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12 | M R EP O RT MCROWD LENDERS SHELLEY DEGRANGE Atlantic Home Mortgage (AHM) has named Shelley DeGrange as the company's new Secondary Marketing Manager. DeGrange joins Atlantic Home Mortgage following a 20-year career in the mortgage industry, where she most recently served as Director of Secondary Marketing with Congressional Bank. In this role, DeGrange oversaw the bank's Secondary Marketing, Hedging, Post Closing, and Investor Relations Divisions. "We're excited to add someone of Shelley's caliber to run our Secondary Marketing Department. Her leader- ship will be instrumental to the future growth of AHM," said Naveed Bhurgri, President and COO of AHM. In her new role, DeGrange will be responsible for the execution of the organization's Secondary, Hedging and Investor Relations operations, including the launch of new products. "Our team is committed to offering new products and solutions that are more focused on the customer than ever before. Shelley brings a wealth of experience to our team, and I am excited to have her on board to lead our Secondary Marketing team," said Tony Davis, Chairman and CEO of AHM. ANDREA EASTER Open Mortgage has announced the creation of a new position within the company, Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), a role to be filled by Andrea Easter. In her new role, Easter will manage all risk-relat- ed functions within the company, including overseeing the develop- ment and implementation of policies and procedures regarding state and federal regulations and agency requirements. She will report directly to Open Mortgage President Joe Stephenson and will hold a fiduciary duty to the Board of Directors. Bringing 14-plus years of compli- ance experience to the role, Easter most recently worked for Celebrity Home Loans LLC, where she was promoted from VP of Compliance to Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to working with Celebrity Home Loans, she was a Senior Financial Examiner of Mortgage Origination with the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks. Throughout her career, she also held various compliance roles at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Daylight Discount Mortgage Corporation, and at Headway Workforce Solutions for Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance. "As Open Mortgage continues to experience unprecedented growth, it's vital that we diligently safeguard both the firm and our clients with a company-wide compliance approach centered around our brand values," Stephenson said. "Andrea is a proven leader in the financial services indus- try and her extensive expertise will further enable an effective risk and control environment that can scale as the company grows." As Chief Compliance Officer, Easter will be working in collabora- tion with Open Mortgage's other departments to monitor and assess compliance practices and ensure that issues are addressed, investigated, and resolved. She will also be respon- sible for the facilitation of an annual risk assessment, as well as internal and third-party audits and investiga- tions. Her duties will include keeping abreast of existing, new, and pending laws and regulations impacting the mortgage industry, while maintaining relationships with industry leaders and federal and state regulators. ANTHONY GULOTTA Deephaven Mortgage has announced the hiring of Anthony Gulotta as Regional Sales, VP of Wholesale Sales. Gulotta, who will be based in Charlotte, N.C., will be tasked with educating mortgage brokers on the East Coast on Deephaven's non-QM/non-agency products. "Anthony combines a strong understanding of the business op- portunities for mortgage brokers with a dedicated focus on education and client support," said John Keratsis, President and CEO of Deephaven Mortgage. "This combination has led to his success building strong and profitable wholesale partnerships. We are delighted that he is bringing this expertise to Deephaven." Gulotta brings more than 30 years in mortgage operations and whole- This month, some of the industry's largest firms welcomed several new hires to expand their operations. Who's moving on and who's moving up in the industry sales sales to Deephaven, having spent time with Movement Mortgage, Figure, Premier Lending, Quicken Loans, and Wells Fargo, among oth- ers. "I believe that non-QM/non-agency lending represents the next phase of the mortgage industry, and I'm excited to influence it at Deephaven," Gulotta said. "This is the company that helped pioneer today's non-QM market, and they continue to advance the industry." SANJAY GUPTA Guaranteed Rate has named veteran marketing executive Sanjay Gupta as its new Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer. Gupta will be responsible for run- ning Guaranteed Rate's marketing ef- forts, including branding, advertising, direct marketing, social media, and public relations. His digital respon- sibilities for Guaranteed Rate will in- clude creating an even more seamless experience on both and the company's mobile app. In addition, he will also focus on scaling Guaranteed Rate's consumer-direct business. Gupta has extensive experience launching and building brands, converting customers to digital and mobile platforms, and creating highly personalized products that deliver results and growth. "Sanjay has the right experience to help us become a fintech leader," Guaranteed Rate President and CEO Victor Ciardelli said. "He is a true digital innovator, and I know he will provide a ton of firepower to our goal." A graduate of the University of Mumbai, Gupta received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and has held Board positions at ICF International, Mobile Marketing Association and the Association of National Advertisers. "Guaranteed Rate has an incred- ibly strong reputation for putting the customer first by focusing on digital innovation," Gupta said. "I'm very excited to get to work and help make big things happen that continue to grow the business across multiple channels."

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