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Meet Our Mortgage Lenders

Mortgage Loan Officers

Byron Bank has specialized in mortgage loans for 33 years. Because we are a locally owned bank, we can look at each loan request individually and help home-buyers make the best loan choice for their needs. Our loan officers can help you pre-qualify so you can shop for your home in the price range that fits your budget. Call one of our experienced loan officers today.


Leah Kays

Vice President - Mortgage Loans

[email protected] 815-323-1452

Leah Kays is a lifelong resident of Boone County. She has been in banking for 25 years, working in several areas of the bank. Whatever the life event, her goal is to find the mortgage that best fits your needs and circumstances. One loan does not fit everyone, so let Leah find the one that will work for you. When you need a mortgage and not a runaround, call Leah and get the service and experience you deserve.

NMLS# 482532

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Dave Gatz

Mortgage Loan Officer

[email protected] 815-234-6055

Dave Gatz has been an Ogle County resident his entire life and has worked exclusively in mortgage lending since 2003. Dave knows t he area and our community and thanks to his extensive knowledge and experience in the field, he’s excellent at assisting our customers in finding the best mortgage to fit their needs. Dave will comfortably guide you through the loan process and make home buying a breeze. Stop in or give Dave a call.

NMLS #652536

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Vanessa Stanton

Vice President of Mortgage

[email protected] 815-234-6111

Vanessa resides in Machesney Park and with her 21 years’ experience, she has a solid understanding of the residential mortgage lending and real estate industries. She believes in developing strong customer relations and has an unwavering commitment to customer service. Vanessa has been on the board at HomeStart since 2019; HomeStart provides the community affordable housing resources for successful homeownership. She is committed to offering customers the best lending options for their specific needs. Call or email Vanessa today.

NMLS# 1114421

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