480-344-1951 | 275 E. Rivulon Blvd., Suite 300, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Introducing The TK Team

If you’re searching for home financing assistance, you’re looking for a partner you can trust. But partner is a title that needs to be earned, not given. We hope to earn your trust, and become your loan partner – in fact we’d love to be your lender for life!

Our team, the TK Team led by Senior Loan Officer Tara Krieg, shares a common goal – to help you improve your financial situation with regard to your home/property needs. Whether you’re looking to get a better interest rate on an existing home loan (refinance), qualify for a first or your next mortgage, or finance an investment property, we’re here to help you move forward towards a better future.

We always put the best interest of our clients first. Our aim is to put you in a position where you have all the information you need, so you can make an informed decision about your loan/mortgage options.

Choose to work with us and you’ll find us to be a confident, committed team. We’re personable, realistic, and above all, professional. We’ll work hard to put you in a position where a positive result is not only realistic, but achievable and manageable in the long term. We want you to feel confident in your choice, so read on to get to know us all a little better.

Tara Krieg

Tara Krieg

Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer | NMLS 215386

It may seem strange for a Senior Loan Officer with Amerifirst Financial Inc. to suggest that my primary job is to listen, but it’s true. My commitment to personalized customer service starts by fully understanding your specific needs and individual situation. This is not a job where ‘one-size-fits-all’.

I’m passionate about helping others achieve their dream of home ownership; I truly love what I do because it gives me the opportunity assist my clients in all the areas of their life that affect credit and finance. From credit education, to budgeting, to overall mortgage planning – I need to understand your personal situation before I can help provide a solution – and that’s why listening is step one.

My approach includes an evaluation of the big picture – your overall financial situation; I then build a mortgage plan that complements your goals. Whether you’re purchasing or refinancing the home of your dreams, my objective is to structure a mortgage finance plan that lowers costs and saves you money over the long term. With a full menu of loan programs to work from, I can tailor loans and services to meet your needs while providing you with the best possible customer service in the industry.

Licensed to provide mortgages and loan programs for home owners and buyers within Arizona and California, I have over 12 years’ experience in all aspects of real estate finance, real estate investing, mortgage planning, and business planning. My specialties include loan origination, credit education, mortgage related financial consulting and planning, and personal coaching of Junior Loan Officers.

I’ve found that my broad experience is very beneficial to clients when discussing all aspects of their finances. Prior to joining the mortgage industry exclusively ten years ago, I worked in credit card services (from collections to customer service) and in retail banking. My previous role was a management position at Washington Mutual.

I mentioned the need to be a good listener.  I have plenty of practice at home with my four children; two girls and two boys ranging in age from 17 to 6. And yes, I do have my hands full. Born in Spokane, WA, but raised here in Metro Phoenix, AZ, I come from a large family by today’s standards – there were six of us kids in total, four boys and two girls. We all still live here in Arizona and we gather together often.

When not working or wrangling children, I love hiking, boating and being outdoors. I did some backpack hiking in my late teens/early 20’s and look forward to the day when my life slows down enough that I can get back to that again.

It’s a huge accomplishment for me to see my borrowers achieve their goal of homeownership; whether  it’s the thrill of buying your very first home, or the excitement of moving up the ladder into your forever home, it’s my pleasure and honor to be a part of the process. I love what I do and plan to ride out the rest of my career doing what I love.

That’s my story, I’d love to listen to yours. Please contact me today at tkrieg@amerifirst.us.

Jeni Morris

Jeni Morris

Team Captain/Mortgage Loan Coordinator | NMLS 1014299

I joined the TK Team in May 2014. As a Loan Officer Assistant and Team Captain, I’m responsible for pipeline management, ensuring all client communication is in order, and I manage the team if Tara is out of the office. I also handle our Tuesday status calls to all our clients, keeping them informed as to where we are in the loan process, answering any questions they may have. Tara refers to me as a “completely well-rounded loan professional”, which means I have the ability to handle any position within the team.

I love being part of this team. My favorite part is knowing that we assist our clients achieve their goal of home ownership. In many ways it’s even better when they come back to us in the future, for a refinance to save money. We continue to carry a relationship with everyone we work with.

I graduated from NAU with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education; since the tender age of 8, I’d planned on becoming a teacher…but I landed in the mortgage field and I love it! My husband and I married in August 2013, and I love spending time with my family. We enjoy camping, movies, shopping, and being silly together. I have one step-daughter and one son.

Megan Paeth

Megan Paeth

Processor | NMLS 1394059

I joined the TK Team in March 2015. As a Loan Officer Assistant, I like to think that I help fulfill the dreams of homeowners by delivering exceptional service, walking them through the entire process from start to finish. Once Tara has met with the borrower for a loan consultation, I am responsible for quickly submitting a complete loan file to processing and effectively closing the loan on time.

I work diligently with our clients to obtain all documentation and requested items, doing my best to ensure an on-time closing, and a smooth transaction for all parties involved (clients, real estate agents, and the title company).

Born and raised in Arizona, my family and I live in Mesa. My husband Ray and I married in December 2012. I have a son, Jayden, who was born in 2006 and a daughter, Kiki (woof woof). I graduated from ASU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and I enjoy camping, escaping the heat in the summer, spending time with family, and cooking!

Ann Whaley

Ann Whaley

Administrative Assistant

I joined the TK Team in September of 2016. I’m typically the first person that new clients speak to when they call the office, as I handle all incoming calls. I manage Tara’s calendar and set all appointments, and call all our clients, helping to manage our client database. I confirm our clients’ authorization to pull their credit, and ensure every client confirms their appointment, knows what documentation to bring, and how to get to our office for meetings!

In 2015 my husband Wes and I moved to Arizona from Colorado for a career change and to have my family all in one state. We have two children – a son and a daughter. I owned my own nail business for 26 years, and have previously worked as a processor in the title business. I have always been interested in the mortgage industry. I love interacting with people, building trust and friendships through the mortgage process to help customers realize their dreams of owning a home.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family, playing golf, going to the movies and entertaining.

Chad Krieg

Relationship Manager/Loan Officer | NMLS 1720201

Chad joined the team in 2018 as a Relationship Manager and Licensed Loan Officer. With a background heavily weighted in technology as well as sales, marketing, business analytics and project management, Chad adds a new range of expertise to the TK Team. Over the years he has worked with businesses ranging from small startups to enterprise level operations in every industry imaginable. Using his experience, he helped companies solve complex business problems using custom software and technology developed from the ground up. This experience gave him a passion for his client’s businesses that are second to none. Chad will stop at nothing to make sure our referral partners are able to achieve their business goals and build a successful brand.

When he is not hard at work, Chad loves to fish, hunt, snowboard, dirt bike, camp, play guitar…you get the idea. If it’s exciting, chance are he likes it. He does all of this with his amazing family of four kids and his wife Tara (Yes, that Tara) 😀

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Contact the TK Team Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with the team, or get started on your loan application, email us or call us at 480-344-1951 with any questions.