Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, April 6-April 10


Avison Young, a commercial real estate services firm based in Toronto, has hired Sheila Botting as principal and president of its newly established Professional Services practice in the Americas. Botting, who joins the company on May 4, will set the strategy and growth trajectory of the new practice as the firm invests in expanding its integrated services offerings to meet clients’ business goals. She joins Avison Young from Deloitte LLP, where she has been senior partner and Canadian real estate leader, as well as a member of its global real estate executive team. She also previously held executive positions with Cushman & Wakefield Americas.


WFG National Title Insurance Company has promoted Jacquie Brink to senior vice president and Great Lakes Division manager. In her new role, she will work with independent title agencies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She brings more than three decades of industry experience to the position, including five years as associate vice president and Midwest agency representative at WFG. She has also held positions at Best Homes Title Agency and Chicago Title Insurance Company. Brink earned her bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas.


Michigan credit union service organization Neighborhood Mortgage Solutions (NMS) has announced the appointment of Jamie York as its newest CEO effective April 7. She has held a number of leadership positions at the company after joining NMS in January 2009 as office manager. Most recently, she served as chief operating officer for the organization, a position where she has been instrumental in setting up NMS’ current secondary market department.


Irene Green has been elected to the position of senior vice president of mortgage lending by First Financial Bank’s board of directors. She will join the company’s new mortgage office in Austin, Texas, bringing to her new role more than 30 years in the financial services industry, including over 19 in mortgage lending. Before joining First Financial, she worked for Simmons Bank in Austin for over 13 years, most recently as senior vice president and branch manager.

Homebridge Financial Services has named Andrew Sobers as the branch manager of its Newton, Massachusetts, office. Sobers has enjoyed an extensive career in banking prior to joining Homebridge and has worked with several Massachusetts area housing groups, including serving on the boards of directors for Urban Edge and Freedom House.

California’s LERETA, which provides the mortgage industry with nationwide property tax and flood data services, has appointed P.A. (Paul) Larkins as its new chairman of the board. Larkins, a 35-year banking and financial services executive, previously spent 16 years as executive vice president of KeyCorp, while also operating as president and CEO of several KeyCorp businesses. He has also worked for multiple private equity firms and serves on the board of FirstSunBancorp and Amur Equipment Financing.


Chava Brandriss has joined the banking and financial services team of national law firm Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT). She will work as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, joining the firm from Hogan Lovells. Brandriss will represent banks, mortgage lenders and servicers in class actions, mass claims, appeals and large portfolios of individual lawsuits, as well as supporting the team’s work with California fintech companies.





Washington-based national law firm Buckley LLP has announced the promotions of five from counsel to partner: Heidi M. Bauer, Kari K. Hall, H. Joshua Kotin, Susanna K. Sedrak and Moorari K. Shah. Bauer represents mortgage lenders and servicers, banks, consumer finance companies, fintech companies, and private equity firms with regulatory, compliance, licensing and transactional matters. Hall counsels financial services companies on regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, with a focus on consumer lending and retail banking. Hall assists a wide range of financial institutions in navigating federal and state regulatory and enforcement matters, with a particular focus on mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, and compliance with fair lending laws. Sedrak advises financial services industry clients, including banks, mortgage companies, and commercial lenders in federal and state regulatory and compliance matters. Shah represents banks, fintechs, mortgage and equipment finance companies, auto lenders, and other nonbank financial institutions in transactional, licensing, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement matters. Bauer and Hall will work out of the firm’s D.C. location, while Kotin will office in Chicago and Sedrak and Shah will be based in Los Angeles.


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