Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, July 25-29

Freddie Mac announced that Dennis Hermonstyne Jr. will join the company as senior vice president and chief compliance officer, effective Sept. 19. Hermonstyne will be a member of the company’s senior operating committee. In his role as chief compliance officer, Hermonstyne will oversee and lead Freddie Mac’s compliance risk management program pertaining to the company’s legal, regulatory and conservatorship obligations. He most recently served as the executive vice president and chief compliance officer of Santander Bank N.A. Prior to joining Santander in 2017, Hermonstyne was the deputy chief compliance officer of E-Trade Bank. His experience also includes several legal positions at federal regulatory agencies, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Catholic University Columbus School of Law.

Nations Lending hired Brian Augustine as branch manager in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Augustine comes to Nations Lending from Guaranteed Rate, where he most recently worked as vice president of mortgage lending. Before entering the mortgage industry in 1993, Augustine earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University.

Renaissance Home Loans announced that industry veteran Darren Russell was hired as vice president of business development. In this role, Russell will establish corporate alliances designed to improve customer service and reduce the firm’s costs. Before joining Renaissance, Russell was most recently with Mr. Cooper. Russell also has worked for numerous mortgage companies, including Pacific Union Financial LLC, First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. and JPMorgan Chase.

Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. announced that Matt Rohl has joined the company as senior vice president of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) development and emerging markets. In his new position, Rohl will focus on increasing the company’s lending services within low- to moderate-income and majority-minority areas across the nation while upholding the company’s obligations under the CRA. After beginning his professional life as a personal banker and later becoming an account executive, he went on to serve more than two decades at Radian, rising to the role of divisional vice president.

JLL Capital Markets announced that Daniel Digerness has joined the firm as a director in its Phoenix office. Digerness will focus on debt and equity advisory across all product types in Phoenix and the Southwestern U.S. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Digerness comes to JLL after 12 years with another commercial real estate services firm, most recently serving as a vice president. Digerness is a graduate of Arizona State University.

EarnUp announced the appointment of Juan Pujadas as a board member. Pujadas brings extensive experience from his 25-plus years as a leader and advisor in the technology, financial-services and mortgage sectors. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Wells Fargo & Co., Wells Fargo N.A. and UST Global Inc., as well as an advisor at Blumberg Capital. Pujadas is a retired principal of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he served as the vice chairman of PwC International and as chief executive of Global Advisory Services. Prior to that, he was the chief risk officer of Santander Investment.

Exceleras announced that Tom Simon, the company’s former chief experience officer, has been formally promoted to CEO. Simon joined Exceleras in 2020. During his career, he has worked for Motorola, Baxter Healthcare, HP and CNA Insurance.


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