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Our experienced home loan officers and support staff will make the process of purchasing your new home or refinancing your existing home simple. Learn more about our staff.

Troy Trombetta, Branch Manager
I started my professional career in 1997 with the United States Air Force. I spent eight years as an active duty Aircraft Maintainer where I had the opportunity to work on the B-1B bomber. I spent the majority of my Military career at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City South Dakota. I fell in love with the Black Hills area and decided to stay when my enlistment was up with the Air Force.

From there I followed my true passion in life and became a mortgage loan officer. I was actively investing in real estate during my time in the Air Force so going into mortgage lending was an obvious fit.
I have been actively involved in the mortgage industry now since 2005 and have loved every minute of it. I am currently the Branch Manager of Affiliated Mortgage which is a division of Lendsmart Mortgage from Minneapolis Minnesota.

I am here to help and serve anyone who is looking for any assistance with a mortgage loan.

Troy Trombetta: Branch Manager - NMLS# 14211
Vern Burress, Senior Loan Officer
I was born in raised in a small town in northern Minnesota. After graduating high school I attended the University of Minnesota at Moorhead. After visiting Rapid City during the winter months of 1993, I decided that the 60 degree weather of Rapid City was a bit better than the negative 20 of Fargo/Moorhead. I moved to Rapid City in 1993 and never looked back.

I am very fortunate to have a great family. Our first child, Allie, was born in 1997. She is a tremendous student athlete. She is currently playing on Rushmore Thunder Girls Varsity Hockey Team.
She is the center and returning 3 year captain. When not on the ice, you can find her striking out batters as a pitcher for the Mizuno Elite Fastpitch Softball team.

Our second child, Mitch, was born in 2000. He is turning in to a mini me. School comes very easy for him. He currently plays hockey and golf. His specialty is in hockey as a goalie - they always say that there is something missing upstairs to stand in front of flying pucks!!

I started in the mortgage industry in 2000. I came to Affiliated Mortgage in 2002 and have never looked back. I have always said I would never have a "job." When you love your work it is not a job. Life is too short not to love what you do for a career. Even with all the recent changes in the banking industry it is still great being in the mortgage industry. It is so fulfilling to assist home buyers in purchasing a new home or assisting current home owners in improving their financial situation during a refinance.

I am active in my children's activities. I have coached the girls varsity hockey team since the 2007-2008 season, my son's hockey teams since 2005, along with his football team. I also am the head coach for the Mizuno Elite Fastpitch team and have coached fastpitch softball since 2003. I have also coached fastpitch for RC Central, Harney Little League, and tried to help with youth soccer. Soccer - not my thing nor my kids. I love helping teach young athlete not only the game but how to cope with life lessons along with winning and how to handle losing.

I am also a member of RC Chamber of Commerce, Black Hills Home Builders Association, past voting member on the Board of Directors for Rushmore Thunder Hockey Association and a past Board of Directors for ASA Softball Association.

Vern Burress - Senior Loan Officer - NMLS # 14234
Mike Fischer, Senior Loan Officer
I was born and raised in South Dakota. I love living here and can't imagine myself anywhere else. I currently reside in Rapid City and grew up in Fort Pierre. I graduated from Stanley County High School in 1988 and earned Bachelor's Degree in Business from National American University in Rapid City.

I have three awesome kids that keep me motivated and very busy when not working, Chelsea, Dawson and Jamison. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, something we here in South Dakota value highly.
You'll often find me swinging away on the golf course, fishing in our many lakes and rivers or out in the fields hunting pheasants and deer.

I have over 20 years lending experience and have assisted thousands of people achieve their financial dreams. There is no loan scenario that I have not come across at one time or another. Unlike other lenders, when I meet a new customer I look for ways to get the deal done rather than looking for ways to NOT get it done. In October 2012 I received my certification as a Certified Military Housing Specialist from USA Cares, an organization dedicated to assisting military families. The military is a vital part of our local economy and I am proud to be a partner with USA Cares. My support staff and the company I work for are the none!!

It is my goal to make your home ownership dreams come true and make the process as quick and hassle free as possible.

Mike Fischer - Senior Loan Officer - NMLS # 178773
Mark Abrams, Senior Loan Officer
I grew up in South Dakota and have lived in Rapid City for the past 25 years. 20 years ago I started my own mortgage company and grew from working out of my home to having a successful and well respected mortgage company. In 2008 I sold my business (Rapid Mortgage) and have since worked as Senior Loan Officer at Affiliated Mortgage Company.

I have personally helped over a thousand clients purchase or refinance their home.
My experience and knowledge of the mortgage industry allow me to provide great service tailored to your specific need. When not at work, I spend most of my time with my wife, Sarah, and my four children, Abby, Ashley, Hunter and Fischer.

Mark Abrams - Senior Loan Officer - NMLS #178795
Melissa Everhart, Senior Loan Officer
I am an active duty military wife to a wonderful man who is serving in the USAF. We have been here in South Dakota for 7 years and have loved it enough, that we have decided to call it home. I am the mother to 3 amazing children, and the grandmother to the sweetest little boy you have ever seen! My oldest son is currently serving on Active duty in Missouri as a Firefighter in the USAF. I also have a son attending WDT, and a daughter in middle school who races BMX for the ELITE racing team out of Box Elder BMX

I have been a Loan officer with Affiliated Mortgage for over 6 years now. Out of all the programs we offer, the VA loan is my favorite, and I have made this my specialty. I am educated on all ends of the VA program in every way possible. I go above and beyond to provide you with the education you deserve, before we even discuss the application. First and foremost, and especially for my active duty clients, let's make sure buying is the right choice, and if so, let me educate you on how to make this a great investment.

I am a certified Military housing specialist, and I work alongside with agents who understand the specific needs, as well as currently working on my credentials to become a VA military mortgage instructor and increase my knowledge even more.†I have found that the best way to be a successful loan officer is to always exceed expectations and provide an abundance of information. My clients are always telling me that they were expecting their financing process to become difficult or stressful and it never did. By keeping my clients well informed and by proactively seeking out possible issues in their individual loan process, I eliminate the possibility of surprises in advance.

Please feel free to contact me anytime via phone or email. I look forward to helping you in any way I can.

Melissa Everhart - Senior Loan Officer -NMLS #1029890
Sarah Bowser, Loan Officer
I was born in South Bend, IN home of the great University of Notre Dame. After high school I enlisted in the United States Air Force which took me to Texas, Arizona and England until separating in July of 2011 while stationed with my family at RAF Lakenheath, UK. I followed my husband, Mike with our 8 year old son Asher to Ellsworth AFB here in South Dakota.

I have just recently started in the mortgage industry working for two of the top loan officers at Affiliated Mortgage.
When Iím not working I am active in my sonís activities of BMX and Black Hills Youth Football.

I am currently licensed in South Dakota.

Sarah Bowser - Loan Officer - NMLS# 1089775
Samantha McCully, Loan Officer
I was born and raised in the Black Hills. After high school I enlisted in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst. I attended the University of Maryland through the military and studied Finance.

After the military I began my lending career and have been a loan officer for the past 15 years. I truly enjoy helping people get the best loan possible and making their dreams of home ownership come true.

Samantha McCully - Loan Officer - NMLS #528830
Allen Puetz, Loan Officer
Hello I am Allen Puetz and I was born and raised here in Rapid City SD and graduated from Central High school in 1988, I moved to phoenix AZ. for 2 years after high school and moved to WA. state for 2 years and it was there that I realized that the Black Hills was home for me and where I wanted to stay.

I love the Black Hills and outdoor adventures and motorcycle riding that they offer. I look forward to helping people with the lending portion of obtaining their dream of owning their home.

Allen Puetz - Loan Originator NMLS # #1061384
Danny Battochio, Loan Officer
I grew up in a small town called Lively in the province of Ontario, Canada. After high school and playing hockey at the elite junior level in Ontario, I accepted a scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University and graduated in 2009 with a BA in social/criminal justice with academic All-Canadian honors.

My first visit to the Black Hills area was in the fall of 2009 to play professional hockey for the Rapid City Rush. I enjoyed a successful rookie season taking home ďrookie of the year" honors and also a league championship. I have spent 6 of the past 7 years of my hockey career playing with the Rapid City Rush.
Now, I turn my career over to the mortgage industry. Iím excited and look forward to helping people through the financial process of home ownership. I will be dedicated to giving my clients the best quality service, professionally, and thoroughly.

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful family by my side. I married my beautiful wife Jami in 2014 and we have 2 young boys, Aaron and Easton.
Sarah Abrams, Loan Officer
When shopping for a mortgage professional, you need an individual with whom you can rely. I am dedicated to helping you meet your goals while advising you based on more than nine years of experience, in a fast, friendly, and easy to understand manner. It is important to work with a mortgage professional who cares. I will take the time to learn about your particular real estate and financial objectives. When you make the important decision to buy a home or refinance your current home, I am committed to going the extra mile to ensure that your financial needs are successfully met. I am dedicated to helping you make the most informed mortgage decision possible.
A mortgage is not just a loan. It is one of the most important financial planning decisions.

Before I joined Affiliated Mortgage, I worked with ten Realtors as an assistant and transaction coordinator. I gained experience in understanding the process of listing and selling properties and the challenges that can be involved. I also formed many wonderful relationships with Realtors in our area. I later transferred to the mortgage industry helping my husband, Mark Abrams, in his mortgage business formally known as Rapid Mortgage. In 2008, my husband and I sold Rapid Mortgage to Affiliated Mortgage. I continued to process mortgage loans and later became a licensed loan originator. My experience in real estate, processing mortgages and working along side of experienced loan originators has been a huge asset in becoming a better, skilled mortgage professional. I enjoy helping people get through the mortgage maze with the end result of getting the best loan to fit their needs.

On a personal note, I was born and raised on a ranch 10 miles south of Ree Heights, SD, and attended school in Miller, SD. After high school, I enrolled at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree. During those years, I enjoyed helping children by coaching the Miller Swim Club and assisting the Rapid City Racers and Black Hills Gold Swim Team. I have resided in Rapid City for 14 years with my husband and four children Abby, Ashley, Hunter and Fischer. I enjoy spending time with my family, coaching various sports activities, volunteering at church, and raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, our youngest son's disease.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you find the best mortgage possible to meet your needs.

Amy Holmes, Loan Processor
Born and raised in Madison, WI. She graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD with a bachelorís degree in Business Management. Started working at Affiliated June 2010.

Amy loves horses and running barrels and the Green Bay Packers.
Tosha Metz, Loan Processor
Tosha Metz was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. Tosha and her husband, Mike, have 3 young children and currently live in Piedmont where they all enjoy the serenity of the Black Hills.

She started her career in the mortgage industry as a receptionist for Affiliated Mortgage Company in March of 2005. By September of that year she became a loan processor and has been learning and growing in that position ever since.

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Troy Trombetta, Branch Manager - NMLS #14211 - SD lic # MLO.00124 2920

West Main Street Suite 2, Rapid City, SD 57702 — Telephone: 605-718-9820