Eustis Mortgage Corporation and Eustis Family of Companies
Eustis Mortgage Corporation was founded in 1956 in New Orleans, LA, by two determined and dedicated loan officers. Their vision was to provide exceptional loan services to clients by maintaining a low staff turnover rate. Today, Eustis Mortgage Corporation remains committed to these same principles.
With a small amount of capital, Laurance Eustis, Jr. and his brother-in-law, William D. Galbreath, founded Canal Mortgage as an adjunct to the 10-year-old Eustis General Insurance Agency.
After the company’s name was changed to Laurance Eustis Mortgage Corporation (LEMC) in 1959, LEMC grew to produce single-family and small multi-family loans.
Following years of successful expansion, Eustis returned to the single-family loan business when Robert Eustis, current Eustis Chairman, joined the firm.
Operating in the south Louisiana region, LEMC was hit hard by the oil and gas bust in the late 1980s. Its staff was reduced to 22 people, but the company maintained its strong commitment to the mortgage industry. By the end of the decade, the company resumed its growth.
This decade was a pivotal point for the company as it continued to experience record numbers for helping clients purchase and refinance homes. One of the biggest changes was to rebrand with our current name, Eustis Mortgage Corporation.
Kate deKay, Robert’s daughter, joined the company and began working from the bottom up.
Eustis Mortgage Corporation begins the next phase in its growth plan to bring the Eustis experience to other communities in the U.S. The new foundation to the company was conceived, Eustis Mortgage Family of Companies.
Kate deKay is named the CEO of Eustis Mortgage Corporation, and is responsible for leading all Eustis Family of Companies brands. Eustis family of companies will continue to seek out opportunities to welcome and support those with the entrepreneurial spirit and drive aligned with the company’s overall vision.
We've been in the mortgage business since 1956 and
many of our clients have been coming back again
and again since we opened our doors over 60 years ago.
They know they can always rely on us for the information
and service they expect and deserve. And you can, too.
Chief Executive Officer
Kate deKay is the CEO of Eustis Mortgage Corporation, and is responsible for leading all Eustis Family of Companies brands, including: Eustis Mortgage Corporation; Finance Home America; Verity Mortgage; Legacy Mortgage Corporation; and Prosperity Mortgage Advisors.
Kate comes from a long line of family leadership and is third generation of the Eustis Family and an Owner of the company. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, she served as the company’s Senior Vice President. Her ascension to the CEO role has been one that has seen her act in many roles and further her career since it began with Eustis in 2007. During that time, Kate has worked as a mortgage specialist to originate loans and assisting homebuyers with loan product selection and has served roles in leadership where she initiated growth strategies, expansion, and loan processing into multiple states.
Kate’s goal for the company is ensure that the Eustis brands assist as many people throughout the states that they serve to finance a house that they can call home. She continues to focus on making the mortgage process as straightforward as possible for customers and ensures that employees provide a high level of customer service. This approach allows clients to feel that they have a trusted source to turn to for advice about the mortgage and home buying processes.
Kate is active in the community that she serves, and is a former President of the Mortgage Lenders Association in New Orleans. Prior to her presidential term, she served on the board as Vice President and other miscellaneous roles over a 3-year period. She remains active within the Association and also finds time to serve as a member to the Women’s Council of Realtors. She recently introduced a company-wide initiative by engaging employees to be active in the community and to recognize the efforts of those that embark in civic endeavors.
Chief Financial Officer
Cell: (617) 794-5229
Darryl joined Eustis Mortgage in November 2016, bringing with him over 20+ years of Financial Services experience with a main concentration in the Mortgage Banking and Servicing areas. He held various senior level and C level positions with a focus in the Finance and Accounting departments but brings production and operational expertise to meet Companies profitability goals. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BSBA majoring in Accounting in 1996. He resides in Dallas TX with his wife Katy and four children, Elise, Reid, Grae, and Olive.
Senior Vice President of Capital Markets
Cell: (504) 289-3989
Timothy Ieyoub is Senior Vice President of Capital Markets for Eustis Mortgage Corporation, a 60 year old independent mortgage banking corporation in New Orleans, LA. Timothy’s mortgage bank experience dates back to 1995 when he graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Upon completion, Timothy started his career at a Savings and Loan before working in various capacities in the mortgage industry as Senior Account Manager, Business Development Manager, and eventually Managing Partner of nationwide wholesale lender. Timothy joined Eustis Mortgage in 2010 where he has served in both an operational and production role. Timothy served as President of the Mortgage Lenders Association of New Orleans for 2018-2019.
Chief Information Officer
Office: (469) 620-0149
Ray has been in information technology for 20 years. He has wide range of experience in IT including LAN/WAN, Security, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, Databases and Reporting systems. Over the last ten years, he has managed lending systems in the mortgage industry to support origination, servicing, collections and accounting departments.
Director of Human Resources
Cell: (504) 293-5860
With a career spanning 16 years in human resources management in the health care industry, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Eustis Mortgage Corporation. Her background includes designing HR best practices from the ground up and leading transformational change through practical workforce strategies and cross-functional, multicultural, high-performance teams.
Anne received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and attended the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Anne is both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and is also a Lean Six Sigma black belt. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for HandsOn New Orleans, a non-profit community volunteer organization. For Anne, building relationships at every level within an organization is a top priority. She recognizes the importance of company culture and the role that it plays in employee morale and engagement. “I truly love what I do. I believe that our employees are our greatest assets, so I am committed to investing the time and resources to help them develop successful careers here at EMC.”
Post Closing Manager
Cell: (504) 920-5877
With over 20 years in the mortgage industry, Lori understands the lending process inside and out. Her top priority is to give her clients a level of understanding of the home-financing process, in language they understand, and to equip them to make the very best financial decision for their individual situation. Lori has worked for 3 Fortune 500 companies, so she understands and values the advantages that working for a New Orleans-based mortgage lender brings to the table. She feels there is no substitute for a local lender’s knowledge of the “uniqueness” of Southeast Louisiana.
Lori has been a resident of Metairie since 1995. She is a Past-President of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women- Greater New Orleans Chapter, also having served as their Secretary, VP of Education, and VP of Communication. She has also served as Vice-President of the New Orleans Mortgage Lender Association. In her spare time, she enjoys art museums and literature.
LORE M. HAINES
SVP, Quality Control/Compliance Officer
Cell: (504) 293-5868 Ext 234
Lore Haines started in the mortgage industry in 2002 and has focused on federal and state regulatory compliance. She spent the last few years working as a Mortgage Compliance Consultant advising clients on applicable guidelines and regulatory requirements. Lore joined Eustis Mortgage in April 2021 as the Senior Vice President of Quality Control and Compliance. Lore resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, Lore can be found on a soccer field or gardening.