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Paramount Equity Overview

Roseville, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Paramount Equity Mortgage & PPG was founded in 2003 to serve homeowners in the Sacramento community. With continued success, came growth and expansion to offices in Arizona, Southern California, Oregon, Washington & ... Read more

Mission: At Paramount Equity Mortgage, our team takes great pride in bringing innovative solutions to the communities we serve in order to meet our commitment to saving our neighbors money.

Paramount Equity – Why Work For Us?

Culture is our Key to Success

Culture is pivotal and being a part of a great company offering a genuine culture makes joining our team a winning move! We want to enhance our brand with and through our people. Success is not only based on the work but the people who do the work! If our people are happy and successful, then the business is successful.


Paramount’s success stems from our people. We believe in our House Rules. Our House Rules provides a structure that not only guides our day to day but has established the core of our culture.



Our team is committed to making a difference in the lives of our employees, customers, and local communities. We strive to save our neighbors money in as many ways as possible. We also encourage volunteer work with our “Power of One” program, which provides employees with an additional 20 hours each year in paid time off to volunteer. We’ve been honored to support many charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Cure Breast Cancer Inc., Make a Wish, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, and others. We were very fortunate to raise the money to build a school in Mali, Africa, in partnership with buildOn. Giving back is a critical thread in our common vision.



We believe in acknowledging great performances with celebration.  Our “All-Star” sales team members have enjoyed trips to Barcelona, Tahiti, the Grand Caymans, Costa Rica, and more.  We’ve promoted many employees multiple times in our effort to provide growth opportunities for all who are ready for advancement.  Our annual “PEMMY Awards” show is designed to thank the best in each department for their contribution.  No department is left behind in our excitement to celebrate individual and team achievements.

Paramount Equity® was founded on a desire to save consumers money through a variety of revolutionized financial offerings and exceptional customer service. As the company has grown, our employees have remained dedicated to delivering the same high level of expertise and professionalism, and to providing continued positive impact in the lives of our customers and local communities.


  Hayes Barnard, Founder & Chairman

Hayes founded Paramount Equity® with a passion to build a great business with people who are committed to saving their neighbors money.  For over 10 years, Hayes managed and grew Paramount to over 600 employees and more than $16 billion in funded loans.  In 2006 and 2009, respectively, Hayes built a consumer insurance agency focusing on auto, home and life insurance, as well as a solar company to help consumers reduce their energy bills and help the environment through utilizing green energy.  Hayes has been the recipient of numerous awards during his career that include a 2013 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year ®, Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and the 2010 Global Impact Award. 

Currently, Hayes is the Chief Revenue Officer at SolarCity, the nation’s largest residential solar company where he oversees the sales and marketing organization, as well as numerous other departments.  Hayes also serves on the board of directors of Paramount G|R Holdings, LLC and also serves as President of the GivePower Foundation, SolarCity’s initiative to provide light via renewable energy to schools that lack access to electricity. 

  Mike Berte, President

As Paramount’s President, Mike Berte oversees all of sales, marketing, and mortgage operations for the Consumer Direct and the Distributed Retail divisions of the Company. Mike also joined the Company’s Board of Directors.An intense and spirited leader, Mike brings over 20 years of diverse executive experience driving and scaling large scale consumer direct mortgage platforms. Mike will focus significantly on expanding the existing centers while opening new consumer direct centers and distributed retail branches.

Prior to joining Paramount, Mike served as the Senior Vice President of Residential Sales at SolarCity, the largest residential solar company in the world, chaired by Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX. While at SolarCity, Mike had direct oversight over 3,500 sales professionals in several divisions including Inside Sales, Field Sales, Direct Energy, and New Homes. Prior to SolarCity, Mike served as President and Executive Vice President of loanDepot, the third largest independent mortgage lender in the nation. Mike was also founder and CEO of Home Capital, Inc., a leading national direct to consumer mortgage platform that employed over 400 people.

  Cameron Findlay, Chief Operating Officer

Cameron is the head of our capital markets and risk groups. Throughout his career, Cameron’s had significant experience in managing the risk inherent in the lending business, hedging strategies and the sale and securitization of mortgage backed securities.

Prior to Paramount Equity Mortgage®, Cameron was head of secondary marketing, capital markets and Chief Economist for Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) where he was responsible for a $16 billion-dollar mortgage portfolio. Before DFS, Cameron was Chief Economist and Vice President of Risk Management for LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE), one of the nation’s premiere financial services brands. He also held various senior management roles at Union Planters Bank.

  John Hwang, Chief Administrative Officer

As CAO, John is responsible for the continued optimization of the mortgage process through developing new processes and efficiencies that create a frictionless process for our customers. He joined Paramount Equity Mortgage® from NationStar Mortgage (NYSE: NSM) where he was their Senior Vice President of Operations. At NSM, John was responsible for their centralized mortgage operations group that originated over $1 billion in mortgages each month. Before NSM, John was the Director of Contact Center Operations for LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE). At TREE, John also ran a team of Six Sigma Black Belts tasked with process optimization and

John is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. John served as an officer in the United States Army and is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB).

  Matt Murray, Chief Marketing Officer

Matt Murray serves as Paramount’s Chief Marketing Officer.  In his role, Matt is responsible for all of Paramount’s branding efforts as well as its customer acquisition channels including radio, direct mail, digital marketing and affiliate partnerships.  Matt also manages Paramount’s call center.

Prior to joining Paramount, Matt served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for loanDepot, LLC where he built a robust customer acquisition engine with an annualized budget of over $50 million.  Matt launched his career in mortgage as a loan officer with Long Beach Mortgage.  He quickly realized the power of the Internet and joined E-Loan in 1997 as it’s 7th employee, where he spent 7 years as an executive changing the way consumers interact with mortgage companies.  Matt has also held senior marketing roles with Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, Accredited Home Lenders, National City Bank and

  Jason Walker, Chief Credit Officer

As one of the founders of Paramount Equity®, Jason currently serves as its Chief Credit Officer.  In this role, Jason oversees Paramount’s mortgage operations, as well as its credit policy, agency and investor relationships, post closing, quality control and product development.  Prior to founding Paramount, Jason was a branch manager for National Mortgage where he oversaw sales and processing.  Jason started his mortgage career as a loan officer for American Equity.

A 20 year veteran of the mortgage business, Jason’s prudent decision-making has enabled Paramount to continue to thrive by avoiding the pitfalls that other mortgage companies encountered over the last few years. 

  Jesse Spina, Executive Vice President of Sales

Jesse currently serves at Executive Vice President of Sales for Paramount where he oversees the sales organizations in the Scottsdale, Arizona and Irvine, California direct lending centers.

Jesse brings more than 11 years of sales and production leadership managing large consumer direct mortgage organizations.  He has been a driving factor in the sales growth of these companies and has been responsible for billions of dollars in mortgage volume.  He will focus on growing both the Scottsdale and Irvine locations to ensure their best-in-class production levels continue to outperform the industry.

Prior to joining Paramount, Jesse served as Vice President of Sales for loanDepot, where he oversaw sales for the Scottsdale, Arizona web center and helped grow production to over $200,000,000 a month.  Prior to loanDepot, Jesse spent 6 years at Bank of America in a variety of sales management roles.  He was also the #1 mortgage sales person in both units and loan volume for all of Bank America during his tenure as a loan officer.

  Josh Harmatz, Executive Vice President of Sales

Josh currently serves as Executive Vice President of Sales for Paramount where he oversees the direct lending centers in Rancho Cordova, California, Roseville, California and Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Josh brings more than 12 years of mortgage experience to Paramount and has been a key driver to Paramount’s 300% growth in the consumer direct mortgage space.  Josh will be focusing on growing all three best in class direct lending centers he manages with a focus on nurturing and developing new talent into the mortgage space. 
Prior to joining Paramount, Josh co-founded and managed his own mortgage company, Voyage Financial Group.  At Voyage, Josh oversaw both sales and production in 5 offices nationwide, as well as set the company’s overall business strategy.

Prior to Voyage, Josh spent 3 years with Ameriquest Mortgage in various roles including an originator, a branch manager and an area manager.  At Ameriquest, Josh set numerous company records including #1 salesperson in the entire 3,500 sales person staff and he ran the #1 branch in the company.

Kelly Resendez, Executive Vice President of Sales PPG

Kelly currently serves as  the Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Paramount where she oversees its retail divisions, which focuses on self-generated business.  Kelly also spearhead’s the Company’s efforts with Realtors®, builders and corporate business development.

Kelly brings more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry to Paramount.  She has been the driving force of the retail business for the Company as she has grown the business from the ground up over the past 4 years.  During those 4 years, the retail group has grown into one of the premier retail origination business’ in the country, with her loan officers consistently doubling the industry’s average loans closed per loan officer through the marketing and support systems she has built.  Kelly will continue to focus on growing the retail business both in Sacramento and in additional locations throughout the country.

Kelly brings to Paramount Equity Mortgage® a proven track-record of success as a mortgage originator, and was a top producing loan consultant in northern California for Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo, where she was an honored member of their President’s and Leader’s Clubs. She credits her success to an exclusive focus on working by referral, and enthusiastically shares this knowledge with the entire sales team through monthly coaching sessions. She is devoted to not only serving as a leader, but as a mentor and resource, offering goal-setting and leadership training that encourages mortgage professionals to excel in their business and better serve the needs of their customers.

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    Paramount feels like a family. You know that most if not every one in that building wants you to succeed and will help you do so. They are always pushing a work life balance even when you would rather just work . There is always an opportunity to grow make more money and do more things . No one day is the same . Every one you're surrounded by wants to achieve great things and are some of the most brilliant mortgage minds you can be around.


    As a loan officer there is a lot of items out of your control which can be frustrating to say the least. A lot of people are depending on each other and sometimes it can not be a very well oiled machine but everything always gets done eventually.

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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Paramount Equity (Rancho Cordova, CA) in March 2017.


    It was a fun relaxed group interview. Lasted about an hour. Called later that day with an offer and sent a written offer the next day. Interviewed Thursday started Monday. I really enjoyed the interview felt like i belonged

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