MEET THE LEVEL CAPITAL TEAM
Level Capital was founded in 2011 by Keith Tibbles, Ernie Gehre, and Brady Yeager. As partners, Tibbles, Gehre, and Yeager have founded several nationally and regionally recognized companies:
- Cobalt Mortgage in 2002 – a premier national mortgage banker
- CardTapp Inc. in 2012 – a leading mobile technology company
- Azure Northwest in 2014 – an award-winning regional builder/developer
The Level Capital management team includes experienced professionals with a deep background in the financial services and real estate industries.
Keith Tibbles – Partner
Keith has over 30 years of experience in mortgage and construction lending, serving the industry as a Director of Pacifica Bank, President of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association, and as an Advisory Board Member for Fannie Mae. He has also served on several task forces for the Mortgage Bankers Association nationally.
Keith is a lifelong resident of Washington State, where he attended the University of Washington and majored in Business Administration and Finance. Away from work, he spends his time with family and friends as an avid golfer, hiker and fly fisherman.
Ernie Gehre – Partner
Ernie has over 35 years of experience in mortgage and other industries. He is a co-founder of numerous successful businesses in Housing, Finance and Technology industries.
Ernie is widely recognized as a sales leader nationwide, specializing in developing large and successful sales organizations. A long-time resident of Washington State, he is an avid Hunter, Fisherman, Golfer as well as a rabid Seahawk fan.
Brady Yeager – Managing Member, President
Brady has 20 years of experience in both finance and mortgage lending industries. His experience spans from investment banking, residential retail mortgage lending, branch management, sales recruiting, coaching, and divisional management for one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country.
Brady started his career in New York but returned to the Pacific Northwest where he opened his own brokerage called Yarrow Bay Mortgage, which merged with Cobalt Mortgage in 2008. As Area Sales Manager for Cobalt, Brady oversaw $2 billion in production. He was a primary shareholder and a key figure of Cobalt Mortgage until the company’s assets were acquired by Caliber Home Loans in November 2014.
As Divisional Vice President for Caliber, Brady manages 1,500 employees, including 750 loan officers in 15 states. In 2018, his division produced $8 billion in mortgage loans.
As a Managing Member of Level Capital, Brady oversees client relations, portfolio management, and all origination activities.
Brady graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Business. He now resides in Kirkland, his home for 19 years, with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters, Olivia and Vivian. When not working, he loves to spend time with his family at their beach house. Brady is also involved in community outreach, supporting the Boys and Girls Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Terry VanNostrand – EVP/General Manager
Terry has been a regional leader in residential and commercial construction lending for over 30 years, serving as Level Capital’s EVP and General Manager since 2004. Prior to joining Level Capital, Terry spent most of his career with Seafirst/Bank of America in both the Corporate and Northwest National Divisions as EVP and Regional Manager.
Terry is a graduate of the University of Washington and has an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. In 1993 he served as class President while graduating from the Pacific Coast Banking School and is currently a mentor for the UW Foster School of Business. Terry is a proud member of the Seattle #4 Rotary Club and a member of the Business Advisory Board for Pacific Lutheran University.
Lyra Waggoner – EVP Software Strategy
Lyra has been building lending software for over a decade, joining our team to lead software product expansion in 2019. Lyra joins Level Capital from Caliber Home Loans, where she was a founding member of their software team that built a proprietary lending platform for loan originators, customers, and business partners.
Lyra is a University of Arizona graduate. Outside of the office, Lyra loves spending time with her husband, two daughters and rides Arabian horses competitively.
Todd Britsch – Senior Vice President/Director of Market Research
Todd has spent the last 18 years creating custom reporting services for the new construction industry along with consulting with builders, developers and lenders and many other industry professionals. Todd brings a unique talent and a high level of analytics to Level Capital. Todd’s role here has many parts as an Executive Team Member. He manages our external and internal market data, along with playing a key role in risk management. Todd will assess new markets as Level Capital grows, but more importantly, monitor the health of the market’s we are currently lending in. Todd’s expertise provides a unique service to Level Capital’s clients, assisting them as they navigate the ever-changing housing market.
Todd has also owned and operated multiple industry related businesses. His entrepreneurial spirit fits in well with the Level Capital culture and helps set us apart from any other lenders in the industry.
Throughout Todd’s career he has been the Pacific Northwest’s voice and forecaster for the new construction industry.
“My goal is to protect our clients from making critical mistakes in the ever-changing housing market.”
Jeff Coop – General Counsel
Jeff advises the Level Capital on corporate governance, HR and employment, risk management, commercial contracting/vendor management, and compliance matters. He also works closely with the team to help structure loans and lending relationships, insurance, title, environmental, and zoning and planning questions.
Jeff joined Level Capital in 2016, after serving as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance/Ethics Officer at Cobalt Mortgage. Before joining Cobalt Mortgage, Jeff worked both as in-house counsel and in the traditional law firm setting, specializing in corporate and real estate law with a particular focus on commercial leasing, real estate development, real estate financing, and real estate brokerage.
He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Montana.
Stacy Doherty – SVP Operations Leader
Stacy has been in the mortgage operations profession for over 18 years. She joins Level Capital to lead the operations team and help build and streamline process efficiencies. Stacy has 10 years of experience at Quicken Loans as a Divisional Vice President where she built and led teams including processing, underwriting, client and partner experience and worked hand-in-hand the technology team to transform the lending experience with direct customer feedback. Stacy most recently spent a year with a technology company learning Salesforce and the tools it has to transform companies into the modern era.
Stacy resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband, family and enjoying life to its fullest.
Isaac Stocks – Advisor
Isaac serves as an advisor to Level Capital and provides strategic direction on our builder focused initiatives. In addition to this role, Isaac oversees and manages all phases of home building operations for Azure Northwest Homes. He identifies and acquires the development properties in key markets that drive the company’s growth, and drives the overall execution on all new construction projects.
Tom Young – Advisor
Tom serves as an advisor to Level Capital and provides strategic direction on our builder focused initiatives. In addition to this role, Tom oversees and manages all phases of land acquisition and development operations for Azure Northwest. He provides guidance, leadership and goals for the growth of Azure Northwest. He enjoys watching the employees of Azure Northwest Homes grow professionally as they take on new challenges while continuing to represent Azure Northwest as a company respected by its peers for its capability and integrity.
Roxanne Smith – Credit Administration Manager
Roxanne has been in commercial lending, credit administration for nearly 20 years with leading companies like First Tennessee National, Cobalt Capital Partners and now Level Capital. During that period, she has funded and administrated over $400 million in loans to builders/investors and made many raving fans in the process.
Outside of the office Roxanne loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Sarah Leipper – Corporate Controller
Sarah has over 11 years experience in finance within the mortgage and real estate lending industry. Before Level Capital she worked in marketing finance at Nordstrom and as a senior accountant at Cobalt Mortgage.
Sarah is a Washington native and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Outside of the office Sarah enjoys hiking in the Cascades and playing soccer.
Chris Striber – Staff Accountant
Prior to joining Level Capital as a Staff Accountant, Chris worked as an accountant in the construction industry. At Level Capital he will assist with financial closings, analysis and reconciliation, audit preparation and response, as well as other finance and accounting functions of the Company.
Chris was born and raised in Washington State. He graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing and snowboarding.
John Murphy – Vice President & Director of Market Data Analytics
John brings 25+ years of experience analyzing real estate markets to Level Capital. He started his career preparing market research for builders and their listing agents. In 2014 he transitioned to Director of Data Services for Metrostudy, where he worked until January of 2020. His focus since coming to Level Capital has been to license multiple data sets and develop the data management and reporting systems. John is creating data visualizations in Tableau, which will allow our risk analysts to not only have a macro-level understanding of the market regions, but also of competitive factors at a more focused geographic level.
Jason Zwicker – Loan Officer/Portfolio Manager
Jason has over 15 years of experience in real estate and has served as an Account Manager for national leading lenders. He has spent the previous 8 eight years in real estate investment sales for a leading regional firm. In this position, Jason has evaluated and overseen the acquisition and re-sale of over 3,000 properties. In addition to serving his clients in an advisory role, he has extensive experience as an investor in real estate throughout the Puget Sound area.
Jason is a lifelong resident of Washington State. Outside of business, Jason looks forward to spending time with his wife, Francie, and his two daughters, Leila and Hanna. He also enjoys golf and snowboarding.
Ryan Leopold – Loan Officer/Portfolio Manager
Before joining Level Capital, Ryan was a top producing mortgage loan officer for 15+ years successfully closing over $700 million in loan production while being an industry leader, author and successful real estate investor. He credits his success as a former originator to his unique marketing approach and his commitment to serving the needs of his customers and strategic partners. Ryan also co-founded CardTapp in 2012, a SAAS mobile marketing platform that has grown to over 10,000 members, servicing sales professionals by helping them stay better connected with their customers and top partners.
When Ryan is not working, you can find him on the golf course or rooting on his beloved Seahawks.
Dean Mix – Portfolio Manager
Dean has been in the Construction Lending industry in the PNW for the past 30 years, Dean has truly seen it all. After graduating from Arizona State, he started his career as a residential loan officer, working on site with home builders. Enjoying the relationships, he fostered during this time, Dean transitioned to construction lending and has never looked back. He takes great satisfaction in helping his builders by not only providing them with competitive financing but by forging strong relationships with them by understanding their individual needs. Every project is unique, and Dean constantly strives to exceed his builder’s expectations and by doing so, has made many friends along the way. Dean’s wealth of knowledge and desire to help his builders succeed are the hallmark of his success. He brings the same enthusiasm to Level Capital that he had 30 years ago and looks forward to being a partner in their growth.
Dean is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have two boys. Sam is a college football coach in Montana and Ben is a Bio/Chem senior at UCSB. Dean enjoys golfing, road trips and spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends.
Nate Barbee – Portfolio Manager
Nate joins the team as an internal Portfolio Manager/Trainee. Nate was a two time Academic All-American and All-Big 12 conference athletically at the University of Kansas where he was on the golf team and obtained his degree in Business Management. He played golf professionally for six years winning 13 events at the professional level. He is excited to translate his efforts on the golf course over to the lending industry.
Outside of the office he enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing, and paddle boarding.
Todd Everest – Portfolio Project Risk Manager
Todd has been part of the construction industry since 1988 when he began his career in high-end custom home building. In 2001, Todd joined Centex Homes and contributed to the national builder’s 3 consecutive JD Powers awards. After Centex, Todd went on to start a local computer repair and installation business and then joined the Richmond American Homes team for several years. In 2014, Todd joined Azure Northwest as Director of Construction.
Todd has since joined Level Capital to create and implement the processes and procedures needed to identify, monitor, and manage projects as they vary with different levels of risk. Outside of work, Todd enjoys gardening, spending time with his family, and creating super tasty BBQ on his smoker.
English Bernhardt – Loan Specialist
English recently joined Level Capital. Bio coming soon.
Molly Madden – Product Manager
Molly works as a business analyst for our Salesforce system and assists in marketing efforts. Prior to joining Level Capital, Molly worked as an independent contractor for the Denver-based software company GoSpotCheck.
Molly earned her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University’s Honors Program. Outside of work, Molly spends her time hiking, camping, and competitively riding her Arabian horse alongside Lyra.
Chase Tibbles – Product Manager
Chase joins our team with experience in the residential mortgage industry as a Production Assistant. At Level, Chase assists in maintaining our Salesforce technology platform and …
As a long-time Washington state resident, and a graduate from Central Washington University, Chase has joined our team despite now living in Arizona with his new Golden Retriever puppy, Finn. When given the chance, he also enjoys snowboarding and hiking.
MacKenzie Dougan – Software Support Analyst
MacKenzie recently joined Level Capital. Bio coming soon.
Victoria Gotay – Client Support Specialist
Victoria recently joined Level Capital. Bio coming soon.