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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Brady Day Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 206008

ABOUT: Brady was born & raised in Aberdeen, SD. He moved to Maple Grove, MN in 2002. He married his wife, Kim, in 2004. They have 3 children; two sons, Jackson & Hudson and daughter Emerson.

EXPERIENCE: Brady, along with his business partner, Casey Van Winkle, opened the doors of First Class Mortgage’s Maple Grove office in 2006. Brady has been a loan originator since 2001.

EDUCATION: B.S. Marketing, Northern State University, Aberdeen SD.

OTHER THAN WORK, BRADY ENJOYS: Spending time with his family, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, attending sporting events & concerts, and is still aiming for that first hole in one on the golf course.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Brady enjoys helping home buyers achieve one of the most important financial goals which is affordable homeownership. He also gets excited working with current homeowner’s refinance their current mortgage to help them improve their overall financial situation.

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Casey Van Winkle Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 323964

ABOUT: Casey was born and raised in Aberdeen, SD. He moved to Maple Grove in 2006 to start First Class Mortgage. Casey and his wife Caitlin have their hands full with their three kids Sullivan, Cooper, and Maisie.

EXPERIENCE: Casey, along with his business partner, Brady Day, opened the doors of First Class Mortgage’s Maple Grove office in 2006.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance and a minor in Economics, St. Cloud State University, Summa Cum Laude

OTHER THAN WORK, CASEY ENJOYS: Being with family and friends. Casey is also actively involved with Maple Grove Rotary and CROSS Services.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY AND WHY? He would donate to CROSS's Peace of Mind Housing Fund to ensure every family has a roof over their heads.

MY SECRET TALENT IS… He can smoke a mean rack of ribs!

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Jerry Peters Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 480206

ABOUT: Jerry grew up on a dairy farm near Sauk Centre, MN and has lived in the northwest suburbs for the past 20 years. He and his wife Stacie have two girls, Lindsay and Merrit.

EXPERIENCE: Jerry has been a mortgage originator for over 20 years and owned his own mortgage company before joining the First Class team.

EDUCATION: B.A. in Economics with a minor in Finance, Moorhead State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, JERRY ENJOYS: Jerry enjoys golf, cooking, cheering for the University of Minnesota hockey team, and spending time with his family.

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Daniel Christians Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1402835

ABOUT: Daniel was born in Oceanside, CA but raised in Southwestern Minnesota. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2005. He and his wife Leah have a daughter, Flora Grace, and two dogs.

EXPERIENCE: Prior to joining First Class Mortgage, Daniel practiced law in the fields of business and immigration law. He remains active in the legal community as a licensed attorney.

EDUCATION: J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, Cum Laude; B.A. in History and Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, Cum Laude

OTHER THAN WORK, DANIEL ENJOYS: Spending time with his family, reading, writing, and traveling. He also loves going to Twins games and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN GROWING UP? I wanted to be a journalist going up. I love to write, read and do research work. This eventually morphed in to me wanting to be an attorney.

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Matthew Whipps Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1179979

ABOUT: Matthew grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and currently resides in Minnetonka, MN with his wife, Annie, and their two children Bella and Lincoln.

EXPERIENCE: Matthew has been part of the First Class Mortgage team since 2015 and has been in the mortgage and financial industry since 2001.

OTHER THAN WORK, MATTHEW ENJOYS: Spending his free time playing competitive softball, coaching his daughter’s Minnetonka fast pitch softball team, visiting local breweries, cheering on the Minnesota Wild and of course spending time with his family.

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Brenda Van Winkle Office Manager

NMLS# 322264

ABOUT: Brenda grew up in the small Southeastern town of St. Charles, MN where her parents still live. Brenda lives with her husband Robbie, their son, and dog Denny in New Hope, MN.

EXPERIENCE: She has been part of the First Class Mortgage family since 2009.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Social Work and a Minor in Child and Family Studies, St. Cloud State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, BRENDA ENJOYS: Brenda’s passions include working on projects around the house, spending time with her friends and family and attempting DIY projects.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY AND WHY? If Brenda won the lottery, she and her husband would take part of the winnings and book a cruise for their closest friends and family. Once they got back to reality, she said her accountant husband would make sure they invested money and spent it wisely. This includes giving back to church and community and investing in their future family and education. She would plan to keep working (but no more than 40 hours a week) and would ultimately set herself up to retire extra early! The dream of a lake cabin and boat would also become a reality much sooner in life. Oh, the things she could do…

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Susan M. Smith Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1207502

ABOUT: Susan grew up in Minnetonka and lived in the Southwest suburbs until she and her husband, Rob purchased a house in Maple Grove in 2002. She has two children, Jackson and Melayna.

EXPERIENCE: Susan has been in the mortgage industry for over 15 years and finance industry previous to that. She joined the First Class team in June 2014.

EDUCATION: Susan attended Hennepin Technical College for Dental Assisting.

OTHER THAN WORK, SUSAN ENJOYS: Susan spends her free time with her children & family and also loves to bake, cook, entertain, spend time with friends and will try to make anything she sees on Pinterest.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN GROWING UP? An Elementary School Teacher – she loves kids!

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Bobbi Sondergard Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 322970

ABOUT: Bobbi was born and raised in Princeton, MN where she continues to live with her fiancé, Jason and their two daughters Taylor and Brooklyn.

EXPERIENCE: Bobbi has been a very important member of the First Class Mortgage team since 2008 and has been in the mortgage industry since 2001.

OTHER THAN WORK, BOBBI ENJOYS: When she is not working Bobbi enjoys playing golf, watching hockey, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jolene Youngblood Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 926485

ABOUT: Jolene is originally from New Ulm, MN and currently resides in Robbinsdale, MN with her husband Chase and their two kids, Aleyna and Boston.

EXPERIENCE: Jolene started her mortgage career at ING Direct in St. Cloud while attending college, before joining the First Class Mortgage family in 2012.

EDUCATION: Associates in Sales Management, St Cloud Technical College

OTHER THAN WORK, JOLENE ENJOYS: In her free time, she loves to travel, visit local breweries, and go thrift shopping.

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Kevin Criter Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1539667

ABOUT: Kevin grew up in the small town of Chilton, WI and currently resides in Maple Grove, MN with his wife, Cortney.

EDUCATION: B.S in Sport Management, University of MN, Minneapolis.

OTHER THAN WORK, KEVIN ENJOYS: Attending concerts, playing golf, traveling, but most of all he loves spending time with his family and friends. As an avid sports fan he loves cheering on the Packers, Brewers, Gophers, and Wild.

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Sheri Anderson Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1549482

ABOUT: Sheri (Cleaveland) Anderson grew up in Maple Grove and recently purchased her first home with her husband in Elk River.

EXPERIENCE: Before joining First Class Mortgage, Sheri managed a day spa located in Maple Grove.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Management and Minors in Speech Communications and Human Resource Management, MSU, Mankato.

OTHER THAN WORK, SHERI ENJOYS: In her free-time, she enjoys home DIY and decorating projects, antique shopping, visiting wineries, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Sheri enjoys talking to all of the clients via phone and meeting them in person. She finds it exciting to get to see people go through the process that leads them toward saving or purchasing a new home. She said that it's great working for a company that genuinely cares about their clients and looks out for their best interest!

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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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