Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions, May 1-5

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Jim Tobin III as its new president and CEO effective June 1, 2023. Tobin, presently serving as NAHB’s executive vice president and chief lobbyist, will succeed CEO Jerry Howard, who is retiring from NAHB after more than 30 years. Tobin joined NAHB in 1998 and prior to that was a senior legislative assistant to former U.S. Reps. Frank Riggs, R-Calif., and Gary Franks, R-Conn.

Go Mortgage announced the appointment of Jessica Manna as its chief marketing officer. Manna will be responsible for overseeing all marketing initiatives and strategies to further promote Go Mortgage’s brand and drive business growth. Most recently, Manna served as president of digital strategy and innovation for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

Paramount Residential Mortgage Group added Aimee Eller as its new general counsel. Eller, who graduated from Hanover College and Indiana University, brings more than 25 years in mortgage banking to the position. The company also added Ellen Skaggs as its new HECM divisional manager. She will oversee the company’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) division, which specializes in reverse mortgages. Skaggs has 38 years of experience in the mortgage industry, 16 of which she has specialized in reverse mortgages.

The Washington Trust Co. announced that Rolando Lora has been appointed as executive vice president and chief retail lending officer. He is responsible for overseeing mortgage origination, operations, secondary marketing and consumer lending activities throughout the bank’s market area. Lora joins Washington Trust from Wells Fargo’s home lending division, where he most recently served as mortgage retail sales senior manager for the New England, Upstate New York and New Jersey region. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Lora oversaw JPMorgan Chase’s New England home lending team growth and market expansion. Lora graduated from Bryant University.

Down Payment Resource (DPR) announced that it has brought on four new team members to grow its sales footprint, expand its relationships with housing finance agencies (HFAs) and provide enhanced support to DPR’s growing customer base. The new hires are Tani Lawrence, DPR enterprise sales executive; Angel Romero, HFA relationship manager; and Keith Futrell and Kathy Gault, DPA program specialists. Lawrence previously served as senior business development executive at a document fulfillment fintech and in a business development role at Optimal Blue. Romero, who has more than a decade of mortgage industry experience, previously served as assistant vice president, post-closing manager and resident housing program expert at Cherry Creek Mortgage. Futrell was previously an underwriter for Allen Tate Companies, while Gault was senior strategic products and affordable housing programs coordinator at Mountain West Financial.

Dream Residential Real Estate Investment Trust announced that Brian Pauls has been named as the REIT’s CEO effective June 6. Since 2018, Pauls has also served as CEO for Dream Industrial REIT.


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