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Amerifirst Home Mortgage Continues Expansion in Southeast Region

KALAMAZOO, MI (March 21, 2019) – Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corporation, is continuing its strong growth trend in the southeastern United States with the addition of two mortgage industry veterans in key leadership roles, along with 16 new loan officers hired to serve the central Florida area.


This expansion will enable the 35-year-old independent mortgage company to continue its work of helping first-time homebuyers, many of whom are working class individuals and families, achieve the dream of homeownership.


Linda Thomas-02-25-2019Linda Thomas joins the southeast regional team as district manager. With over two decades of experience in the mortgage industry, Thomas will utilize her mortgage knowledge and sales experience to identify new opportunities, develop and maintain strong business relationships and ensure the team continues to provide a superior customer experience. Thomas is based in the Tampa office.



Michael LassiterMichael Lassiter has been named manager of the Raleigh area and will work to expand Amerifirst’s footprint in the Carolinas. With over 20 years of mortgage experience, Lassiter’s exceptional work ethic,

authentic character and strong track record epitomizes the culture for which Amerifirst is known.


Amerifirst’s recent growth in the southeast region includes the 2017 opening of new branches in Winter Park and Tampa, Florida, and the 2018 opening of new branches in Seminole, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Lutz and Gainesville, for a total of eight full-service branches in the state.



Loan Officers
Tampa, Florida Area:

Christine Forest, Branch Manager, NMLS #317063,  FL# LO8091

Jim Gaffney, Branch Manager, NMLS #38440,  FL# LO36231

Troy Gilroy, Branch Manager, NMLS #8998, FL# LO49744

Kelly Santos, Sales Team Manager, NMLS #994273, FL# LO17580

Tim Szumigala, Branch Manager, NMLS # 344571,  FL #LO23541

Ray Williams, Branch Manager, NMLS #233778, FL# LO11196

Erica Beasley, NMLS #1652792, FL# LO46573

Lisa Dixon, NMLS #1759208, FL# LO56230

Karen Reynolds, NMLS # 556669, FL# LO27012

Wayne Schneiderhan, NMLS #469035, FL# LO34128

David Thomas, NMLS #1625231, FL# LO45483

Mike Williams, NMLS #1222659, FL# LO29841


Loan Officers

Central Florida:

Craig Bonsal, Gainesville, NMLS #1781622,  FL# LO58309

Lou Cabrera, Winter Park, NMLS #1778700,  FL# LO56571

Lisa Hartle, Spring Hill, NMLS #1111801, FL# LO59450

Karen Torrez, Winter Park, NMLS #200397,  FL# LO56146



About Amerifirst Home Mortgage:

Amerifirst employs over 700 team members and provides home financing opportunities for thousands of individuals and families each year, especially in rural and underserved communities and among first-time homebuyers. It operates in branches across a dozen states throughout the U.S. and is recognized by Inc. 5000 for its 78 percent growth over a three-year period.

Janet Veach
Janet Veach
Janet Veach is the Communications Specialist for Amerifirst Home Mortgage. As the former Communications Director with the Alzheimer’s Association in Central Illinois, she believes that building strong relationships leads to dynamic partnerships that can dramatically improve our neighborhoods and communities. The mother of three sons, she has heard many a good story, and specializes in creating content that educates, communicates our core values and promotes genuine relationships with our customers.

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