Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Oct. 10-14

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced a trio of promotions. Heather Messam was promoted to vice president and controller. In her elevated role, Messam will manage the accounting and financial operations of MBA and its subsidiaries. Since joining MBA in 2001, Messam has served in various roles, most recently as associate vice president and controller. Prior to MBA, she was an accountant at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Messam holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland Global Campus and a bachelor’s degree in business teacher education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The MBA also promoted Joel Kan to vice president and deputy chief economist. In this role, Kan will be responsible for leading MBA’s economic and mortgage market forecasting and while continuing his responsibilities of analyzing key data trends in the real estate finance industry. He started with the MBA as a survey specialist in 2006, and most recently, he was promoted to associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting in 2015. Kan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from the University of Michigan. The organization also announced the promotion of Justin Wiseman to vice president and managing regulatory counsel. In his elevated role, Wiseman will lead MBA’s regulatory policy team while overseeing the association’s work on legal issues and trends, agency rulemaking, and regulatory compliance. Wiseman has served in various ascending roles since joining MBA in 2012, first as associate regulatory counsel and director of loan administration policy before being promoted in 2017 to associate vice president and managing regulatory counsel. Wiseman oversees the association’s legal and regulatory issues for loan production, servicing, pending rules and legislation, and leads the amicus brief program. Prior to MBA, Wiseman clerked for the federal district court in the Middle District of Tennessee and worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies on European and transatlantic security issues. Wiseman is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and Dartmouth College.

Evergreen Home Loans hired mortgage industry veteran Robert Lipston as executive vice president of production. Lipston brings more than 35 years of mortgage experience in sales, leadership and operations, most recently as the first vice president and regional director at Flagstar Bank. In this role, Lipston will work directly with Evergreen Home Loans branch and regional management to continue to support growth and market share in the locations where the company has a presence.

Greystone announced that AJ Walker has joined as a managing director in Chicago. In this role, Walker will focus on the origination of commercial real estate loans across the U.S. Prior to joining Greystone, Walker was a director at Wells Fargo, where he led the firm’s real estate capital-markets origination efforts across the Midwest. Prior to this role, Walker held multiple other positions within Wells Fargo, including as a manager in its commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) portfolio surveillance group, serving as co-lead in Wells Fargo’s CMBS table funding group, as well as previous work in its CMBS securitization group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College.

JLL Capital Markets announced that it has welcomed managing director Dan Gillard to its multifamily housing debt advisory team. Gillard, who is based in Philadelphia, will primarily focus on sourcing new multifamily and commercial financing opportunities both nationally and locally. Previously, Gillard spent six years with Greystone, most recently serving as managing director and head of the Philadelphia production team. Prior to his role with Greystone, Gillard was vice president of agency origination with Berkadia.

Regions Bank and subsidiary Sabal Capital Partners announced the hiring of Jason Scott as managing director and head of conventional loan production for the companies. In this role, Scott will oversee multifamily conventional loan production and personnel for the Regions Bank real estate capital markets group, which includes the Sabal Capital Partners lending business. Prior to this new role, Scott served as regional managing director for Arbor Realty Trust. Scott was previously with Regions Bank in the role of director of originations for the bank’s real estate capital markets group. He also served in an underwriting role for Regions and previously served on the real estate investment banking team with RBC Capital Markets. He earned a bachelor’s in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as an MBA from California Polytechnic State University. He also holds a master’s degree in real estate development from Columbia University.

Compliance software provider PerformLine announced that Paul Wilmore has joined the company as its first chief operating officer. Wilmore joins the company after serving as global chief marketing officer at Cardtronics. Prior to that, Wilmore served as chief marketing officer of Barclays US Consumer Bank.


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