Executive Vice President
Steve joined PERL Mortgage as Partner and Vice President in 1999. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, overseeing the overall functions of the marketing department, in addition to supervising the recruitment, hiring and oversight of the sales team. Prior to joining PERL, Steve worked as a Loan Officer at Prism Mortgage in Northbrook, Illinois; established new relationships with building developers and dominated the new condominium construction business in Chicago. Within two years, he met Ken Perlmutter and recognized an opportunity to expand his business. Upon partnering with PERL, Steve opened an office in Deerfield, IL, rapidly excelling as a mortgage advisor and partner. Steve and Ken established a solid working relationship over the years – where Steve supervises the marketing and sales side of the business and Ken oversees the overall operational functions of the company. Under their leadership, the company has grown from a small brokerage operation to one of the top 50 independent mortgage bankers in the nation (Mortgage Executive Magazine). PERL has rapidly expanded its operations from two offices in 1999 to eleven offices nationwide in 2016, and continues to grow.
Steve was born and raised in the Chicago area, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison to study economics. His interest in finance and fast-paced businesses led him to begin clerking as a runner at the Board of Trade. He entered the trading field, eventually trading for himself at the options exchange for the next decade before transitioning into the mortgage industry.
After reaching a state of burnout, Laner needed a change. In 1997, he called an old friend at a mortgage company in Northbrook – and was quickly offered a desk. Though the business environment was vastly different from the world of trading, he caught on and made a smooth transition.
Laner created new relationships with building developers and dominated the new condominium construction business in Chicago. Within two years, he met with Ken Perlmutter and recognized an opportunity to expand his business. He joined PERL Mortgage as Partner and Vice President – and opened a PERL office in Deerfield, Illinois. Steve has consistently been featured in Mortgage Originator Magazine’s annual U.S. “Top 200 Mortgage Originator” award list for the past twelve years, and continues to nurture his business based on referrals from his vast network of builders, realtors and satisfied customers..
NMLS #19533, 031.0003768 (IL)
101 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60654