Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, April 4-8

Geneva Financial added Kelly Singh as chief compliance officer. She will drive quality control and compliance for the company’s direct mortgage lending operations in 46 states. Singh has more than 17 years of experience in building adaptive risk and compliance solutions for many types and sizes of businesses. Prior to joining Geneva Financial, she served as director of business risk and controls at USAA.

Churchill Mortgage tapped industry veteran Darren Shaffer as chief technology officer. Shaffer will oversee Churchill’s enterprise technology platform and services. He’s held senior technology positions at noteworthy companies such as Wal-Mart Information Systems, Oracle, Navidec and Microsoft.

Deephaven Mortgage announced that Anthony Gulotta joined as regional vice president of wholesale sales. Based in Charlotte, he will educate mortgage brokers along the East Coast on Deephaven’s nonqualified and nonagency loan products. Gulotta brings more than 30 years in mortgage operations and wholesale sales to Deephaven.

First Community Mortgage (FCM) named Joe Farro as producing branch manager of the company’s office in Riviera Beach and Singer Island, Florida. Farro will oversee a team of seven loan officers and processors that can originate mortgages in 32 states, including Florida and Georgia. He also oversees FCM’s branch in St. Simons, Georgia. Farro has more than 30 years of industry experience. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and entered the mortgage business after being part of a successful startup in Georgia.

Champions Funding, a startup non-QM and community development financial institution (CDFI) wholesale mortgage lender launched in March, appointed Natalie Verrette as president and chief operating officer. Verrette is charged with advancing the company’s fundamental mission of expanding options to an underserved market through its flagship loan programs. She served as part of the management team at The Money Source Inc. as executive vice president of operations and originations before taking on the role of senior vice president at AmeriSave Mortgage Corp.

JLL announced the hiring of Katie Parsons as a managing director and head of its valuation advisory team’s industrial practice. Parsons is a recognized industry leader with a track record of success in real estate valuation, strategic planning, business growth, economic modeling and portfolio execution. She is based in Seattle and will be primarily responsible for driving growth for JLL’s national industrial platform while managing client relationships, recruiting and mentoring team members, managing risk, and collaborating with technology and operations.

Eastern Union promoted Jack Charlap to chief revenue officer. Charlap has worked with Eastern Union for nearly eight years, beginning as a loan consultant and taking over as head of origination earlier this year. In his new role, he will be responsible for carrying forward existing work to facilitate the professional development and productivity of the company’s senior brokerage team. He also will support the company’s recruitment program by attracting qualified senior-level brokers.


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