For over 20 years Mike Zilli has helped people with their finances. After graduating college with a degree in Finance he worked in the Financial Services industry before entering the mortgage business.
Mike grew up in the greater Milwaukee area and from a young age worked in his family’s hospitality business. The service industry taught him valuable lessons in taking care of people and elevating the customer experience. Catering to his clients and delivering a “Wow” experience has helped Mike build a 100% referral based business. Mike believes in handling every transaction with great care, educating his clients about the process and exceeding their expectations.
Mike loves spending time with his wife Rachel, whom he has been married to for over 15 wonderful years, and their four kids – Lucca, Jack, Ella and Gia. Mike is a fitness enthusiast and loves spending time outdoors. When sitting still, Mike loves to read and catch up on all things Wisconsin sports.
Meet the Mike Zilli Team
Ryan Brown | NMLS #2225893
Ryan Brown excels at delivering outstanding customer service and ensures that even the smallest details are handled with incredible care. Since 2012, Ryan has worked in Madison area real estate, giving him real-world insights on the local market and a unique perspective on the needs of both home buyers and real estate agents. The San Francisco Bay Area native attributes his work ethic to his grandparents. Every summer, he helped run their small business in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After earning his degree in finance, Ryan worked as a consultant delivering leadership development and human capital programs. He now lives in Middleton with his husband Mark, their golden doodle Violet and barn cat Oliver. An avid cook, Ryan spends his free time entertaining friends or traveling to food-inspired destinations.
Jason Ford | NMLS #1900724
Jason is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Real Estate from the UW School of Business. He competed athletically for UW Men’s hockey and is a native of Madison, WI. Jason’s approach is simple competency and efficiency to ensure your loan closes on time every time.
Since 2009, Joe has helped people achieve some of their most important lifestyle and financial goals through his work in real estate and the mortgage industry. Although he has a lot of accolades to point to over his career, his greatest achievements can be summed up through ongoing word-of-mouth referrals.
“A referral is always the highest compliment. When someone trusts you enough to recommend you to their family and friends, no amount of awards or achievements can compare to that,” Joe explains. “All my meetings with people that are looking to buy real estate center on what is most important to them. I’m here to listen and make their needs my number one priority, and people really appreciate that.” Joe is backed by the best of the best at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and their local reputation has proven over time that at Fairway as CEO Steve Jacobson says … “it’s not about the loans we do, it’s about the hearts we change and the people we help.” In addition to his work in the mortgage industry, Joe is actively involved with Zeteo Community Homes and other international organizations that help feed and adopt children in need.
Becky is a Loan Originator Assistant at Fairway. She enjoys serving our clients by reviewing loan applications, working with them to collect supporting documentation, reviewing for accuracy, and various tasks from preapproval through closing.
Sandy Stanford | NMLS #407670
Sandy Stanford is a Mortgage Loan Originator with Fairway. She has been in the mortgage industry since 1990. Sandy works to understand your current needs and future goals, and then tailor your mortgage financing to match that unique and personal lifestyle. Her goal is to make the financing process as stress-free as possible. Knowledge and communication are integral parts of the mortgage process and she prides herself on being dedicated to making sure her clients feel comfortable every step of the way. Sandy is an active member of the Middleton Cardinals Booster Club. Outside of work, Sandy is a huge Harley Davidson enthusiast. She enjoys going to her cottage and being the number one fan at her four children’s sporting events including lacrosse and football.
Reviews & Testimonials
“Being a first-time home buyer, I was very happy that Mike took the time to answer any and all of my questions. He was very helpful through the whole process.”
“Mike was a pleasure to deal with! Professional, courteous, and extremely helpful throughout the entire process. He will get all of my business and I will surely refer him to anyone I know that is looking to purchase a home. Five stars across the board.”
“Great experience from start to finish, would gladly recommend Mike and Fairway going forward.”
“I cannot imagine a better experience, the epitome of a highly professional and yet remarkably personal experience.”
“Mike Zilli was great to work with, provided information and walked us through each step of the process. He laid out everything that was going to happen beforehand so there were no surprises. He also made us feel like we were more than just a customer, he obviously cares about those he works with. This was our first home purchase and Mike made it very painless and as smooth as possible.”
“Mike Zilli was great to work with and offered flexibility and personalization that was lacking from a previous lender I had worked with.”
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