Don Carriker | Loan Guru (Senior Loan Officer)
I consider myself to be a native of Springfield as I have now lived here over 30 years. I graduated from MSU (Missouri State University) with a Bachelors of Science in Education, which provided me with the wonderful opportunity of teaching 7th Graders in Missouri for a few years. Now I figure, if was able to teach teenagers anything, then I can surely teach you the ins and outs of the home loan process!
My wife Dawn and I have been married over 30 years. I am active in my local church and the community. We have been blessed with two wonderful sons; one of which, Alex, has joined us in the business. Another thing I am very passionate about is our country, and especially about our God given freedoms as Americans! I am a strong conservative by choice, and am active in the various conservative groups here in southwest Missouri.
As a matter of fact, if you are ever in the area and have listened to KSGF Conservative talk radio in southwest Missouri (104.1FM/1260AM or online at www.KSGF.com) you may have heard me as a guest on most Friday mornings with Nick Reed and I have even filled in as a guest host a time or two. I also support conservative talk radio in my advertising with them for many years.
When I am not helping new friends get GREAT home loans; you will find me enjoying life in the outdoors whenever possible. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends scuba diving, snow skiing, white water canoeing, caving and the shooting sports/competitions. One of the things I have found myself doing more as of late is enjoying my down time on our recently refurbished houseboat on one of our beautiful Ozark lakes!
I have been a home loan consultant since 1997 and have made it my goal, as your consultant, to provide you with the best possible service/advice available. As a homeowner and investor myself, I know what the dream of home ownership is and I will strive to help you achieve that goal with the best financial means possible. And more than anything to earn the opportunity to become your mortgage consultant for life!
If you have any questions for me regarding a home loan, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (417) 844-5370 or contact me via this website. I look forward to answering any questions you may have and the opportunity to work with you if you are in the market for a home loan. If you are ready, get pre-qualified today!
Alex Carriker | Loan Guru (Loan Officer)
When I’m not in the office you can find me outside with my family and friends enjoying the nice weather either out on the golf course or down at the lake fishing or swimming. One of the other things that I love to do is to go out to new restaurants and try all of the new food that has come to town. I’m a huge Mizzou football fan (MIZ!) and St. Louis Blues fan and follow both teams religiously and try to attend as many games as possible.
I have been in the real estate field for over 8 years now, including helping my family flip houses, being a landlord, as well as experience in the credit card and retail banking sector. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri. With these experiences I began to love helping people with their finances. Coming into the mortgage industry allows me to help people with their finances and make their life more comfortable and help them achieve their dreams.
We are here to help and you can contact our team any time; we will be more than willing to try and help out with whatever you may need. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Tyy Ward | Wing Man (Marketing Coordinator)
In 2004 I moved my family to the Springfield, MO area to be closer to my parents, plus I was ready for a change of scenery in life. Though there have been trials in life since moving to the Springfield area, we absolutely love it here. My wife Jenifer (of 26+ years) and I have been blessed with many different opportunities here and have found it a great place to raise our three wonderful children Caleb, Zachary and Ashlyn, all of whom have graduated from high school and pursuing their dreams.
When I am not busy with work I do have some hobbies I enjoy. At the top of that list would have to be fishing. There is nothing more peaceful for me than enjoying a great day out fishing with my boys or a friend. Kayak fishing has become my new love and kayak tournament fishing is my new addiction. I have been a part of the MO-Yak Fishing Club since 2014 and have met a lot of great anglers. I love the rush it brings and the competitive challenge it offers. When I am not doing that, I love spending time with family and friends, helping out at church and helping others take their passions online (I build websites on the side).
So, how did I become a marketing coordinator? Well, when we moved to the Springfield area in 2004 I got my real estate license and began working as a Realtor with Keller Williams. It was during this time that I met Don and started sending my clients to him for home loans. Because of that relationship, when I decided to leave real estate, Don offered me a position as his marketing assistant.
I have worked with Don since 2006, on both sides of the transaction and I can truly say that he is a man of his word. Loyalty and integrity are very important virtues to me and when Don asked me if I would like to work for him it was a no brainer. Starting in January of 2019 my job duties changed. I have taken on the role of being the marketing coordinator for our whole branch, including our Springfield, Branson and Joplin offices. I now get the awesome opportunity to help all our loan officers. I am still helping out with Team Carriker, but my job roles have greatly expanded.
I love what I do! Every day brings a new challenge and an opportunity to excel at what I do. Being a part of the team here at USA Mortgage has truly been a blessing. Knowing that we are here to help our clients achieve the American Dream of home ownership is an awesome feeling.
If I can ever be of assistance to you during the home loan process, please let me know. I am here to help out in any way I can. I look forward to meeting you and as I always say in my email signature, “Make it a Great Day!”