After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Houston, Laith Daik went on to employ his degree in residential and commercial finance. He found an immediate calling in real estate finance, and is a spirited member of many professional associations throughout Texas, including the Mortgage Bankers Association, Texas Mortgage Banker’s Association, Houston Apartment Association, National Association of Realtors, Houston Heights Association, Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau where Laith also serves on the Audit/Finance Committee. Laith manages all aspects of business development for both the commercial and residential mortgage banking loan departments of Texas Loan Star, Inc. as President amid successfully upholding client, investor, and bank relations. In addition to his presidential duties Laith is an active real estate investor managing an income property portfolio consisting primarily of multi-family properties. Laith upholds a productive and effective work environment while managing to create and foster a family-like camaraderie among his employees. Happily married to Jodie Daik for 15 years and counting, Laith’s efficacy and dedication extends beyond the family here at Texas Loan Star, Inc. and into his loving home where he and Jodie raise and nurture their three beautiful daughters Josephine, Cameron and Channing.
Residential Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS#293038
Halley Spencer is an accomplished Residential Mortgage Loan Originator with many years of experience since joining Texas Loan Star in 2002. He is a Houston Heights native that graduated from Waltrip High School prior to playing football for the University of Houston. Halley and his beautiful wife Jennifer are the proud parents of three amazing children. In his spare time, Halley enjoys time with his family, golf and college football.
Residential Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS#295474
Shantill Salas is a Residential Mortgage Loan Originator who specializes in investor purchase money. As an investor herself she is very knowledgeable on the loan programs available and can help to expand your rental portfolio and build the nest egg you always wanted. As a mother of 5 she is very focused on your needs and can give the personal touch that you look for in a loan officer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children on the weekends and if there is any time left she is looking at property for new investment opportunities.
Kody Shogren joined Texas Loan Star in August of 2016 as a Sales Assistant. Before joining our team, Kody interned at DHI Mortgage where he was first introduced into the mortgage industry. Kody went to school at Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing. He was also an active member of Sigma Nu fraternity as well as American Marketing Association. He looks forward to learning all he can and growing with the company. In Kody’s free time he likes to fish on the Galveston Bay, play racquetball and spend time with his family.
Emily recently joined Texas Loan Star as a processor in August of 2016. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in accounting and began her career in the mortgage industry in 2012. Emily has held several positions including business development/marketing, LO, and processor. Emily is excelling quickly here at TLS, and hopes to bring the best service possible to her customers. In her spare time she loves biking, running, spending time at her beach house and being with her dog, Bella.
After having to live overseas for a few years, Art Navarro returned to Houston to finish his education. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a BBA in Finance in 2014. He then joined Texas Loan Star in 2015. His eagerness to learn everything about the mortgage industry has led him to becoming a valuable asset to the team, and he looks forward to growing with the company. When not at work you will probably find him at a Rockets, Texans, or Astros game.
Flynn was born July 13, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. He was flown to America around eight weeks old and landed in Locust Grove, Georgia at the Kennels von Lotta. Before arriving in America, his name was Nils Von Tronje, from a prestigious German shepherd bloodline, but became Flynn Daik when he was united with his new family in Houston at the beginning of October 2015. Since playing with his ball is one of his favorite activities, Flynn is rarely seen without his favorite toy, even when he is enjoying his raw diet of meats and his favorite treat, apples. He has become a day to day figure at the office and has earned his title as mascot for Texas Loan Star. Since becoming the mascot, Flynn’s favorite trick around the office is to open doors to be with his owner Laith or to hang out with fellow employees. Flynn is such a sweet, smart and loyal dog. Everyone at the office loves him and is so happy that he is the mascot for Texas Loan Star!