Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, May 11-May 15


Guild Mortgage has hired Michael Querrey as vice president of strategic retail growth for its Mountain West division. Querrey, who has close to 30 years of mortgage industry experience, will be based in Las Vegas to support the company’s retail growth initiatives and lead recruiting for branches in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Prior to joining Guild, Querrey served as executive vice president of production for ClosingMark Home Loans. He previously served for six years as national sales manager and head of retail production at Castle & Cooke Mortgage. He started his career with North American Mortgage in 1992 and worked as a producer for several years before assuming sales leadership roles with Castle & Cooke.

Plaza Home Mortgage has announced that Kelley Tillinghast has joined the company as senior vice president and chief underwriter. In this role, Tillinghast will oversee all underwriting in Plaza’s three channels — wholesale, correspondent and reverse — and play a role in setting company underwriting policies and standards. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Tillinghast joins Plaza from Guild Mortgage, where she was vice president and national underwriting manager for the past five years. Earlier, she also held senior level positions in underwriting, operations and risk management with Penny Mac, JP Morgan Chase Bank, GE Mortgage Insurance, and Bank United. Tillinghast has a B.S. in Business Administration from Rhode Island College.


Black Knight has added Richard Lombardi as senior vice president for data strategy and innovation. Prior to joining Black Knight, Lombardi served as chief operating officer of ATTOM Data Solutions, responsible for oversight of operations, sales, customer success and contracts. Before that, he was vice president of Data Solutions and Licensing at CoreLogic, responsible for overall sales strategy and field engagement within the National Licensing division.


Black Knight has also announced the addition of fellow industry veteran Kevin Hughes as senior vice president of sales and business development for the company’s Multiple Listing Services technology business. having most recently served as chief executive officer of the technology start-up BoxMLS. A co-founder of Clareity Security, Hughes is also a featured speaker and panelist expert at numerous industry conferences.


Redfin has appointed David Lissy as the new chairman of its board of directors. Lissy, whose term begins on July 1, joined Redfin’s board in February 2018 after 17 years as the CEO of Bright Horizons; he is now that company’s chairman as well. Before that, he also held the leadership positions of executive vice president and chief development officer at Bright Horizons.


Home Point Financial has announced the addition of Delane Olin has the company’s first chief learning officer. In her new position, she will be responsible for developing and implementing an organizational learning initiative that supports Home Point’s overall business strategy and growth. She will lead efforts to increase the knowledge and skillset of Home Point associates to improve performance across the organization. She comes to Home Point with more than 15 years’ experience developing and managing corporate training programs for Planet Home Lending, Stearns Lending, Caliber Home Loans and Nationstar Mortgage.

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The Pohlad Companies, parent organization of commercial real estate mortgage banking company NorthMarq, has announced that Dennis Goetz has joined the organization as chief financial officer. In this role, Dennis will oversee all key areas of financial reporting and analysis. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in finance and accounting roles in both public and private companies. Previously, he has worked for Carlson Companies, Buca di Beppo and United Sports Brands. Most recently, Goetz was the founder and principal of Boyd Consulting Group, LLC, a management consulting practice that specialized in advising private equity-owned businesses on financial governance, performance management, and mergers and acquisitions.


Servicing and origination platform fintech Applied Business Software (ABS) has announced that Jasen Portero, previously its vice president of development for the last 12 years, has been appointed chief operations officer. As chief operations officer, he will extend ABS’ online services and oversee development of the company’s The Mortgage Office and The Loan Office suites of products. Prior to joining ABS in 2008, he spent 18 years working for Universal Music Group, WellPoint, Warner Bros. and Evite.


Planet Home Lending has added Jim McDonald as chief marketing officer. Prior to joining the company, he consulted on marketing strategies for companies both inside and outside the mortgage industry. Earlier, he was chief marketing officer at Pacific Union Financial, leading the marketing and new customer acquisition teams.


Union Home Mortgage has announced the hiring of Debbie Windisch as Knoxville, Tennessee, area manager. She brings over 30 years of experience to the position, many of them spent in a variety of senior leadership roles. Prior to joining Union Home Mortgage, she spent eight years with Mortgage Investors Group, most recently as senior loan officer.


Quontic has announced the hiring of Casey Christopher as vice president of specialty banking. In her new position at Quontic, Casey will collaborate with organizations to improve financial outcomes and focus on delivering banking products that improve communities. Prior to joining Quontic, Casey helped build Florida-based CenterState Bank’s correspondent division for ten years before joining the Independent Community Bankers of America. She is a graduate of the The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

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