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M R EP O RT | 11 MCROWD AMY ANDERSON Wells Fargo named Amy Anderson, SVP, Social Impact Lead. Her appointment comes to strengthen the Wells Fargo Foundation Housing Affordability Philanthropy team as they continue to provide support for housing affordability solutions and innovation across the country. With more than 25 years' experi- ence in the urban planning and real estate industry over the course of her career, Anderson has participated in the development of over 2,300 affordable homes valued in excess of $500 million. Based in Los Angeles, she joins Wells Fargo after most recently serving as Chief Housing Officer for City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Reporting to Eileen Fitzgerald, Head of Housing Affordability Philanthropy, Anderson will provide strategic leadership for national philanthropic investments in change makers and transformative initiatives that expand the supply of affordable housing, especially for underserved communities. Last year, Wells Fargo provided $225 million to address community needs deepened by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, deploying philanthropic support to nonprofits to help individuals, fami- lies, entrepreneurs, and communities with a focus on assisting racially and ethnically diverse people dispro- portionally affected by COVID-19. Funding includes support for critical needs such as housing, small business funding, and technical assistance, financial stability, and other basic services. As part of this effort, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded fund- ing totaling more than $80 million in grants to more than 1,600 housing intermediaries and other nonprofits which have helped keep 200,000 people housed, enabling collabora- tion between credit counselors and nonprofit rental property owners and assisting CDFI's serving rural commu- nities. Additionally, Wells Fargo and the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners launched a $20 million hous- ing affordability challenge to uncover new, more rapid ways to increase the availability and sustainability of scal- able housing affordability solutions. In 2020, the challenge awarded six winners with grants of $2 million each to turn concepts into real housing af- fordability solutions. PEGGY BODINAKU Peggy Bodinaku, a 20-year financial industry veteran, has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer at Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a national residential mortgage lender and originator. As CMO, Bodinaku is responsible for the strategic oversight of Amerifirst's national brand, marketing, communications, and sales support initiatives. The addition of Bodinaku in this key role comes as Amerifirst contin- ues to expand its market share, build- ing upon its reputation for delivering a high-touch customer experience through its strong network of trusted loan advisors who educate, guide, and support homebuyers in local communities across the nation. "Peggy's experience in high- growth organizations, market innova- tion, and brand positioning makes her a perfect fit as we plan for the future," said Dave Gahm, Amerifirst Co-CEO and Co-Founder. "She has brought tremendous value to Amerifirst in the three years that she has been part of our team, and we're excited to watch her continue to build upon her successes of leading and support- ing the Amerifirst team with honesty and integrity. Now is the perfect time to have someone of her caliber and enthusiasm drive our branding and marketing efforts to help take our business to the next level strategically and purposefully." Bodinaku joined Amerifirst in January 2018 as Marketing and Brand Manager and was promoted to Regional Manager of Marketing and Sales in April 2019. Under her leader- ship, the Regional Marketing team created a best-in-class service propo- sition by supporting the company's retail production teams with both a proactive and creative approach to all aspects of loan origination marketing support. Before joining Amerifirst, Bodinaku spent nearly two decades in leadership positions with Auto- Owners Insurance in Underwriting, Training and Development, Brand Management and Advertising in the Marketing and Sales Division. She holds a double bachelor's degree in communications and German studies from Michigan State University. MARY DARTER JAMES LOVING ADAM SPIGELMAN SAUL WALLE Planet Home Lending, LLC, a national lender and servicer, has named four new SVPs to lead the company's Correspondent and Retention originations channels: Mary Darter, James Loving, Adam Spigelman, and Saul Walle. Mary Darter is now SVP, Correspondent Operations, while James Loving is SVP, Correspondent Sales. "Mary and Jim have worked as a team for the past six years building our correspondent best- in-class operations platform and sales and service teams," Planet Home Lending President, Mortgage Lending John Bosley said. "Their dedication, hard work, and partnership continues to drive our Correspondent channel's steady growth." Loving, one of the founders of the correspondent lending industry, led the correspondent divisions at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Fleet Mortgage Corp. for more than two decades. Prior to joining Planet, he was National Sales Manager at HomeBridge Funding. Darter also came to Planet from HomeBridge, where she was Director of Operations. "Mary has an amaz- ing ability to identify the best people, technology, vendors, and processes to efficiently increase our production," Bosley said. Adam Spigelman and Saul Walle are now SVPs, Portfolio Retention Sales. "After joining Planet three years ago, Adam and Saul set to work trans- forming our Retail Retention division into an industry-leading sales organi- zation," Bosley said. "Refinancing and recapture have been key monetization strategies for Planet Home Lending. We see the same focus on refinancing among our private clients investing in nonperforming assets, such as early buyout (EBO) portfolios." BRIAN C. MILLER Planet Home Lending, LLC, a national lender and servicer, has hired Brian C. Miller as SVP, Talent Acquisition. "Brian's deep expertise in mortgage recruiting and his charismatic enthu- siasm make him the perfect person to further build Planet's world-class talent acquisition organization," Chief Human Resources Officer Ben Hughes said. "Planet grew its staff by 40% over the past 12 months as origination volumes doubled and the servicing portfolio nearly doubled. We antici- pate continued expansion in those channels as well as growth in new markets in the year ahead. Brian will ensure Planet has the talent organiza- tion to maintain its momentum." Prior to joining Planet Home Lending, Miller was SVP, Strategic Growth at Caliber Home Loans, Inc. During his two decades in the indus- try, he also headed talent leadership positions at PrimeLending, Stearns Lending, MetLife Home Loans, and Bank of America. Miller was drawn to Planet Home Lending by the company's entre- preneurial approach to mortgage banking. "Planet's executive leader- ship understands Main St. as well as they understand Wall Street," Miller said. "They're the right size and have the right approach—listening to originators and delivering high-tech, high-touch service to customers and business partners." He also cited the executive leader- ship team's realistic understanding of human factors that make mort- gage industry recruiting challenging. "Recruiting is so much more than just hiring to reach a headcount goal," Miller said. "Planet's leadership is down to earth. They understand the human element, and that recruiting is not just a transaction, it is a major life decision for every single person we hire." LAURA ORCUTT Bell Bank has hired Laura Orcutt as SVP/ Director of Product, with oversight of strategy, develop- ment, and operational implementation of financial products for the growing financial company. Orcutt offices at Bell Plaza in Bloomington and works across Bell's divisions and regions.

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