Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Dec. 5-9

Revolution Mortgage added Brian Covey as executive vice president of strategy and development. Covey, a former professional and international soccer player, spent the past five years at LoanDepot, where he served as vice president of regional production for nearly five years. Prior to joining LoanDepot, he served as regional director and market leader at Movement Mortgage, and as a home mortgage consultant, area manager and regional builder sales manager at Wells Fargo.

Union Home Mortgage (UHM) announced the hiring of Kimberly Evers as branch manager for its Fayetteville, North Carolina, location. Evers, an industry veteran with 23 years of banking experience, has served as a branch manager for more than a decade, including two years with UHM in this capacity. Prior to that, she served as a branch manager, loan officer and vice president of sales for the Southern region at American Neighborhood and OVM Financial.

Opendoor announced the appointment of chief financial officer Carrie Wheeler as CEO and the transition of former CEO Eric Wu to a new role as president of marketplace, effective immediately. Wheeler also will join the company’s board while Wu will continue to serve as a member of the board. Wheeler has served as CFO of Opendoor for the past two years. Christy Schwartz, who has served as the company’s chief accounting officer since March 2021, has been named interim chief financial officer.

Sales Boomerang and Mortgage Coach announced the appointment of Casey Martin as chief revenue officer. Martin will oversee sales and client-services teams at Sales Boomerang and Mortgage Coach as they align under a shared vision and brand strategy. He has more than a decade of executive-level tech startup experience, including positions as head of U.S. sales for SparkPost, head of sales at AddThis and head of client partnerships for Oracle Data Clouds’ telecom, financial-services and travel verticals. He began his career as a media director for agencies including Moxie Interactive and StudioCom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing communication from Auburn University and earned postgraduate certificates in business-process design and artificial intelligence from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Regions Bank tapped Peter Salas to head its newly created franchise lending team, which is focused on developing relationships with franchise business owners throughout Regions Bank’s footprint in markets across the Southeast, Texas and the Midwest. Salas began his banking career in 1985 at Flagler Federal Savings & Loan in Miami, and has since advanced to hold leadership positions at First Union Bank, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Prior to joining Regions, he served as SBA southeast division manager for business banking at Chase.

The Calida Group, a multifamily investment and development firm, announced Miranda Dean as its new vice president of capital markets. Dean will support all capital-markets activity for the company on multiple strategic initiatives. She brings more than a decade of experience in the commercial real estate and fintech spaces, coming to The Calida Group from Archer Real Estate, where she held the position of investment sales broker. In her previous roles, she oversaw debt originations, underwriting and SMA portfolio management at Nuveen Real Estate. Dean received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s degree in management from Wake Forest University.

Opteon, a provider of valuation, advisory and property services software for the appraisal industry, announced that Lee Trice has been promoted to managing director of Opteon USA. The promotion comes less than a year after Trice joined Opteon USA’s strategic leadership team as executive vice president of growth and strategy. A 30-year mortgage industry veteran, Trice came to Opteon via the company’s acquisition of Valucentric, where he was an executive for more than nine years.


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