Our Team

LEADERSHIP
Our managers have a long track record of success in creating financial products and services tailored to the needs of their clients—having successfully built or turned around multiple business lines, within some of financial services’ most respected companies.

Christopher Mayer, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Mayer, PhD

Dr. Mayer earned a PhD in economics from MIT, and serves as Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate at Columbia Business School (currently on leave). He has been with Longbridge Financial since its founding in 2012—first as Chief Credit Officer, and later taking over as CEO in 2013. Previously, Dr. Mayer served as Senior Vice Dean and Director of the Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia, and has held positions at the Wharton School and the Federal Reserve. He has spent more than 20 years writing on housing and mortgages, with funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and publications in the top economic journals. He testified six times before the U.S. Congress during the financial crisis and frequently appears in the media—with appearances in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, among other outlets. Chris is committed to bringing the strategic value of reverse mortgages to today’s older Americans, with a responsible approach that helps ensure a more secure retirement.

Manjiang Xu
President & Chief Operating Officer
Manjiang Xu

Prior to founding Longbridge Financial, Manjiang Xu was Chief Operating Officer of New York Life Home Equity Income LLC, a startup for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and proprietary reverse mortgages. This role combined company-wide leadership of operations, information technology, sourcing, and strategies. Manjiang previously worked in New York Life’s M&A department, and oversaw the agency, telemarketing, and bank distribution channels of several Asia-based operations. Manjiang earned an MS in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Melissa Macerato
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Melissa Macerato

Melissa has more than 20 years of experience as a senior leader, launching and growing new business ventures into profitable, market-leading programs within large corporations. Over the past 14 years, she has held various positions within the MetLife organization—including the launch of MetLife Bank and the development of MetLife’s reverse mortgage business, which grew into the #1-ranked reverse mortgage program in the nation. Prior to joining MetLife, Melissa was a Vice President with MBNA America, and a Senior Director at GE Capital.

 

LOAN OFFICERS: Not just a voice over the phone.

If you’re already working with a Longbridge Financial Reverse Mortgage expert, we’re pleased to help you put a face to that voice, and get to know them just a bit better. If you’ve not yet been introduced to your personal guide through the Reverse Mortgage process, please call 855-523-4326 to get started.

Jerry Auippa
NMLS # 215606
Jerry Auippa
NMLS # 215606

Before switching to the mortgage industry, I was the General Manager of Food & Beverage at the Golden Nugget Casino in Laughlin, Nevada with 25 years’ experience in the food & beverage industry. While in Nevada, I worked with seniors every day, and witnessed firsthand the financial challenges they face. A close friend of mine took out a reverse mortgage and it helped her live so much more comfortably. Since I’ve always liked helping people, I knew changing my career and becoming a Reverse Mortgage Consultant would be the perfect fit. In addition to helping seniors, I enjoy spending time with my family and an occasional game of golf.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Barry Barnes
NMLS # 111701
Barry Barnes
NMLS # 111701

Originally from Oklahoma, Belmont, North Carolina is now my home. Although I have a finance and accounting background, I have been in the reverse mortgage business for 22 years. The best part of what I do is helping seniors and their families live a financially stress-free life. As a father of two sons, when I’m not in the office I enjoy doing anything outdoors.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Saher Bawany
NMLS # 1416759
Saher Bawany
NMLS # 1416759

I have been working in the banking and finance industry since 2004, including the last three years exclusively in the mortgage industry. As a Reverse Mortgage Consultant, I am able to create relationships with my clients to help change their life in their golden years. Hearing the joy in a customer’s voice thanking me for helping them achieve their retirement goals lets me know that I have done my job right. To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Andrea Bridgeman
NMLS # 963179
Andrea Bridgeman
NMLS # 963179

I currently live in Houston, Texas, but I have also lived in Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire and California. I have been in the reverse mortgage business exclusively for 5 years, but have previous experience in catering where I still use my culinary skills to feed the homeless. My passion is to help people and assisting seniors plan a more secure retirement through a reverse mortgage allows me to do that. When I am not working, I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, reading and gardening.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Deena Cathell
NMLS # 98490
Deena Cathell
NMLS # 98490

I am originally from Fairfax, Virginia and currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have spent more than 15 years in the mortgage business and have seen firsthand how the reverse mortgage program can be a life-changing event for people. I love having a part in making that happen. When not working you’ll find me hiking, swimming and spending time with my daughter.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Steven Cornelius
NMLS # 187284
Steven Cornelius
NMLS # 187284

I’m from Iowa, but now call Topeka, Kansas home. I’ve spent most of my career in financial planning, and have my CLU, ChFC and Series 7 credentials. I’ve been in the reverse mortgage industry for 14 years, helping seniors make decisions that positively impact their lives. I have three kids, four grandkids, a cat, a dog and a goldfish. I relax by fishing or hunting. To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Meg Erickson
NMLS # 137582
Meg Erickson
NMLS # 137582

I live in Mount Holly, North Carolina with my husband, two sons and Yorkshire terrier. Growing up in the same home as my grandparents, I witnessed the hardship that seniors can face in their retirement years. That’s why I so strongly believe in the HECM program. In my spare time, I enjoy going to church, home improvement projects, gardening, cooking and watching Carolina Panther football games.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Michael Frey
NMLS # 1454065
Michael Frey
NMLS # 1454065

Originally from the Chicago area, I now call Conroe, Texas my home. Before becoming a HECM Consultant, my wife and I owned an underwriting, processing and closing company for 20 years so I understand the loan process from all the different aspects. Working in the reverse mortgage industry is extremely rewarding profession in which I can set up individuals or families with a sustainable long term financial plan for their future. In my free time, I like to garden and BBQ.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Connie Hedrick
NMLS # 145305
Connie Hedrick
NMLS # 145305

I’m from Central Florida, and now live in Troutman, North Carolina. I’ve been in the mortgage industry for almost 20 years and love what I do. At almost 62 years of age I can relate so well to my customers, and I get to help people just like myself live mortgage payment free. In my spare time I like to go boating and camping with my sons.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Cesira Hussain
NMLS # 907518
Cesira Hussain
NMLS # 907518

Over the years, I have worn many different career “hats” that range from the restaurant business to the travel business, including owning and operating two full service restaurants. For the past 4 or so years I decided to make a change and dedicate my career to finding a way to make people’s lives better by becoming a reverse mortgage consultant. Besides helping seniors, I also enjoy cooking, baking and spending time with my three beautiful children.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

George Kidney
NMLS # 6171
George Kidney
NMLS # 6171

Originally from Syracuse, New York, I now live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have more than 25 years in the mortgage business, the last four exclusively in reverse mortgages. It’s very rewarding being able to work with seniors and their families to help them accomplish their retirement objectives. Off hours I enjoy playing golf or spending time with my wife, three children and six grandchildren. To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Ryan Barry Philip
NMLS # 418795
Ryan Barry Philip
NMLS # 418795

I live in Belleville, New Jersey with my wife of two years. With a degree in finance I have spent the last 10 years exclusively in the reverse mortgage industry. I enjoy working with seniors, learning about their life experiences. I love to play basketball and go fishing on Lake George, NY; Point Pleasant, NJ or Marco Island, FL when visiting my mother.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

John Pisani
NMLS # 885693
John Pisani
NMLS # 885693

I was born in Ringwood, New Jersey. After graduating from Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia, I began my career in the mortgage world and now have more than 25 years’ experience in the business. Helping people execute their financial plans through a reverse mortgage is very fulfilling to me. Whenever we can, my wife and I attend NCAA women’s gymnastics and USA swimming events.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Steve Schwab
NMLS # 186476
Steve Schwab
NMLS # 186476

With an extensive 29-year career in the mortgage industry, including the last 15 years exclusively specializing in reverse mortgages, I love that I have a job that makes a difference in my clients lives every day. Nothing is more satisfying then helping retirees live more comfortably and worry-free. I am originally from Hawthorne, New York, but now currently reside in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. When I’m not working, I enjoy baseball, football, hockey and spending time with my wife and two boys.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Jackie Tadlock
NMLS # 872238
Jackie Tadlock
NMLS # 872238

I live in Lancaster, South Carolina and am the proud mom of a 23-year-old son. After working in real estate, I’ve been in the reverse mortgage business exclusively for five years. My life’s calling is helping people and working in this industry has allowed me to be able to make a living doing just that. In my spare time I love to go fishing and camping.

To get started, give me a call today at 855-523-4326.

Brady Williams
NMLS # 1230981
Brady Williams
NMLS # 1230981

I am originally from Gary, IN, but currently reside in Charlotte, NC with my wife who was my high school sweetheart, and our son.  I hold a Liberal Arts degree from Wabash College, IN.  Being in the mortgage business for over 5 years, I have learned tremendously from my clients’ life challenges and am happy to be able to meet their needs at such an important time in their lives.  In my spare time, I serve my church and enjoy all types of sports.