Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, May 2-6

Freddie Mac appointed Kevin Palmer to head its multifamily business, effective May 9. He also will serve as a member of the company’s senior operating committee. Palmer has served at Freddie Mac in a variety of positions since 2001, most recently as senior vice president for single-family portfolio management. In previous roles, Palmer had broad responsibility for Freddie Mac’s single-family portfolio, overseeing pricing, servicing, credit risk transfer, and various other capital-markets and risk-management activities. Palmer holds an MBA in finance from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Weber State University.

The Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) announced that Kurt Johnson, executive vice president and chief risk and compliance officer at Mr. Cooper, joined the MISMO board of directors. In joining the board, he will help advise MISMO on its work to develop and deploy essential standards and innovative resources that solve the industry’s highest-priority business challenges.

Deephaven Mortgage welcomed Tom Davis as chief sales officer, charged with expanding Deephaven’s footprint and market share across the U.S. One of his early priorities is to bring additional correspondent and wholesale account executives to Deephaven as more originators look to increase their non-QM/nonagency market share. Davis, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has more than 20 years of experience, most recently as executive vice president and head of TPO production at a national mortgage lender, where he managed the wholesale and correspondent channels. 

Open Mortgage hired Charith Rodrigo to help lead the company’s mortgage division as national director of reverse sales. He will be jointly responsible for monitoring the company’s sales targets, overseeing the performance objectives of the national reverse mortgage sales department, and strategizing business opportunities to increase Open Mortgage’s revenue and profitability. Prior to joining Open Mortgage, Rodrigo was the director of production support at American Advisors Group. He also served as sales manager at Liberty Home Equity Solutions, and he has held loan officer and underwriting positions at Bank of America. He earned his bachelor’s degree in global business from Arizona State University and a business diploma from the London School of Science and Technology.

JLL Valuation Advisory announced the hiring of managing director Tasha Gould to lead its institutional sector for U.S. valuation advisory services. Gould will be responsible for managing and expanding institutional client relationships and partnering with sector and market leads to provide client outcomes. She also plans on recruiting and mentoring team leads, and collaborating with technology and operations to improve JLL Valuation Advisory’s platform and drive culture. She previously served as director of valuations for Invesco Real Estate. Prior to that, she was the senior appraiser for Principal Real Estate Investors. She is based in Dallas.

The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) named Tai Christensen as its new chairperson. Christensen, director of government affairs and the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer at CBC Mortgage Agency, will lead the Dallas-based organization’s efforts to promote DEI throughout the mortgage industry. Christensen originally joined AMDC’s advisory board in April 2021. She has two decades of real estate finance experience and has been with CBC Mortgage since January 2018.

Incenter added Doug Jorgenson as a consultant with the enterprise business development team. In his new role, he will meet with C-level executives at top servicers, discuss their opportunities and challenges, and introduce them to Incenter’s solutions and technologies. He also will relay market feedback to his fellow Incenter leaders and work with them on custom solutions for individual organizations. Jorgenson, who has more than 30 years of industry experience, recently retired from First American Mortgage Solutions as senior vice president and strategic account director.

RiskSpan, a provider of residential mortgage and structured product data and analytics, appointed Daniel Fleishman as managing director within its recently formed mortgage servicing rights (MSR) unit. Fleishman’s career includes 17 years at BlackRock, where he worked extensively with banks, mortgage companies and real estate investment trusts to support MSR valuation, risk measurement and hedging practices.


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