Meet Our Awesome Loan Officers!

by Tim Hart | Dec 20, 2021 10:44:00 AM

Sean, Nelson, and Kimberly Help Our Clients Buy Their Dream Homes 

Back in July, I wrote about the 2020 VanDyk Mortgage Awards in this newsletter. I was super excited to share that my team took home FOUR awards, including ...

No. 2 Loan Officer in the Country by Units

No. 5 Branch in the Country by Units

No. 3 Loan Officer in the Country by Volume

No. 5 Branch in the Country by Volume

I’m still stoked every time I look at my plaque for “outstanding sales achievement.” Of course, I didn’t get those awards on my own! Placing like that wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of my awesome loan officers: Sean Carter, Nelson Fernandez, and Kimberly Lang. 

Sean, Nelson, and Kimberly have been doing great work for our branch all year. This month, I thought it was about time you met all three of them! Here’s a quick look at their backgrounds and what makes them so great at what they do. 

Sean Carter: Our Sunshine State Explorer

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A man after my own heart, Sean loves the “Florida lifestyle” of boating, dolphin spotting, and soaking up the sun with his wife. That makes him the perfect local Florida lender! He has been with us for just over a year and is constantly answering questions, pre-qualifying buyers, and networking with Realtors to develop new relationships and get referrals.

Just a few months ago, he helped a client who came to us asking if we could salvage his property purchase. 

“After 30 days of working with that lender, the client had been told that they would not be able to approve the loan,” Sean says. “The client then had the decision to cancel the contract or trust me to help. We negotiated some extra time with the seller, and I asked the seller/buyer to put their trust in me and VanDyk to close the loan. We saved it, and that was very gratifying!” 

Before working with us, Sean spent 22 years as a finance manager in the retail automotive industry. Now though, mortgage work is his passion.

“When a Realtor or client works with me, they get someone who genuinely cares about the outcome beyond just a business transaction,” he says. “ ... Who you trust to handle the most important purchases in your life matters. My results and VanDyk’s make us the ones you want to work with.”

Nelson Fernandez: Our Luckiest Loan Officer 

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Nelson joined our team earlier this year after a decade in the banking industry. He graduated from Rutgers and knows his way around all things finance! When I asked, he told me that his favorite part of being a loan officer is getting a client into their dream home. 

“It’s amazing to help people with the biggest purchase they are usually ever going to make. Getting someone into a home is a great feeling,” he says. 

One thing Nelson loves about our company is that we really focus on communication, and we’re there for the client whenever they need us. This is a big change from other mortgage lenders who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, and Nelson’s ability to speak Spanish really helps us out.

“You always hear from Realtors and clients how they wish there was more communication and transparency with their mortgage lenders. With our Tuesday outreach calls, I feel that this sets us apart from other lenders,” he says.

When Nelson isn’t answering clients’ texts, reviewing files, and connecting with Realtors, you can find him hanging out with his wife playing volleyball at the beach, throwing a football in the park, or hiking a trail. 

One last fun fact about Nelson: He’s a really lucky guy. Back in his early 20s, he won $5000 from a scratch off! Where can I get some of that good fortune?

Kimberly Lang: Our Rock N’ Roll Grandma


Kimberly is our most experienced loan officer and a huge asset to the company. Before she came on board with us, she co-owned an insurance agency and was a Realtor for 13 years. That's an incredibly valuable background for a loan officer. 

“As a former Realtor and insurance agent, I have a comprehensive understanding of the entire purchase process from contract to close,” she says. 

Kimberly is a real people person. She enjoys structuring loans, but connecting with Realtors and borrowers is her favorite part of the job. 

“I get to meet people from all walks of life, and I am blessed to have some of the nicest borrowers,” she says. 

Outside of work, Kimberly’s family keeps her busy. She’s married with two grown children, and welcomes her first two grandchildren (twins!) in May. She also loves animals and shares her home with cats. She is a music fan with tastes that array from Paul Simon and the Commodores to AC/DC, DMX, and GRITS. Go Kimberly!

As you can see, we have a team of great people here at VanDyk Mortgage. Whether you’re buying a home, need a refinance, or have a buddy in one of those situations, Sean, Nelson, and Kimberly can help. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more. 

Born and raised in Southwest Florida, I have been in the Mortgage business since 2001 I'm a grizzly, battle tested mortgage veteran. I am also the Host of Rates & Reels, which is the most popular fishing show in Southwest Florida, hosted by a guy named Tim. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, coaching baseball, and anything else my kids or wife want me to do. I would be happy to help you or someone you know with any of your Mortgage needs.

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