Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Dec. 13-17

Guild Mortgage named Russ Fowlie as executive vice president of loan servicing. Fowlie, who has 25 years of mortgage banking and servicing experience, will oversee the company’s loan administration division. His responsibilities will include enhancements to the overall customer experience, from customer service through default loan management, as well as maximization of productivity, efficiency, service and compliance. He also will lead Guild Mortgage’s investor reporting relationships with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Prior to joining Guild, Fowlie spent seven years at JPMorgan Chase, where he served as executive director of home lending, finance and compliance. Before that, he was the executive vice president and director of mortgage servicing for Flagstar Bank. He also held a senior vice president’s role with Ocwen Loan Services and spent more than four years at Ally Financial, most recently as senior vice president and chief of staff for the mortgage servicing unit. He began his career in mortgage banking at Credit Suisse, where he served for more than a decade and rose to the role of vice president. He graduated from Robert Gordon University with a bachelor’s degree in business studies.

Guild Mortgage also hired Mike Medlock to manage its branch in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Medlock brings nearly three decades of experience to his new role, joining Guild from Flat Branch Home Loans, where he was an area manager who supervised all aspects of the home loan process in the Kansas City area. Before that, he served seven years as a branch manager and senior loan officer with Cornerstone Mortgage. Medlock also held roles with First Community Bank, Supreme Lending, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Approved Home Mortgage LLC.

Greystone announced that Rich Highfield has joined the firm to lead its commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) lending platform and expansion into a fully proprietary conduit offering for multifamily and commercial assets. Highfield, who is based in Charlotte, brings more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate and CMBS sectors, joining Greystone from Starwood Mortgage Capital, where he most recently served as president. Previously, he also served in a variety of roles as a director at Blackrock Solutions and as a principal at Banc of America Securities.

Deephaven Mortgage recruited sales leader Steve Lemon as its new senior vice president and national head of wholesale sales. He is charged with expanding Deephaven’s broker network as demand for its nonagency and nonqualified loan products increases. Lemon brings more than 25 years of experience to his new position, including 10 as executive vice president of the wholesale division at nonagency lender New Century Mortgage and five years as a director at Avelo. He also served as president of The Lemon Six Inc., specializing in private money real estate investing and consulting.

Credit Plus announced that Shelley Leonard has joined the organization as president and also will be part of the company’s board of directors. Leonard has more than 25 years of industry experience as an executive at Black Knight and its predecessor businesses, most recently managing the servicing technology business unit. She also served as Black Knight’s chief product and digital officer, managing the MSP software platform.

American Advisors Group (AAG) announced Quinton Chapman as its new senior vice president of operations. Before joining AAG, Chapman served as vice president of operations for Genesis Financial Solutions. Prior to that, he was vice president and national director of mortgage processing, closing and private bank fulfillment for Fifth Third Bank. He is a graduate of Southern Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and marketing.

Union Home Mortgage (UHM) announced the hiring of Tyler Tullis as a producing area sales manager serving southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Tullis will be responsible for growth and business development in the growing Southeastern market, including the recruiting of new loan originators and the building of UHM’s brand awareness. He has two-plus decades of mortgage industry experience, most recently as a senior vice president and area mortgage sales manager at BBVA. Tullis also worked as a branch manager at both Hometown Lenders and Wells Fargo Financial. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is now based in Montgomery, Alabama.


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