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The FasterFunds Lending Team

Top Row: Don, Bryan, and Crystal. Bottom Row: Emily, Suzanne and Keola

The 6 central people our customers work closest with are Crystal, Emily, and Suzanne. Below is a little bit about each one and what their role is on our team.

Suzanne Luther

Loan Manager / Loan Servicer

Suzanne is the Loan Manager who leads the team and is focused on moving the company forward in a positive direction.

Suzanne specializes in maintaining relationships with approved borrowers and makes sure our borrowers experience is top-notch. She grew up in the St Louis real estate investing community and has years of real estate investing experience.

She knows her stuff and prides herself on providing borrowers with excellent customer service while protecting their interests. Our team will only commit to loans where we feel the borrower can be profitable and Suzanne is proud to be their second set of eyes for potential real estate projects.

Suzanne has seen it all and there is no house too scary or gross!

Bryan Shroeder

Relationship Manager

Bryan actually started our founding family of companies in 2002 when he started FasterHouse. Prior to that he was a real estate appraiser for 8 years where he did some occasional real estate investing. In 2002, he went fully into real estate investing. He’s started many successful businesses since then including a property management business, an education business, and a real estate brokerage. He’s also seen the market at it’s height and made it through a massive down turn.

Bryan’s a single family home guy. He loves all versions of single families whether that’s wholesaling, rehabbing or building a portfolio of single family rentals. His passion is hearing about people’s passion and dreams and see if they can be accomplished through real estate.

Crystal Moore-Merriweather

Loan Processor and Director of Marketing

Crystal handles all loan documentation from new borrower applications, to contract, to closing. Crystal makes sure that your loan experience is seamless and that our team is hitting your closing deadlines. She is passionate about engaging with current and potential borrowers through social channels bringing you the inside scoop to how FasterFunds makes the dream happen!

Her background includes 10 years of experience as a Property Manager as well as a Marketing Guru for several property management companies in the St. Louis area. She recently made the switch to the Hard Money Lending and loves her role as she is devoted to see positive changes in all housing communities. You can catch her creating new ideas for our social media outreaches or deep diving into applications helping bring your real estate visions to life.

Emily Herndon


Emily is on our Underwriting team and is involved in the approval of new applicants and new loan requests. Emily helps to makes sure that each borrower is financially sound and that each property loaned on will be a win-win situation for both the borrower and FasterFunds Lending.

Her background includes 15 years of experience as a Realtor as well as being a Real Estate Appraiser Trainee. She is very detail oriented and is focused on helping our customers have a great experience throughout the loan process.  She and her husband, Mick, relocated to the St. Charles area from Jefferson City in 2019. They have several investment properties and profit from their own rental business.

Keola Boak

Relationship Manager

Keola is one of our Relationship Managers who focuses on growing and maintaining our tribe of repeat landlord and rehab borrowers. Keola lived in St. Louis in the early 2000s but moved to Hawaii where he spent the last 14 years. In 2021, he connected with our sister family, FasterFreedom, and started buying rentals in the St. Louis area. He then decided to move his family from Hawaii back to St. Louis so he could take a more active role in his real estate portfolio.

Since starting as a relationship manager for FasterFunds Lending in January 2022, Keola has made a massive impact on the borrowers he works with. Between his contagious positive energy, his passion for finding financial freedom through real estate and his knowledge of investing in the St. Louis market, he’s an amazing asset to our team and the people he connects with!

Don Lauman

Property Inspector

Don has had a long history working for Coca Cola where he moved around and served in a ton of different roles. When it came time to retire, Don knew he didn’t want to just sit around and do nothing. He spent some time working with people looking for jobs but when the property inspector role came up, he knew it was just what he was looking for!

Don enjoys walking our borrowers houses on a monthly basis and seeing the transformation. He can often be found taking photos in all of our current rehabs and doesn’t mind striking up a conversation if our borrower happens to be at the house while he’s there. If you see Don around, don’t hesitate to say hi!