Meet the Staff

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Tony Benallo

Owner and President | NMLS 384548 | 303-422-6500

Having over twenty years of experience as a mortgage professional, Tony Benallo has owned and operated Venture Financial, Inc. since being established in 2003. He has extensive knowledge in originating a variety of loan types - including: First-time buyers, subsequent buyers and even individuals interested in investment properties. He works with conventional, high balance, jumbo, FHA and VA purchase programs as well as refinance programs. Tony’s highest priority is to ensure that his clients consider all of their options and then place them with programs that fit their financial and personal needs.

Tony has called the Arvada/Denver Metro area home his entire life. After graduating from Arvada West High School, he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance at the University of Northern Colorado, where he wrestled and played baseball for four years with three time Academic All American honors - two years Wrestling All American and a Baseball All American honors, respectively. Upon graduation from UNC, Tony began his career in the financial Industry and opened Venture Financial. As a true entrepreneurial at heart, Tony enjoys developing small businesses that positively support and impact our local communities.

Tony is a family man who continues his love of sports by spending a day on the golf course with his wife, coaching his two sons in wrestling, football and baseball and he has recently begun coaching baseball at the high school level.

Tony’s team of trained and experienced mortgage and loan professionals at Venture Financial would love the opportunity to assist you with your loan needs.


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Diane Tappy

Operations Manager & Licensed Mortgage Originator | NMLS 168732

Having worked in the mortgage industry for over 30 years, Diane has an in depth knowledge of the financing process. She ran several branches for an inhouse lender with a builder for twenty years. Diane has been beyond thrilled to join the Venture team and continue to work with new and experienced homebuyers. The best part of her work continues to be helping people get to the finish line in their purchase or refinance transactions. As each borrower's circumstances can be arranged as a puzzle, it is her joy to place the pieces and successfully navigate us to closing.

Originally born in Wyoming, Diane has called Colorado home for over 30 years. She’s enjoyed raising her two daughters in Broomfield, Colorado. In her free time she can be found enjoying the beautiful sunshine Colorado has to offer, crocheting for her nonprofit, Mats for Cats, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Kenny Blair

Licensed Mortgage Originator | NMLS 1719290

Kenny Blair, a true Colorado Native, was born in and still calls Arvada home. Kenny married the love of his life and enjoyed raising two children.  He is an avid outdoors man who enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything to do with water.  When not outside he can be found improving his billiards skills

Kenny, a true entrepreneur, owned and operated a retail liquor store for over 21 years. Upon selling his business, he explored several self employment ventures, which he still enjoys operating. Kenny found himself happiest serving his clients as a Loan Officer. He has decided to follow his dream in the mortgage lending business by taking a position with Venture Financial to help people achieve their dreams of home ownership, refinance a current home or purchasing another.  He is no stranger to long hours and hard work, he is devoted to his family, work and hobbies to be the best he can to achieve his goals!