Rich Passanante was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 2004, studying at the University of South Florida and graduating with degrees in both Sociology and International Studies. He began his career in the mortgage industry in September of 2005 as a loan officer, and in 2009 joined Loralynne Ball at TriCounty Mortgage. TriCounty became a part of VanDyk Mortgage in 2010 and Rich worked in several capacities helping Loralynne to run and grow the 550 team. Rich has a robust background in all areas of origination from Qualification to Processing/Underwriting and Compliance and Closing.
As Production Operations Manager, he works interdepartmentally with the heads of Underwriting, Closing, Compliance and Secondary to make sure loans move through the system as expected, and to resolve escalated issues as quickly as possible. He strives to be an immediate resource to the sales team helping them to work through complex pre-approvals to structure deals up front with the goal of having minimal issues later on in the process. He looks forward to serving all at VanDyk with his vast knowledge of the mortgage industry and its processes.