Meet the Staff

First-class service. First-class knowledge. A first-class experience.

We are staffed and operated by people who understand that each customer is special and individual attention is necessary to satisfy each unique financial situation. That's why at First Class Mortgage, we have simplified the mortgage process.

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Dan Van Winkle Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 8495

ABOUT: Originally from Devils Lake, ND, Dan moved to Fargo in 1998. Dan and his wife, Jill, were married in May of 1999 and have two daughters: Lauren and Taylor.

EXPERIENCE: Dan started First Class Mortgage in 2003 with his business partner, Greg Dean. Before starting First Class Mortgage, Dan worked in the financial/banking industry for nine years.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Financial Management along with a minor in Marketing and Accounting from the University of North Dakota.

OTHER THAN WORK, DAN ENJOYS: Spending time with his family and friends, spending time at the lake, and watching/following his two favorite sports teams: The Dallas Cowboys and UND Fighting Sioux hockey. He is an active member of the programming and entertainment committee for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors. Dan is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Cross Catholic Church Men’s Club.

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Dawn Johnson Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 178349

ABOUT: Dawn is originally from Kindred, ND, where she resides with her two boys: Tyson and Brock.

EXPERIENCE: Dawn has been with First Class Mortgage since 2004. Prior to joining First Class Mortgage, she spent four years in the title insurance industry. She is also an active member of the Kindred Community Club and Davenport Lutheran Church.

EDUCATION: Associates degree in Financial and Credit Services Administration from MSCTC, Moorhead, MN.

OTHER THAN WORK, DAWN ENJOYS: Time with family and friends, spending time at the lakes, watching and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings, playing volleyball, running and just spending time outside.

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Ameen Darwish Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1811843

ABOUT: Originally from London, Canada, Ameen moved to Lisbon, ND in 2010

EXPERIENCE: Ameen started with First Class Mortgage in April of 2019. Before starting with First Class Mortgage, Ameen worked for financial institutions as the accounts manager and operations manager for 20 years

EDUCATION: Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario

OTHER THAN WORK, AMEEN ENJOYS: Spending time with his golden doodles, playing golf and softball, enjoying the outdoors on Ottertail Lake and spending time with friends and family

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Kim Kainz Mortgage Processor

NMLS# 820951

ABOUT: Kim is originally from Brainerd, MN. She currently lives in Moorhead, MN with her husband, Troy, and their three children, Logan, Tanner and McKenzie.

EXPERIENCE: Kim has been with First Class Mortgage since 2011. Prior to joining First Class Mortgage, she spent nine years in the mortgage industry and five years in the title company industry.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, KIM ENJOYS: Her family and friends, photography and the chaotic schedule of life with three active children!

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Troy Hertz Mortgage Processor

NMLS# 986247

ABOUT: Troy is originally from Fargo, ND. Troy and his wife Kelli live in West Fargo and have one daughter Katie and two grandchildren – Jaden and Taylnn.

EXPERIENCE: Troy has been with First Class Mortgage since 2012. Prior to joining First Class Mortgage, he spent 20 years as a Consumer Loan Officer.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Administration and Minor in Economics from North Dakota State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, TROY ENJOYS: Spending time with his family, coaching his grandson Jaden in hockey, bow hunting, golfing, and being outdoors.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY AND WHY? The first thing Troy would do, is gift money to his immediate family.

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Greg Dean Vice President

NMLS# 8499

ABOUT: Greg currently lives in Fargo with his three kids.

EXPERIENCE: Greg started First Class Mortgage in 2003 with his business partner, Dan Van Winkle.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Concordia College, MN with a degree in Business Management.

OTHER THAN WORK, GREG ENJOYS: Spending time with his kids and attending their various sports and extra-curricular activities.

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Laura Helgeson Mortgage Processor

NMLS# 2520

ABOUT: Laura is originally from Walhalla, ND. She currently lives in Moorhead, MN with her daughter, Kennedy. Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, going to the gym, reading, running and being a cheerleader at her daughters activities!

EXPERIENCE: Laura has been with First Class Mortgage since April of 2013. Before that she worked inside sales

EDUCATION: Laura has Associates Degree in Financial and Credit Services Administration from MSTCS, Moorhead

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Elizabeth McKay Administrative Assistant - Assistant Processor

NMLS# 2520

ABOUT: Originally from Wyndmere, ND Elizabeth moved to Wahpeton, ND in 2005

EXPERIENCE: Elizabeth stared with First Class Mortgage in September of 2015. Before starting with First Class Mortgage, Elizabeth worked for a zoo as the accounts manager, guest services director and event coordinator for 3 years

EDUCATION: Elizabeth has her Associates Degree in Banking and Finance from North Dakota State College of Science

OTHER THAN WORK, ELIZABETH ENJOYS: Spending time with her dogs, competing with her horse, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends

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Calvin Riggs Assistant Loan Processor

NMLS# 2520

ABOUT: Originally from West Fargo, ND, Calvin graduated from high school in 2017 and is currently attending MSUM for a degree in Business Administration

EXPERIENCE: Calvin stared with First Class Mortgage in April of 2020. Before starting with First Class Mortgage, Calvin worked at a bank for two and a half years and also worked for his day for 5 years.

EDUCATION: Currently attending MSUM for a degree in Business Administration

OTHER THAN WORK, CALVIN ENJOYS: Spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing softball in the Summer and watching his favorite NFL team, the LA Rams, in the Fall


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As a locally owned company, we are staffed and operated by people who understand that each customer is special and individual attention is necessary to satisfy each unique financial situation. That's why at First Class Mortgage, we have simplified the mortgage process.

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