Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, August 16-August 20

Waterstone Mortgage has appointed Rich Harkwell as director of sales. In his new role, Harkwell will oversee Waterstone’s strategic sales growth, leading the sales force at branches across the country and focusing on long-term sales targets. He has over 30 years of financial services experience, previously holding leadership positions at Wells Fargo and Citicorp and partnering with KKR to create the Nexstar Financial private mortgage lending platform. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business from St. Thomas University.

Greystone has announced that David King has joined the Special Servicing group as a managing director, reporting to Rob Russell, president of Special Servicing. In this new role, King will drive continued and strategic growth of the division, which currently manages a portfolio of assets totaling $21.1 billion. He joins Greystone from CWCapital Asset Management, where he served as senior vice president and head of CRE Credit and Underwriting. Prior to CWCapital, King was an acquisitions associate at Stoltz Real Estate Partners.

Gateless has brought on its first chief operating officer with the addition of Rick Lang. Lang will drive the development and adoption of Gateless’ AI Mortgage product offering and lead the company’s new integration and business transformation consulting services. Prior to joining Gateless, Lang spent more than six years leading the integration of Freddie Mac’s origination-based technology solutions. He has also worked for Aegon, Prudential, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.

Merchants Bank has announced that Mark Harville has been named as vice president, Small Business Administration (SBA) business development officer. He originally joined Merchants Bank as a business banker in 2018. Prior to joining Merchants, he spent 12 years with PNC Bank working with small businesses and commercial clients in various capacities. 

Arch Capital Group has announced that Francis Ebong and Eileen Mallesch will join the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Ebong has an extensive background in technology and innovation and is currently managing director of Program Management at X, Alphabet’s in-house research and development division. Prior to joining Alphabet, he worked at Facebook as director of global operations and partnerships and has experience working at Postmates, Apple and Deloitte. Mallesch has over 30 years of finance and risk experience, including serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Nationwide’s Property and Casualty segment. Ms. Her board experience includes current positions on the boards of Brighthouse Financial and Fifth Third Bancorp. She previously served on the boards of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., Libbey Inc. and State Auto Financial.

IL Group has announced two promotions from within the company: Kevrin Blessing to senior vice president, service, and Angelo Adams to senior vice president, sales. Formerly IL Group’s national client relations manager, Blessing has more than 25 years of loan servicing and project management experience in the mortgage banking and financial services industries. Prior to joining the company in 2015, he served as an account executive with Assurant and manager of escrow administration for AmTrustBank. Kevrin began his career in 1992 with Huntington Mortgage Company as a real estate tax liaison. He holds a bachelor of science in technical management from Kent State University. With two decades of mortgage experience, Adams manages IL Group’s strategic sales and operations as well as marketing the company’s insurance products to financial institutions and mortgage servicers. Prior to joining the company in 2014, he served as a branch retail executive at BBVA Compass Bank, where he managed sales, operations, and staff. Previously, he served as a manager at RBC Bank and as a branch manager at Wells Fargo Financial. Angelo holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Huntingdon College.


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