Meet the Team

Chris Piro

Chris Piro

President & Broker


BRE #01752906 NMLS MLO CA #222773, FL #MBR2000, Colorado NMLS #100508620
Professional Member of CAMP

Chris acts as President and Broker at Searchlight Lending. He has 15 years and counting of real estate lending experience and started his lending career as a retail loan officer at major banks such as Wells Fargo and Chase. With over 1700 loans personally funded exceeding $700,000,000 he has seen it all. He is an expert in all loan types, including conventional residential loans, reverse mortgage, FHA, commercial loans coast to coast, private money and bridge loans, construction, SBA, and apartment loans. Chris graduated with honors from the University of California at Riverside with time abroad in a Master’s program while studying in Europe. For fun Chris loves to spend time with his family, travel, cook for friends, ride bikes with his cycling team, backpack, surf, fish, and ski.

Direct: 650-773-1866

Jason Tuttle

Jason Tuttle

Managing Partner / COO


NMLS # 254370
BRE Lic #01351784

Jason Tuttle has specialized in Residential & Commercial Mortgage Financing for over 15years. Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, Reverse Mortgages, Private Money Lending, JV Partnership & Private Equity Placement. Property Type – Residential 1-4, Condo, Commercial, Mix-Use, Apartment & Land.

Outside of Real Estate – I enjoy skiing, tennis, biking, golf, wine tasting with my love, coaching my two boy’s sports, and enjoying fabulous meals with friends and clients.

cell: 415.509.4086
e-fax: 415.532.2234

Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Reverse Mortgage Consultant & Home Equity Retirement Specialist


Jim Bennetts has a long and diverse career in various parts of real estate and real estate finance. Jim’s experience includes over 10 years as a real estate broker and sales manager, and one year as a Regional Sales Trainer for one of America’s largest residential franchises. His mortgage experience includes over 10 years as a retail mortgage broker originating loans in residential, investment, and commercial properties and 15 years as one of the country’s top producing reverse mortgage loan officers. Jim continues to produce and consult in all mortgage disciplines.

Mr. Bennetts holds a Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Montana Western. His favorite pastimes are playing golf, hiking, camping and spending time with his 2 children and 6 incomparable grandchildren.

If you are looking to acquire or finance real estate of any style or type from large apartment complexes, business properties, SBA, or your home on the lake, Jim is here to create positive and professional results.

cell: 415-497-0084
office: 415-261-2495

Bob Garcia

Bob Garcia

Senior Loan Officer

A mortgage industry veteran for over 20 years, Bob began his career as a Loan Officer in Northern New Jersey in 1994 and most recently a lender representative.  He has earned several awards during his career, including: President’s Club, Winner’s Circle, and Customer Service Excellence Award’s.

Bob has been a resident of San Francisco since 2004.  In his spare time, you can find him at the gym or hiking with his wife and son.

Specialties:  Non-QM, Commercial, Private Money, Construction, Bridge Loans, Reverse Mortgages, Conventional, Jumbo, and FHA/VA

cell: 415.870.1126
office: 415-261-2495

Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan

VP of Marketing


NMLS #1664670

Direct: (415) 425-5896
fax 415-329-1697

Lindsay Moon

Business Development

One of the latest additions to the Searchlight Team, Lindsay joins us from the construction world and specializes in growing businesses. With over 20 years of experience in business operations & management, she brings a lot of great experience to add to the repertoire of Searchlight’s Team.Originally from Toronto, Canada, Lindsay was eager to see the world and carries a Bachelor of Science degree from Southampton University. She has sailed the world aboard everything from dinghies to square-rigged tall ships, and landed in the Bay Area in early 2000. She’s called Marin home since then and lives in Novato with her husband, two sons, three dogs and one fish.

cell: 415.819.3794
office: 415-261-2495

Freddy Watanabe

Freddy Watanabe

Loan Consultant


NMLS #889079
BRE #01159253

Hello to those of you that are reading my profile for the first time! I have worked in the mortgage industry twenty plus years as a mortgage financing professional. I have two adult children to whom I can say I’m lucky to say they are “stress-free”.
I enjoy cooking and eating with large and not so large groups of people; there is something satisfying about that! Other interests include golf, the North Coast, and Point Reyes foraging. Community involvement for charitable causes include Wednesdays Gift and School WorkX. What can I do to help you with real estate financing? I welcome you to call and say “Hello!”

Direct: (415) 860-3031

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