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Our Leadership Team

Summit Mortgage has been changing the lives of homebuyers for over 30 years. Our commitment to building strong, trusting relationships has allowed us to create an elevated mortgage lending experience for each and every client, business partner, and employee that we’ve had the privilege of working with. We owe that dedication to professional integrity to our incredible leadership team.

Steve Brown


It all starts with leadership, and a civil engineer leading a mortgage company might seem a little misplaced, but I’ve found it to be the perfect fit.

Like most industries, construction came to a halt following the financial crisis in the late 2000s, so after nine and a half years of managing commercial construction projects, I found myself without a job and faced with redefining myself and career path. Fortunately, my in-laws were Bob and Diana Carter – the founders of Summit Mortgage – and I had a front-row seat to watch how their work impacted families and homeowners, so I took a leap of faith and started a new career as a loan officer in December of 2009.

When the opportunity to start a secondary department arose, my spreadsheet skills became invaluable for analyzing Summit Mortgage’s production and pipeline value to the secondary markets. Since then, my responsibilities have grown and I now oversee all of Summit Mortgage’s operations.

I always thought that I would one day coach a team of industry leaders to competitive greatness, I just didn’t think it would be in the mortgage industry. I’m proud of the work our team does every single day and I’m excited to see where we take Summit Mortgage from here.

Jim Harper

Chief Financial Officer

I’ve been with Summit Mortgage since 2016 and worked in the financial services for 16 years. I’m responsible for leading the financial accounting, loan servicing, and human resources teams. I’m a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and hold an inactive CPA license. My career has led me to various industries and challenges in both public accounting and industry positions. I’m motivated by coaching others and overcoming challenges that lead to improvements in our current processes.

I’m a believer in leadership that serves others, whether that’s customers, team members, or the company in general. Summit Mortgage provides me the opportunity to help people achieve the dream of homeownership, which in turn improves the society and an individual’s sense of place in their community.

In my time away from work, I enjoy boating, soccer, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with my wife and four kids.

Mark Schlukebier


I joined Summit Mortgage in 2008 and have been working in the mortgage industry for over 15 years. My experience has allowed me to work in both retail and wholesale channels, providing superior customer service and keeping my clients’ best interests in mind.

I currently oversee operations in the closing, post-closing, secondary, and investor relations departments. When I’m not selling loans to investors, I enjoy traveling while trying to manage the schedules of four kids who play football, soccer, baseball, and hockey.

Kendra Holmes

Underwriting Manager

As the Underwriting Manager at Summit, I collaborate closely with my dedicated team to craft tailored underwriting solutions that pave the way for clients on their journey to homeownership. We take immense pride in our ability to deliver swift turnarounds while upholding unwavering consistency in our decision-making process. We collaborate daily with our mortgage loan originators to ensure our solution-based approach is most effective.

My vision for our Underwriting Team is centered around assessing borrower creditworthiness and ensuring our team consistently makes decisions that align with industry guidelines. Leveraging my extensive experience, effective communication skills, and a solution-oriented mindset – I provide the necessary support to help us reach successful closings.

Outside of work, I cherish moments spent with my family and tending to our hobby farm, which is home to a delightful assortment of animals.

Linda Linz

Vice President of Technology

Alecia Lininger, AMP

VP of Operations 

I fell into the mortgage industry in 2001 while searching for a career path that would be both challenging and rewarding. I found it in the Closing Department at Summit Mortgage where I started as a Closing Assistant before moving to Closer a year after.

Utilizing the extensive knowledge I have gained of internal systems and procedures, our team can provide the Originators and Borrowers with a smooth process from initial disclosures to closing.

I’m Minnesota born and raised, currently living in Watertown. I love spending time with my husband and our two sons, whether it’s out on a camping trip, a cozy movie night, or an outdoor adventure with our crazy dog.

Lacey Oar

VP Compliance Officer

I’ve been with Summit Mortgage since 2009 and my primary responsibilities revolve around keeping the company compliant with the ever-changing mortgage laws and regulations affecting our industry.

Since compliance is a vital aspect of all operations across the company, this allows me the opportunity to work with and learn from teammates involved in a wide variety of functions including processing, origination, underwriting, closing, IT, quality control, and others. I really enjoy the variety of work and opportunities for collaboration among the different departments my position offers. We’re all working together to tackle the many challenges thrown our way, so there’s a lot of problem-solving and creativity that goes into this process, as we strive to find the best solutions to balance the regulatory demands of our industry with Summit Mortgage’s desire to make the origination process as efficient and seamless as possible for our loan officers and clients.

Mortgage laws and technology are always changing, so I make sure our processes keep up as we work together to adapt and stay on the cutting edge of our industry. This constant opportunity for teamwork and innovation is what I enjoy most about my job.

TyNeice Nix

Quality Control Manager

I’ve been with Summit Mortgage since 2013 and in the mortgage industry for over 20 years in underwriting and quality control (QC).

My primary responsibilities are to establish and maintain an effective quality control program which meets the requirements of investors, agencies, and state and federal regulators. I manage the QC team that examines the existence and accuracy of legal and credit documents, quality of property valuations, underwriting decisions, and compliance with agency, investor, regulatory, and program policies. I also help the management team lead Summit to high quality assurance standards.

I enjoy working in a friendly team environment that is so family oriented! Summit Mortgage genuinely cares about people – from those who use our services, to the staff who work so hard to help every homebuyer. Working in the mortgage industry is incredible because it gives me the opportunity to impact a large number of people and provides me with new and exciting challenges. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling the world.

Robert and Diana Carter


My wife Diana and I started Summit Mortgage in 1992. We had both been originating mortgage loans and wanted to build our own business that was run from a loan originator’s point-of-view and focused on providing an unparalleled homebuying experience – an endeavor that I’m proud to say remains a hallmark of the company.

I’m active in the mortgage community – having been the president of the Minnesota Mortgage Association, a board member of Lenders One, and a long-time participant in MBA and CMLA.

Before getting started in the mortgage industry, I graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia and received my MBA from the University of Minnesota.

When not working on the business, you can find me on a golf course, on a biking holiday in Europe, or on a ski slope. Philanthropy is also very important to Diana and me, which is why we started a foundation which primarily supports college endowment scholarships and clinical trials that improve healthcare.

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