About Us

John Nustad and Laura Lea Blanks are EPIC Mortgage. The pair has extensive experience and knowledge guiding clients toward their financial goals.

Toward their American Dream.

Toward their EPIC life!

But don’t take their word for it. Hear what their spouses had to say about them. And if that’s not quite enough, scroll past the bullet points for a comprehensive list of education and achievements.

Laura Lea Blanks

About Laura Lea

(written by her husband Bill)


  • You are overly generous.
  • The same level of kindness to everyone.
  • Will do whatever it takes to make things happen that you believe in.
  • You put other people first – always.
  • You are incredibly positive (bordering on unrealistic).
About Laura Lea Blanks:

Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University, and a Master’s degree from Lamar University, alongside a rich background encompassing 28 years in education and a decade in Non-Profit Leadership, I’ve committed my life to uplifting individuals and fostering positive change.

Through my involvement in Leadership Longview and expertise in event planning, I’ve orchestrated impactful experiences for women, spotlighting distinguished speakers like Tammy Whitehurst and Singer-Songwriter Julie Forester Mangus.

I developed grant writing skills to create opportunities for twice-exceptional students, and passionately advocated for special education rights. Leading initiatives for Cognia (AdvancED SACS/CASI) Accreditation has not only refined my leadership and strategic skills but also reinforced my determination to drive impactful change.

As my former students transition into young adulthood and embark on the journey of homeownership, I continue to be fueled by a deep passion for helping others achieve their dreams and goals. My extensive experience and commitment to making a difference in the lives of individuals position me as a trusted guide in the complex landscape of mortgage lending.

John Nustad

About John

(written by his wife Katy)

  • I trust you (you wouldn’t steal my identity).
  • I know you would get me the best terms and if I could go somewhere else for better terms, you would tell me.
  • You are a public figure so I think you would give great customer service.
  • You are patient and thoughtful so it wouldn’t be a pencil whip high pressure thing. Your demeanor is nice for a “salesman”.
  • You would keep me informed on the process.


About John Nustad:

With over a decade of experience in the mortgage and banking sector, including roles in mortgage lending, commercial lending, and wealth management, I bring valuable insights to help individuals and partners navigate the complexities of finance and the evolving economy. I aim to deliver exceptional service to clients with a genuine commitment to serving others.

In addition to my professional pursuits, I am honored to serve as a representative for District Four on the Longview City Council. I also contribute to the community as a Kilgore College Foundation Board member and Chair of the Executive Team for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Longview.

Active involvement in various organizations such as the Longview Area Association of Realtors, East Texas Builders Association, Longview Chamber of Commerce, Greggton Rotary, and the First United Methodist Church of Longview allows me to stay connected and make a positive impact.

I have previously held leadership roles with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Pines. I was also a committee member for the City of Longview’s Senior Advisory Council and Longview Housing Authority. In recognition of my contributions, I was a finalist for ETX View’s Forty Under 40 for Banking & Lending in 2022 and received the Affiliate of the Year award from the Longview Area Association of Realtors in 2019. I am also a graduate of Leadership Longview through the Longview Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of work and community service, I am passionate about promoting literacy and culture through initiatives such as founding the Longview Book Club, featuring esteemed authors like Matthew McConaughey, Joe Lansdale, and May Cobb.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and hold an associate’s degree from Kilgore College. I reside in Longview, TX, with my wife, two children, and beloved rescue dog.