Carrie Rengers

St. Louis-based Delmar Financial seeking first Wichita-area branch

Delmar Financial, a St. Louis-based mortgage company, is now doing business in Wichita.

“They’re becoming very aggressive about growth around the country,” branch manager Chris Waipa says of the 55-year-old business.

Though Delmar is operating here, it doesn’t yet have an office. Waipa says he and co-branch manager Jeff Torkelson are working on it.

“We’re looking to possibly open a couple different locations,” Waipa says.

Waipa is a Wichita native who now lives in Derby, and he says that’s likely where the first Delmar branch will be.

“I’m pretty well networked there,” he says.

Waipa is close to a deal.

A downtown or west Wichita site probably will follow.

There are two other loan officers working with Torkelson and Waipa, he says.

“We’re going to be slowly working to build a team.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers