*Another Great Hire*
**By Tony Garritano**
***I wrote earlier this week about a good friend and industry visionary joining ISGN. Today I have another similar announcement to share. Residential Finance, an award-winning nationwide mortgage lender, has appointed Rick Roque as vice president of business development. Roque is focused on expanding the company’s retail branches, and on growing business through third-party affiliates. His new role also includes enhancing business relationships with strategic partners in the mortgage and housing industries.
****“Great organizations are built with great people, and that’s exactly what we’ve found with Rick,” said Daniel Jacobs, managing director of retail branching at Residential Finance. “The addition of Rick to the Residential Finance team significantly enhances our retail branching growth strategy. He is known throughout the industry as a resourceful person with a can-do attitude.”
****Prior to joining Residential Finance, Roque was senior vice president of growth and strategy at Prime Source Mortgage in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has also served as national sales and business manager for Calyx Software in Dallas, and was a consultant for Ellie Mae in Pleasanton, California.
****“I’m pleased to be working with the team at Residential Finance, a group of top-notch experts in the mortgage business,” Roque said. “I was drawn to Residential Finance’s emphasis on serving consumers, as well as its commitment to employees.”
Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.