Alex Barnett, Founding Partner | President/CEO
President and CEO of Integrity First Financial Group, Alex Barnett came to the mortgage business early on and his experience includes a lineage of top sales management positions for some of the largest publicly traded mortgage companies in America. Disenchanted with the traditional model of mortgage companies, Alex sought to open a business with a strong national online presence and a focus on quality and customer service. Alex has responsibility for the marketing and sales divisions of the organization and has helped Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. grow to become a leading organization that generates new business from various marketing channels and client referrals. Alex holds a B.S. in law and society from the University of Santa Barbara.
Trevor Gates, Founding Partner | CFO
Chief Financial Officer, Trevor Gates, is responsible for spearheading all of Integrity First Financial Group’s monetary checks and balances. A seasoned financial strategist with expertise in both the investment and mortgage industries, Gates oversees the company’s budgeting and manages the Warehouse line capabilities. Prior to founding Integrity First Financial Group, Inc., Trevor spent years working as an Institutional Equity and Fixed Income Trader with top investment institutions including Fixed Income Securities, Brandes Investment Partners and Allegiance Capital Inc. His financial expertise spans both the international and domestic markets. Trevor is an honors graduate of the University of San Diego’s nationally recognized Business School, and has a degree from the University of San Diego’s MBA program with a specialty focus in Finance. Trevor was honored by San Diego Metro magazine as one of 2012’s ’40 Under 40’ in San Diego and was a finalist for ‘CFO of the Year’ by San Diego Business Journal in 2010.
Anthony Balsamo, Founding Partner | COO
Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Balsamo comes from a long line of Entrepreneurs. Growing up with parents and grandparents who all owned their own businesses, business development was an interest of Anthony’s from an early age. While attending the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts Amherst, he founded a clothing company with online sales in 10 countries. In 2003, Anthony moved to San Diego and began work with The Familie/Wasserman Media Group, the world’s premiere action sports athlete management and marketing agency. Then after a brief tenure at a national wholesale mortgage lender; Anthony moved on to found Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. in 2006 and led the team responsible for converting Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. from a mortgage broker to a full service mortgage bank with in-house lending. The company now directly lends hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers of residential mortgages in over 20 states. Anthony works closely with Alex and Trevor on business development, marketing, and corporate strategy to ensure calculated growth and the execution of a long term sustainable business model for Integrity First Financial Group, Inc.. Anthony was honored in 2011 as one of the ‘20 Men who Impact San Diego’ by San Diego Metro Magazine.
Chris Burke, National Production Manager
National Production Manager Chris Burke has been a member of the Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. team since 2008. He is responsible for managing Integrity First Financial Group, Inc.’s sales force of financial specialists and oversees the structure of the sales division ensuring that refinance and purchase transactions are set up accurately and the funding goes smoothly. Chris maintains the company’s elevated sales standards and works to motivate each financial specialist to keep Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. customer service at the forefront of everything they do. As a mortgage and financial industry veteran, Chris’ longtime experience in the industry provides a wealth of market knowledge that he uses to guide the sales team. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Chico.