Notable mortgage industry additions and promotions: May 8-12

Cenlar FSB announced that Michael Biddle has joined the company in the newly created role of chief data scientist. Biddle will lead Cenlar’s recently launched Mortgage Information Factory, which will focus on leveraging the company’s large data into actionable information and insights for its own operations, as well as clients and homeowners. He holds an MBA from Northern Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.

Dovenmuehle Mortgage hired Georgeo Pulikkathara as the company’s chief information security officer. In this role, he will be responsible for data security and privacy protection, including borrowers’ nonpublic personal information. He will also work to ensure that Dovenmuehle maintains the appropriate internal systems, organization and information security controls necessary for financial reporting and protection of confidential client data.

Polly appointed Cheryl Messner as chief customer officer. In her new role, Messner will oversee onboarding and implementation while acting as a liaison between client, product development and technical teams to provide customer insight into features and new functionality. Messner joins Polly with more than two decades of mortgage fintech experience, notably spending 15 years at Optimal Blue, including a tenure as director of product management. Messner most recently served as executive vice president of customer success and experience at Sales Boomerang and Mortgage Coach, where she focused on operations, new growth opportunities and client engagement.

Greystone Housing Impact Investors announced that Jason R. Kaye has joined as a managing director. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Kaye will focus on originating and structuring tax-exempt loan and bond financing transactions, including construction financing, for affordable multifamily and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties. Prior to joining Greystone, Kaye was a senior vice president at Regions Bank. He has also served as a senior vice president in community development banking at Bank of America and previously worked at Citigroup Global Markets. He began his career with the New York City Economic Development Corp. Kaye earned a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University and a master’s degree in real estate finance from New York University.

The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers announced the election of a new vice president, Kalah Sprabeary, to its 2023-2024 board of directors. Sprabeary is a Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (CLFP) with HUB Funding Solutions. Additionally, Katie Baker, CLFP with MC2 Finance, was elected as a director at large and Michael Hong of Taycor Financial was reelected for another term in the same position. They will begin service in their new positions immediately.


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