*Great Minds Are In Demand*
**New Hires Exude Industry Knowledge**
***Where is the market going? Have we hit bottom? Who knows. Everyone has an opinion. What can be said with certainty is that if you’re looking to build your executive team, now is not the time to hire the new guy with no mortgage experience. In a volatile market, experience matters. Recent hires at Interthinx and Gateway prove this point. Here’s the news:
****First, Shareé McKenzie Taylor, most recently director of public policy for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), has joined Interthinx as director of industry relations. Taylor will be stationed in Washington, D.C., as part of industry expert Ann Fulmer’s team and will focus on expanding relationships with leaders in the real estate finance industry, lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and various federal agencies.
****“Risk management and regulatory compliance are critical to restoring confidence and achieving a successful housing recovery,” noted Ann Fulmer, vice president of industry relations for Interthinx. “Taylor brings a unique blend of skills and experience that will help us monitor and report on regulatory changes and industry trends affecting our clients. I had the pleasure of working with her while she was with the MBA, and I know she’ll bring valuable insights to bear during these challenging times.”
****“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with many companies seeking to help the mortgage industry recover from the downturn,” said Taylor. “Based on its excellent reputation, I’m excited about the opportunity to join Interthinx. I’m particularly looking forward to increasing the firm’s profile in Washington by working with key policymakers on issues critical to the industry.”
****Prior to her position with the MBA, Taylor was with Wexler & Walker PPA, where she worked primarily on matters related to financial services, foreign affairs, trade, and energy. Taylor started her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as a corporate attorney. Born in Jamaica and raised in Canada, Taylor attended the University of Toronto, where she earned her B.A. with honors in both economics and political science before continuing on to earn a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
****Second, Gateway Mortgage Group LLC, a privately held mortgage company offering originations, servicing and correspondent lending, has hired Robert Rothrock to lead its marketing and corporate development department. Rothrock brings more than 20 years of experience to the role and focuses on expanding Gateway’s retail footprint as well as supporting its correspondent and servicing lines of business.
****Prior to joining Gateway, Rothrock was senior vice president of marketing, public relations and talent acquisition for Dallas, Texas-based NexBank where he oversaw all marketing, advertising, public relations, sales and recruitment activities. During that time, he drove the bank’s overall revenue and profitability higher while also helping to grow annual mortgage loan volume to $1 billion in a three year period. Previously, Rothrock held leadership positions with Countrywide Bank and Bank of America.
****In addition to recently launching correspondent, servicing and subservicing divisions, Gateway has added three new retail offices in St. Louis and Omaha, Neb. and continues to pursue the establishment of branches in other strategic locations.
****“As we focus on increasing market share through expanding our retail footprint, it is vital to further develop and enhance the resources that assist our new and existing retail locations,” said Kevin Stitt, president of Gateway Mortgage Group. “The addition of Rob to our team not only enhances that support by providing our branches with local marketing guidance and support, it also provides a strategic and integrated approach to Gateway’s growth plans across all of our channels.”