Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, May 25-June 5


Freddie Mac has announced the addition of Christian M. Lown as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 15. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Lown was executive vice president and CFO at Navient Corp., where he was responsible for the accounting, corporate development, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, procurement, treasury, and vendor management functions. Before Navient, he was managing director of the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley, where he co-led the global fintech, North America banks and diversified finance investment banking practices. He holds a master of business administration degree from The University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a bachelor of arts degree from Lynchburg College.


The Mortgage Bankers Association has announced the appointment of Michael W. Briggs as senior vice president and general counsel. In his new role, Briggs will serve as MBA’s chief legal officer and is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the association and its subsidiaries and affiliates. He will also oversee the Human Resources Department and the MBA Opens Doors Foundation. Briggs joins MBA from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he most recently served as assistant general counsel for the consumer law section. Before joining the FDIC, Briggs was with Gordon Feinblatt LLC, the Maryland Bankers Association, America’s Community Bankers, Bank of America and Barnett Banks. He earned his LL.M. degree in financial services law from Boston University School of Law. He holds a J.D. cum laude from Drake University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.


Guild Mortgage has selected Michael Ferreira as its new regional vice president in Northern California. Ferreira, based in the Sacramento metropolitan area, returns to Guild after serving as a district manager with the company from 2013 to 2017. In his new role, he will support sales and business development throughout northern California, an area that includes 41 branches in 13 counties. He was most recently with Movement Mortgage, where he was regional sales director for northern California for the last three years. He has also held previous leadership positions at Wells Fargo, Paramount Equity, Countrywide and Washington Mutual during his 25-year career in mortgage banking.


WFG Lender Services has announced that Jodi Bell has joined the company as vice president of national business development, expanding the company’s presence in and commitment to the mortgage lending market. In her new role, Bell, who is based in Dallas, will be responsible for building and maintaining client relationships among the nation’s top financial institutions and mortgage lenders. Prior to joining WFG, Bell served for eight years as vice president and national sales executive at Service Link, overseeing recruitment of new clients and working with operations to maintain and grow existing lines of business. Before that, she worked as vice president of business development for The National Firm. She is a graduate of San Diego State University.

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CRE investment and advisory firm Greystone has hired Philip Miller as a managing director in a newly created role focused on developing property technology strategies across its unified lending platforms. In this new role, Miller will leverage his business experience combined with analytics towards the goal of architecting a high-end user experience using both in-house and third-party data, models and applications. He brings over 25 years of commercial lending and securitization experience to Greystone, including his most recent post as head of commercial mortgage-backed securities at MUFG. He previously held a similar role at Macquarie and also held senior leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southampton.


Real estate appraisal and valuations company LRES Corp. has expanded the leadership role for David Sober as vice president and national sales manager. Sober will be responsible for revenue growth as well as supporting strategic mergers and acquisitions, and is tasked with aggressively growing the firm’s top line revenue and market presence in the mortgage origination, home equity, servicing, capital markets and commercial real estate industry. He has been in the mortgage industry for over eight years and has built relationships with federal agencies, GSEs, and top lenders, servicers and investors.


Kate Brigham has been named the vice president of product at online document notary company, Notarize. Brigham was previously vice president of product, design and research at ezCater, where she led the product management, design and research teams. Prior to joining ezCater, she also held several senior positions at PatientsLikeMe; Cast, Inc.; Mazer Digital Media; and Houghton Mifflin. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and art history from Boston University and a master of fine arts degree in interactive design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Boutique management consulting firm, BlackFin Group, which specializes in consulting community banks, credit unions and mortgage bankers, has added Mark Dangelo to serve as chief innovation consultant. In his new role, Dangelo will be responsible for leading and managing innovation-led technology projects and innovation-based advisory services. He has been a principal consultant for CSC, A.T Kearney, Stanford Research Institute, and a senior manager for Ernst & Young.

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