theLender was created to make a difference. As a group of proven industry leaders who recently founded one of the largest and fastest growing Wholesale mortgage companies in the United States, we aim to change the stagnant landscape of Wholesale mortgage – one partnership, one loan, and one day at a time.
To foster a simplified, intuitive lending experience so that, together, we can deliver customer-centric solutions to help clients realize their dreams.
Aaron Iverson is an industry veteran with nearly 20 years in the mortgage industry. Responsible for running wholesale operations funding over $10.5 billion in the last 6 years he has certainly lived up to the hype. He has risen the ranks at every company he has worked at and continues to be a mortgage industry icon in many ways. Known for his extreme competitiveness yet kind heart he has won over many of those he has worked both for and with. He knows how to create a successful team and will be in charge of doing just that at his newest venture, theLender.
Cory Tona has mastered the art of building successful mortgage companies from the ground up. With a business degree from California State University San Marcos, Cory has always been a true leader and entrepreneur. He is a big believer in the importance of company culture and making sure everyone at theLender is treated like family. As such, Cory is a father of 5 kids and loving husband of 10 years. Whether you are a part of theLender, partner, customer or vendor Cory sets out to treat you like family. He is excited to get to work building theLender and becoming a top 25 lender within the next 3 years.
Shane Harris entered the mortgage business immediately after graduating Saint Mary’s College of California in 2001. Through hard work and dedication Shane was able to withstand the great recession which sent most of his former colleagues out of the mortgage business. As a proven sales leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, he recognized that theLender provides the perfect platform for like-minded top producers to transcend traditional business barriers to create a culture of success. Shane is highly motivated, result-focused, and a decisive leader with a successful track record of delivering quantifiable results in the areas of loan production, business development & talent acquisition.
EVP of Operations
Erin Herrlinger started her career in the mortgage industry nearly 20 years ago. Beginning in an entry level position, her work ethic and attention to detail quickly saw her rise to a management position. In the years that followed Erin rose in the ranks to run national operations for large and medium sized lenders with billion dollar monthly funding thresholds. Having worked in nearly every operational position affords Erin a foundation second to none. Her expertise and experience combined with her love of her team make her the operational asset that so many rely on. With a passion for building and leading, theLender’s operations under her care are scaled to reach monthly thresholds while retaining the quality and service needed to exceed expectations.
EVP of Retail Lending
Chris Ledwidge is a co-founding partner of theLender with a demonstrated track record of driving unparalleled customer service and maximum volume and profits for high-activity mortgage divisions encompassing staffs of up to 100 personnel. His background in the mortgage industry has historically focused on builder/construction loans and residential mortgages including FHA, 203K, FNMA, VA, Conventional, and NON-QM products. He serves as a member of the executive team for theLender and is directly responsibility for growth, strategic direction and profitability of the retail division. He is committed to excellence, professional communication, knowledge, ability to ‘think outside of the box’ and has consistently produced results far greater than his peers.
EVP of Retail Lending
Nate Borghi is a co-founder in theLender and has over 15 years of mortgage experience. He has a proven track record of going the extra mile with a commitment to service, integrity, responsiveness, and dedication. Nate has a deep understanding of mortgage origination with a focus on FHA, VA, FNMA, Freddie Mac, and NON-QM loans. He is a Results Oriented professional with a demonstrated history of increasing production and profitability while building incredible loyalty and respect amongst colleagues, direct reports, and sales partners. His guarantee for the last 15 years is to provide clear communication and understanding with every profession interaction and he has done just that.
EVP of Midwest Retail Division
Donald Miller is the Executive Vice President of the Midwest Retail Division. He founded Hometown Equity Mortgage 18 years ago and was the President until December of 2018. He is known for his grit and never give up attitude and built Hometown from the ground up and, unlike most mortgage companies, made it through the great recession of 2008. Don maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for all 18 years and created a culture that fostered success early on. He has always taken great pride in his long-term relationships that are continually developed by satisfied and loyal clients. He believes in providing customers with straight forward and honest information and providing them with best in class customer service. Over the course of the past 18 years, Don has helped over 13,500 families with and over $2 billion in sales. He is a family man and has always ran his business as such. He is the father of 3 children, 1 grandchild and loving husband of 30 years. He is excited to be partnered with theLender group and looks forward to seeing continued success.