Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions, Aug. 7-11

Key Mortgage Services announced the hiring of Jason Brown as vice president and area sales manager, and the promotion of LaToya Spann-Martin as area sales manager. Brown joins Key Mortgage from Chase Bank, bringing 23 years of lending experience to the company. In his new position as area sales manager, Brown will support sales by focusing on long-term growth and personalized business plans to help loan officers meet their individual goals. Spann-Martin has been with Key Mortgage since 2018 and, in her elevated role, will launch and lead the firm’s community impact and lending division. She previously worked as a homebuyer education instructor for Baird & Warner’s HomeEasier financial literacy workshops and for Habitat for Humanity’s Homebuyer University.

PenFed Credit Union announced the promotions of Brian Kukwa and Mary Rzucidlo. Kukwa, the company’s vice president of mortgage technology, was promoted to senior vice president of home lending technology. Rzucidlo, the vice president of home loans for PenFed, was promoted to senior vice president of home loan operations and culture. Kukwa will be responsible for driving PenFed’s digital mortgage transformation going forward. Kukwa has been in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years and previously held roles at DHI Mortgage, TIAA Bank and Bank of America. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer information science from Cleveland State University. Rzucidlo will continue to oversee PenFed’s home loan operations, mortgage learning and development, and mortgage communications. She will assume new responsibility for home loan business controls and member advocacy. Rzucidlo has 30-plus years of experience with large financial institutions and previously held roles at Wells Fargo, USAA and South State Bank. Rzucidlo is a graduate of the College of Charleston.

Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT) announced the appointment of Steve Pawlowski as managing director and head of technology solutions. Pawlowski will provide leadership on all MCT technology development. He brings extensive industry experience to MCT, including more than 30 years with Fannie Mae’s capital markets and single-family digital products and services organizations.

Mortgage fintech platform Maxwell hired Paul Wetzel as senior vice president of product. He will focus on including Maxwell’s human-driven capabilities into its software offerings, as well as expansion of partnerships. Wetzel‘s previous experience includes roles with Mortgage Cadence, Code4Pr and CloudVirga.

Brennan Investment Group announced the appointment of Larry DiVito as senior vice president of development. DiVito brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role.


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