Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Wells Fargo announced that Kristy Fercho, head of its home lending division, was named as the company’s new head of diverse segments, representation and inclusion (DSRI). Fercho will remain as head of home lending while the company conducts a search for her successor. She also will join the company’s operating committee effective immediately. Before joining Wells Fargo, Fercho was at Flagstar Bank, where she served as president of the company’s mortgage division. Prior to joining Flagstar, she spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, where she led the strategy and business performance of single-family clients in the Western U.S., and served in customer engagement and human resources roles, including as vice president of human resources.

Movement Mortgage welcomed Lyra Waggoner as chief information officer. In her new role, Waggoner will lead Movement’s information technology team. Prior to joining Movement, Waggoner served as executive vice president and head of technology for Level Capital. An 18-year veteran of the mortgage industry, Waggoner has held various leadership roles, including as senior vice president of Caliber Home Loans.

Geneva Financial named Lisa Makoni branch manager of its new Anchorage, Alaska, location. Makoni began her career in the mortgage industry in Honolulu in 2002 while pursuing her MBA from Chaminade University.

Stewart Title announced that Anne McCauley was hired as its new Western region senior vice president, where she is responsible for overseeing direct operations in California and Arizona. Prior to joining Stewart, McCauley spent the past 16 years at First American Title, where she previously held the role of senior vice president and director of strategic growth and expansion. She held numerous leadership roles across that company, including as state manager and senior vice president of operations, and she also co-founded Endpoint Closing (a digital title and escrow division), serving as chief operating officer.

LoanLogics named Paul Vancheri, the company’s former executive vice president of technology and operations, as president and chief operating officer. Recruited to LoanLogics in 2019, Vancheri has been in the financial-services industry since 2000. He has significant experience in the IT discipline, software engineering and development.

The Laird Norton Co. selected Deva Hasson as the next president of Laird Norton Properties, the company’s real estate investment firm. Hasson will formally start her new role on Jan. 1, 2023, and will oversee the company’s extensive national real estate portfolio. Hasson currently serves as the principal and investment director of Heartland LLC, a real estate advisory and investment firm that is majority owned by the Laird Norton Co.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago announced the results of its 2022 director election, with four newly elected directors set to serve a four-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2023. The incoming directors are Betsy A. Johnson, president and CEO of Solutions Bank; Mick G. O’Rourke, president and CEO of Signature Bank; Ty R. Taylor, president and CEO of Waukesha State Bank; and Kevin L. Newell, founder and CEO of the Royal Capital Group.


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