Meet the Team

Ken on LoanNEX Team

Ken Niemann

Principal & Co-Founder

Amir on LoanNEX Team

Amir Kundalic

Chief Technology Officer

Eloise on LoanNEX Team

Eloise Schmitz

CEO & CO-founder

Eloise Schmitz is an accomplished senior executive with experience in finance, strategy, and corporate finance. Eloise has over 26 years of experience in corporate finance, including 12 years with Charter Communications, where she served as SVP of Finance and Strategy and CFO. Prior to Charter, Eloise had a successful banking career in corporate and commercial banking with Mercantile Bank in Saint Louis (now US Bank) and First Union National Bank in Charlotte (now Wells Fargo). During her banking career, she worked on creating asset-backed securities for large ticket medical equipment and computer leases similar to the Mortgage Backed Security financing vehicles. Eloise holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in Finance from Tulane University. She currently is a member of Enterprise Bank and Trust Board of Directors.
Ken on LoanNEX Team

Ken Niemann

Principal & Co-Founder

Over the past 27 years, Ken Niemann has been one of the nation’s most prolific residential mortgage originators. Starting in 1989 with a small mortgage bank in St. Louis producing first-time homebuyer loans, he has grown a loan practice that regularly produces in excess of $200 million per year in closed loan production. His career personal production volume is in excess of $2 billion. Ken is an expert in all facets of mortgage origination and he has a wide breadth of experience in secondary marketing, underwriting, regulatory compliance and process management. Most recently as an Executive Vice President for Stifel Bank & Trust, he has been an integral part of the team that developed the mortgage operation from $37 million in production in 2007 into a national operation that produces in excess of $ 1.5 billion in closed volume annually and is widely regarded as one of the Midwest’s highest quality mortgage origination companies. Ken is a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a BA in Economics. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Margee and three children.

Amir on LoanNEX Team

Amir Kundalic

Chief Technology Officer

Amir Kundalic is an accomplished senior technology executive with over 22 years of demonstrated career success in start-up, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience as a change agent in both established and high-growth businesses with strong ability to bridge the gap between technology and business functions. Amir has an excellent record of achievement in managing rapid organizational growth and building value through expertise in managing technology in mission-critical markets. Amir is an expert in strategic planning and tactical execution, enterprise and cloud architecture, complete product and customer life-cycle management and security, compliance and risk management.

Prior to joining LoanNEX®, Amir led the development and implementation of several fraud detection systems for prominent Industry technology leaders including Kroll Factual Data. He was also Technology Leader for one of Industry’s most prominent CRM software companies, Mortgage Returns. Amir designed and developed first-in-industry automated business solution to quantify, price and mitigate risk (mortgage fraud, collateral risk, appraisal risk, regulatory compliance, loss mitigation, loss forecasting and automated valuation models).

Andrew on LoanNEX Team

Andrew Walther

VP Product Development

Andrew Walther has more than ten years’ experience in product development and implementation.  He started his career with LoanNEX in 2013 and has been a constant during LoanNEX’s growth from a startup to Industry Leader.  Andrew has been instrumental in client onboarding process, data analysis, and LoanNEX’s User Experience. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Raj Parekh

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Raj Parekh has more than 15 years senior sales & entrepreneurial executive experience in building startup companies, managing sales, marketing, and operations. Most recently Raj was the Vice President of New Market Development at CreditXpert. Prior to CreditXpert, Raj was the Managing Director of LoanScorecard, a cloud based automated underwriting system and product, pricing, and eligibility solution designed specifically for non-agency (Non-QM) lenders and investors. He has also held executive positions at Insellerate, ActiveProspect, LeadPoint, and was the founder and CEO of LeadROI one of the first lead management and CRM solutions for consumer direct lending. Raj holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Lisa Schreiber on LoanNEX Team

Lisa Schreiber


Throughout Lisa’s tenure in the mortgage industry, she has become known as a builder of businesses. Most recently building out the Sprout Mortgage platform in the NonQM space focusing on technology, operations, training and execution through securitization. In 2018, she joined NewRez (formerly New Penn Financial) in developing their national correspondent lending strategy and growth into a top 10 organization targeted in 2019. As both a consultant and employee her accomplishments also include, Home Point Financial Business Transformation, Ellie Mae Total Quality Loan and EVP American Brokers Conduit (ABC) where Lisa Schreiber led the vision and implementation of the platform that drove ABC to become the fastest growing and most respected wholesale mortgage lender in the industry.

Lisa believes her business success is closely interconnected with her quest for knowledge and a drive to succeed. Her approach to each challenge continues to lead her to grow in each position she undertakes, both in operations and sales leadership to becoming a sought after leader in her industry when looking to undertake new growth initiatives.

Lisa has been recognized as a valued speaker and consultant in her industry and has expanded her efforts to working with charitable organizations. Today, Lisa is an advisor to an NGO, The Grandmother Project. Lisa believes education is the key to success and is therefore focusing on building a “platform of knowledge” for those in need so that they can follow their own passions, build self confidence, and ultimately a successful future.

Nancy Carter on LoanNEX Team

Nancy Carter

VP National Sales

Nancy is an accomplished leader with over thirty years of experience encompassing wholesale & correspondent production, sales & marketing, MBS trading, retail lending management, loss mitigation and REO. Well-versed and experienced in structured transactions and capital markets. Nancy has been instrumental in developing top notch, best-in-class mortgage banking platforms with Lehman Brothers, UBS, Morgan Stanley & others. Most recently she led the Non-QM efforts for the correspondent channel at Caliber Home Loans. She holds a BA from Texas Tech University.

Alicia on LoanNEX Team

Alicia Ripplinger

Client Services Specialist

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Stephanie Krueger

QA Manager

Chris on LoanNEX Team

Chris Krueger

Principal Software Engineer

Chris Krueger’s tenure as a Principal Software Engineer began almost 3 decades ago in the gaming industry, starting and later selling his own company.  Chris then continued his journey by transitioning to the mortgage fraud teams with First American then Kroll Factual Data.  He has spent the last 9 years at LoanNEX implementing solutions, creating the rules and eligibility engine, building out APIs and integrations with Encompass, Equifax, TransUnion, and Kroll just to name a few.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Computer Science, Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Juan Pablo Salamanca on LoanNEX Team

Juan Pablo Salamanca

Manager Investor Support