Meet the team
EVP, Consumer Direct Lending | NMLS #66234816-778-7027
Joseph Watts works as the Executive Vice President of Consumer Direct Lending. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, and mastering several roles throughout his career, his objective has and continues to remain the same; establish a foundation of trust, communication, and servant leadership to ensure an exceptional experience for both his customers and employees. Creating an inspirational and supportive environment is essential in sustaining solid, life-long relationships, while providing an enjoyable journey for everyone involved. When Joseph is away from work, he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, Diana and his three children, Ethan, Sofia and James.
Director of Training and Development | NMLS #97855816-778-7029
As the Director of Training and Development at First Mortgage Direct, Emily Sappingfield trains and develops new loan officers, and helps facilitate the knowledge and growth of the existing loan officers. Emily’s goal is to extend her training capabilities to other departments as time and needs allow.
Emily built her foundation as an educator. She was a classroom teacher for 8 years before moving to the mortgage industry, and during her tenure, she was also a middle school, high school, and college basketball coach. Prior to kicking off her career, Emily received her associates degree from Fort Scott Community College, where she also played basketball. She then graduated with her Bachelor of Science in education from Pittsburg State University. After receiving her master’s degree in technology education from Lesley University, Emily then joined the mortgage industry as a loan officer. She later moved to Mortgage Lenders of America where she served as a loan officer, sales manager, HR manager, recruiter, and trainer. Through her diverse professional background, Emily has extensive experience building and developing new programs.
When Emily isn’t working, she loves sports. She has two sons, Drew and Blake, and enjoys any chance she gets to play basketball or foosball with them. They also love to spend time with their newly adopted Pitbull, Luna! Emily likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and has made it her goal to help her sons go to college and travel to Fiji.
Loan Originator | NMLS #2059342816-778-7082
As a loan originator at First Mortgage Direct, Andrew McKay walks borrowers through the mortgage process to help achieve their financial goals as they relate to mortgage options. Andrew is responsible for managing his team to monitor timely files, provide any assistance, and ensure customer satisfaction.
Andrew graduated from Benedictine College in 2015, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. Today, with over 10 years of experience in sales and customer service, Andrew enjoys working with customers throughout the entire loan process and is licensed in 13 states.
Andrew and his wife, Hannah, currently reside in the Kansas City metro area with their son, Lochlan. Andrew’s interests involve anything outdoors, whether that be backpacking/camping, fishing, boating, rock climbing, or taking his family to the park or zoo.
Loan Originator | NMLS #2340259816-702-7633
As a loan originator at First Mortgage Direct, Chris Jumps works to provide his borrowers with the knowledge and support needed to best achieve their financial goals. To Chris, building strong customer relationships through communication and transparency is key as he works to enhance their overall home-buying experience. Throughout his career, Chris has mastered the skills and expertise needed to ensure his borrowers are prepared for any loan scenario.
Chris is a graduate from Kansas State University with a major in Finance and certifications in real estate and market concepts. In his free time, Chris enjoys watching sports and doing recreational activities with his family.
Loan Originator | NMLS #2099705816.778.7095
As a loan originator at First Mortgage Direct, Jarrett Pfeiffer strives to offer the best customer service by consistently keeping in touch with borrowers and giving them a fun and stress-free experience. Jarrett has a passion for helping customers save money and aiding them in home ownership. He believes that his strong communication skills come from the mortgage industry’s fast-paced environment.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Jarrett graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and minors in biology and psychology. He spent most of his childhood hanging out with friends at the lake, playing football or out by the pool. Jarrett still values family time today, and enjoys traveling with family and friends.