Christopher has been in the mortgage lending business since 1998. With a true devotion to helping others, this decorated veteran of the US Navy and Air National Guard is known and respected by many for his enthusiasm, discipline and tenacity to help people achieve their dreams of homeownership. With more than twenty years’ experience, Chris brings a vast amount of knowledge in VA, FHA and Conventional financing and values the opportunity to continue serving others through education, which has led him to becoming a real estate continuing education instructor. He looks forward to assisting agents learn more about the complexities of today’s lending process. If you’re looking for a top notch mortgage experience, you can count on Christopher Gray.
Greg joined the mortgage industry in 1994. Prior to that, he was a personal trainer and martial arts instructor for 17 years. Greg notes that 20 years of martial arts, where persistence, honor, and integrity are the heart of daily practice, was a perfect lead in to his role as a financial advisor in the mortgage industry. The Gale Team is a full service loan origination service, committed to providing innovative mortgage solutions and real estate strategies. In his role as team leader, Greg stresses the importance of integrity, a positive attitude, patience, creativity and respect for all things. This team defines communication as one of the single most important elements in a successful loan transaction. They are committed to returning calls promptly, providing regular status updates and being available as needed throughout the process. Greg and his team really listen to clients’ needs, and then seek the best possible solutions, more often than not exceeding their clients’ expectations. The team priority is to provide exceptional and memorable service. On a personal note, Greg is absolutely passionate about helping other people. He is a regular contributor to the American Heart Association and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Greg is a member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Arizona Association of Mortgage Brokers.
Idalia Nayestani,Credit & Product Development Analyst
Idalia Nayestani joined the Credit Services team in 2015. She worked with all verticals offered by Landsafe with a primary focus on credit, flood and appraisal departments.
With several years as a project manager, a client relationship manager, and understanding of ancillary products, Idalia is able to implement solutions and systems that will benefit the team and organization while maintaining professionalism and service levels.
Idalia is certified to give CE course in Arizona and Nevada and will assist with many of the classes offered.
Jeff Ohm, Vice President, Branch Manager
I grew up in Southern California, but have very strong ties to the Valley and consider myself a die-hard ASU SunDevil. I have an MBA from Arizona State University and more than 20 years of lending experience in the consumer finance industry. I am a stickler for detail and work meticulously to find my clients the ideal loan for their needs. NOVA’s attention to detail and customer service focus is what initially attracted me to the team-oriented company. I enjoy teaching Real Estate Continuing Education classes and sharing my knowledge with Agents in our community.
Always striving to make the loan process simple and worry-free by keeping my clients fully informed in each stage of the process is a value I share with my colleagues. I love to work with and meet new people and always make it a priority to build long-lasting relationships. My wife and I live with our two boys in Phoenix and love to spend time downtime at our condo in Rocky Point, Mexico. We’re also very involved with SunDevil athletics, as well as youth sports.
Manny Hernandez has been in the mortgage credit industry for over 20 years. His experience began as a team lead with a local mortgage credit reporting firm in Tucson, Arizona and grew to launching an in house credit reporting agency for a nationally ranked mortgage lender. The unique background of working with both a mortgage credit agency and for a mortgage firm has provided me with the knowledge and background to become one of the leading professionals in the mortgage credit industry.
Michael Baltazar, Senior Loan Officer / Reverse Mortgage Specialist
Michael Baltazar has been in the mortgage business since 1997. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a finance degree, he went on to obtain his MBA his 2011. Michael has consistently been a top performer throughout his professional mortgage career, while also hiring and training many loan officers along the way. His love for training, motivating and encouraging others has also carried over into coaching. We are pleased to have him as an instructor for the NOVA School of Real Estate. Not only does he bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, but he is also a fun an engaging instructor that you will enjoy!
Pollyanna Wedra has been in the mortgage/financial industry for over 5 years and prides herself on her loyalty, reliability, and outgoing nature. She has several specialties, including reverse mortgages and real estate divorce collaboration, and she is certified to teach CE courses through the AZ Department of Real Estate.
What sets Pollyanna apart from others in the industry is her belief in being honest and up-front with clients, keeping them informed throughout the process. She provides her clients and referral partners with regular communication and answers their questions in a timely manner. Her vast knowledge and attention to detail allow her to offer her customers the best guidance and value.
Pollyanna is involved in her church, various volunteer efforts, and the PTA at her kids’ school. She loves to spend time with her family, including her husband, kids, and grandchild. When she can make room in her busy schedule, she loves to go off-roading, gardening, travel and scuba diving.
Thomas Higgins, Credit & Product Development Analyst
Tom Higgins started his career in mortgage lending in 2000 and is thrilled to be a continuing education instructor. Tom’s experience with Secondary Marketing, Business Process Development, Training and loan origination has given him a unique perspective on industry changes over the past two decades. Working with Credit Services, he works closely with credit vendors, has a dedication to client relationships, as well as a personal drive to help borrowers overcome their credit challenges.