Aaron VanTrojen was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from Washington State University in 1994 with a major in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and a minor in Political Science.
An avid pilot and adventurer, Aaron spends his off time traveling with Telle, visiting and enjoying the world. Often their travels take them on personal jaunts and many times on task with Geneva Financial, LLC. as it continues to grow monthly.
Telle VanTrojen was born and raised in Bountiful, a small city outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved to Arizona shortly after graduating high school to pursue her education in Forensics and assist with her aging grandparents. A year into college she realized that she wasn’t compassionate about getting a Criminal Justice degree and decided to pursue other avenues. In the fall 2002, she purchased her first home and before the mortgage transaction was even complete she knew that the mortgage industry was where she wanted to end up. She worked in various roles throughout the industry for the next six years until Aaron reached out to help him create Geneva Financial. She wore almost every hat during the first year and was a pivotal figure in surviving the Housing Crisis of 2008. Although Aaron was the architect behind Geneva Financial, Telle was responsible for keeping the plan in place and creating a solid foundation on which to build.
In 2014 Telle was made a partner and was responsible for the creation of Geneva Financials Secondary Department and Disclosure Desk enabling the company to grow. In 2016 Telle was promoted to COO and spearheaded the transition from a banker/broker platform to a 100 percent banked product line which allowed the company to change from best efforts to mandatory delivery. This year Telle led the Encompass Development team in rolling out Geneva’s new mortgage platform to promote the use of the newest and best technology in the mortgage industry. In her free time Telle loves to spend time with her daughter and husband Aaron and she enjoys reading poetry.
James Polinori began his career in Advertising and Marketing in 1990 in the news room and graphics department of an Arizona newspaper at the age of 15. He then pursued a dual-education in marketing and graphic design.
After college, James worked his way up from entry level positions to running marketing divisions for multiple Fortune rated companies and was soon recruited by a consulting firm as a Senior Business Consultant.
In 2008 Polinori started a boutique advertising agency specializing in small business. Through guidance and well-developed campaigns, James and his team helped small business owners perform like big brands through polish and consistency – without big brand budget. James’ Agency took on several real estate clients through the crash and helped them with a plan to survive through advanced marketing programs.
Through digital, video, social, education, event and consumer-direct platforms, James has provided power behind numerous brand names in multiple industry spaces. The achieved brand power was utilized to attract talent, market partners and consumers – resulting in up to 600% growth, including helping to dominate the Arizona territory for a national mortgage company by outperforming the leading competitor, Quicken Loans.
Polinori has been in the mortgage and real estate space since 2008 and took on the role of Chief Marketing Officer for Geneva Financial in late 2018. James is an avid chef, interior designer and music enthusiast and is most proud of his life with his Partner and their “kids” – 2 Siberian Huskies and 2 Chiweenies.
Excited to join the Geneva Financial Family, Jen Wardrop started her journey into residential mortgage lending in 1998 in processing and underwriting roles. Her quick mastery of those roles would elevate her into operations management creating structure and success for multiple mortgage companies.
Jen strives to be a working leader assisting the teams making the human-loan decisions that protect and brand the company, support the operations staff, facilitate the success of loan originators, and promote the dream of homeownership for all Americans.
Jen believes in the perfect blend of sales and operations working together to provide a reliable and predictable process for our loan originators and their referral partners. Her focus is consistently on executing processes for a smooth, consistent experience for our customers in the biggest transaction of their lives.
Jen lives with her husband (a Mortgage Loan Originator himself) in Maryland with their dogs. Outside of the mortgage world, Jen is an amateur standup comic and local comedy show producer in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area since 2008 and is proud to hold the title of the greatest Aunt in the world – sharing love and laughs with family and friends is a priority.
Side gigs include binge watching, cooking, entertaining, crafty upcycling and of course making people laugh at life!