Leadership

Buzz Howard

Senior Vice President

Buzz Howard emulates leadership consistently everyday…and with a smile on his face! As Senior Vice President, Buzz is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations as well as managing the strategic direction of BVM. He brings his passion for leadership, industry knowledge, customer service, and production systems to Big Valley Mortgage daily with his coaching, mentoring, and training! He is quick to explain the word that most closely describes his leadership philosophy which is “servitude”. He truly believes that attitude is the secret to success.

With more than 30 years in the mortgage industry, he has worked in all phases of the business, from top producing loan officer, to trainer, to senior corporate management.
Buzz worked as an Owner/Partner and the Director of Training for Mortgage Training Services, one of the nation’s largest and oldest training organizations dedicated to the mortgage industry. He then went on to found Buzz Howard Seminars and provide consulting and training for leading companies such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Countrywide. He provided the training for tens of thousands of loan officers, processors, and underwriters in almost all of the 50 states! Much of his work involved HUD/FHA and many other government agencies.

Buzz was awarded the American Red Cross Award of Merit by President Ronald Reagan, the highest honor given by the Red Cross. Born and raised in Texas, Buzz received his finance degree from the Texas A&M system.

If Buzz isn’t working, he can be found somewhere boating.

Renee Bautista

Renee Bautista

Human Resources Manager

Renee joined Big Valley Mortgage in 2009 as part of the operations team. She moved into a leadership role as the human resource manager in addition to overseeing facilities and payroll departments.

Renee began her career in the mortgage industry in 1997. She brings over 17 years in the field of mortgage banking operations as well as eight years of human resources experience. Her expertise includes employee relations management, hiring, policies and organizational development. She is passionate about our culture that makes Big Valley Mortgage so unique.

Renee resides in Sacramento, California and enjoys spending time with her family. While pursuing her hobbies in baking and reading historical novels, she is an avid Disney fan.

Melissa Finley

Melissa Finley

Director of Strategic Partnerships

My name is Melissa Finley and I am so excited to be a new member of the BVM family! I have been working in the industry for almost 4 years now as a Marketing Director. I am looking forward to utilizing the skills I have gained and my pure love for people and building relationships to help you all do what you do best.

I like to think I’m a total kid at heart. I love having fun, and have found that is especially true with my job. I have a great passion for growing, building and maintaining meaningful and beneficial connections. Strong relationships are what really make me tick. I also am a proud mom of two beautiful children. I have a son who is 12 and a daughter who is 10- they are my world. We enjoy doing anything and everything active and outdoors. Although, we will never turn down hot chocolate and a family game night. I look forward to working with you all!

Portrait image of Brent Ross, the Marketing Director at Big Valley Mortgage.

Brent Ross

Marketing Director

With his combined experience of visual design and marketing, Brent brings a strong set of analytical and creative skills to Big Valley Mortgage. His experience includes video production, graphic design, advertising, strategic planning, social media marketing, email marketing, and much more. At BVM, Brent is responsible for the development and implementation of both internal and external marketing initiatives.

Before joining Big Valley Mortgage, Brent was the Digital Marketing Manager for two jointly owned businesses; one here in California, and the other in the state of Washington. This was a unique role in that he was the first and only shared manager between the two companies.

When he has free time, Brent enjoys creating original songs at his small home studio, reading an educational book, and listening to podcasts. Some favorite books of his ever-growing collection that Brent has read include The Ideal Team Player, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Who Moved My Cheese, and Epic Content Marketing.

Albert Gonzales

Albert Gonzales

Recruiting Manager

Albert Gonzales joined Big Valley Mortgage as a recruiter who specials in discovering mortgage industry rock stars for our Central Valley Division. Prior to coming to BVM, Albert successfully worked for a staffing firm where he passionately focused on recruiting operational staff for his mortgage clients.

Born and raised in Fresno, Albert attended McLane High School and then went on to Fresno State, finishing his degree at the University of Phoenix. Upon graduation, he became a Fire Fighter for Cal Fire station 89 in Fresno and enjoyed a fulfilling career for five years. After a knee injury, Albert discovered his passion for sales and his talent for connecting people – his recruiting career soon took off!

Albert has four amazing sons who keep him very busy with school and sports, but he wouldn’t have it any other way! Albert’s passions include the gym, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, golf and spending time with family and friends. Albert is big on quotes and tries to find at least two new quotes every morning to incorporate into his life.  His favorite quote and life motto is always evolve, always improve and never quit. Albert can be contacted by phone at 559-259-6204 or via e-mail at albert.gonzales@apmortgage.com

Portrait image of Rebecca Abbott, Business Development and Recruiting specialist at Big Valley Mortgage.

Rebecca Abbott

Business Development and Recruiting

Rebecca has been in the mortgage banking and sales industry for over 10 years. Building relationships and providing a superior level of service to her clients is her passion.

Her commitment to service stems from a deep concern for people and intensive training.

As a California native, she loves the outdoors and visiting local wineries and restaurants. She also loves to spend time with her husband, who is has worked in local Law Enforcement for 20 years, rescue dogs Eli and Emma, working out and traveling. Rebecca can be reached by phone at 916-203-9328 or email Rebecca.abbott@apmortgage.com