Notable mortgage industry hires and promotions, May 16-20

Open Mortgage selected Brenda Hedeen as its new chief financial officer while Anthony Nolte, the company’s CFO and legal counsel since 2019, was appointed to the newly created position of chief legal officer. Most recently, Hedeen served as CFO for On Q Financial Inc. Prior to that, Hedeen was promoted to CFO of Mann Mortgage LLC after previous positions as assistant CFO and controller. She earned a master’s degree in accounting from Stetson University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Baker College.

Cherry Creek Mortgage announced that Rick Hogle has joined the company as chief revenue officer, where he will manage the overall performance of Cherry Creek’s retail operations. In his new role, Hogle will oversee the growth and development of the retail sales and production network while supporting all the company’s business channels. He began his mortgage career in 2001 with New Century Mortgage and also served as a branch manager, national sales manager, director of operations, chief operating officer and chief strategic officer for Supreme Lending.

Embrace Home Loans announced that Mehdi Pirzadeh was named senior loan officer and vice president in the company’s Rockville, Maryland office. Pirzadeh began his 22-year career in the mortgage industry as an originator at Mason Dixon Funding, which was acquired by Embrace Home Loans in 2009. In 2013, he joined Eagle Bank in the Washington, D.C., area as a vice president and senior loan officer. Pirzadeh rejoined Embrace in March 2022.

CMG Financial announced the hiring of area sales manager Ricardo Torres. Torres, a well-established originator in southern Texas, will be driving the CMG market in this area. He’s been involved in branch management since 2010, serving as branch manager for AmeriPro Funding in Edinburg, Texas. He then served at Gold Financial Services for a time before joining Willow Bend Mortgage Co. as a branch manager in the Edinburg area.

OptiFunder named Siri Gunn as vice president of sales. She will be responsible for national sales, educating prospects and clients about Optifunder’s warehouse management system. Most recently, she worked at AltiSource for more than a decade, serving as director of mortgage and real estate solution sales and as a senior manager for the firm. Prior to that, Gunn was vice president of account management for Timios and served as a manager at Lenders First Choice. Optifunder also named Chris Leibl as vice president of IT, information security and compliance. Leibl is responsible for cybersecurity compliance, strategy and implementation for the company. Most recently, Leibl helped lead a cloud security consultancy.


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