President / Chief Executive Officer
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.
Executive 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.
Executive 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.
Vice President / Chief Technology Officer
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 Blueberry Systems.
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.
Vice President / Chief Operations Officer
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.
Vice President / Chief Information Officer
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.
Vice President / Chief Legal-Compliance Officer
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 an elected Regent for the University of Colorado and lives with his wife Eileen and their three children in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
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.