Sharla is a well-known and deservedly well-respected mortgage professional with a contagious enthusiasm and a compassionate desire to help make her clients’ home-buying dreams come true! Sharla has over 30 years in the mortgage industry. She started out years ago as a receptionist with a large, well-known banking institution and became a loan officer there after two years. She was named Rookie of the Year her first year as a loan officer for finishing in the top 1% in volume production. She was promoted to Vice President that year at age 24, and for many years, she was the youngest VP that institution had ever named.
Sharla joined Fairway in 2019 and is delighted to be with a company that genuinely lives by their Core Values! Sharla has more than $2.7 Billion in personal closed volume production and has been a President’s Club qualifier since 1992. Though stellar and impressive, rankings are not what is important to Sharla. What is important are the clients those numbers and rankings represent. As far as Sharla is concerned, the greatest honor she has received professionally is her top rankings for customer service via client surveys. Sharla is ranked among the top 1% of Fairway Loan Officers in client satisfaction survey scores, and you can see them HERE.
Sharla Ellis is dedicated to building relationships. Her wide referral base is comprised of realtors, builders, past clients and other strategic partners who consistently return to Sharla and her talented team and refer their clients to her because she simply cares that they receive the best treatment. A native of Utah, Sharla grew up in beautiful Cache Valley. She lives in Farmington, Utah and is passionately devoted to her family. Sharla and her family love spending time together. In her spare time, Sharla loves creative activities such as writing, playing the piano and baking (she’s a master at her specialty recipes for homemade bread and jumbo chocolate chip cookies). Sharla is licensed in Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and Kansas.
AZ License #BK-0904162. Licensed by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, License No 41DBO-78367. Licensed by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation under the California Financing Law, NMLS #2289. Loans made or arranged pursuant to a California Residential Mortgage Lending Act License.
Alisha became involved in the mortgage industry via a friend who was a loan officer, and she picked it up quickly! Sharla Ellis spotted Alisha’s talents, in early 2016, and hired her as a Processing Assistant. Alisha continued to learn the business and is now a Licensed Production Partner! She loves being able to help borrowers figure out how to structure and get their loans approved, even if they have low credit scores. Alisha says, "Enabling people to get into a home and make their life better... that's the best!!"
Alisha was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. Her two brothers and parents also live in Sandy. She lives with her boyfriend, his two children and their two dogs and two cats. A full house! Her hobbies include skateboarding, video games, reading, hiking, fishing, camping and playing Texas Holdem poker. She also loves all kinds of animals!
Tiffany loves finance and being in the mortgage industry! She’s worked as a processor, a loan officer and a supervisor. She came onboard with The Sharla Ellis Dream Team in 2017 and we are so grateful to have her on our Team! Tiffany likes that “Fairway has tons of lending options to offer its clients!” While Tiffany’s title is Licensed Production Partner, she takes on multiple roles! She loves working with each borrower to help them successfully reach the finish line! Tiffany was born in North Carolina and grew up in New Jersey. She majored in Severe Special Education at Brigham Young University. She and her husband have three children. Tiffany likes to hike with her family, ride bikes and stay active! That said, she also enjoys quiet nights when the kids are asleep for some “alone time.” She and her husband love to travel, particularly back to New Jersey and New York to visit family and friends. Tiffany’s top three things on her “Bucket List” are to go to Fiji, back pack in Europe and cruise and visit ALL the Hawaiian Islands!
Loan Officer Assistant | Not a licensed mortgage loan originator
Stef was born in Washington State but grew up in Utah! She began in the mortgage business in 2015 as a receptionist/assistant. Stef rapidly grew to become a Loan Auditor and then a Funder! She will be working on getting her Loan Officer license next!
Stef has always been interested in the human body and medicine. This led to her to becoming a dental assistant, which she received a scholarship for. She finds “teeth fascinating” and loves dental assisting! However, that schedule didn’t work for a Mom of young kids so Sharla Ellis snapped her up!
Stef has a 1-month old son, a 2-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son! She’s engaged to be married and her children adore her Fiancé! She likes hiking, riding horses, race cars and car shows (which her son loves)! On her “Bucket List” is to go to Pablo Escobar’s mansion in Mexico! It’s now an “artsy” hotel and the history is fascinating! Also, on the bucket list is skydiving with her “super scared of heights” Fiancé!
Born and raised in Utah, Ashley has over ten years of mortgage experience. She was initially attending nursing school when a close friend offered her a job at her mortgage company. Ashley loved working there and being able to help families to become financially stable. Many of her clients ended up becoming her friends, and she wanted to continue helping them realize their dreams of homeownership, so she decided to leave nursing school to pursue a full-time career in the mortgage industry. She became a licensed loan officer in 2018.
Ashley joined our team this year and said that what really caught her eye about Fairway is the structure and organization of the company, as well as the involvement and recognition we give to our Veterans. She especially loved the project “Operation Paws for a Cause” that gave out 13 service dogs in remembrance of the thirteen fallen heroes who lost their lives in Kabul in August 2021. This project between Fairway and the American Warrior Initiative meant so much to Ashley, with her husband being a police officer, and many of her family and friends being Veterans, it made her want to join our team and pay homage to our Veterans by participating in acts of service for the community and helping them secure their financial goals!
Ashley loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and three children, whether it’s spending time at their Bear Lake property, four-wheeling, boating, fishing and hiking together. She also loves to train horses in her “alone time” –and is just simply thrilled to be outside in the fresh air!
On Ashley’s bucket list is more traveling! She would love to go anywhere tropical. So far, her most favorite place that she has visited was Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. Another one of her dreams is to run a breeding and training program for imported Friesian horses and eventually retire on a Ranch in Montana!
Tara got her start in mortgage working with Sharla in 2016. Starting off as a processing assistant, she then moved her way over to the marketing coordinator. In 2019 Tara became a Real Estate Agent. The timing was perfect for her as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she was able to work from home and be with her son and daughter. In August 2021, Tara returned to Sharla’s Team and took on the Branch Office Manager position at Fairway. Again, the timing was perfect with her children back in school full time! Tara says “It’s amazing to be part of The Sharla Ellis Dream Team again!”
Tara graduated from University of Utah with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked at the Head Start program in Salt Lake City for eight years serving families and children 0-5 years of age. Tara wanted to get into real estate and investment properties, so she made the move over to the mortgage world as a way to get more exposure in this field. Tara enjoys making sure things “get done” as well as ensuring clients have a great experience. In future, she wants to become a Licensed Loan Officer, continue to grow and keep learning new things.
Tara’s enjoys thrift shopping, travelling, trying new places to eat, country music concerts and festivals. She’s obsessed with her new kitten, Indigo. Tara used to not like cats until her daughter convinced her to get a kitten. Now she may get another one! On Tara’s bucket list is more travel – Greece, Italy and Disneyland…here she comes!
Dakota has over five years of financial lending experience that has been primarily in banking. He is excellent at processing loans, is very passionate about helping others and works to bring a smile to a client’s face! He is “excited to be a part of such a talented and resourceful team!”
Dakota is also a full-time pre-law student with one year left. He has worked full time the entire time he’s been in college. Dakota came to Sharla Ellis and the Dream Team in 2020. He started as an unlicensed assistant, but he quickly become licensed! Dakota is a fun loving, creative and an active person. He is always looking to laugh, create new things and stay on the move…often all at the same time!
Loan Officer Assistant | Not a licensed mortgage loan originator
A Salt Lake City native, Alexis has been in the mortgage industry for about five years. At age 21, she first started as a receptionist for a mortgage company and then soon moved to roles in the ordering, collateral and closing departments. Alexis joined Sharla’s Team in 2019 and moved over to Fairway with her when Sharla made that move. She left Fairway for a brief span of time but rejoined with our Team in 2021. Alexis is absolutely thrilled to be working with Sharla and her Team again! Her most favorite thing about the mortgage industry is “Being able to help our borrowers with the largest transaction of their life. Homeownership is such a big goal for people, and I help accomplish that! It’s sometimes stressful, but it’s all worth it to help clients with their dreams!”
Alexis loves to spend time with her family. She and her father love to cook for their family. She also enjoys working out, participating in sports, listening to music and trying new restaurants with her friends. Most of all she loves to golf!
Alexis’ bucket list includes skydiving, traveling anywhere (but she wants to go to Greece first), going to an All Star or Super Bowl game and learning a new language, like Vietnamese! One of Alexis’ other goals is to help a child get glasses or Lasik surgery, since she had challenges with her own vision when she was a child and was able to successfully recover from that.