President / Chief Executive Officer
With the company since its inception in 1987, Jeff May has served as the company’s president and CEO since 1988. His hands-on management style has paid dividends for the company for many years. Under his direction in the early years, 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 an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), is Chairman of the Colorado Homeownership Coalition, a nonprofit organization that serves homeowners who find themselves in a temporary periods of despair and on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA). He has twice served on the Board of Directors of (CMLA) and as Chairman of CMLA’s Board of Governors.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, CA. When not working, Jeff loves to spend time outdoors hunting and fishing.
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.
Executive Vice President
Stacey Harding joined Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in 1998 and today serves as Executive Vice President and National Production Manager for the company. He began his mortgage banking career in 1985 as a Mortgage Loan Officer in Wichita, Kansas.
Stacey has a diverse and broad leadership background in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Cherry Creek, his leadership roles have included managing Secondary Marketing and Capital Markets for one of the largest thrifts in the state of Kansas, as well as Managing National Operations for the largest Homebuilder mortgage company in the nation.
In addition to his duties at Cherry Creek, Stacey currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association and is a Past President of the CMLA. Stacey is the recipient of several prestigious mortgage banking awards, including the C.A. “Bus” Bacon Award and the Aksel Nielsen Award, both presented by the CMLA. He is also a recipient of the Lifetime Mastery Award, presented by the Todd Duncan Group.
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 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.
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.
SVP, National Production
SVP, National Operations
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.
SVP, National Production
In his role as Senior Vice President – National Production, Sean drives Cherry Creek Mortgage’s growth throughout the country by recruiting motivated loan officers, coaching new and existing loan officers, and leading efforts to connect the nationwide team to deepen communication and share best practices. He joined the company in 2013 and is passionate about sharing Cherry Creek Mortgage’s values and goals with potential team members.
Sean started his career in financial services and after nearly a decade, he transitioned to the mortgage industry. With three decades of experience in the mortgage industry and his knowledge of financial services, Sean brings deep expertise and a comprehensive perspective to his role. He also has broad leadership experience, having progressed from an account executive, to launching his own business, selling his company, and becoming the president of a publicly traded company. Throughout his career, Sean’s motivation has been the opportunity to help other people reach beyond their goals. He approaches his role with a dedication to empowering his team to succeed and supporting them along the way.
Outside of his role at Cherry Creek Mortgage, Sean has coached athletics for his children and has been involved with multiple charitable organizations. He is a fifth generation Oregon resident and enjoys spending time with his three kids.
VP, Marketing and Communications
VP, Regional Operations
VP, Production Area Manager
VP, National Underwriting
VP, National Production
VP, Division Manager
VP, Business Development
VP, Division Manager
VP, National Production
As Cherry Creek Mortgage’s Vice President of Production, Stephanie’s focus is on growing CCMC nationally by bringing in quality, motivated, driven loan officers and identifying innovative opportunities to improve production.
Stephanie started her career in the mortgage industry in 1998 as a loan originator, and her background spans loan origination, wholesale lending representation, warehouse management, community-based underwriting, branch management and talent acquisition.
With experience in management roles at a variety of mortgage companies, Stephanie brings industry expertise and deep product knowledge to her role at Cherry Creek Mortgage. She thrives on the opportunity to share her passion for this organization and empowers loan officers to flourish in Cherry Creek’s wonderful culture.
Stephanie is a Denver native. Outside of Cherry Creek Mortgage, she instructs kickboxing part-time and enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and soccer with her husband and three children. She is also involved in fundraising efforts for the Denver School of the Arts.