Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, Jan. 2-6

Rocket Mortgage announced that Austin Niemiec, previously the company’s executive vice president, has been named chief revenue officer. Niemiec started at Rocket more than a decade ago as a mortgage banker, ascending to a position in which he led account executives at the company (then known as Quicken Loans Mortgage Services) before being named executive vice president in 2019. Succeeding Niemiec will be Mike Fawaz, who was previously senior vice president of Rocket Pro TPO sales. Fawaz also began his career with Rocket as a mortgage banker more than a decade ago, working his way up to various leadership roles including senior director of mortgage banking and divisional vice president.

Guaranteed Rate added Kate Amor as senior vice president and head of enterprise products for the company’s capital-markets team. Prior to joining Guaranteed Rate, Amor was an executive with Finance of America (FOA), most recently as senior vice president of enterprise products, a position she held for nearly two years. Before joining FOA, she held various positions at Fifth Third Bank.

Deephaven Mortgage announced that Tyler Bohn will take on the role of managing director of national accounts. Based in Fullerton, California, Bohn joins Deephaven with more than a decade of senior-level experience in the mortgage industry, most recently with Solidifi, and previously with Incenter and First American Mortgage Solutions. In his new role, he is charged with helping national mortgage brokers and correspondents accelerate and scale their non-QM business by leveraging Deephaven’s platform of products, tools, training and support.

Planet Home Lending added regional vice presidents Jason Morano and Chris Wubbenhorst to lead a new team in Woodbury, New York, as part of its growing presence in the Tri-state area.

TMC Financing added Dean Aloe and Chris Bane as senior vice presidents of business development. Aloe, will serve with the company’s Southern California team while Bane, who has more than 15 years of experience, is joining TMC’s operation in Arizona. In their roles, they will focus on helping small-business owners looking to purchase, construct or refinance commercial real estate through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program.

Side announced the appointment of Stephen Capezza as president. Capezza was most recently at Zillow Group, where he served as senior vice president of business operations. Capezza joined Zillow in 2015 following the company’s acquisition of Trulia, where he spent two years leading Trulia’s San Francisco sales and operations teams.

Synovus Financial Corp. announced the hiring of Michael Colasso as the company’s new enterprise and operational risk executive director. He is responsible for the strategic design and execution of Synovus’ enterprise and operational risk programs and oversight, including frameworks and methodologies to support effective risk identification, assessment, mitigation and monitoring. Colasso has more than 15 years of financial risk-management experience. He joins Synovus from Truist, where he most recently served as head of enterprise risk management programs and framework since 2019.


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