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6 | M R EP O RT MCROWD LENDERS BROOKE ANDERSON New American Funding has named Brooke Anderson SVP, Business Development and National Recruiting. With 12 years of professional recruiting experience in the mortgage industry, Anderson brings a long list of priorities to New American, including overseeing national retail growth. "When it came to advancing my career, only one company's vision of growth and equity perfectly matched my passion for people," Anderson said. "New American Funding em- bodies the best the industry has to offer, and I truly appreciate the sup- port I am already receiving from our outstanding Executive Team to help execute our bold strategies to create a truly exciting future together." In addition, she will be respon- sible for pursuing, attracting, and maintaining a team of elite mortgage talent that includes the company's vast network of retail and call center loan officers. She will also be tasked with building out the process and implementation of a robust new recruiting platform with technology at the forefront, while expanding the growth and strength of the New American Funding brand. In her previous role as VP of Business Development and Recruiting, Anderson reimagined and rebuilt her entire department and was instrumental in facilitating the way re- gional teams worked with Recruiting, as well as coordinating their training and development, systems, and com- munications. DEAN AYRES SCOTT WOOD Sprout Mortgage has promoted two senior sales executives in the Western U.S., as Dean Ayres has been named Western Regional VP, and Scott Wood has been named Western Regional Manager. Wood replaces and now reports to Ayres who, in this new position, will report to Sprout's SVP of TPO Sales for the West, Paul Howarth. "As market dynamics shift in 2022, Sprout is positioned to win and in this environment, we are able to highlight and reward our top talent," Sprout Mortgage President Shea Pallante said. "Dean and Scott are prime examples of Sprout's entrepreneurial culture and spirit. They are each well- deserving of broader responsibilities." Ayres will focus on recruiting, men- toring, and growing Sprout's TPO sales teams in the West. A five-year Sprout veteran, Ayres has nearly 20 years of mortgage lending and leadership experience across both inside sales and retail channels, spanning both non-QM and traditional products. Wood will focus on coaching a growing team of AEs to serve wholesale brokers and correspondent lenders with Sprout's loan solutions. Wood has been with Sprout for more than three years, and previously served as an AE. He brings more than 20 years of mortgage lending and management experience across non- QM and QM product offerings. MIKE BOWEN The NFM Family of Lenders has added 25-year mortgage industry veteran Mike Bowen to the team, operating under the moniker of Elevate Home Loans, which will become a new division of NFM Lending, a national mortgage lending company currently licensed in 48 states. Bowen will serve as President of Elevate Home Loans. "I'm so thankful for the opportu- nity to join the NFM Family of Lenders under the banner of Elevate Home Loans," Bowen said. "I have been paying close attention to NFM for many years, and feel honored to be a part of their growing success story. Under the leadership of NFM, I have no doubt our team will thrive and continue to grow our footprint in the Colorado market and beyond." Elevate Home Loans is a multistate residential mortgage lender currently licensed in 37 states. The company is dedicated to streamlining the loan process in order to shorten the time from loan application to closing, operating on a platform of high stan- dards, while always putting honesty, integrity, and ethics at the highest level of importance. "Mike is a genuine diamond. His leadership, production, and passion for helping others are the crucial, key ingredients shared by all our division leaders," NFM President Jan Ozga said. "We feel very fortunate to add another industry leader to this grow- ing segment of our business." 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 LISA HEITZMANN Lisa Heitzmann, CMB has joined non-QM lender Deephaven Mortgage as COO, tapped to oversee operations of the company's internal underwriting, wholesale, and correspondent teams. Deephaven sells its non-QM and non-agency offerings through a national network of independent mortgage brokers and purchases them from hundreds of correspondent partners. Heitzmann brings a deep back- ground in all facets of the mortgage business to her new role—includ- ing credit, risk, compliance, quality, and production. Before coming to Deephaven, she was a mortgage in- dustry consultant focused on process assessment and optimization. "I am excited to align Deephaven's operations to support our positive, pro-borrower culture—where every- one is always looking to say 'yes,'" Heitzmann said. "It's a pleasure to build on this approach, while making it easier for our people and partners to help creditworthy non-QM bor- rowers." Prior to joining Deephaven, Heitzmann was with LGH Consulting LLC, where she served as Principal; SVP of Enterprise Operations and Strategic Initiatives with Xome; and held executive roles at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and IndyMac Bank. "Lisa's in-depth mortgage back- ground, strong focus on operational improvements, and careful attention to risk and compliance management issues are just part of what make her an outstanding Deephaven leader," said John Keratsis, President and CEO of Deephaven. "She has worked extensively with successful entrepre- neurs and investors who are non-QM/ non-agency loan candidates, and has a vision for helping Deephaven to serve them like no-one else." Heitzmann holds the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designa- tion from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

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