The Premier Mortgage Lending partners are seasoned veterans of the financial services and mortgage markets. With over 80 years of combined experience in the mortgage industry, our loan origination team has the experience and knowledge that you need. We know what to do…and we are doing what we know.


Richard Piette - Manager NMLS# 355814

Rick has over 25 years in the residential mortgage Industry. He started in the business as a loan originator in the early 80's, and by 1988 was one of Nevada's largest volume producers. In December of 1988, Rick was recruited by Weyerhaeuser Inc. (a Fortune 500 company) to manage their Las Vegas retail branch operations. Over the next 10 years, Rick grew the Las Vegas branches to be the largest and most profitable branches within the company. At the same time, Rick was promoted to Vice President and subsequently to Senior Vice President in charge of Weyerhaeuser's western operations. When Wall Street's mantra changed in the 90's to "get back to your core of business," Weyerhaeuser sold its mortgage origination business, along with many other ancillary businesses. Rick decided it was time to grow his own business and in 1999 started a net retail branch loan company called Premier Mortgage Lending Group which grew to be one of Las Vegas's largest private mortgage lenders with a solid reputation for excellent service and for doing what they said they would do. Rick exited the mortgage business in 2006 and sat on the side-lines for several years. Today Rick is back in the mortgage origination business offering both traditional financing and non-traditional "niche" mortgage products.

Andrea Hall

Andrea Hall - Operations Manager NMLS# 369993

Andrea is a proven top performing mortgage professional. With over 17 years in the mortgage lending industry, Andrea is recognized as one of Las Vegas' top operations managers. Andrea has held positions with Republic Mortgage, First Horizon Home Loans and MetLife Home Loans. Andrea has experience in all aspects of the mortgage lending industry, including processing, underwriting, closing, post-closing, quality control, branch management and training. Andrea has held the positions of an FHA DE underwriter, VA credit examiner and conventional underwriter with $2 million signing authority and has overseen regional operations of over 300 employees, and closings in excess of $1 billion.

Andrea Hall

Cheryll Acevedo - NMLS# 514408

Cheryll was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Las Vegas in 1976. She has been working in the mortgage industry since 1983, and originally started in the business as a loan processor. For seven years, Cheryl continued working in the field of loan processing and in 1990 became a loan officer.

Throughout her career she has worked for many large nationwide companies, including: Commonwealth Mortgage, Weyerhaeuser Mortgage, Norwest Mortgage, First Horizon, Metlife, and Premier Mortgage Lending Group.

Cheryll's entire career in the mortgage industry has been here in the Las Vegas marketplace, working with both builders and real estate professionals. She has a vast array of experience and knowledge when it comes to the originating, processing, underwriting and closing procedures associated with mortgage loans. She is both state and federally licensed in Nevada, and takes any and every opportunity to stay ahead of the game when it comes to learning new processes and the changing loan guidelines as they happen.

She has also been in the 'Presidents Club Circle' with every company she's worked for, and has been continually recognized as a top producer year after year. Her commitment to understanding and being highly educated on the mortgage industry's ever changing landscape is a testament to her professionalism.

Sydnee Johnson

Sydnee Johnson - NMLS# 222443

Sydnee started in the mortgage industry in 1985 in Cedar City, Utah. She brings years of experience to Premier Mortgage Lending. She has worked in every aspect of the business including processing, closing, underwriting, management and her true love, loan production.

As a top loan producer in the industry, Sydnee has worked as a loan officer for the past 15 years of her career in the mortgage business. Prior to joining Premier Mortgage Lending, Sydnee worked for Republic Mortgage in Nevada.

Sydnee has worked throughout her career with both real estate professionals as well as many different builders. Sydnee is extremely knowledgeable in every facet of mortgage lending, including FHA, VA, Conventional, new construction, jumbo loans, niche products and second chance loans. She has the unique ability of matching her borrowers to the perfect loan for their situation. Sydnee's commitment to her borrowers, realtors and builders is unsurpassed in the industry.

Cathy Zora

Cathy Zora - NMLS# 1163553

Cathy Zora is a Las Vegas native with a vast amount of mortgage lending experience.

Cathy was trained in the industry as a Loan Processor before making the move to loan originating. Over 20+ years of operational and management experience give Cathy a great depth of knowledge in getting borrowers qualified.

Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional – Cathy is committed to providing the best home buying/borrowing experience possible in our business!