Our team is dedicated to helping yours.

The Longbridge Financial Wholesale Team is solely focused on meeting your needs, so you can focus on new production and build your business. With over 75 years of combined reliable reverse expertise, extensive product knowledge and a strong commitment in operational support, our entire team is focused on providing exceptional service and building our relationship with you.


Sales
Peter Sciandra
VP, Wholesale Channel Leader
Peter Sciandra
VP, Wholesale Channel Leader

Peter Sciandra serves as Vice President, Wholesale Channel Leader for Longbridge Financial, LLC. He has over 25 years of experience in the Mortgage Banking industry with an extensive background in the areas of Sales Management, Capital Markets and Product Development. He began his Mortgage Banking career as a VP, Whole Loan Trader and then moved to M&T Bank, where he served as Administrative VP, responsible for Capital Markets and several operational areas. He then accepted a role as VP, Manager of Product Development at GE Mortgage Insurance where he was responsible for all aspects of developing and managing new mortgage insurance products as well as managing the Captive Reinsurance business. He then joined First Horizon Home Loans and served as Sr. VP, Product Development and Investor Relations. While in that capacity, he formed the Reverse Mortgage Division at First Horizon and was responsible for its management and growth. Once MetLife Bank acquired First Horizon, Sciandra moved into a new role as Director, Western Wholesale for Reverse Mortgages. When MetLife exited the Mortgage business, Sciandra remained in Sales Management and moved to Security One Lending where he was a Sr. VP, responsible for their Wholesale Division. He remained in that capacity when Security One was initially purchased by RMS. Since joining Longbridge Financial, LLC he has been responsible for the growth and management of the Wholesale Channel and has been instrumental in helping Longbridge to become further established as a Wholesale Market Leader.

Robert Gonsalves
Sales Manager, Wholesale Channel
Robert Gonsalves
Sales Manager, Wholesale Channel

Robert has been in the reverse mortgage industry for nearly seven years. He originally started on the operations side of the business at Security One Lending before transitioning to a wholesale sales position. He played an integral role in the growth and management of the wholesale channel at Security One Lending. He went on to serve as a sales leader at RMS, managing a sales team and developing key partnerships in the broker, principal agent, and closed-loan seller channels working closely with clients and all internal departments from intake through post-closing. Robert graduated from the University of San Diego with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. He went on to receive his J.D. from California Western School of Law before working in law and local and state government prior to his mortgage career. As a San Diego native, Robert enjoys long-distance running, golf, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Geoffrey Bench
Account Executive
Geoffrey Bench
Account Executive

Geoffrey's mortgage career began in 2004 as a forward loan originator. After a few years, Geoff transitioned to the Wholesale side of the business as an Account Executive specializing in home equity loans. Following the market shift in 2008, Geoffrey moved into the Reverse Space as an originator with Wells Fargo. After successfully building his retail business he moved to MetLife, quickly establishing himself as one of the top retail consultants in the nation. In 2015 Geoffrey switched gears and moved over to the wholesale channel. In his role as an Account Executive at Longbridge Financial, LLC, Geoffrey looks to further build his knowledge and experience by increasing distribution of reverse mortgages by expanding his book of business by working with Brokers across the nation. In his spare time, Geoff is an avid fan of live music, having seen hundreds of concerts all over the country. He also enjoys golf, skiing and spending time at the lake swimming and boating.


Operations & Sales Support
Valerie Maher
Director of Operations
Valerie Maher
Director of Operations

Valerie has been in the mortgage industry for over 25 years in nearly every area of Operations. Her primary role has been as an FHA DE Underwriter for the last 23 years and the last 10 years with specific focus on Reverse Mortgages. Before joining Longbridge Financial, Valerie served leadership roles at Nationwide Equities where she served as the Operations Manager for Forward & Reverse, troubleshooting and problem solving with TPO partners. Valerie also helped start MetLife Bank’s reverse mortgage underwriting division by obtaining the company’s HECM Unconditional Direct Endorsement approval from FHA. She also was an underwriter for retail and wholesale business channels and ran MetLife Bank’s Reverse Mortgage Wholesale Credit Help Desk.

Kristen Trum
Partner Liaison
Kristen Trum
Partner Liaison

Kristen Trum is a Partner Liaison who works with our Valued Partners to provide superior lender support and helps keep things within the Wholesale Sales department running smoothly. After spending over a decade working in Operations, Kristen understands both the Sales and Operations side of the process, allowing her to provide a better customer service experience. Kristen holds a BA in Interior Architecture from Marywood University. She currently lives outside of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband. Her hobbies include reading, traveling/exploring and spending time with family.

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