Meet the Team

Mark Lefanowicz Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years of lending experience, Mark most recently transitioned from CEO and Chairman of Ethos Lending LLC. He has served on the Board of Directors for several consumer finance institutions, including Credit Karma, which was recently acquired by Intuit for $7.1B. As an angel investor, Mark is an active investor in consumer finance and fintech companies.

Prior to starting The Loan Store, from 2004 to 2008 Mark served as CEO/President of E-LOAN, a publicly traded Internet mortgage, home equity and auto lender. As CEO, he led the sale of E-LOAN to Banco Popular. Mark also served as CFO at Provident Funding Associates, held numerous executive positions at Bay View Capital and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, which later merged with Price Waterhouse to form PWC.

Brandon Stein President

With over 7 years of lending experience, Brandon oversees all aspects of loan production, counterparty management and partnership growth in both wholesale and correspondent channels. In his current role, Brandon’s primary focus is client sourcing, onboarding and success. Previously, he served as the Director of Wholesale Sales with Ethos Lending LLC, contributing to over 900M in personal loan production as a Sr. Account Executive since 2014.

Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Management Information Systems.

Erich Heston Chief Financial Officer

With over 20 years as a CPA, Erich contributes a breadth of knowledge in accounting, auditing, cash management and the preparation of financial statements. He is responsible for ensuring strong financial management, developing strategy, managing the rhythm of the business, and measuring performance.

Prior to joining The Loan Store, Erich has extensive experience managing finance in industries including high tech, music and financial services previously holding management roles at E-Loan, Alibris, Cinder Block and Onlive. Erich holds an MBA from Golden Gate University.

Erik Stern Chief Operating Officer, Correspondent and CKO

With over 17 years of professional mortgage experience, Erik oversees operations of Correspondent loans including the underwriting, funding and post-closing. He also oversees the origination process for both Wholesale and Correspondent.

Prior to joining the Loan Store, Erik spent the previous 5 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Ethos Lending LLC. Erik has also held various senior roles at Provident Funding Associates. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA with a specialization in Business Administration.

Jag Chopra Chief Operating Officer, Wholesale

With over 20 years’ experience, Jag is responsible for the leadership and delivery of value-added processes in the loan fulfillment cycle. This includes supporting growth, improving productivity and reducing costs through the implementation of best practices and relevant technologies. Jag manages all aspects of operations, business process and technology.

Prior to joining The Loan Store, Jag consulted and worked for numerous lenders including Movement Mortgage, Home Point Financial, Caliber Funding and First Magnus Financial. Jag holds an engineering degree from McGill University and completed his MBA in Finance at the University of Arizona.

Brandon Case Vice President Capital Markets

With over 20 years of mortgage banking experience particularly in capital markets, best execution, risk management, loss mitigation and process improvements.

Brandon has spent his career at warehouse banks, mortgage lenders, 3rd party hedging providers, and mortgage technology companies.

Steven Schlick-Harris Vice President Operational Risk

With over 15 years of professional mortgage experience, Steven oversees overall company credit risk, quality control, post-closing and delivery for both wholesale and correspondent channels. Steven has created, developed, implemented and managed multiple divisions for various fintech and traditional mortgage companies.

Prior to joining The Loan Store, Steven spent the previous 5 years as a Director at Ethos Lending LLC. Steven has also held various senior roles at Provident Funding Associates and New Penn Financial. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from UCSB with a specialization in Business Economics and a minor in Sports Management.

Micki Chief Mascot

Micki brings over a year of experience as the mascot for The Loan Store, and occasionally guards the security of the corporate office in San Francisco. Prior to joining The Loan Store, Micki spent his previous years sleeping, eating, napping, playing.