As President and CEO, Gene Thompson brings a dynamic combination of sales, real estate, and mortgage experience to InterLinc Mortgage. His many years in the mortgage banking industry, combined with his dynamic approach to sales and operations, have brought the organization unprecedented growth opportunities. The long-lasting relationships that he’s built with builders and Realtors® over the years have enabled InterLinc Mortgage to become a powerhouse in the mortgage industry.
“What stands out the most about InterLinc Mortgage is the culture. Great leadership and great vision would be nothing without great people,” said Thompson.
Thompson graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in Accounting and a 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.
With 16 years of experience in the mortgage industry, James Durham oversees branch performance, as well as recruitment and selection of future InterLinc Mortgage 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.
As a seasoned mortgage executive with over 20 years of experience in Operations, Sales and Compliance, Kara Lamphere brings a dynamic skillset to InterLinc Mortgage. Starting out as a bank teller in college, Kara worked through the ranks to become a highly successful leader at some of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Since joining InterLinc, Kara has spearheaded efforts to create more efficiencies across Operations & Compliance that provide more support to Production teams. Her goals for the future at InterLinc include advancing technology and people. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga, hiking and reading.
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 Mortgage. 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 a 22-year-old son. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and golfing in his time outside of work.
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 Mortgage, 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 Mortgage,” 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.
James H. VanSteenhouse is a mortgage industry powerhouse, contributing more than 20 years of expertise to InterLinc Mortgage. Jim held the role of CEO from 2010 to 2020, and throughout that time, the company grew to more than 400 employees and has been recognized on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. VanSteenhouse and his leadership achieved this success by ensuring that InterLinc Mortgage's 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 serving as current Chariman of the Board, 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.