Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, April 27-May 8


The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that Kate Fulton has been named its new chief operating officer, effective May 26. She comes to the FHFA from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she currently serves as COO. Over her seven years at the CFPB, she has held progressively more responsible management roles, from senior advisor in the Division of Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending to deputy chief of staff. Prior to joining the CFPB, she worked at the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and at a law firm representing federal employees. Fulton holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Carrington Mortgage Services has promoted Kevin DeLory to senior vice president of wholesale & correspondent. DeLory, who boasts more than 20 years of sales experience, will continue to develop account executives across his sales team while also building Carrington’s wholesale and correspondent channels. Prior to joining Carrington in 2013, his accomplishments included month-after-month top producer honors at three separate companies.


Effective April 27, Guaranteed Rate has named Brady Spangler as branch manager and vice president of mortgage lending in Hawaii. Spangler will oversee the company’s new branch in Wailea on the island of Maui. He joins the Guaranteed Rate team with over eight years of mortgage industry experience. Prior to joining Guaranteed Rate, Spangler served as branch manager for Axia Home Loans in Hawaii. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.


Welcome Home Funding, a joint venture between CMG Financial and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, has announced the hire of John Dutra as president. Dutra’s sales and financial services background includes 15 years in building and 11 years in mortgage lending. In his new role, he will leverage his experience with a premier purchase-centric mortgage lender to apply strategies to grow Welcome Home Funding and expand its market footprint.


Sagent has appointed David Doyle as executive vice president of business development and Jesse Decker as executive vice president of customer success. Doyle joins Sagent following a 24-year career at Bank of America, where he held several leadership roles including national sales executive, chief operating officer of consumer lending, products & pricing executive for consumer lending and home loans underwriting & fulfillment executive. Decker, meanwhile, brings over 20 years of technological experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, she led and developed customer-facing teams at Roostify and Cloudvirga, and also spent 15 years in tech strategy for a number of large consulting companies as well as a boutique firm founded by ex-Deloitte partners.

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Harold Gonzalez has been named as senior vice president and chief information security officer for loanDepot. Gonzalez will be responsible for the company’s information security efforts, including cyber security operations, strategy and governance. Prior to joining loanDepot, he served in multiple leadership roles with companies such as Citigroup, the American Stock Exchange, Nationstar Mortgage and Santander Consumer USA.


Sierra Pacific Mortgage has announced the addition of Curtis Dair as chief financial officer. He brings three decades of accounting, finance and lending services experience to the company, including serving for the past seven years as CFO for Opes Advisors, a division of Flagstar Bank. He has also served as director of operational risk management and controller for Rabobank NA, controller and chief lending officer for Golden 1 Credit Union, and CFO for Bancorp Financial Services. Prior to that, he also served in a number of positions with IndyMac Bank and KPMG Peat Marwick.


WFG National Title Insurance Company has announced that Natalie Koonce has joined the company as vice president and national escrow advisor. In her new position, she will provide guidance to escrow managers and staff on best practices and escrow policies, while monitoring regulatory and legislative changes and implementing best practices in settlement services. Prior to joining WFG, she was president of the Colorado division of North American Title of Colorado; before that, she held leadership roles at Empire Title and Stewart Title.


Tennessee-based First Community Mortgage (FCM) has named Dan Smith as its new president. Smith, who has been consulting with FCM for the past eight months, served as president of mortgage for National Bank of Commerce prior to joining the company. Before that, he also co-founded PrivatePlus Mortgage, a division of Private Bank of Buckhead, and he is also chairman of training and consulting firm Insite Managed Solutions. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business, with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing.


Nancy Mills has been hired as a mortgage lender at Bell Bank Mortgage. She will help expand Bell’s footprint in Kansas, a new market for the company’s mortgage division. Mills, who has 23 years of experience in the mortgage field, served as vice president/mortgage originator at Bank of the West in Wichita for six years prior to joining Bell Bank Mortgage. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Quontic has added Mike Lantz as chief people officer. He brings 25-years of experience to the position, including nearly eight years as chief learning officer for DEFENDERS. Most recently, he served as CEO and founder of Indianapolis-based ML Talent Strategies. Other professional positions include his ownership and the operation of talent strategy firm LQ Performance Strategies; vice president of training & development for the F.C. Tucker real estate company; and director of public relations for USA Baseball.

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