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Meet the Home Lending Pal Team

Steven Better

Steve Better

COO and Co-Founder

As COO Steven oversees the day to day operations of the company and the development of our AI models. Before launching HLP he was a…

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Bryan Young

Bryan Young

CEO and Co-Founder

Bryan has a track record of success as an entrepreneur and in corporate America. At 24, he was recognized by both Bloomberg and Ernst and…

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Joey Barrow

Joey Barrow

Chief Mortgage Officer

Joey is a President’s Club level mortgage broker with more than 20 years of industry experience. He provides the voice of the customer in all…

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Dr. Shoaib Shaihk

Dr. Shoaib Shaikh

Chief Data Scientist
Dr. Shoaib Shaikh brings several years of experience from industry, academia, and entrepreneurship as Chief Data Scientist...
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Gary Simms, Jr

Gary Simms, Jr

Chief Compliance Officer

Gary is a seasoned audit and compliance professional. His experiences include providing risk assessments and control design and implementation for a Fortune 500 company as…

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Frank Pollock

Frank Pollock

Chief Marketing Officer

For more than 20 years Frank has worked at the intersection of Marketing, Innovation and Technology. He learned his craft at the McCombs school of…

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Cheron Bruce

Chief Technology Officer

With over 15 years of experience in IT, Cheron Bruce has contributed in leading teams in the hospitality, health and human services, government, and financial…

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Dr. Zeydy Ortiz

Dr. Zeydy Ortiz

Lead Data Scientist

Dr. Zeydy Ortiz is a data scientist leading the machine learning team.  She started her career at IBM and she is a well-recognized expert in…

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Rashad Sabree

Rashad Sabree

Technical Product Manager

Rashad has a background in application development as a full stack developer. He is an Army Veteran and studied information technology at Austin Peay State…

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Jake Shivers

Jake Shivers

DevOps Engineer

Jake Shivers graduated from Utah State University and lives in Farmington, Utah. He has 14 years of data engineering and business intelligence experience. Jake has…

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Parker Timken

Parker Timken

Data Science Intern
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Bahar Ali

Bahar Ali

Full Stack Developer
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Syed Akhter

Full Stack Developer
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Maria Munaro

Maria Munaro

Distributed Ledger Architect

Maria is a solution architect with over 20 years experience in the industry particularly in the banking and government industry. She started her career at…

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Eric Talley

Demand Generation Specialist
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George Ellington

Financial Analyst Intern

George is currently obtaining his Master’s Degree in Accounting at UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

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David Haruto

Full Stack Software Engineer

David is a software engineer with 8 years of experience in web & mobile development. His major programming language is JavaScript and modern JS frameworks…

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Michael Blake

VP Data Engineer

Michael Blake is an expert in  efficient and secure management of distributed and decentralized data products.  His 2013 paper "Smart Technology for Big Data" provided…

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Sarmad Zargham

Full Stack Developer

Sarmad is a full-stack developer having about three years of experience and expertise in different JavaScript libraries and frameworks. Due to his interest in Machine…

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Joakim Engvik

Senior Full Stack Developer

Joakim works as a senior full stack developer with 10 years of experience, he excels at React, React Native, Node, HTML, CSS, and more! He…

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JZ Wolfe

Director of Marketing

JZ Wolfe (nickname Zen) is a bold leader who does things differently. She tackles impossible projects because witnessing a brand, and team transformation is the…

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Noor Rida

Fullstack Developer
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Pablo Arcia

Lead Front End Developer

Pablo has been a Software Engineer for 7+ years. He loves programming and the challenges it brings. When he is not programming he likes to…

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Jason Jin

Full-Stack Software Engineer

As a full-stack software engineer, Jason has more than ten years of experience in software development. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and…

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Melina Afvari

Full Stack Web Developer

Melina is a full stack web developer with 3 years of experience. She always wanted to learn coding as a child. Once she did, she…

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Jeff Brown

VP Quality Assurance Engineering

Jeff has spent over 30 years breaking product code before it gets into a customer's hands giving the engineering teams the chance to correct any…

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Mark Slawinski

Sales Executive

Mark is a seasoned loan officer. He has managed a branch office and worked with a multitude of lenders while brokering loans as well. His…

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Matias Salimbene

Hyperledger Fabric Developer

Matias is an IT professional with roughly 20 years of experience, of which the last 15 took place on an international tech corporation where he…

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The Home Lending Pal team is composed of incredibly driven, innovative, collaborative, and curious people who love architecting and building from scratch. Everyone at the company is encouraged to be an individual contributor but also a team collaborator.

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