Santa Ana-First American Title Insurance Co. said that Mark S. Webber has been named state manager for Nevada.

Mr. Webber, who also has served as Utah state manager since joining the company in 2004, will now oversee all of First American's direct and agency operations in both states.

Prior to joining First American, he served for nearly 10 years as president and founder of Equity Title Insurance Agency Inc.

Manhattan Beach-Kinecta Federal Credit Union has hired Jess Lederman, a former Bear Stearns executive who recently departed as chief risk officer of Countrywide Financial Corp.

Mr. Lederman will serve as senior vice president and chief credit officer.

He will oversee Kinecta's credit policy, analytics and loan underwriting for commercial, real estate and consumer lending, and will also will have responsibility for portfolio management and secondary marketing.


Washington-David Crowe, who has been the senior staff vice president for regulatory and housing policy at the National Association of Home Builders since 2002, has been named the association's chief economist, effective Nov. 17.

He replaces David Seiders, who recently announced his retirement after serving as NAHB's chief economist for more than 20 years.

Mr. Crowe has held several senior level positions in economics, housing policy and housing finance since he joined NAHB in 1989.

Prior to joining NAHB, he was the deputy director for the Division of Housing and Demographic Analysis in HUD's Office of Economic Affairs.

Prior to joining NAHB in 1984, Mr. Seiders was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington.


Boston-American Realty Capital said that Kamal Jafarnia has been named executive vice president and chief compliance officer of Realty Capital Securities LLC, the dealer manager for its affiliated real estate investment offerings, and senior vice president of American Realty Capital Advisors LLC.

Mr. Jafarnia has more than 15 years experience both as an attorney and as a compliance professional, including 10 years of related industry experience in financial services.

Most recently, he served as executive vice president of Franklin Square Capital Partners and as chief compliance officer of FB Income Advisor LLC, the registered investment adviser to Franklin Square's proprietary offering.

Needham-Potomac Realty Capital LLC has hired five loan originators.

Bill Ruiz joins Potomac after 12 years as senior vice president of the global real estate group for Lehman Brothers in New York.

Prior to this he held senior positions at Huntoon Hastings and Heller Financial.

Rob Beck joins Potomac after serving as vice president of originations for Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance in New York.

He has also worked with major lending institutions such as Gramercy Capital and Credit Suisse.

Mike Strug brings nearly 13 years of commercial real estate experience to Potomac after working for The Carlton Group, Resource Real Estate Funding, Israel Discount Bank of New York, Assurant and TIAA-CREF.

Anne Stewart has over 20 years of real estate lending experience and joins Potomac after 10 years with Credit Suisse (Column Financial) out of Tampa, Fla.

Adam Marsh joins Potomac after running Empire Capital Partners, a brokerage firm out of New York, for the past six years.


Farmington Hills-Scott Z. Goldstein has been named president of American Processing Co., a provider of mortgage default processing services to law firms nationwide.

Mr. Goldstein previously served as the CFO of American Processing Co.

The company is jointly owned by Minneapolis-based Dolan Media, Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott PC and Indianapolis-based Feiwell Hannoy.


Chantilly-David H. Stevens has been appointed as president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Cos., comprised of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., Prosperity Mortgage Co., Long & Foster Insurance Agency Inc. and Long & Foster Settlement Services.

Mr. Stevens had been president of Long & Foster's affiliated businesses - mortgage, title and insurance - since joining the firm in July 2006.

Prior to joining The Long & Foster Cos., he was executive vice president and national wholesale manager responsible for all sales, operations and finance at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Prior to that, he was senior vice president of the single-family business at Freddie Mac.

Richmond-Genworth Financial Inc. named Ronald Joelson as its new chief investment officer.

Mr. Joelson comes to Genworth from JPMorgan Asset Management in New York, where he served as managing director of insurance strategic markets coverage from July 2007 until November of this year.

Prior to that, from 1984-2007, he held a number of financial positions at Prudential Financial in Newark, N.J.

He spent his first 11 years there in private placements and structured finance. Immediately before being named Prudential's CIO, he served as senior vice president, financial management, helping design structures for demutualization of the company.


Walla Walla-NetMore America Inc. hired Edwin Fuchs as its new chief financial officer.

Mr. Fuchs brings to this new position over 20 years of finance experience and will be based at the company's corporate headquarters in Walla Walla.

From 2000-2007, he was the chief financial officer of Central Pacific Mortgage Inc. where he was responsible for directing and managing the company's financial management, reporting and treasury activities.


Green Bay-Associated Banc-Corp said that Scott S. Hickey has joined Associated as executive vice president, chief credit officer.

Mr. Hickey brings more than 30 years of banking experience to Associated, with a primary focus on the credit function.

Most recently, he held the position of executive vice president, wholesale credit for US Bank, where he was responsible for all credit approval and portfolio risk functions for the bank's wholesale portfolio.

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