Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, December 14-December 18


Guaranteed Rate Affinity has announced the appointment of Skip Schenker as regional renovation sales manager for lending programs throughout the West Coast. He joins Guaranteed Rate Affinity with more than three decades of mortgage industry experience, including 20 years specializing in renovation lending. Before joining Guaranteed Rate Affinity, Schenker served in renovation sales leadership for several national mortgage lenders and was responsible for leading and developing their regional renovation lending departments.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has announced promotions for two executive officers. Andrew S. Chang, currently senior managing director and chief financial officer, will assume the new role of senior managing and chief operating officer. Daniel S. Perotti, currently senior managing director and deputy chief financial officer, will become senior managing director and chief financial officer. The changes will be effective January 1.


Attom Data Solutions has hired Stuart Bern as head of strategic partnerships & corporate development. In this role, he will lead the development of new partnerships and support merger and acquisition efforts. Prior to joining Attom, Bern was vice president of business development and partnerships at Knock. He also held leadership roles at CoStar Group and Bloomberg. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in real estate from the University of Georgia.


Nationwide Mortgage Bankers has announced the appointment of Yianni Garcia as chief marketing officer. Garcia brings years of experience across marketing, communications, customer experience and digital strategy to his new role, most recently as vice president of marketing and innovation at Eagle Home Mortgage. He also has previous experience at Lennar, PwC’s Digital Services and McCann Erickson. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University.

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Promontory MortgagePath has recruited Elisha Werner as chief compliance officer mortgage operations. In this role, Werner will lead compliance efforts for Promontory MortgagePath’s residential mortage operations and oversee the regulatory and compliance implementation process. She has more than 20 years of experience in mortgage industry compliance, most recently as chief compliance counsel for Opus Capital Markets Consultants.


AGNC Investment Corp. has announced that CEO and chief investment officer Gary Kain will transition to the role of executive chairman of the board. To succeed Kain, the board has selected Peter Federico, currently president and COO, to succeed Kain as CEO, and Christopher Kuehl, currently executive vice president of agency portfolio investments, to become chief investment officer, both effective July 1, 2021. Federico joined AGNC in May 2011, serving as president and COO since March 2018. Kuehl, who joined AGNC in August 2010, has served as executive vice president since November 2016.


Evolve Mortgage Services has acquired the appraisal platform assets of Veptas Technology Solutions. The acquisition included the addition of Stephen Jamison, who comes over from Veptas to the Evolve in the position of chief technology officer. He has several years of technology experience, including positions at Anexinet Vertex, J5 Technology Partners, MasterServ Financial, Group9, SunGard Availability Services, R.H. Donnelley and Siemens Healthcare. He attended Villanova University, Ursinus College and Eastern University.


JetClosing has promoted senior business development manager Lydia Eager to help lead the company’s expansion efforts in its new Austin office. Eager, who joined JetClosing in 2018, has also held positions at BowlMor Lanes and Groupon. She graduated from Luther College with a bachelor of arts in Spanish language and literature.

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