Veterans United Home Loans is backed by the nation's leading team of VA Loan experts. Our executive team brings a unique blend of solid business experience, dedication to customer service and desire to enhance the world we live in to create the ultimate VA Loan experience. We're proud to have executives who lead by example and make us all strive for excellence in everything we do.
Brant Bukowsky is the co-founder and co-owner of Veterans United Home Loans. Brant works with the marketing department to develop and implement high-level strategy through online marketing with a focus on educating Veterans about homebuying and their home loan benefits. Brant believes in strong company growth through continued, company-wide, commitment to enhancing the lives of customers.
Brant founded Veterans United along with his brother, Brock, in 2002. He received his degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri.
Brant enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two boys.
Brock Bukowsky is the co-founder and co-owner of Veterans United Home Loans. Brock is active in the day-to-day operations of Veterans United while also committing himself to ensuring the company's values shape and impact the experiences of employees and customers alike.
Brock founded Veterans United along with his brother, Brant, in 2002. He earned his degree in secondary math education and his master's in mathematics from the University of Missouri.
Brock and his wife, Tammy, are the parents of three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading his Bible and cheering for University of Missouri athletics.
Nate Long is the chief executive officer at Veterans United Home Loans. He provides high-level leadership while maintaining a strong interest in all aspects of daily business. His main focus is to provide unmatched customer service to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces by educating and empowering customers with the knowledge of the benefits their service affords.
Nate joined Veterans United in 2003 as a loan officer. In 2004, his exceptional performance in the loan department enabled him to move seamlessly to the company's production department and eventually on to his current role. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in psychology.
Nate enjoys spending time with his wife, Abby, and four children. He also has an affinity for outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting.
Amanda Andrade is the chief people officer for Veterans United Home Loans. She is responsible for supporting the growth, innovation, success, health and happiness of Veterans United employees. Her teams are focused on personal and professional development, talent acquisition, organizational performance and the preservation of company culture.
Prior to Veterans United, Amanda served as director of human resources in both the public and private sector for 10 years. She holds a BA in psychology from Ottawa University, MEd from Northern Arizona University, MS in architectural studies and a PhD in environment and behavior, both from the University of Missouri.
Amanda and her husband, Dan, enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with their daughter and extended family.
Kris Farmer is chief marketing officer for Veterans United Home Loans. He is responsible for the company's marketing efforts, including a focus on website development, online marketing and affiliate marketing. Under his guidance, Veterans United constantly pursues new and exciting marketing channels to build brand awareness and drive company growth.
Kris was the senior marketing director at an online ticket broker for eight years before joining Veterans United in 2009. He received his bachelor's degree in e-commerce from the University of Advancing Technology. Kris is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
In his free time, Kris enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and their three children.
Gary Lee is chief technology officer for Veterans United Home Loans. He is responsible for leading the information technology team in its effort to build and manage the proprietary software and systems that power Veterans United. Gary works to provide a vision for how technology can provide the company a competitive advantage in offering the best service to customers and partners.
Before joining Veterans United, Gary served as CTO at Carfax, a national provider of vehicle history information. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Purdue University.
Gary enjoys spending time with his two children and many pets.
Joan Naumann is chief operating officer for Veterans United Home Loans. She is responsible for the company's operational delivery and strategy. Joan is passionate about client and employee satisfaction.
Before joining Veterans United, Joan served as managing director of mortgage operations at CitiMortgage in St. Louis, and Progressive Insurance in Cleveland. She received her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.
Joan enjoys spending time with her husband, Bernie, and their daughter, Kylie. They and their extended family and friends can often be found enjoying time outside at Table Rock Lake.
Gardell Powell is the chief client officer at Veterans United Home Loans. Gardell is responsible for leading the customer service department with a focus on delivering results for Veterans through exceptional service and an unparalleled knowledge of financial lending. He works alongside the Office of Ethics and Compliance (OEC) and Legal Department to research and address client complaints and manage the resolution process. Under his guidance, the management team focuses on efficiency and utilizing the newest technology to improve the over-all customer experience.
Gardell joined Veterans United as a loan officer in 2003. Prior to joining the company, he worked in both the sales and financial industry. Gardell attended the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, to study international business and architectural design. He later earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Missouri.
Gardell enjoys a range of activities that include forestry, caving, motorcycling and traveling.
Russ Starr is chief financial officer for Veterans United Home Loans. He is responsible for leading the company's accounting department, assisting in day-to-day company operation and collaborating on long-term financial security and compliance.
Prior to Veterans United, Russ served as managing member of a public accounting firm for 10 years. He was a partner in the firm for 28 years, and worked in public accounting for 39 years. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Missouri. He is a CPA, and a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Bankers Association. He has served on several boards of directors.
Russ and his wife enjoy spending time with their three children, spouses and five grandkids. Russ also enjoys boating, golfing, snow skiing, piloting his personal plane and outdoor activities at his family farm.
As the president of strategic operations, Greg oversees the operations of Veterans United Foundation along with pursuing related business opportunities within the company.
Greg brings a diverse and experienced background to Veterans United. After co-founding a healthcare business, he accepted an appointment from the governor to serve as the director of economic development for the state of Missouri. Upon conclusion of his term, Greg worked as an executive vice president at a bank before joining Veterans United in October of 2010. He graduated from Westminster College and earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Greg and his wife, Holly, have two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including golf, fishing, hunting, biking and running.