Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions, July 10-14

CrossCountry Mortgage named Jayma Banks to the newly created position of senior vice president of housing initiatives. She will focus on community products, including CCM Community Promise, CCM Smart Start and other downpayment assistance programs. With 21 years of mortgage industry experience, Banks has held various leadership positions at Freddie Mac, most recently as single-family sales and relationship manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. CrossCountry also named Glen Lemeshev as its new chief revenue officer. In his new role, he will be responsible for financial planning, product development and strategic partnerships. Lemeshev, who has more than 15 years of mortgage experience, has been with CrossCountry for six years as a senior vice president and branch manager.

Cenlar FSB announced that Allison Batts was appointed as vice president of executive client management. She will be responsible for collaborating with the client management team to improve delivery of services that best focus on client needs. Prior to joining Cenlar, she held multiple roles at Mr. Cooper, most recently as managing vice president of client delivery. She also held various roles at HSBC, including as vice president of operations and governance in the bank’s North American corporate affairs division.

Redwood Credit Union hired Brian Kreitzer as vice president of mortgage lending. In his new role, Kreitzer is responsible for overseeing and leading all mortgage lending activities. Krietzer brings more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience to the role. Prior to joining Redwood, he held positions as a vice president in mortgage origination and servicing with Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and World Savings and Loan.

BlackFin Group, a management consulting firm serving the banking and mortgage industries, announced the appointment of Christopher Call as principal consultant to run its professional services team. In his new role, Call will lead a team that focuses on assisting lenders and mortgage technology vendors with the implementation of new systems, quality assurance testing, training requirements, change management, configurations, system administration, integrations and custom development work. Call, a 30-year industry veteran, has served in similar roles while at Mortgage Cadence, Source Point Mortgage Solutions and Argent Mortgage.

Greystone announced that John Sloot has joined the company as a managing director in Dallas. Sloot will focus on originating multifamily debt solutions across Greystone’s full range of financing platforms, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA/HUD, CMBS, bridge and proprietary loan executions. He joins Greystone from Lument, and he also has served as associate vice president and portfolio manager of corporate commercial real estate at Associated Bank. In addition, he has held real estate analyst and underwriting roles at Amcore Bank and MB Financial Bank. He earned his MBA in real estate from Roosevelt University.

Kriss Law/Atlantic Closing & Escrow named Steve Hartschuh to serve as a senior vice president of national commercial sales.  He will assist with the continuing nationwide expansion of the company’s commercial services division as well as support for existing clients. He brings nearly two decades of commercial title experience to the team. He was most recently a vice president and senior sales executive with a top national title underwriter, and he previously served in a growth-focused role with another leading national title insurer.


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