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Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens Escondido Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Escondido, CA branch (NMLS #309712). The new branch is led by industry veteran and San Diego County local Leslie Thomerson (NMLS #508360), who has 28 years of experience in the mortgage industry and understands the housing needs of Southern California well.

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“The opening of our Escondido branch is a great opportunity for Castle & Cooke Mortgage to address the particular needs of our clients in the San Diego area,” stated Art Della Rocca, regional manager for Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “Leslie has lived and worked in the region for many years, and maintains an outstanding professional reputation within the local real estate community. We couldn’t ask for a better person to lead our Escondido team.”

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Prior to joining Castle & Cooke Mortgage, Thomerson was a sales manager for both Freedom Mortgage and Stearns Lending. Her extensive background in the mortgage business has prepared Thomerson to lead the Escondido branch with professionalism and skill. She is committed to providing her clients with a smooth and streamlined borrowing experience, adhering to Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s standards of clear communication and transparency. Whether assisting a customer through their first home buying experience, or aiding a client through the process of obtaining a VA loan, Thomerson’s team is committed to meeting each borrower’s unique needs.

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“My team and I are very excited to be part of the community on Grand Avenue in Escondido,” said Thomerson. “We are looking forward to meeting our business and local real estate neighbors, and are eager to share our expertise.”

Thomerson can be reached at LThomerson@castlecookemortgage.com or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Escondido branch, located at 104 West Grand Avenue, A & B, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Parkside Lending Expands In New York

Parkside Lending, LLC, a national wholesale and correspondent lender, announces the expansion into New York with the addition of Rich Bloom as North Eastern Regional Manager and Katie Plezia and Elizabeth Squillante Nichols as Senior Account Executives.

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Bloom has been in the mortgage business for 31 years, 24 as a Sales Manager, and will be covering the east coast from Virginia to Maine. His extensive network positions him well to help grow Parkside’s presence in the area. “I am pleased to join a company that gives me the opportunity to grow a region,” said Bloom. “And Parkside’s excellent service and commitment to their customers is worth expanding.”

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Plezia, another industry veteran, has 30+ years of mortgage experience in the NY market, receiving Top Performer and Chairman’s Club Winner awards during her tenure. And Nichols has over 20 years as a Wholesale and Correspondent Account Executive in downstate New York specializing in Jumbo, Conventional, FHA and VA loans. The two will be covering the New York Metro Area.

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“With such seasoned talent joining the team, Parkside is excited to bring our expertise and strong commitment to customer service to the NY Market,” said James Lamparter, EVP of Sales at Parkside.

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Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens CT Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Danielson, Connecticut branch (NMLS # 1458459). The new location expands the company’s footprint in the state and will complement the company’s sister branch in Columbia.

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The new branch is led by industry veteran and Danielson native, Todd A. Cooke (NMLS #1055106). Cooke has 15 years of experience in mortgage lending and real estate brokerage, offering personalized guidance and addressing the specific home-buying needs of his community. Cooke and his team provide a range of services from assisting first-time homebuyers as they make the leap from renting to owning, to supporting homeowners in their refinancing or renovation goals.

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“Assisting first-time homebuyers who need personalized guidance through the home buying process and buyers unsure of their options given their current credit situation, are my specialty,” said Cooke. “I take pride in simplifying the home buying process and providing all of the information a buyer should have to come to the best decision for their specific and individualized needs.”

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Cooke can be reached at TCooke@castlecookemortgage.com or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Danielson branch, located at 7 Center Street, Danielson, CT 06239.

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Docutech Names Amy Brandt As President And COO

Docutech has named Amy Brandt as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Brandt will be responsible for leading all aspects of daily operations, including sales, customer support, marketing and product development.

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Bringing more than 20 years of mortgage and software industry experience to Docutech, Brandt most recently served as President of Originations and Corporate Technology at New Penn Financial. At New Penn Financial, Brandt oversaw all origination channels, including direct-to-consumer products, third party originations and retail. Prior to New Penn Financial, Brandt served as Chief Operations Officer of Prospect Mortgage, where she enhanced day-to-day operations and transformed the lender’s technology infrastructure.

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“Docutech has experienced significant success by providing industry-leading document and compliance services to financial institutions over the past two decades,” said Ty Jenkins, founder and CEO of Docutech. “As we continue to expand our product and service offerings as an enterprise lending solutions leader, Amy brings the leadership and expertise needed to optimize Docutech’s operations to better serve our customers and realize our growth potential.”

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In addition to her executive career, Brandt is currently a Board Member of Sun to Water Technologies, and she is a Scholar Rescue Fund Advisory Board Member with the Institute of International Education. She is a former Board Member with Source Corp Inc. and a former Board Member and Capital Founder with Bluebeam Software Inc. Amy is also the former Chair of Your Music America and was a Federal Housing Policy Council Member with the Financial Services Roundtable. Brandt holds a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

“Docutech is well-positioned to be the premier provider of enterprise-wide lending solutions to financial institutions of all sizes,” Brandt said. “I look forward to leading Docutech to provide the highest level of value, service and innovation to banks and lenders in the coming years.”

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Accurate Group Expands Its Team

Accurate Group, a provider of real estate appraisal, title and compliance services, announced the expansion of its sales team. Matthew Lichtner, a mortgage and settlement services industry veteran has joined the Accurate Group sales team as Senior Vice President, National Account Manager.

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Matt has close to 30 years of experience, having served in a number of senior level sales positions within the title insurance and information industry. Matt has extensive knowledge in property data products and services, technology platforms, and business process outsourcing across all segments of the mortgage industry.

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“Matt’s focus will be to drive new title and valuation sales, including our industry leading ValueNet suite of products, using his unique relationships within the banking and real estate finance industries. Matt will concentrate on the west coast, specifically California where there is tremendous growth opportunity for the Accurate Group.  He will also market our AMC services to all areas of real estate lending,” stated Accurate’s National Sales Manager, Scott Vilseck.

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Effective May 16, 2017, Richard L. Heltzel III will move from his current position as Director of ValueNet, a division of Accurate Group, to join the company’s sales team as Vice President, National Account Manager. Rich began his career with the Accurate Group in 2010 and was an integral part of the company’s explosive growth as an Appraisal Management Company (AMC). During that time, he managed Accurate’s Alternative Valuation Division in Cleveland where he successfully cultivated a nationwide network of inspection companies along with overseeing Accurate’s reseller relationship with ValueNet. When Accurate acquired ValueNet, Rich relocated and assumed the role of Director, overseeing Accurate’s GroundWorks inspection business.

“Rich has been extremely successful in his role as Director of Accurate’s ValueNet suite of products,” said Scott Waxman, Chief Appraiser and President of Accurate’s ValueNet division. “Given his prior success within the company, I’m looking forward to watching his continued development as he diversifies and expands within our organization.”

“I’ve asked Rich to lead Accurate in winning new title and valuation revenue in the northeast region as well as specific target accounts across the United States,” stated Vilseck. “Based on Rich’s drive and product knowledge, along with his desire to pursue a career in sales I felt this was the perfect opportunity for him to continue to grow within the company. I’m excited to make this announcement – I expect Matt and Rich’s expertise will help further accelerate revenue growth and solidify Accurate Group’s position as a market leader in real estate title, appraisal and valuation products and services.”

Accurate Group continues to attract outstanding talent along with mentoring their current employee base to solidify its future and expand at a rapid pace. This move will allow Accurate Group to further diversify its customer base, increase market share and continue to deliver exceptional service to its growing client base of banks, credit unions, mortgage servicers and real estate lending organizations.

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LRES Names New Chief Strategy Officer

LRES, a national residential and commercial mortgage services company providing valuations, REO asset management, HOA and technology solutions for the mortgage and real estate industry, announced Mark R. Johnson as its chief strategy officer to create and implement new strategic priorities and ensure core company initiatives, services and partnerships that reflect the company’s plans for growth.

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In this role, Johnson serves as a resource across the organization to increase broad cohesion of strategic plans while monitoring the competitive landscape and market conditions to identify opportunities, issues and risks in order to recommend actionable strategies.

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Johnson has more than 20 years of executive experience working for various Fortune 500 companies within the mortgage industry where he was charged with establishing annual strategic goals and managing budgets, forecasts and corporate reporting. Prior to LRES, he served as division president of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Previously he served as division president and chief operating officer of Lender Processing Services (now known as Black Knight Financial Services).

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“Mark’s proven experience of managing strategic execution and business unit performance metrics at distinguishable companies within our industry makes him the perfect candidate to help lead our strategic efforts. I look forward to working with Mark and the LRES executives to further collaborate with clients, address emerging opportunities and create change within the industry that allows for better accuracy and faster, more efficient delivery of information. LRES seeks to have an intimate understanding of client expectations and is focused on making it easy to do business,” said Roger Beane, CEO of LRES.

Johnson added “For a confluence of reasons, the valuation industry is not as efficient as it should, or could, be. By continuing to integrate data sciences, advanced workflows and mobile technology, we can change and improve this ecosystem and bring additional lift to clients as well as to the appraiser community and other vendors.”

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Visionary Lending Executive Takes New Position

A.W. Pickel, III, a current member of MBA’s IMB (Independent Mortgage Bankers) Executive Council and the Freddie Mac IMB Advisory Board, has joined Houston-based AmCap Mortgage as president of its newly-formed Midwestern Division. As of October 15th Pickel will be responsible for growing AmCap Mortgage’s retail brand and physical presence in the Midwestern states and beyond, through both acquisition and organic growth. Founded in 2002, AmCap Mortgage is currently licensed in 32 states, originates over $2 billion in retail government and conventional mortgages annually, has approximately 800 employees in over 75 branches and services its own loans.

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Pickel has almost 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry and joins AmCap from LeaderOne Financial, which he founded in 1992 and led to become a national company producing over $1 billion in mortgages per year. A longtime industry advocate and former president of the NAMB, he founded the Kansas Association of Mortgage Brokers and co-authored the state’s first mortgage broker-banker bill in 1995. He serves on several industry advisory boards and has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress as a leading mortgage industry expert.

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Pickel is also keenly interested in fostering entrepreneurism and financial literacy among the nation’s younger generations, interests he will continue at AmCap Mortgage. “I am an entrepreneur and builder by nature,” Pickel said. “I enjoy building organizations and leading companies as they grow and prosper. I very much look forward to being a part of AmCap Mortgage’s success as the company expands its footprint across the nation.”

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Under Pickel’s leadership, LeaderOne Financial went from a local two-person mortgage brokerage to a mortgage banking company licensed in 38 states and servicing over $600 millionin residential loans. He also leveraged technology to make his firm one of the first mortgage companies to become paperless in virtually all aspects of the lending process, years ahead of the rest of the industry. An aviation enthusiast, Pickel is a major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and a Civil Air Patrol search and rescue mission pilot.

AmCap CEO Garrett Clayton said, “It is a tremendous pleasure to have an executive of A.W.’s reputation and experience join the AmCap team. His record of achievement, innovation and industry leadership harmonizes perfectly with AmCap’s commitment to growth, organizational excellence and superior borrower experiences across our entire network. We are delighted to have him heading up the new Midwestern Division of our expanding company.”

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Lender Staffs Up In Several Branches

Churchill Mortgage added 28 employees to its branches in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. In 2016, the lender has added more than 50 employees across its branch network to support increased demand for home financing products.

In Brentwood, Tenn., Churchill welcomes Todd Fertig as a compliance analyst, Doreen Hammond and Joette Heisterkamp as customer care specialists, and Naomi Morgan as front office administrator. The branch also welcomes Jeremy Davis as vendor manager, Spencer Lathrop as an accountant and Chandler Wilder as a technology associate.

Seven new employees join Churchill’s Herndon, Va. branch, including Shaunna Pack as a senior processor, Valentina Bentancor as a processor, Erick Blackwelder as marketing director, Noel Bonilla as a setup administrator, and Andrew VigliottiSamuel Nixon and Joseph Waitz as home loan assistants.

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In North Texas, the lender added Michael Louden as a home loan specialist and Taylor Thompson joins the Dallas branch as an administrative operations assistant. Charles Terry and Nicole Cayet join as home loan specialists in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as Jennifer Flores as a processor. Churchill welcomes Curtis Heaton and Brian Hall as home loan specialists and Nancy Wendt as a home loan assistant to its Kansas City, Mo. branch. In Phoenix, Domenica Tellez and Matthew Schmidt join as a home loan assistant and customer care coordinator, respectively. Melanie Waycaster joins the lender’s Tupelo, Miss. branch as administrative assistant and processing coordinator, while David KelleyAndrea Robbinsand Nathaniel Barr join as home loan assistants in Greenwood, S.C., Portland, Ore. and San Diego, respectively.

“Consistent growth is imperative to our continued efforts to support the financial needs of families and individuals nationwide,” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. “Effective recruiting and training of expert mortgage professionals is the foundation of our success. It enables us to provide an exceptional and enjoyable home buying experience for everyone that we serve.”

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NAHREP Expands Executive Team

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) announced today that Silvia Perez-Rathell has joined the organization as its chief development officer. In her new role, Perez-Rathell will lead corporate and government development efforts for the trade organization and will also be working with the Hispanic Wealth Project (HWP), formerly known as the NAHREP Foundation, from NAHREP’s new secondary office in D.C.

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“Silvia is coming in at a perfect time as NAHREP and the Hispanic Wealth Project are expanding to serve the broader Hispanic business communities,” said Gary Acosta, Co-founder and CEO of NAHREP, “She brings a tremendous network of business and government relationships that will add value to our members and fuel additional growth to our organization.”

Perez-Rathell spent the last seven years at League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) as the national senior director for federal and corporate relations where she was instrumental in acquiring and growing the number of financial commitments for the organization. In her role at LULAC, she led her team in forging partnerships with Fortune 1000 Companies and over 40 Federal Agencies. Prior to LULAC, Perez-Rathell served as the vice president of corporate relations at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the leading advocate for the nation’s 3 million Hispanic-owned companies.

Perez-Rathell will work from NAHREP’s auxiliary office in Washington D.C. She will continue to be active at the national level sitting on national boards and advisory councils such as the White House Policy Briefings for Latino Leaders, the Social Security Administration’s Latino Advisory Board, the National Hispanic Employment Program Managers Council, the National Farmworker Alliance and on the American Red Cross’ National Latino Hispanic Initiative.

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Default Services Provider Gets New CEO

Exceleras, creators of the DispoSolutions REO management platform and the ValueSolutions enterprise collateral valuation management technology, announced today that industry veteran Michael Harris has joined the firm and will serve as president and Chief Executive Officer. Harris has been consulting with the firm for several months, developing strategic direction and working on a new product set and a general rebrand for the successful software development company.

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Exceleras, formerly Default Servicing Technologies, became a leading firm during the foreclosure crisis, when lenders, servicers and asset management firms sought out software to help them manage the property valuation and disposition processes. Today, Harris plans to take the company to the next step in its evolution.

“Today’s primary market participants, lenders and servicers, now have access to solid software that meets their most pressing needs and we are proud to be a solution provider for that sector,” Harris said. “It’s the secondary market that also needs our support today. Our ability to provide customized software through a consultative and collaborative process is making us a good partner for capital markets firms that can benefit from access to a boutique, high powered technology environment.”

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Harris previously owned his own quality assurance consulting firm Jennick, LLC, where he provided a range of services designed to help mortgage servicers establish and maintain best practices. Before that he served as President of Carrington Property Services, President at Stewart Asset Recovery, and Vice President in charge of Operation for First American REO Servicing.

“Our primary market segment going forward will be investors who lack the powerful technologies required for success in today’s real estate market,” Harris said. “There are firms in our industry today who would benefit greatly by having a single solution like Exceleras which can provide end to end technology from portfolio acquisition to disposition. We can show them software solutions that will change their worlds.”

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