Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions: April 17-21

Guild Mortgage named John Lowe as manager of a newly added district made up of 40 new Guild employees and eight branch offices in California. Lowe moves to Guild with 40 team members, including area managers Chris Owen and Joanne Hender; branch managers Doug Grenz, Don Petty, Gwen Chyz, Jeremy Kurtz, Marco Guerra and Steve Weninger; sales manager Debra Morsan; six transaction coordinators and four processors.

CBC Mortgage Agency hired Alicia Wood for its newly created position of director of servicing and asset management. Wood will administer CBC’s entire loan servicing operation and will be responsible for servicing oversight and loss-mitigation activity on all first and second mortgages, as well as agency and investor reporting. Most recently, she served as vice president of servicing at Angel Oak. Wood also spent more than five years overseeing foreclosed and bankrupt accounts at a nonagency lender that was acquired by Morgan Stanley and is now part of PHH Mortgage.

Merchants Bank of Indiana announced the hiring of John Douglas as assistant vice president in the bank’s correspondent and warehouse lending divisions. Douglas will remotely join this segment of Merchants’ lending platform in New Jersey. In his new role, Douglas will work closely with the correspondent operations and warehouse sales teams to generate new clients and cultivate relationships with existing clients. Prior to joining Merchants Bank, Douglas served as president and CEO of eWise Home Lending, a company he founded. In addition to his time with eWise, Douglas held managerial positions at Impac Mortgage Corp., Arc Home Loans, Homeward Residential Capital and more. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America.

Cenlar FSB announced that Ted Mugnier has joined the company as director of information security. He will be responsible for working alongside the cybersecurity team to address current and emerging risk, help to facilitate improvement of processes and procedures to ensure Cenlar continues to remain compliant, and support a strong cyber-engineering function. Mugnier, a former U.S. Marine officer, most recently supported the cybersecurity intelligence directorate at Y-12 National Security Complex. He was also an operations director and supported the cyber-planning element at U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa. He held other positions, including director of the cyber-intelligence division for the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, and deputy director of intelligence for a specialized cyber joint task force at U.S. Cyberspace Command. He holds a master’s degree in cyberspace security policy and management from the University of Maryland as well as a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University.

Multifamily real estate investment firm Ashland Greene announced two strategic appointments at the executive level: Keith Colvin as chief financial officer and Jessica Gemar as vice president of people and culture. Colvin’s background includes roles at Emersons Commercial Real Estate and Satori Capital, and most recently he served as CFO of Rainier Companies. Gemar will spearhead the company’s talent strategy and oversee the human resources department for all payroll, benefits, and total rewards initiatives and implementations.

Real estate investment fintech company Kiavi announced the appointment of Alex Urmersbach as CFO. In this role, Urmersbach will lead Kiavi’s financial strategy and operations, including the company’s finance, accounting, capital markets and business operations functions. Prior to joining Kiavi, he held CFO positions at Athas Capital Group, Teleperformance and Panorama Mortgage Group. In addition, he held leadership positions at HomeBridge and Bank of America. Urmersbach attended UCLA and holds an MBA from Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.


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