Meet the Team
President & Broker
NMLS MLO CA #222773
Colorado NMLS #100508620
Professional Member of CAMP
Chris acts as President and Broker at Searchlight Lending. He has 17 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 JP Morgan Chase. With over 2000 loans personally funded exceeding $1,000,000,000 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.
Managing Partner / COO
BRE Lic #01351784
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.
Reverse Mortgage Consultant & Home Equity Retirement Specialist
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.
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
Freddy Watanabe’s primary purpose is to help find financing that best suits your individual needs and circumstances. The twenty-plus years experience I have gives me an old school edge.
My clients come first Experience Knowledge and Client Care makes the distinction of my business.
A little about me: My passions are cooking, golf, and being involved with community outreach for those that have a need. Specifically a couple of nonprofits School Worx
https://school-worx.org/ and Wednesday’s Gift http://www.wednesdaysgift.org/
We can all help “leaving a place better than we arrived” it’s a great place to start.
Direct: (415) 860-3031
As both a builder and a broker, Lindsay Moon brings great home & construction knowledge to the Searchlight Team. Once a general contractor and now a licensed mortgage broker, she works double-time combining her efforts as a residential & commercial broker with Searchlight and as a builder with Green Galaxy Builders.
Lindsay’s working to expand the construction horizon – she firmly believes there’s a better way to build faster, cheaper and greener with new prefab building methods. As a powerhouse of experience, she invites you to reach out to learn more. She enjoys helping people and businesses grow.
Lately she’s been spending a lot of time mapping out the ADU market – how to streamline the process, how to provide the best and accessible financing options, how to build better. She also serves on various affordable housing coalitions and advises ADU start-ups here in the Bay Area.
Originally from Toronto, Canada; university in NY, Lindsay lives in Novato, CA with her husband, two kids, and assorted animals. They keep busy gardening, adventuring, and being on the water when they can.
MLO CA #234851
I was born and raised in Marin County and I am passionate about creating homeownership opportunities for those in our community and all of California. For over 20 years, I have been eager to remain up-to-date on the latest mortgage and real estate trends. As a result, you get expert advice to help you select a smart mortgage solution. My primary goal is to educate my customers so they are empowered with knowledge and comfortable with their decisions.
I have worked with first time home buyers my entire career and specialize in Jumbo loans for self-employed and complex income borrowers. Let me use my experience to help you obtain a great mortgage. New business has always been from referrals, so the biggest compliment I can receive is when a client comes back for a refinance, to purchase another home, or refers a friend or family member.
Cell: (415) 497-6089
Fax: (415) 329-1979
Conventional and Reverse Mortgage Specialist
NMLS #: 291307
BRE #: 00789096
What helps my Clients to achieve their Financial Goals is what always comes first. I do not “Sell” mortgages. I “Consult” with homeowners and new buyers to advise them as to what is the most appropriate mortgage to suit their needs and help them to achieve their financial goals, whether it be a Conventional or a Reverse Mortgage. If they are pleased with the service I offer, I will provide the mortgage services for them.
I work with Clients on a long-term basis to help them achieve their Mortgage and Financial goals.
“The Closing of the Loan is not the End of our Relationship … It is the Beginning”
Remember … Financial Management … Reverse Mortgages … Purchase Mortgages … Low Mortgage Payments … Cash Flow … Investment Real Estate … Refinance … Purchase … Bridge Loans are all available.
Direct: (415) 521-5602
Isabelle is a Marin County native, born and raised. Her past experience as an executive assistant to the CEO’s of multiple companies with a demonstrated history of working in the fintech, computer and network security industry. Isabelle has worked as a senior business and consumer specialist for both BofA and Wells Fargo. Skilled in sales, management, start-ups, crowdfunding, leadership, and business development.
When she is not wearing one of her many hats, her interests are family, friends, travel, wine and skydiving!
Mattheau started his career as a “Retail Business Banking Specialist” for Wells Fargo Bank in 2008 with a focus on Small Business Owners generating 250K or less in annual revenues, supporting all of their commercial lending needs.
He later became a “Business Development Officer” for Bank of America and Union Bank with a focus on medium to small sized businesses that generated 50M or less in annual revenues supporting all of their commercial lending needs.
Mattheau is passionate about helping business owners with all of their conventional and unconventional lending programs. Well versed in SBA and private money lending Mattheau prides himself on being a true problem solver for any client he chooses to take on.
Please reach out to him today to forecast for any new or existing commercial lending projects!
Bobbie Knowles is a new member of the Searchlight team. He has over 10years experience in construction, development and Real Estate investments. Bobbie is a bay area native and on his time off he enjoys fishing, biking,hiking rock crawling, traveling and camping.
Direct: (510) 307-6603
Shaunte Sharkey is a new addition to the Searchlight Lending team working under Chris Piro.. She’s a small town country girl born in the Midwest, Richmond, IN to be exact. She has an extensive background in supporting high-level CEO’s, Executives, and Directors of Fortune 500 companies.
My main emphasis is residential mortgage purchase and refinance lending. Offerings include residential, commercial, construction, SBA, private money, reverse mortgage, and business loans.
I primarily serve clients in San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara and the greater Bay Area.
Originally from New York, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University. For nearly 40 years I have made my career in finance. Earlier in my professional life, I founded and financed private and public companies in marinas, wind energy, and gas/electricity production and distribution.
Marin has been my home for many years. I enjoy cooking, reading and outdoor activities including golf, swimming, diving, biking, and running. Of course, I treasure time with my two daughters and four grandchildren.
Jamie Fougner has been involved in owner/user commercial real estate financing for 14 years providing solutions for all owner/user commercial property types. He has a deep understanding and knowledge of conventional owner/user loans as well as SBA 504 and 7a products. Whether a purchase or refinance; Mr. Fougner is ready to help.
Having closed hundreds of transactions and being raised in a family owned small business; Mr. Fougner has garnered a solid reputation as being able to think outside the box achieving success by closing deals that may not fit most lenders credit box. With a background in finance, he understands his client’s credit and financial information thoroughly and uses a hands-on, consultative approach in working with his clients and helping them determine the best solution for their particular needs.