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Hallstead Mortgage Group

Scottsdale, Arizona


We believe it’s our responsibility to foster passion in ourselves and in others through our brand, our culture, and our product. We strive to provide more than mortgage lending, and in that same vein we realize that our biggest asset is our people. So while the rest of the mortgage industry is interested in short-term gains, we’re investing in technology and training our team—always having one hand in the future.

The Hallstead Mortgage Group is committed to assisting our clients and referral partners find meaningful solutions in an ever changing housing and financial market. Whether you need financial guidance towards realizing your dream of first time homeownership or seek a personalized plan for your refinance or reverse mortgage, we specialize in a large range of options including purchase, jumbo products and refinancing for active military, veterans and potential homeowners who value service.

At the Hallstead Mortgage Group, we realize it's always the people who make the most impact
on others.

We love our staff and they love to help people like you.

Hallstead Mortgage Group




SVP, Retail Lending Strategy

NMLS 229557


Mark Malmberg

VP Retail Market Leader

NMLS 222760

For nearly 21 years, I have been guiding new clients, friends and families, to a properly architected mortgage solution. As a tenured mortgage professional, I have extensive experience in creating unique solutions dependent on each clients personal short and long-term financial goals. A successful Loan Origination career has led me to my current role, as VP of Retail Market Lending for Cardinal Financial. As an Orange County native born and raised, I care deeply about the local community as well as the financial well-being of the families in our community. 


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Tamara Pulido

Branch manager

NMLS ID#1655776

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Heater Reiter

Producing Branch manager

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Siri Calamese

Branch manager

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Diandrai Webb

Branch manager

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Jose Espana-Jimenez

Branch manager

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John Obradovich

Producing Branch Manager


Nestor Santamaria

Branch manager

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Michele Adkisson

Branch manager

Augustus Bukowski

Producing Branch Manager


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Loan Originator

NMLS 2253228

With Tyler Lacey, it’s all about authenticity. Going beyond the often transactional experience clients might have with other lenders, Tyler works to build genuine, long-term relationships with each and every homeowner he serves, becoming a trusted guide as they make what is often their largest and most important investment. 



Sales Manager

NMLS 249478

With 23 years in the mortgage industry, including 15 years of branch management experience, Gene Avakian loves helping clients get into new homes, whether they’re first-time homebuyers or experienced owners moving on to their next home.

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Senior Loan Originator

NMLS 202128

With nearly 2 decades of lending experience, Peter Howell has become a mortgage and refinance expert, channeling a passion for his community to help clients achieve their dreams of homeownership.


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Cory Carter
Marketing Director
(303) 931-3605

For the past 12 years, Cory has dedicated himself to advancing business growth by crafting and launching tailored marketing strategies.

His inclusive and cooperative approach guarantees that every channel we explore—whether it's Podcasts, Blogs, Websites, Social Media, Videos, PPC, or PR—is primed to generate marketing qualified leads and robust pipelines.

At Gold Star Financial Mortgage Group in the Hallstead Division, his role entails providing comprehensive support for the entire team and their marketing endeavors. This encompasses managing websites, branding, social media planning and scheduling, email campaigns, graphics, compliance, video editing, presentations, and more.

When Cory's not working he is most likely hanging out at one of his kids sporting events, dance recitals, plays or just in the car driving between their activities.


Lorie Rojas

Division Vice President, Operations

(734) 521-0303

Bringing over a decade of expertise to the realm of retail mortgage lending, Lorie Rojas proudly holds the position of Division Vice President, Operations at Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group. In this role, she orchestrates the management of a $100M+ monthly sales pipeline spanning coast to coast, with oversight of $3B in life-to-date loan fundings. Lorie's skill set encompasses a spectrum of areas including Daily Business Operations, Workforce Planning, Sales Pipeline Forecasting, and Complex Project Management. Whether it's optimizing processes/SLAs/SOPs, mentoring teams, or leading change initiatives, she is dedicated to utilizing her skills and expertise to provide the needed tools for success to her teams and committed to elevating the Gold Star Client Experience to unparalleled heights.


However, beyond the boardroom, Lorie's heart lies in championing women within the mortgage industry. As a steadfast advocate of women empowering women, she actively participates in the Mortgage Women Leadership Council, dedicated to furnishing empowerment, resources, and inspiration to female professionals. Lorie finds great fulfillment in supporting organizations like Miracles for Kids and OC's Women for Good, where she is reminded of the importance of community and giving back. She is committed to fostering an environment where all voices are heard and valued and wholeheartedly believes that by lifting each other up, they collectively rise.

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