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
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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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Kayla Goebel Director of Marketing

ABOUT: Kayla grew up between West Fargo, ND and Orange County, CA, giving her a mixed experience of California sun and North Dakota nice. She currently resides in West Fargo with her daughter, Aurora, and 2 dogs.

EXPERIENCE: Kayla has been with First Class Mortgage since 2019. Prior to joining the First Class Mortgage team, she spent 8 years in various marketing and design positions, mainly in the Architecture & Engineering industry.

EDUCATION: A.A.S. in Graphic Design Technology

OTHER THAN WORK, KAYLA ENJOYS: Weekends at the lake, coaching CrossFit for her gym, Strong Roots, watching her daughter play hockey, grabbing coffee with friends, traveling, reading and catching some UND Hockey with her family.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE: "You either win or you learn, you never fail."

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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.

Locally owned. Connected nationwide.

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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Why First Class Mortgage

Why First Class Mortgage

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Locations

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