Meet the team

Loan Consultants

Jeff Barlow

Senior Loan Consultant | Team Leader | NMLS #1012450

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Kim Shuey

Loan Consultant | NMLS #410338

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Ryan Wiebe

President & CEO | NMLS #245121

I’m a family man first and foremost. I am happily married to my wife Maureen, and a proud father of four. Originally from Dodge City, KS my parents moved my brother and me to Blue Springs Missouri in 1985 where I eventually graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1999. I attended Northwest Missouri State University, graduated in 2003 with dual Majors in Business Management and Marketing.

I started my career in the mortgage business in May of 2005. It was at that time I discovered my passion for building financial freedom and wealth of others through home ownership. In December of 2008 the plan of opening a mortgage company was started and by May of 2009 the doors were open for business!


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Jamie Buchmeier

COO | NMLS #335259

The mortgage process requires commitment, attention to detail, patience, and perhaps more than anything, customer service. Throughout my experience in the mortgage industry, I have become proficient in upholding these duties for my clients and referral partners, as well as coaching our staff to uphold these same standards. Ethical behavior and integrity are of great importance, and we take pride in embracing these values.


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Eric Hintz



As the Vice President of Finance, my main responsibility here at First Mortgage Direct is handling the business side of our daily operations. This includes all human resources, accounting, payroll, and licensing initiatives. Previous to this position, I gained several years of experience in running small businesses, as well as in sales, and management.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my beautiful wife, Beth, our son Cade, and daughter Sierra. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my Kansas State Wildcats, KC Chiefs, and KC Royals, and my favorite activities include running, golf, softball, and working outside.

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Luke Baker

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1599074


My career path in finance started in 2004, and during the last 15 years, I’ve developed many business, networking, and professional skills which are now the basis of my current position. I pride myself on being of maximum service to my customers and I work hard to provide a consultative and seamless process that places your wants and needs above everything else. I can say with conviction, that you can rest assured that no one will provide the same level of service, empathy, and passion.

I graduated from Park University in Parkville, MO in May of 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. I now reside in Kansas City, Missouri, with my wife Thavone, daughters Halie, Stella and our English Bulldog Rosco. In my free time, we do a lot as a family. I also enjoy golfing and playing softball. I look forward to hearing from you via text, phone or email.


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David Barber

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1482846

Jeff Barlow, First Mortgage Direct

Jeff Barlow

Senior Loan Consultant | Team Leader | NMLS #1012450


I have enjoyed over 15 years in the Financial Services sector working directly with consumers online to assist them in their needs to either purchase or refinance their home. I am well versed in all loan products from VA to FHA to Conventional. If there is a loan to be had you can have confidence I will find the appropriate product that best fits your financial situation. I joined First Mortgage Direct because of the wide array of products and ultra-competitive rates that we can offer ALL home owners and home buyers. I pride myself on providing an ethical, transparent and professional experience for my borrowers. Although over the years I have helped thousands of individuals with their mortgage needs, I can assure you that I treat everyone with the same care and respect that they deserve. As a homeowner myself I know that the home buying process can be a bit intimidating so you need to make sure you are working with an expert like myself who can get your loan closed on time. My motto in life is “Work Hard, Play Hard.” My wife Amy and I have been married now for 18 years and we have 4 great kids who are active and bring us a ton of joy. We have lived in Utah, Texas, Florida, and now reside in the great state of Kansas. We love it here and have truly made it our home. I enjoy playing basketball, golf, and fly fishing in my spare time when I actually have some which isn’t very often. My favorite fishing hole is the White River in Arkansas. You can find some nice big Browns in there year round. My commitment to you as my customer is to bring the exact same passion, dedication and excellence to your loan that I do as a husband, father, and angler.


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Sal Belfonte

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1975558


Basil Benyo

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1277999


Paul Brown

Loan Consultant | NMLS #130697


Shelley Cox

Loan Consultant | NMLS #95809


Marvin Davis

Loan Consultant | NMLS #247386


Tyler Epley

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1957252


Chris Fisher

Loan Consultant | NMLS #857879


Mark Gennusa

Loan Consultant | NMLS #202648


Vincent Mark Gennusa is a Kansas City native and first born in the states from his family. His parents left Sicily in 1960 and immigrated to the United States. He was also the first to attend and graduate college for his generation. He started his career in Mortgage Finance in August of 2000 working for a small mortgage broker. In 2003 he ventured off to open his own mortgage brokerage. As CEO, his firm focused on online consumer direct financing in both Kansas and Missouri. Like many other mortgage companies hit hard during the recession, his company closed their doors in 2010. Mark was able to take his book of business and join US Bank Home Mortgage as a Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer. During his time spent at US Bank he steadily maintained ranking within the top 10% of his peers nationwide. In 2014 US Bank realigned their retail division to a self-generated business model. Mark’s focus and passion had always been in consumer direct lending and made a decision to sign on with Mortgage Lenders of America (MLOA). MLOA was Kansas City’s fastest growing online lender and was the best fit for Mark given his tenure in the industry. As a Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer, Mark quickly moved up in sales ranking. Achieving Gold Club production, just barely shy of President’s Club, in his first full 12 months of hire. Moving forward Mark was able to remain always in the top 10% and was consecutively named President Club Producer from 2016-2018. His overall ranking in 2018 was #2 out of 140+ loan officers. Zillow Group purchased Mortgage Lenders of America in October of 2018 and due to their vast changes and corporate restructure, Mark made a decision again to leave on top. Mark couldn’t stay away from his passion for long and found a receptive platform for his talents at First Mortgage Direct. Mark is once again able to help clients make the most important financial decision of their lives by offering a diverse product mix to meet their specific needs.

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Tamara Gillespie

Loan Consultant | NMLS #924532


Mike Grier

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1486507


Alex Hodson

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1957247

Brandon Hoge

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1529640


Working with Brandon, you will receive around-the-clock access during the loan application and approval process. First Mortgage Direct is committed to approaching every deal with honesty, integrity, and transparent communication. To ensure a seamless and efficient loan approval, we utilize our deep expertise and experience with a wide array of loan products to prepare files upfront as thoroughly as possible. This meticulous up front file preparation results in the most rapid loan approval and review process available.

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Luciana Hooper

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1759410


Douglas Kuehn

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1632390


Brian Leonard

Loan Consultant | NMLS #306887


Jake Longhta

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1595726


After graduating high school in New Berlin, Illinois I went on to study at the University of Missouri. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in business marketing with an emphasis on finance. After graduating, I moved to Kansas City with my wife whom I met at MU and began my career in finance. We currently reside in downtown Kansas City, MO with our Corgi, Reggie.

In my experience, I have found providing superior customer service is the key to success and that is my promise to each and every one of my clients. It is a privilege to come to work every day knowing that I am helping individuals accomplish their goals and dreams. In order to do that, I strive to bring integrity, expertise, and value to every transaction to make it a seamless process.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family and can usually be found outside playing sports or walking Reggie.


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Devin McCall

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1161640


Andrew McKay

Loan Consultant | NMLS #2059342


Stephanie O’Farrell

Loan Consultant | NMLS #95809


Scott Peterson

Loan Consultant | NMLS #294732


April Richmond

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1446941

Kelly Sadler

Loan Consultant | NMLS #958515


My personal work ethic and accountability drive me to provide the quality service that everyone deserves. I am dedicated to helping accomplish the goals of all my clients in a way that leaves a lasting impression and raises the bar of expectation. I am a consistent top producer with over a decade of experience in all aspects of the real estate finance industry. This experience enables me to educate and counsel in a way that helps my clients make informed financial decisions. My experience and close attention to detail leads to customer satisfaction that is second to none. My success is my reputation…..Your satisfaction is my goal!


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Michael Schrader

Loan Consultant | NMLS #2059262


Kim Shuey

Loan Consultant | NMLS #410338


Jason Stuber

Loan Consultant | NMLS #213855


I have been in the mortgage industry as a Senior Loan Consultant since ‘09. I spent the first part of my career in Executive Recruiting helping my clients make their most important career decisions. The transition to mortgage lending was a natural move to helping clients make one of their most important life & financial decisions.

I take pride in explaining the loan process & offering clear options for the homeowner. I want every homeowner to have all the information available to them so that they can make an educated decision.


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David Vaughan

Loan Consultant | NMLS #386109


Trevor Weinrich

Loan Consultant | NMLS #1957250