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10 | M R EP O RT MCROWD LENDERS LATASHA CAUSEY Bell Bank has hired Latasha Causey as VP of Human Resources for Bell's South Region markets, with oversight of human resources activities, including culture and diversity efforts, for Bell Bank and its divisions. Causey offices in Phoenix and works with Bell's team members in Arizona, as well as its mortgage offices in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Florida. "We're focused on hiring the 'best of the best,' and Latasha certainly fits that billing," said Kyle Kennedy, Bell's Southwest Region President and Arizona Banking Director. "With her vast experience and connections, she'll be able to help guide not only Bell Bank's recruitment, hiring and human resources functions in this region, but also our expanding ef- forts in diversity and outreach. We're proud to have someone of her caliber choose to join Bell as the next step in her already-successful career." "I'm excited to join the Bell Bank family," Causey said. "Bell has a unique culture that truly is built on core values of family, service and giv- ing back. It's a great opportunity for me to bring my own experience and perspectives in helping guide people- first practices for this rapidly growing financial organization." Causey has more than 20 years' experience leading recruiting and human resources teams. Prior to joining Bell Bank, she worked at Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, and USAA, where she was responsible for strengthening USAA's brand and culture in the Phoenix market. Most recently, Causey was head of recruit- ing for U-Hall International, where she led recruitment for all the company's locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Causey is very active in the Phoenix business community. In 2018, she was named one of Phoenix's Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She was appointed to the Phoenix Business Workforce and Development Board by Mayor Kate Gallego. Causey serves on the boards of directors of several community nonprofit organizations: the Arizona State University Alumni Association, Valley of the Sun United Way, and Teach for America Phoenix. Causey graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's de- gree in communications, then earned her master's degree with a concentra- tion in organizational management and Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification. She and her hus- band, Sullivan, live in Litchfield Park, Ariz., and have two sons. BRYAN FILKEY Interfirst Mortgage Company, a private equity-backed mortgage originator, announced that Bryan Filkey has joined the Company as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). In his role, Filkey will be respon- sible for identifying opportunities for Interfirst within the non-government guaranteed space, establishing secu- ritization and proprietary execution strategies to arbitrage agency-eligi- ble collateral, as well as developing and executing on the Company's core long-term strategy. Filkey is based in Orange County, California, and will report to Dmitry Godin, Founder and CEO of Interfirst. Filkey brings to Interfirst 15 years' industry experience, with substantial expertise in mortgage banking, alter- native product development and as- set management. Previously, he was EVP of Credit and Strategic Initiatives at PCMA Private Client Lending. Prior, Filkey served as Senior Managing Director at the lender as well as President TPO and Head of Capital Markets at Impac Mortgage Corp. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Sun West Mortgage Company, Credit Suisse, Capital One and PIMCO. He is frequently sought out for his opinions on alternative loan products and regularly speaks at industry events on credit-related topics. "Bryan will be instrumental in developing and executing our long- term strategic plan and position- ing Interfirst for profitability and long-term sustainability," said Dmitry Godin, Founder and CEO at Interfirst. "He is joining Interfirst at a critical point in our Company's history—but just as important in the mortgage industry. His expertise, especially in non-government guaranteed prod- ucts, will be essential as we build out this important part of our business and work towards our goal of stream- lining and revolutionizing the lending experience for customers." "It is exceptionally rare to find leadership with this level of knowl- edge and drive for excellence," commented Filkey. "The expertise and work ethic that starts at the top of Interfirst, along with the passion for fundamentally altering the lend- This month, some of the industry's largest companies saw significant changes to their corporate lineups. Who's moving on and who's moving up in the industry ing landscape, is exhilarating to be around and will make Interfirst 2.0 a powerhouse. The opportunity to bring our collective skillsets together, under a shared vision, will significantly enhance Interfirst's brand aware- ness with the consumer as well as the B2B and investor communities, as a result of the proprietary nature of the products, technology and the vertically integrated structure of the organization." Filkey added, "In an industry that has lagged others, in terms of automation and enhanced customer experience, Interfirst is focused on being the first automated loan manu- facturing plant with a goal of total dis- ruption to both the cost and revenue sides of the equation. This presents the opportunity to fundamentally change not only the way loans are originated, but also the execution options, while creating value for our shareholders. At Interfirst, we don't get out of bed everyday competing to be a little better—we want to look back on our careers and see that we shifted the lending paradigm com- pletely and permanently." EDWARD HUSSEY Sabal Capital Partners, LLC, a diversified financial services firm specializing in commercial real estate, lending, and investing, announced it has hired Edward Hussey as Head of Agency Lending. Based in Virginia, Hussey will be responsible for managing production across all of Sabal's Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and other agency products and oversee- ing the recruiting, training, and management of the lender's nationwide production team. Hussey brings more than 30 years' experi- ence in mortgage lending across credit, underwriting, and production, including eight years as VP at Freddie Mac, to his new role at Sabal. "Given Ed Hussey's deep credit and production expertise, including extensive experience working closely with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, I'm confident that he will add immense value to Sabal from day one," says Pat Jackson, founder and CEO of Sabal. "He understands the nuances of our agency lending programs and has the skill to build out our production team while furthering its reputation as the leading resource for those seeking

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