Matt Wood, Managing Partner
Matt Wood is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he studied industrial distribution. He started his mortgage career in 2002 as an “army of one” in the broker world before joining Fairway in 2010. Matt is a firm believer in delivering consistently and honestly with speed and precision to his clients, referral partners, and teammates in a way that forges lifelong relationships. This no-nonsense approach has enabled him to systematically grow his team’s production each and every year. Since joining Fairway, Matt has steadily grown his own production, branch production, and the number of teammates. In 2014, he recruited his brother Marc, out of the U.S. Army, as a partner to help grow the group. The Wood Group currently has 11 locations all across Texas with plans to open new offices in the near future.
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Tyson McLaughlin, Loan Officer
Tyson McLaughlin is a lifelong Texan who loves helping families make homeownership a reality. With a background and degree in accounting, Tyson enjoys the ins and outs of structuring loans and finding the best possible financing options for every client’s unique situation. Previous experience in project management has allowed him to develop the necessary skills to create an organized and efficient approach to assisting homebuyers, making the process simplified and straightforward. Tyson joined The Wood Group of Fairway Mortgage as a loan officer in 2015. What he loves most about Fairway is the dedication to treat clients with respect and to always do what is best for his clients. Tyson enjoys spending time with his family, serving through his church, FBC Belton, supporting the Cru at Mary Hardin-Baylor sporting events, and getting in a good workout. He lives in Belton, TX, with his wife, Amy, and their two daughters, Ellie and Baylor.
Laura Palmer, Loan Officer
Laura Palmer has always had a passion working with and for all people. She loves the mortgage industry because it allows her to be there with people through one of the largest purchases they may make. The home buying process can be a stressful time for most, and Laura works hard to help make it as smooth as possible. She says, “Here at the Wood Group, we work hard to nourish our relationships with people and build new ones. We are all one big family! If you are in our local community or across Texas, we want to make you feel at home when working on your purchase with us.” If you are looking for a home and value personal, genuine customer service, contact Laura.
Ryan Sewell, Loan Officer
Ryan Sewell grew up in a little town south of Houston called Wild Peach Village, TX. In 2015, Ryan graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX, with a degree in economics and marketing. He was drafted by The Wood Group of Fairway Independent Mortgage in 2016 straight out of college. In his rookie year, Ryan served as the group’s Marketing/Finance Specialist. In the spring of 2017, he was called up to join The Matt Wood Team, where he now works as a licensed loan originator. Ryan loves watching baseball, playing basketball, and being outdoors. He and his wife, Deion, live in Temple with their two dogs, Hachie and Miller.
Khang Duong, Loan Officer
Khang Duong grew up in Houston, TX, and moved to central Texas to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he graduated with a BBA in marketing and earned a Master of Business Administration. Khang spent time working in the university’s admissions office before joining the mortgage industry. He joined The Wood Group of Fairway Independent Mortgage as a loan officer for The Matt Wood Team in 2016. Khang enjoys traveling the world, serving at Vista Community Church, eating good food, and anything related to Houston sports. He and his wife, Cara, live in Temple with their daughter, Evelyn, and their dog, Riggins.
Gaby Gonzalez, Loan Officer Assistant
Gaby Gonzalez joined The Wood Group of Fairway in 2015 as a loan officer assistant on The Matt Wood Team. She has been an integral member of the team, working behind the scenes as the glue that holds everything together. Gaby’s help has made the team’s growth possible. Without her, The Matt Wood Team would not be as successful. Gaby has two angelic children whom she adores. The oldest is in college at Texas State and the other is a star baseball player at Belton High School. Gaby enjoys being a know-it-all (although she won’t brag), having a home-cooked lunch with her mother daily, and shopping at Wal-Mart (not H-E-B).