ABOUT US

ABOUT

Sam Lends Money

Sam Lends Money is led by Sam Okenyi Jr., a mortgage and real estate industry veteran. Sam and his team of highly experienced loan officers help borrowers in Central California achieve their dreams of homeownership. If you’re looking for the lowest rates and best terms on your mortgage or refinance and want to close quickly, we can make it happen. We’ll match you with the home loan that makes the most sense for your situation and take you from application to closing with our hassle-free, highly efficient mortgage process.

Headquartered in Fresno, California, we specialize in various home financing products that meet our clients’ diverse needs. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, property investor, foreign national, or self-employed, we can provide you with the knowledge and resources to choose your best-matched mortgage with confidence.

WHY

Choose Us?

OUR GOAL

From your first home purchase to your last, and any refinance along the way, our goal is to work with you on all your home loan needs – now and moving forward down the road.

who we are

Sam Lends Money is a licensed mortgage originator based in Fresno, California. We’ve built our business based on our extensive experience, partner relationships, and providing the best customer service.

who we work with

Whether you a first-time buyer, a real estate investor, are self-employed, a foreign national, or have non-traditional income, we’ll find your perfect fit financing.
MEET

The Team

SAM OKENYI,

SAM OKENYI,

Mortgage Loan Officer/Branch Manager

NMLS #: 1106100

Financing a home is a BIG deal, and we are focused on making sure that our clients have the knowledge they need to feel both comfortable and empowered throughout that process.

As a Branch Manager I work with an amazing group of mortgage professionals that also share the same goals and values as myself. Personally, I specialize in all of the home buying loan options; from people looking to buy their very first home, to my most discerning clients looking to finance their dream home or vacation rental. Me and my team are well versed with all of the available loan programs including FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo and any of the Down Payment Assistance options.

I have personally been in the mortgage industry for 9+ Years and in the real estate industry for over a decade. My Team and I help hundreds of families finance their homes each year, and we are both honored, and excited to experience this with you.

Rosie Valdez,

Rosie Valdez,

Operations Manager

With over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, I assist by managing the pipeline to ensure that loans get to a successful closing. I am passionate about helping our borrowers, and I work to ensure that the borrowing process goes as smooth as possible. Outside of work, I am happily married with two children. I love to travel and work to maintain an active lifestyle that supports my family.
Dylan Rusconi,

Dylan Rusconi,

Loan Partner

NMLS #: 2018646

Born and raised in Fresno, Dylan graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. Upon graduation he decided to pursue a career in real estate sales which eventually led him to the dark side of real estate where he found a home in lending. As part of the Sam Lends Money Team, Dylan is the front-end guy who takes the initial application and runs with it until the buyer is approved and ready to shop for their dream home. When he’s not slinging loans, Dylan enjoys being active and exploring the great outdoors with his lady.

Justin Hernandez,

Justin Hernandez,

Loan Officer Assistant

I am more passionate than ever in serving the public and helping our borrowers achieve their financial goals. I believe that my 7 years of banking experience equipped me with the tools to communicate with our borrowers in order to facilitate the closing of their loans. Outside of work, I am an active volunteer in my community. I also enjoy biking, hiking, and video games. I believe in families, as I am a very family- oriented person, and want to do all I can to help your families succeed.
Matt Lopez,

Matt Lopez,

Sales Manager

Matt Lopez is the Sales Manager for the Sam Lends Money mortgage team, with nearly 10 years of experience in varying sales consultant and sales management roles. His focus with the SLM team is leading the ISA department, ensuring the highest level of customer experience, and driving sales through data analysis and process improvement. Matt loves spending time with his wife and three daughters at the beach or in the mountains, woodworking, and watching college football.
Brayden Madden,

Brayden Madden,

Inside Sales Agent

Originally from Australia, Brayden obtained a B.S. in Finance from Griffith University. From an early age, Brayden has always known the importance of saving money and how to prepare for life goals and dreams. Brayden has a desire to help convert his client’s goals and assist them with their dream of homeownership and helping them make good financial decisions.
Brayden spent many years in the restaurant industry before embarking on his professional mortgage journey, where he is now able to carry over his experience of building long lasting relationships as well as provide his clients with high level customer service. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or looking to refinance your mortgage, Brayden strives to find the best borrowing solution for each of his clients.
Brayden loves exploring new destinations with his fiancé, relaxing at the beach and spending time hiking and snowboarding. To date, he has traveled to 22 countries and 25 U.S. states and counting…
Johnny Hernandez,

Johnny Hernandez,

Inside Sales Agent

Johnny Hernandez is a Sam lends money mortgage teams Inside Sales Agent, efficient in ranging topics such as home buyer loans, managing customer relationships, and sales. He aims to provide credibility, organization, and skillfulness to provide the best opportunities at your convenience. When Johnny isn’t managing customer relationships, he enjoys working on his personal development, playing soccer, and spending quality time with his family.
Travis Williams,

Travis Williams,

Sr. Loan Partner

NMLS #: 1585965

Travis was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He graduated from Bullard High School and from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, Law Enforcement. He worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years and realized it was time for a change. He fell in love with lending after purchasing his first home with his wife, Megan, back in 2014. Travis became a Loan Officer in 2017 and has been assisting homebuyers and his community since. Additionally, he is licensed in Tennessee. Travis enjoys going on vacation with Megan and their son, TJ, when they have an opportunity.

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