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Simi Valley-Lenders First Choice has added Scott Thomsen as national sales director.

At Lenders First Choice, Mr. Thomsen is responsible for building and managing relationships with national and regional mortgage lenders with operations located in the Western United States.

Prior to joining Lenders First Choice, he held national sales positions at PMI Mortgage Insurance, PNC Mortgage, Chicago Title and ATM Corp.


Shelton-Clayton Holdings Inc. elected David Gilbert and Michael Sonderby as new, independent members of the company's board of directors.

Mr. Gilbert has held executive management positions in a broad range of financial services companies. Most recently, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of ERisk, a provider of enterprise risk management solutions. Earlier in his career, he served as chairman of the board of California Federal Bank.

Mr. Sonderby is a retired managing partner of Deloitte & Touche's Philadelphia office. During his 38 years with the firm, he worked with clients in the insurance industry, and as managing partner, he led a newly organized enterprise risk management function for the Eastern United States.


Washington-String Real Estate Information Services has appointed Ed Krug to its board of advisors.

Most recently, Mr. Krug was president and general counsel of Service Link, an independent vendor management company.

Prior to Service Link, he was vice president and counsel of Stewart Title Guaranty Co.


Waltham-Pro-Teck promoted Ed Hunter to executive director, sales.

In his new role as executive director, Mr. Hunter Ed will manage the valuation services sales group to direct continued market share growth in the mortgage capital, servicing and origination markets.

Prior to joining Pro-Teck in 2005 as a national account executive, his background includes 15 years of financial service experience in commercial paper, securitization, commercial lease financing, credit guarantee and Web-based electronic payment services.


Boca Raton-Walzak Risk Analysis LLC has hired Dale Cline as director of sales and marketing.

Mr. Cline brings over 20 years experience in various facets of mortgage lending and most recently was associated with Mortgage Banking Services Direct, an Austin, Texas-based mortgage banking consultant.

He began his mortgage career with Prudential Home Mortgage and also worked with Mortgage Information Corp. (now LoanPerformance), a San Francisco-based aggregator and modeler of mortgage data.

Tampa-Mortgage Contracting Services has named Shawn Hughes as chief operating officer.

As COO, his responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of the company's operations, inclusive of issues related to FHA and REO operations, vendor operations and personnel management.

Before joining MCS, Mr. Hughes was CEO of Fortress Technologies Inc. and prior to Fortress Technologies held executive positions at Tech Data, Nynex and Compaq.


Minneapolis-Residential Capital LLC, a subsidiary of GMAC Financial Services, has named William F. Casey as treasurer.

Mr. Casey succeeds Louise M. Herrle, who has served as treasurer at GMAC ResCap since September 2004.

Ms. Herrle will remain with GMAC ResCap through May to assist with the transition.

For the past 18 months, Mr. Casey has been managing director and assistant treasurer of GMAC ResCap. Prior to joining GMAC ResCap, he was senior vice president and treasurer of GMAC Residential in Horsham, Pa.

Before joining GMAC Residential, he held a number of senior banking and treasury positions at Merrill Lynch, Union Bank of Switzerland, Smith Barney and Mellon Bank.


New York-Cohen & Steers Inc. appointed Scott Crowe as senior vice president and global strategist/portfolio manager for real estate securities.

Mr. Crowe comes to Cohen & Steers from UBS, where he was head of U.S. REITs and global strategist.

In this position, he worked with a global real estate team of 40 analysts in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and will be based in Cohen & Steers' New York office.

New York-BMO Capital Markets hired Michael Vinciquerra as managing director and senior equity research analyst.

Mr. Vinciquerra joins the firm's Financial Institutions Equity Research group comprising five senior analysts, which covers more than 70 public companies, as well as specialty finance companies and real estate investment trusts. Based in Atlanta, he will focus on securities companies.

He joins BMO from Raymond James, where he covered specialty finance for the past eight years.

New York-Seyfarth Shaw LLP said that Mitchell S. Kaplan and Willard S. Moore have joined the firm as partners in the real estate practice group in the New York office. Formerly, Mr. Kaplan was a partner with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, and Mr. Moore was of counsel with DLA Piper US LLP.

Mr. Kaplan's practice is focused on finance, including securitized mortgage transactions, leasing and conveyancing.

Mr. Moore represents lenders, developers, owners and investors in a variety of real estate financing transactions and his primary experience is in commercial mortgage-backed securities, tax-exempt housing bonds and affordable housing.


Winston-Salem-Triad Guaranty Inc. hired Bruce Van Fleet as executive vice president, sales and marketing.

Mr. Van Fleet has over 30 years experience in the mortgage industry and prior to joining Triad Guaranty he was with Radian Guaranty Inc. where he held a variety of senior sales and operation management positions, most recently as executive vice president, chief sales Officer.

Previously he was with Strategic Mortgage Services as senior vice president, corporate sales.


Houston-National Land Title Insurance Co. has added 20-year title industry veteran Cole Stremmel as its executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Stremmel most recently spent several years with the LandAmerica Financial Group as a vice president where he held the positions of Midwest operations manager, Denver retail manager and Chicago retail manager.

Prior to that time, he had worked for a number of years with his family's title insurance company, Real Estate Index Inc., located in Evanston, Ill.

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