Meet the Team

Meet the fine professionals responsible for bringing you quality loan advice in the Shasta County area. Every one of these people has extensive experience in mortgage loans and is committed to providing the best service to customers.

Mortgage Matt

Mortgage Matt

Branch Manager, NMLS # CA-1162668

Matt Brown, Sometimes known as Mortgage Matt, is the branch manager for Megastar Redding. He has been in business and finance for 10 years, and spent three years as a loan officer for Megastar Financial, helping people in Shasta County find the best loans for them. He is well versed in many different loan programs including FHA, USDA, VA, and conventional loans. He also has skill in mortgage planning, lending, investment and refinancing.

Matt Brown has lived in Shasta County for a long time, and graduated from Simpson University.

Our Mortgage Loan Officers

These loan officers are ready to help you find the best mortgage plan for you – whether that’s a conventional loan, an FHA loan, a USDA loan, or something else. They are fully qualified and committed to living up Megastar’s well-earned reputation for great customer service in the Shasta County area. Your financial plans are in good hands.

Sam King (530) 524-9848

Sam King (530) 524-9848

Loan Originator, NMLS # CA-245172

Sam is a mortgage loan originator at Megastar Financial. He has been a mortgage originator for 10 years and spent 7 of those years at Megastar. He first decided to become a loan originator while working with one and thinking “I can do a better job than this guy.” Since then, he has made it his purpose to take care of his clients first and ensure they have a good experience. Sam has lived in Shasta County since 2004 and has a 17-year old son.


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Brian Stevens

Loan Processor/Originator NMLS # CA-1166440

Brian has been in the mortgage business for 25 years – since he moved to Redding in 1992. Currently, he is a loan specialist and processes loans, but he is licensed for loan origination and has done “just about every job in the Mortgage business.” He has been with Megastar for 10 years, roughly since we opened a branch in Redding. We are very happy to have his experience on the team. He has two sons, one 21 and one 17, three dogs, a cat, a guinea pig, two turtles, and a goldfish. He spends his spare time with his family – enjoying fishing, hiking, and backpacking outdoors.

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Jim Berry  (530) 604-3323

Jim Berry (530) 604-3323

Loan Originator, NMLS # CA-1740501

As a Financial Services graduate of Chico State University and living in the north state since 1999, Jim started his career interning with Northwestern Mutual Financial. After graduation, Jim worked in several capacities with different companies like Bank of America, AAA, Blue Shield of California, Edward Jones and The Real Estate Group.  After many years in the Insurance and Financial industry, Jim has transferred his knowledge into the Real Estate industry in Northern California assisting clients with their needs.  Also as a previous member of our local Shasta Associations of Realtors, Jim has worked with both buyers and sellers to achieve their Real Estate goals.  While being a Multi-Million dollar producer, Jim was previously a member of both the Grievance and Finance Committees, thus bringing an elevated ethical standard to the Lending Industry.  Jim is a San Diego native and spends most of his extra time with his family enjoying BBQ’s, swimming, and participating in community events. 


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Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas


Laura Thomas has been a receptionist and sales associate at the Redding Branch of Megastar Financial since it opened. “I love working here,” she says. “We really have a well-oiled machine at Megastar, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.” She is from Alaska originally, but has lived in Redding for 20 years, and has two children.
Laura is the face of great customer service at Megastar Redding. Chances are she’ll be the first person you see when you arrive at our offices. Whatever your issue, she can help you out, or connect you with the person who can.

Mary Frances Key

Mary Frances Key

Transaction Coordinator

Mary has been in lending for almost twenty years and has been a transaction coordinator for about seven years. She also ran her own business, called Key Mortgage, and has been recognized as woman lender of the year. We are thrilled to have someone with her experience on the team.
As the transaction coordinator, Mary wears a lot of hats! She manages all of complex paperwork and deadlines involved in getting a home mortgage off the ground.
Mary has lived in Shasta County for 9 years. Before that her lending career took her to many different states and cities. She is the proud mother of three boys.