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Sales Leaders

Meet the Sales Leaders at EPM

Freddie Bates

VP of Sales

NMLS #256037

Freddie has worked in the industry for approximately 22 years, not only as an originator but as a recruiter and branch manager, as well. He prides himself in taking the time to understand a client’s goals and future needs. He tries to go above and beyond the process by educating his clients. He also takes a lot of pride in building strong relationships with his referral partners. Clear communication throughout the process is a must. He looks forward to serving your needs in whatever capacity necessary.

Stephen Carpitella

VP of Sales

NMLS #15331

Stephen is a proven leader with over 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He holds an accounting and finance degree from Rider University and is a former CPA. Stephen is a highly successful individual loan originator and was ranked 20th in the nation for FHA loan volume in 2012 and 25th overall for Reverse mortgage origination.

Rick Forbrich

VP of Sales

NMLS #1293091

Richard “Coach Rick” Forbrich has been in the mortgage industry for 20 years. He started as an originator and quickly moved to Branch manager. He can still remember his first ever closing: “Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz, and how as we carried her in her wheelchair up the stairs into her very first home for the very first time she started crying tears of joy. My wife was with me that day and she had been skeptical if I should be working in this industry with a 2-year-old and an infant to feed, but after Mrs. Ortiz told her the story of how I helped her realize the dream of homeownership, on the ride home my wife was in tears and told me ‘you are right where you are meant to be’ and to never stop helping people.”

Sam Patel

VP of Sales

NMLS #119511
Sam Patel has been working in the mortgage industry for over 10 years. With a heavy background in developing process-flows for the industry, Sam understands how every aspect of the operation and individual involved in the loan process adds value to the service Equity Prime Mortgage delivers as an organization. He’s consistently looking to challenge his team and find creative solutions to help streamline and speed up the lending process.

Richard Tibbetts Jr.

VP of Sales

NMLS #372332
Rich has been a Mortgage Professional for nearly two decades. During that time, he experienced a wide array of lending scenarios and loan programs. His passion is simple, helping people, which has inspired Rich to earn the certification of Customer Experience Officer from The DiJulius Academy. Rich is an avid husband, father, and fisherman. He and his wife have two children and live in Bel Air, MD.

Ryan Sanford

VP of Sales

NMLS #119511
Ryan Sanford has had over 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry. It is this love for what he does that has led him to his current position as the Vice President for Equity Prime Mortgage in the St. Louis area. This is a role that allows me to be involved in the day to day direction of the company, while also overseeing every aspect of the loan process for my clients, from application to funding.

Curtis Swanson

VP of Sales

NMLS #338013
Curtis Swanson has been in the mortgage business since 2003. His devotion to communication in every aspect of the loan process and relationship building with not only his clients, but everyone involved with the process led to his team consistently achieving the highest sales numbers in the company.

Nick Tantanella

VP of Sales

NMLS #216424
Nick grew up in Augusta, GA before attending Georgia Southern University where he obtained a BBA in Finance. He has grown within the company as first an LO, then a sales manager, and now a VP running the Equity Prime Mortgage Buckhead office. Nick says, “Over the last 15 years I have been responsible for funding billions of dollars in loan volume, closing well over 6,000 transactions, as well as providing guidance and advice to tens of thousands of applicants.”