Our Management

Mike Ruffalo - Founder

I opened the Mortgage Store over 16 years ago when I saw that people did not have many good options when it came to obtaining a mortgage. I wanted to ensure that my clients received objective, honest, quality advice on one of the largest purchases in their lives.

To that end, I have worked tirelessly to ensure that all our clients get a mortgage that is right for their goals and objectives while making the process fast and efficient.

My clients joke sometimes that I may be one of the most over qualified mortgage guys in the world because I have a degree in Economics from University of Michigan, and an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, but I started this business to make sure everyone was able to get high quality service and advice when it came to buying their home and refinancing their mortgage. I look forward to sharing this knowledge and helping you with your needs soon.

Prior to starting the Mortgage Store, I was a Chief Financial Officer for a couple of high growth, mid-size companies, and was a strategy consultant for large, global corporations, which is where I met Jeff.

Jeff Blackman

Mike and I met almost 25 years ago when we were both working as strategy consultants for a leading global consulting firm. We stayed in touch as he built the Mortgage Store, and I refinanced my home with him four times. I consider it a privilege to now be a part of Mike’s team.

I bring nearly 30 years of professional experience to The Mortgage Store, having started my career as a consultant in the financial services industry. Later, I became a commercial lender for Continental Bank, formerly the nation’s 9th largest bank. As an entrepreneur, I created and grew a privately-owned automated teller machine (ATM) network to a national presence in 3 years, which I later sold to the 5th largest bank in the world.

With a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA in Finance, Strategy and Marketing, from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, I can tell you getting a mortgage doesn’t have to be complicated, after all, it’s not rocket science!

It's a great time to purchase your new home. Get the process started by applying with The Mortgage Store Co. today!