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CALIFORNIA

San Diego-MDA DataQuick, a division of MDA Lending Solutions, added Greg Deskin as vice president of sales.

Mr. Deskin brings more than two decades of sales experience to MDA DataQuick.

In his most recent position, he served as director of corporate sales at Santa Ana, Calif.-based First American CoreLogic, a real estate data solutions provider.

San Francisco-LoanInsights, a financial services and technology company, hired James Sias as director of business development.

Prior to joining LoanInsights, he was managing principal at Novellus Capital Management LLC, where he directed the company's business development efforts in the secondary mortgage and capital markets.

Previously, Mr. Sias worked at both US Bank and Provident Bank in Cincinnati, where he held management positions in sales, operations, pricing strategy and product management.

Santa Ana-The First American Corp. said that John Peace has been elected to the company's board of directors.

He serves as chairman of Experian, a provider of information, analytical and marketing services to organizations and consumers. Experian also is the parent company of First American's partner in its First American Real Estate Solutions joint venture, which owns most of First American's information solutions businesses.

Mr. Peace also serves as chairman of global retailer Burberry Group and is acting chairman of the international bank Standard Chartered.

COLORADO

Denver-Robert J. Hopp & Associates, a regional provider of legal, default, disposition and title services, named Richard Martin as its newest addition to its Denver headquarters.

Mr. Martin has relocated to Denver to act as the VP of default operations overseeing default and loss mitigation operations.

He comes to the firm with nearly 30 years of servicing experience focused most recently on default, bankruptcy and foreclosure operations with the law firm Rogers, Townsend & Thomas of Columbia, S.C.

Prior to joining RTT, he was a senior vice president at Aurora Loan Services Inc. where he managed in the areas of loss mitigation, REO, foreclosures, bankruptcy, collections, property preservation and claims.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington-The Conference of State Bank Supervisors said that Catherine Woody has been selected to fill the newly created post of director of public relations for policy.

Ms. Woody joined CSBS in October 2005 as a regulatory policy analyst analyzing policy proposals and working with its committee structure to develop policy.

Before joining CSBS, she served as legislative assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

FLORIDA

Tampa-ProVest appointed Jim Eddy as chief information officer.

Mr. Eddy brings nearly 25 years of information technology and management experience to the company.

He has held executive positions at technology companies such as Fidelity National Information Services (formerly Certegy), Switch and Data, Electronic Payment Services and Aerial Communications.

Prior to joining ProVest, he served as CIO at Financial Insurance Management Corp.

West Palm Beach-OpenClose hired Jennifer Bensi to manage all sales activities of its DecisionAssist loan pricing engine products.

She brings more than 15 years of experience in launching new products, expanding into new territories and increasing sales.

Ms. Bensi joins OpenClose from Cleveland-based Associated Software Associates, where she was a sales account executive.

NEW YORK

Hauppauge-Madison National Bank named Thomas N. Gilmartin executive vice president and chief lending officer.

Mr. Gilmartin replaces Peter C. Puccio who retired earlier this year.

As chief lending officer, Mr. Gilmartin will lead and manage all lending activity, including generating new business opportunities and continuing to expand and build upon the bank's current relationships.

With nearly 26 years of experience in banking, he most recently served as regional vice president and senior lending officer for TD Bank (legacy Commerce Bank).

New York-Gramercy Capital Corp. appointed Jon W. Clark as chief financial officer and treasurer. Mr. Clark succeeds John B. Roche.

Mr. Clark will remain as chief accounting officer, a role he has held since March 2009. Previously, he served in a role as Gramercy's vice president and controller.

Prior to joining Gramercy in June 2007, he was a director at BlackRock Financial Management where he managed the accounting and finance department for real estate debt products.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Clark was a vice president at Cornerstone Properties Inc. (acquired by Equity Office Properties in 2000) where he established the company's internal audit department.

TEXAS

Austin-Amherst Securities Group has added mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities salespeople at its Chicago office.

Ryan Mullaney, a former managing director at RBS Greenwich Capital whose career in MBS sales spans 24 years, has been appointed to manage the Chicago office.

In his new role as senior managing director, Mr. Mullaney will manage the new Chicago office, serving as the licensed general securities principal and working closely with Amherst's executive management team.

Michael Brunso, who joins Amherst as senior vice president in sales, was previously managing director of MBS/ABS sales at RBS Greenwich, where he sold mortgage-backed, asset-backed and commercial MBS for 13 years.

Michael Carothers joins Amherst as senior vice president in sales. While at RBS Greenwich, he held the role of managing director in MBS and ABS sales and covered top-tier money managers, commercial banks, FHLBs, insurance companies and hedge funds.

Ryan Clinton joins Amherst as senior vice president in sales. He previously worked as a managing director specializing in structured product sales at RBS Greenwich for 13 years, where he covered institutional clients including banks, insurance companies and money managers from the Chicago regional office.

Dallas-Tiffany Skaife joined Mackie Wolf & Zientz PC as REO closing manager and will lead the firm's statewide REO closing department.

Prior to joining MWZ, Ms. Skaife served as REO manager, title and escrow for Countrywide Home Loans.

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