Dodd/Frank Amendment affects a Realtor's business. Scott also provides useful tips and tools Realtors can use and implement to help them obtain the highest appraised value on their listings.
Scott received his bachelors of science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Scott is a Colorado native and lives in Denver with his wife Kirsten and their three children.
Darren Shaffer | Vice President & CTO
Darren Shaffer serves as Chief Technology Officer, responsible
for enterprise architecture and software solutions at Cherry Creek
Mortgage. Darren joined the company in 2015 and brings over 25
years of experience as a servant-leader, executive, and
technologist that began as a Captain in the US Army Signal
Corps. Darren's previous roles included IT Strategy Manager
for Wal-Mart Information Systems, Senior Development Manager at JD
Edwards (Oracle), Senior Software Architect with Navidec, Technical
Director at Thomson Micromedex, a decade developing enterprise
mobility solutions with Microsoft, and most recently as CTO of
Darren is a certified expert in both Microsoft .NET and Oracle J2EE technology and is a 6-time Microsoft MVP award-winner.
Darren graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and completed graduate studies in computer engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology.