Irvine-Finacorp Securities has hired Itai Benosh, formerly a director at Freddie Mac and a debt capital markets banker at Lehman Brothers.

As senior vice president, business development and GSE debt, Mr. Benosh's chief responsibility will be to expand Finacorp's relationship with institutional accounts and provide services to GSE issuers.

The position will be based in New York adding a new location to Finacorp's existing offices in Irvine, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and Washington.

Manhattan Beach-Jason Obradovich has joined Kinecta Federal Credit Union in the newly created position of vice president, secondary marketing and risk analytics.

His responsibilities encompass investor relations, loans originated for sale, consumer and mortgage-related loans, product development and credit analytics.

He joins Kinecta from Countrywide, where he was most recently executive vice president, financial strategies, in the correspondent lending division, and previously was responsible for pricing and trading in secondary marketing at Countrywide.

Oakland-Carol Sorensen has joined Old Republic National Commercial Title and Settlement Services as vice president of business development/underwriting.

As vice president, she will be responsible for the growth and development of Old Republic's national commercial title and settlement operations.

She comes to the company with 25 years of experience in the title industry and served as the first Southeast division operations chairman for the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Paul J. Beever has also joined Old Republic National Commercial Title and Settlement Services and will be appointed vice president of its Las Vegas location.

Mr. Beever will be responsible for the growth and development of the National Title and Settlement Services Division, and will concentrate on providing title insurance and closing services for large, multisite and other complex commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States.

He has nearly 30 years of experience underwriting and in closing commercial and multisite national portfolios.

Robbie Dimon also joined Old Republic National Commercial Title and Settlement Services and will be appointed vice president and branch manager in its Atlanta location.

Ms. Dimon's responsibilities include managing a team of commercial closing coordinators, along with developing and closing multistate and national commercial businesses.

She will concentrate on providing underwriting, title insurance and closing services, for large, multisite and other commercial real estate transactions in the state of Georgia and throughout the United States.

Santa Ana-First American Exchange Co., a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Co., said that Margaret McDonnell has rejoined the company as regional sales manager for First American Exchange and its company affiliate, 1031 Corp.

Ms. McDonnell's previous tenure with 1031 Corp. included two years as managing officer and 12 years as president and chief operating officer.

During that time, she also served on the board of directors of the Federation of Exchange Accommodators, the national trade association for 1031 exchange practitioners, from 1997 through 2008.


Maitland-Trust Title Co. has appointed Chaz Seale as vice chairman, formalizing the role he has held with the firm for the past several months.

Mr. Seale has been an outside advisor to Trust Title Co.'s subsidiary TT Lender Solutions, a national construction loan management service provider, and played a role in its transition to loss mitigation and portfolio restructuring.

Prior to joining Trust Title, he was senior vice president, mortgage project officer and director of nationwide construction-to-permanent and strategic alliances at Wachovia Mortgage FSB.

Tampa-Mortgage Contracting Services named Michelle Struckman as assistant vice president of Tampa operations and Tracy Hager vice president of the company's Dallas operations.

As assistant vice president of operations, Ms. Struckman is responsible for creating and implementing property preservation strategies.

She was most recently with Countrywide Home Loans, where during her tenure, she worked as a foreclosure manager.

In her position as vice president, Ms. Hager leads operations for the company's Dallas office.

Prior to joining MCS, she worked as vice president at First American Field Services.


Atlanta-Morris Hardwick Schneider said that Michael Pierce, Fred Boynton, Dean Talaganis and Howard Delashmit have been named partner, while Shell Rutledge joined the firm as partner.

Mr. Pierce managed one of the firm's offices prior to assuming his role as counsel for the firm.

With experience in numerous aspects of real estate law such as residential closings, tax assessment appeals, and zoning and land use, his practice is now devoted to internal firm legal matters.

Mr. Boynton will serve as a partner in the firm's Dunwoody Perimeter office. In addition to his role as partner, he is general counsel for the firm and practices in the areas of real estate litigation, real estate brokerage law, commercial real estate and corporate law.

Mr. Talaganis is district president for the firm's Ohio operations and managing attorney for the Cleveland office.

He focuses his practice on REO closings.

Mr. Delashmit currently serves as managing attorney of the Cartersville office in addition to his new role as partner.

His practice is focused on conventional residential closings.

Mr. Rutledge joins MHS as partner in charge of the firm's national default operations.

He has more than 10 years experience practicing foreclosure, creditor's rights and real estate law prior to joining MHS.


Chesterfield-Bill Kusman has been named president of First Bank's mortgage division.

Prior to joining First Bank Mortgage, Mr. Kusman served as a senior vice president at Citi Mortgage in O'Fallon, Mo.

He has more than 27 years of banking and finance experience.

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