Executive Management

Mike Baldwin

President & CEO

Although I’ve spent my entire career in the mortgage industry, you may know me best for my years at Meritage Mortgage and LIME Financial Services. I’m really excited about being a part of LoanStar Home Lending and our People Powered Mortgage family. Everyone at LoanStar has come together to create a fun, innovative and exciting place to work where we all keep our eye on providing the ultimate home lending experience. Since launching in November 2013, our accomplishments and awards (Top Workplaces three consecutive years; Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Firm; consecutive $1 billion volume years) are due to every single person doing their part as individuals on a powerful team.

Rick Linn


Thanks for visiting me online! I am the Chief Financial Officer for LoanStar Home Loans, LLC and Founder, Member & Secretary of LoanStar Pacific Holdings, LLC. I’ve worked with many of the leaders at LoanStar over my career and we’re excited to have assembled them back together again at LoanStar.

My previous experience includes positions as EVP & Chief Financial Officer at Excelsior Management Group, LLC, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer at LIME Financial (A Credit Suisse USA Company), Director, Administrative Services at RBMG, Inc. (A NetBank, Inc. Company), and EVP & Chief Financial/Administrative Officers at Meritage Mortgage Corporation.

Please contact me any time to learn more about LoanStar!

Shannan Pratt

Executive Vice President

I’m excited to be a Founding Partner in LoanStar Pacific Holdings and to be a part of a very dynamic company, LoanStar Home Lending! I believe my experience as a Founding Partner for Front Burner Restaurants and 11 years as a Commercial Banker SVP at Capital One Bank equips me to help guide LoanStar. I’m based in Dallas, Texas where I’ve spent the majority of my career and I’m looking forward to growing LoanStar throughout Texas and the Southwest.

Please contact me to learn more about LoanStar and especially about our vision to grow the Texas market.

Shannan Pratt, NMLS 1097920

Mark Eastburn

Executive Vice President & Senior Loan Officer

Thank you for visiting LoanStar Home Lending online.  I’m the EVP of Production as well as one of the top originators.  As an originating senior leader at LoanStar I bring a real-time loan officer perspective to the team as we collaborate and make decisions to make LoanStar the most dynamic and trusted lender in our marketplace.

As a loan officer I am committed to providing my customers with a perfect lending experience that generates lifetime relationships. If you are looking to partner with a Portland mortgage advisor with over 20 years’ experience, attention to detail, and the best service at the most competitive rates, please contact me.

Mark Eastburn, NMLS 128552

Sales Management

Greg Haase

SVP Regional Sales Manager

I have been in the lending industry since 1983 as an originator and regional manager.  Like many on our management team, I also worked with one or more of the current LoanStar staff at some point in my long career.  I’m very excited to work with this group and the other outstanding talent that has come together.  Our expertise, vision and drive is exciting and habit forming and everyone that joins us feels that enthusiasm and desire to succeed. 

Please do not hesitate to call me, I’m always available to help!

Greg Haase, NMLS 80595

9020 SW Washington Square Rd, Suite 350, Portland, OR 97223

Les Bedford

SVP Regional Sales Manager

Great to see you at GoLoanStar.com!

I’ve been managing retail mortgage origination since 1982 with VP-level stops at Umpqua Bank, Cherry Creek Mortgage, Seattle Mortgage Company, and Central Pacific. LoanStar Home Lending is an originator-centric retail mortgage banking firm and we’ve established our operations fulfillment with an experienced and successful leadership team dedicated to supporting current and future loan stars. We offer a transparent environment, based on honesty and integrity, and will help you grow your business exponentially.

Call me for details and how you may fit into our dynamic team.

Les Bedford, NMLS 168735

2821 Northup Way, Suite 250, Bellevue, WA 98004

John Giagiari

SVP Regional Sales Manager

Welcome to LoanStar and thanks for visiting us online. I have been in the mortgage business since 1992. Before LoanStar I was the SVP of Production for Western Bancorp and COO for LoanCity. Prior to that I worked with many current LoanStar leaders as Director of Lending for Meritage Mortgage. I also spent 11 years with First Franklin Mortgage.

I’m excited about the opportunities for LoanStar to grow. Our unique proposition that allows originators to originate while marketing takes care of all the promotion and operations teams process and close loans from application to funding is exactly what originators want and what we deliver. Please contact me any time about opportunities to join our team!

15575 Los Gatos Blvd., Suite A, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Ron Schlachter

SVP Regional Sales Manager

Thanks for visiting and learning more about LoanStar. I’m excited to build LoanStar. I have over twenty years of experience in mortgage lending with sales leadership, direct sales, team building, and brand expansion as past and present accomplishments. I am proficient in mortgage sales and operations, primarily in Retail and Wholesale Lending. I have diversified experience in developing plans, budgeting operations and leading teammates to achieve personal, professional, and company goals.

Please contact me to learn more about our plans to grow throughout the U.S.!

2198 East Camelback Road, Suite 380, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Lance Lemoine

SVP Regional Sales Manager

I’m really excited to be a part of an award winning Independent Mortgage Bank! LoanStar is unique in that its management team has worked together for more than 20 years. The atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie permeates to all our teammates, clients and referral partners. It’s a winning culture backed by experienced professionals that flat out get the job done. Let’s chat how we can help you grow with us!

17806 IH 10 Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78257

Randy Warren

VP Area Sales Manager

I have an exceptionally strong record of success in sales, service and operations. I’ve been recognized for the excellent ability to build and maintain relationships through long and short sales cycles and lead teams to effectively capitalize on both new and existing markets to build a book of business. In my role, I assist both new and existing Branch Managers in their growth opportunities, financial management and optimizing operations efficiencies. By working with Retail managers and their teams, my passion is to create more successful and sustainable branch profit and productivity. Contact me any time to find out how LoanStar can help you achieve your goals!

14001 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1220, Dallas, TX 75240

Sunny Thiara

SVP Specialty Finance Division

I joined the LoanStar team because of the culture and the people. I appreciate the leadership and their desire to build a winning team. I've been in the mortgage industry for the last 20 years, mostly in the Non-QM business. I pioneered the Non-QM market at a previous company where I had to raise the capital to get Wall Street on board and overcome the tainted image of the sub-prime industry. LoanStar Specialty has come about due to demand to serve LoanStar customers with specialty mortgage solutions that are gaining acceptance in the mortgage marketplace.

What I love more than anything is piecing together loans. Please contact me anytime to talk about how our Non-QM loans can help you grow your business!

825 Boris Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Kenn Bartley

SVP Marketing & Business Development

I’m glad you’re here and looking for more information about LoanStar!  After working as a marketing manager for ten years I entered the mortgage business in 1992 as a loan officer and quickly moved up to manage and help grow one of fastest growing mortgage companies in the Pacific Northwest.  With my background in marketing, origination and management, I joined the “all-star” LoanStar team to help create the best culture to succeed for everyone involved.

My approach to marketing for loan officers echoes what I did as an originator while always looking for a better way. My goal at LoanStar is to help originators originate and my marketing staff will take care of all the marketing, and operations will take care of all the processing. It’s a perfect world. Ask me more or to see if you are a fit in our culture!

17200 SE Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 160, Vancouver, WA 98683

Jeff Lewis

SVP Production

My career has spanned 38 years in mortgage banking and consumer lending with roles ranging from Loan Officer to CEO. I’ve led sales organizations across the country as well as corporate operations teams. I love taking on and solving problems, utilizing lessons learned through my accomplishments and mistakes to support building people, departments, and companies. I look forward to meeting you and finding ways to help you grow your business!

9020 SW Washington Square Rd, Suite 350, Portland, OR 97223

Key Management

Cory Jones

SVP of Capital Markets

I've been in charge of capital markets for 15 out of the 19 years I have been in the mortgage industry. Before LoanStar I was Head of Capital Markets at Willamette Valley Bank. My goal is to work with the very best correspondent lenders to offer a wide-array of products while maintaining a productive rate environment. While some mortgage banks are satisfied with a few options, we'll take on as many lender relationships as needed to equip our originators with a robust product menu. We'll also broker products that are not available in the correspondent channel. With over 30 lender and broker agreements in place, we can find a home for almost any home mortgage scenario! Call me if you’d like to know more about LoanStar correspondent lending.

Brad Dollar

SVP Operations

Thanks for learning more about LoanStar operations.

During my 17 years in the mortgage industry I’ve been a Senior Underwriter, Licensed Loan Originator, Sales Manager, and Underwriting Manager in addition to running Operations for several companies. This broad-based experience helps me understand the role each player has in the loan process and how important a smooth running operation is to the customer experience.

My goal for our operations team is to take the hand-off from our originators at application and close on or ahead of time. Each person, in each position has to understand their impact on our customers. By creating an environment of service I make sure that each stage of the loan process is geared towards our mission of providing the ultimate home loan experience and developing lifelong relationships with our customers..

Brad Dollar, NMLS 131765

Chris Wortham

SVP Information Technology

Chris Wortham

Thank you for visiting LoanStar online.

I’m excited to be a part of this dynamic team where I am responsible for the development of long-range strategic plans, and the design, development and maintenance of all internal software and systems to meet the business goals and objectives. I also develop and implement viable, sustainable and fully validated backup and disaster recovery system for the core corporate components and manage and maintain third party relationships revolving around the loan origination process including the management of access to those vendors’ services.

My responsibilities also included managing the personnel and systems necessary to provide answers for procedural loan-level support questions related to Compliance, Encompass, integrated software applications, and integrated vendor services. In addition I am responsible for development and enforcement of compliance policies and procedures in adherence to Regulation B, C, X and Z as well as HUD and established best business practices revolving around information security to ensure compliance with GLBA and the Esign Act.

Sondra Ludwick

SVP Human Resources

Sondra Ludwick is an accomplished Human Resources professional with a strong track record of success! In 2003, she joined fellow leaders Mike Baldwin and Rick Linn at former financial service organization, and since then has held executive HR leadership roles in multiple diverse industries such as financial services, low and high tech manufacturing and specialized services. All within multi-site and multi-state framework.

Sondra’s focus is in contributing highly effective human capital practices, full design, development and implementation responsibilities for all areas of human resources and payroll functions, and directing top quality teams focused on maximizing company directives within LoanStar.

In her spare time, Sondra spends time with her horse Emmy, and taking long walks with her black lab “Romeo”, and loves spending time on the beautiful Oregon coast at their family’s beach house.

Sondra has been married to her husband Lance for over 27 years, and has two great sons. One currently just graduated from University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), and the other currently attending Oregon State University (Go Beavs!).

Sondra holds professional certifications in SPHR (Sr Professional Human Resources issued from HRCI) and SHRM – SCP (Society for Human Resources Management - Sr Certified Professional.

David Moser

VP Legal Manager

I’m glad you are here to learn more about LoanStar and my role in legal and compliance.  My responsibilities include contract review, policy administration, compliance auditing, and legal opinion on a variety of corporate matters.  The best part of my role is the ability to provide fast turnaround time to our LoanStar family.  Whether it is reviewing a marketing piece for compliance accuracy to transferring a license to LoanStar, my goal is to do it extremely quickly so we can get to work faster.  Feel free to contact me any time to discuss how having VP-level legal counsel on staff benefits everyone at LoanStar.



LoanStar Home Lending is a mortgage lender focused on providing government, conventional, jumbo and alternative qualification home loans to customers in the states we are licensed. The LoanStar Home Lending mission is to deliver expertise and efficient access to home loans with passion, pride and integrity. We continually seek to improve our service commitment to our customers and the communities where we live and work to accomplish our vision is to be the most dynamic and trusted lender. ...


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9020 SW Washington Square Rd., STE 350
Portland, Oregon 97223
Phone: (855) 347-7691
Email: contact@goloanstar.com


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