Guardian Mortgage Company Expands Footprint

Guardian Mortgage Company staff Michaelann Cavazos, Marita DeVargas, Monie Blum, Bob Ortega, Mandi George and Cassandra DelgadoCourtesy photo
DALLAS  Guardian Mortgage Company is expanding its footprint once again, this time with services in Santa Fe, delivered at First National Santa Fe branches.
Guardian Mortgage Company, a Dallas based mortgage originator and servicer with more than 50 years in the business began providing all primary home loans for its affiliate First National Bank of Santa Fe in September 2015. Through this partnership, Guardian Mortgage brings its resources and experience to the region while offering a personalized banking experience consistent with the high level of service First National has provided its communities since 1870.
Led by vice president and New Mexico area sales leader Bob Ortega, a seasoned mortgage professional, the Santa Fe team includes several long-time local mortgage professionals, including branch manager Michaelann Cavazos, vice president of sales Marita DeVargas, senior loan officer Cassandra Delgado, as well as loan officer Monie Blum. They operate from the First National Santa Fe branches at 62 Lincoln Ave., and 1672 Hospital Dr. Loan Officer Mandi George is working at the First National Santa Fe branch at 1910 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos.
Though Guardian’s Santa Fe office may be new to town, First National and Bob Ortega are not. In fact, another Bob Ortega – the brother of Ortega’s grandfather – actually served as vice president of First National years ago, back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Ortega came from Los Alamos National Bank to follow in his family member’s footsteps this April.
“I’m so excited to keep the legacy of great mortgage lending going here in Santa Fe,” Ortega said. “My family served this community for decades, and I can only hope we at Guardian can do the same. What a privilege it is to come into the historic First National Main Office on the Plaza every day.”
Guardian operates offices in Grand Blanc and Troy, Mich.; El Paso, Plano, Dallas, Arlington, Richardson, Austin and San Antonio, Texas and Scottsdale, Ariz. Offices in Denver, Colo. are slated to open later this year.
To learn more about Guardian Mortgage Company, to check out Guardian’s other nationwide locations, or get information on Guardian’s home loan products, visit
About Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. 
Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. is a 51-year old residential mortgage originator and servicer located in Dallas, Texas, currently with loan origination offices in Texas, Arizona and Michigan. It originates mortgages through retail and correspondent channels and has a $2.7 billion residential mortgage loan servicing portfolio.
Guardian Mortgage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated. Strategic Growth also owns Capital Bank, First National Denver, First National Santa Fe, and First National Rio Grande. These SGB Community Banks operate in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.