Interlinc Mortgage loader

James H. VanSteenhouse

Chief Executive Officer

James H. VanSteenhouse is a mortgage industry powerhouse, contributing more than 20 years of expertise to InterLinc. He took on the role of CEO of InterLinc in 2010, and since then, the company has grown to more than 350 employees and has been recognized on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. VanSteenhouse and his leadership have achieved this success by ensuring that InterLinc’s mortgage professionals are equipped with the necessary tools needed to provide customers with low-interest rates, quality service and closings that are always “On Time and as Agreed".

“I am grateful for the fact I had the opportunity to build an organization around people who inspire me daily. We have hired people who absolutely love what they do and it shows,” said VanSteenhouse.

Along with running a successful company, VanSteenhouse speaks across the country, inspiring people with his “Bear Man” story of how he survived a vicious grizzly bear attack in September 2015. Jim is married with 3 children (2 sons & 1 daughter). In his free time Jim loves hunting and most importantly loves spending time with his family.

Gene F. Thompson III

President & Chief Operating Officer

Gene Thompson brings a dynamic combination of sales, real estate and mortgage experience to InterLinc. His many years in the mortgage banking industry, combined with his dynamic approach to sales and operations, has brought the organization unprecedented growth opportunities. The long-lasting relationships that he’s built with builders and Realtors® over the years have enabled InterLinc to become a powerhouse in the mortgage industry.

“What stands out the most about InterLinc is the culture. Great leadership and great vision would be nothing without great people,” said Thompson.

Thompson graduated from Steven F. Austin State University with a major in Accounting and minor in Finance. He has been married for 21 years and has two children. Outside of work Thompson can be found hunting, fishing or spending time with his family.

David Scheiderich

Chief Financial Officer

David Scheiderich leverages his more than 25 years of experience in mortgage banking to oversee all financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, servicing and warehouse lending at InterLinc. Since joining the team in October 2015, he has been integral to the company’s growth by maximizing profits, managing expenses, and identifying shortfalls inside the organization.

When asked why he’s passionate about the mortgage industry, Scheiderich said, “I get to be a part of a business that helps individuals achieve the American dream of owning a home.”

Scheiderich has been married for 25 years and has two children, a 24-year old daughter and 22-year old son. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing and golfing in his time outside of work.

Jason Baker

MBA – Executive Vice President of Capital Markets

Jason Baker oversees the secondary and Capital Markets' efforts of the organization, including: investor relations, loan trading, hedging, pricing strategies, product development, and servicing. Prior to joining InterLinc, Baker held positions at New Century, Aegis, IndyMac Bank and CrossLand Mortgage Corporation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Utah State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. In 2001, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“I knew that I wanted to be a part of the vision Jim had for InterLinc,” said Baker.

Baker is married with four children. His hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, traveling and leading a Boy Scouts of America chapter as a scoutmaster.

Brian Gapen

Vice President of Compliance & Quality Control

With nine years of experience in the mortgage industry, Brian Gapen safeguards InterLinc’s loan process according to federal and state regulations.

“InterLinc is special to me because it’s a place where you can collaborate and make a difference,” said Gapen.

Gapen is married with three children and five grandchildren. Spending time at his lake house is his favorite way to enjoy his time outside of work.

James Durham

Vice President

With 16 years of experience in the mortgage industry, James Durham oversees branch performance, as well as recruitment and selection of future InterLinc team members. He attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Finance.

“I love this company because it allows me to learn from the many amazing people I work with every day about life and work. I am able to help people achieve goals that they may not have thought they knew how to achieve.”

Durham is married with three children. In his free time, he enjoys doing anything outdoors including wakeboarding, hunting, fishing, and exercising. He also loves spending quality time with his family.

Shannon Fortner

Vice President

Shannon Fortner is a 23-year veteran of the mortgage industry. From processing to originating, and from managing branches from both the area and divisional levels, he has done it all. Fortner is well-known nationally as a leading producer in our industry, as well as an experienced operations manager.

When asked what drives his love of the mortgage industry, Fortner replied, “My whole desire is to see people happy, whether it be families getting into a new home or employees excited about their production or accomplishments within the organization.”

Fortner comes from an enormous family, but his pride and joy is his wonderful wife of 19 years, Leanne, and their two phenomenal children, Elijah (9) and Carleigh (14), as well as their beautiful dog, Bryant (who he says is the only one who never argues with him). In his spare time, he loves to utilize his artistic side through flower design and decorating his home.