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Brea-ResMAE Financial Corp., a wholesale specialty residential mortgage originator and servicer, said that R. Lester Pierce has joined the company as senior vice president, division manager.

Mr. Pierce has more than 25 years experience in wholesale and retail mortgage banking. Prior to joining ResMAE, he held positions at Long Beach Mortgage Co. as regional sales manager, senior vice president and regional vice president. He also served as Southern California's district manager for Transamerica Financial Services.

Calabasas-Countrywide Financial Corp. has added one executive and promoted three executives in the banking and insurance groups of the company.

Carlos Garcia has been promoted to executive managing director of banking and insurance operations for CFC. Having joined Countrywide in 1984, he has played an integral role in the expansion of the insurance and banking segments within the company and will continue to oversee the strategic direction and operation of these areas.

Andrew Gissinger III has been promoted to senior managing director and chief executive officer, banking and insurance group for CFC. In this role, he will provide oversight and strategic direction for all of Countrywide's insurance operations.

James S. Furash has been promoted to senior managing director for CFC. In addition, he continues to serve as president and chief executive officer of Countrywide Bank.

Robert V. James has joined the company as president and chief operating officer for Balboa Life & Casualty Group of insurers. With more than 25 years of underwriting, operations, sales, marketing and technology experience, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and operations for Balboa.

Truckee-David DeMello recently joined BPO Tracker, a Clear Capital company specializing in loan valuation outsourcing, as vice president of business development.

A certified general appraiser, he founded DeMello Valuation in 2003, providing commercial and residential real estate appraisal and consultation services covering the Greater Sacramento and North Lake Tahoe regions.

He began his career in real estate in 1999 as a research analyst/appraiser trainee with Seevers Jordan Ziegenmeyer, a commercial real estate appraisal and consultation firm.

District of Columbia

Washington-Option One Mortgage Corp., a leading national residential mortgage lender and subsidiary of H&R Block Inc., has appointed Larry Gilmore as director of housing, industry and trade relations, and Anne Tyree as director of project management.

Prior to joining Option One, Mr. Gilmore served as associate director of government affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association, which he joined in 2000. From 1997 to 2000, he was manager of market opportunities for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines.

Ms. Tyree, who will direct corporate projects associated with alternative markets, including product development and outreach, was most recently director of operations and chief of staff to the vice president of community development lending at Freddie Mac. She joined Freddie Mac in 1991.

Florida

Palm Harbor-Jim Stewart, formerly senior vice president sales and marketing for Nationwide Title Clearing for the past five years, has been promoted to the office of president left vacant by the passing of the prior president and company co-founder, Ivan Kezsbom in late 2003.

Mr. Stewart has been in a senior executive capacity for the past 22 years, specializing in marketing, sales, product development, operations and strategic planning.

Mr. Stewart has served in a senior executive capacity within the mortgage servicing industry since 1990.

Illinois

Oak Brook-The board of directors of Inland Real Estate Corp. made changes to its board of directors and the appointment of a chief operating officer. Specifically, the board announced its decision to split the role of chairman and chief executive officer.

The board appointed Daniel L. Goodwin to serve as chairman. Robert D. Parks will continue as president and CEO, and will remain on the board.

The company also said that Mark E. Zalatoris, the company's chief financial officer and treasurer, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

New York

Schenectady-Latham Software Sciences appointed Ralph Carrigan, president and CEO of SMART Services LLC, to its advisory board.

Mr. Carrigan brings to the advisory board more than 28 years of mortgage and technology expertise, with special focus on loan administration and extensive post-closing knowledge.

Prior to his position at SMART Services LLC, he was executive vice president of SunTrust Mortgage Inc.

Prior to his position at SunTrust, he held executive positions at Charlotte, N.C.-based BarclaysAmerican/Mortgage Corp. and Birmingham, Ala.-based AmSouth Mortgage Co. Inc.

Pennsylvania

Horsham-GMAC Commercial Holding Corp. has appointed Gregory J. McManus and Conrad J. Suszynski executive vice presidents of its newly formed Global Structuring and Distribution Group.

Mr. McManus and Mr. Suszynski will jointly manage the company's financial assets and execute exit and funding strategies for the many financial products offered by GMACCH.

Previously, Mr. Suszynski served as co-head of the unit responsible for securitization activities for GMACCH's real estate investment banking division, GMAC Commercial Holding Capital Corp., as well as third-party clients. Prior to joining the company in 1999, he was a principal of Chicago-based Quantum Financial Corp.

Mr. McManus has more than 15 years experience in real estate lending and finance. He joined GMACCH in 1999 as the head of Loan Syndications.

Prior to his appointment to executive vice president, McManus was responsible for creating and securing third-party funding sources for GMACCH as well as global asset distribution.

Texas

Dallas-The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas promoted Tom Lewis to senior vice president, and Robert Brick and Charles Lockyear to vice president.

Mr. Lewis serves as controller for the Bank. He joined the Bank in January 2003 after having served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and controller for AMRESCO Capital Trust.

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