*Experience Really Does Matter These Days*
**By Tony Garritano**
***We all know a lot of good people that are out of work. It’s sad really. I laugh when the media say we’re doing so much better because unemployment is down to 8.3%. Is 8.3% unemployment recovery? I don’t think so. The good news is that if you’re an experience lending executive, you can get employment. There is a premium for people who “know” this business. Let’s face it, if you don’t know anything about mortgage lending, how can you fix the business? You can’t. Case in point, here a few recent hires that demonstrate that experience matters:
****Specialty servicer Wingspan Portfolio Advisors has announced that Ed Delgado will join the company as chief operating officer, effective April 2, 2012. Formerly CEO of the Five Star Institute, SVP of Wells Fargo and executive at Freddie Mac, Delgado has more than 20 years of experience in mortgage banking and is widely recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the industry.
****While at Five Star, one of the nation’s largest trade groups, Delgado led various industry initiatives and hosted discussions with former President George W. Bush, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, First Lady Laura Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He pioneered the formation of the Lender Leadership League, a consortium of the nation’s top mortgage-servicing executives. Prior to joining Five Star, Delgado was SVP of government and industry relations at Wells Fargo, where he played an integral role within the company’s servicing and default group and served as a leader in the mortgage community, government agencies and industry trade groups in Washington, D.C. While serving as a key representative to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in conjunction with industry leaders, Delgado was supportive of the Obama and Bush administration’s efforts to develop mortgage solutions designed to stem the increasing number of home foreclosures in the United States.
****Also, Appraisal Logistics, a compliance risk management firm, named Dennis H. Ashcroft vice president, sales and marketing. In this position, Ashcroft oversees Appraisal Logistics’ business and sales strategy, marketing efforts and growth initiatives. He serves as the foremost expert on all ongoing sales initiatives within the company, as well as oversees the customer experience for the company’s nationwide client base and appraisal network.
****With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, including co-founding and managing a federal credit union, Ashcroft brings a unique perspective to Appraisal Logistics. His vision will play a key role in the company’s continued expansion in the bank, credit union and mortgage lending market.
****Lastly, Axis Appraisal Management Solutions announced the addition of Janice Bezou, SRA, as the Director of Vendor Management and Lender Services. Ms. Bezou brings more than 25 years of appraisal management as well as asset and risk management experience to Axis. She spent more than 16 years with a top tier national bank, managing residential appraisal departments and assisting in corporate valuation risk management. She was also Chief Appraiser for Service Link, Fidelity’s National Lending platform. Ms. Bezou was most recently Director of Appraisal Services for Bay Equity Home Loans in San Francisco. She holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute and is a Certified Appraiser in California.
****Why was Ms. Bezou and the other executives mentioned hired? “Axis is entering a new phase in its level and range of services for our lender partners and Ms. Bezou’s deep background in risk management, reo decision making, repurchase negotiations, and extensive industry- wide relationships assures our clients of the gold standard within the suite of new services they can anticipate from Axis,” answered Michael Simmons, SVP of Business Development. “In addition, our expectations of, and support for, our elite appraiser panel will flourish even further under Ms. Bezou’s tutelage.”