The search for a house that feels like home becomes easier when you have a team to give you shelter from an often confusing and shifting market. The vice president and production manager for Shelter Mortgage’s Orlando branch, Kent Winkelseth, has assembled an impressive group to do just that.
After more than 20 years in the mortgage business, Winkelseth describes his career path as a place where his natural talent for sales and his love of helping people can coexist and produce amazing results. He uses his experience to guide his team with the tenets of honest and consistent communication, exceptional service and knowledge, and community service.
Terri Friel, a loan officer assistant, supports the team with her extensive background, which started in retail banking and grew to include experience as a mortgage office manager. Her attention to detail turns a complex process into a seamless one for partners, borrowers, underwriters and her own loan officers. “I have learned so much working here,” Friel said. “Every borrower has a scenario, and it is exciting to work with each and every one of them.”
Rolando Garcia, a senior loan officer, has been with Shelter Mortgage for nearly seven years. He works with various partners and Realtors to make sure their clients get into the home of their dreams, pairing them with the perfect financial solutions. “My favorite part of the job,” he said, “is getting to experience the joy that homeownership brings to families.”
Yari Fumero, a junior loan officer, started as a loan officer assistant with Shelter Mortgage more than 12 years ago. Through her firsthand experience with Shelter, Fumero finds new ways to exceed all clients’ expectations. “Growing up in a primarily Spanish-speaking home, I noticed the extra struggle that my parents and family members faced when dealing with financial transactions due to language barriers,” Fumero said. “I wanted to help families make their dream of homeownership a reality.”
Tony Duke, a loan officer assistant and the newest addition to the team, graduated from the University of Central Florida after studying business and real estate. He now works with the team on refinancing, loan origination, residential mortgages and more. “Good communication is one of the most important aspects with this team and our partners,” Duke said. “For my personal experience on the team, I’ve grown my knowledge these past two years and I look forward to my continuing years with Shelter.”
Operating together and with partners in the residential sector that include Holiday Builders, Kindred Homes and National Real Estate, Shelter’s team has created an intricate network throughout Central Florida to keep its clients safe and sound.