AFN Hires and Promotes Key Executives to Posts

The board of directors of American Legal & Financial Network has promoted Matt Bartel to the position of executive director while filling two additional key staff positions.

As the executive director, he will assist the CEO to develop and direct strategic opportunities for the corporation. Mr. Bartel will also continue to work with various AFN committee groups to develop and implement educational and industry events, and oversee the various marketing, operation and administrative functions of the corporation. Mr. Bartel works out of St. Louis.

AFN has also added Kathleen Guerrette-Mitchell as director of performance and compliance operations. Ms. Mitchell comes to the AFN from Freddie Mac, where she was manager of nonperforming loans and servicer operations.

Her experience covers every facet of the management of nonperforming loans, including loan servicing, collection, foreclosure, loss mitigation, bankruptcy and real estate-owned.

William LeRoy, CEO of American Legal & Financial Network, said the addition of Ms. Mitchell is a coup for AFN. He added that the defaulted loan servicing industry is in dire need of more comprehensive performance rating and compliance standards, and the investor community is reaching out for true benchmarking and risk analytics.

AFN also recently hired Stacie Hawkins as the director of strategic projects. Ms. Hawkins will work with AFN's executive team to help identify, facilitate and manage strategic relationships between AFN and members of the mortgage banking community.

Prior to joining AFN, Ms. Hawkins was with REO magazine.

AFN is a national organization that has assembled a network of attorneys and service providers to serve the mortgage banking industry. AFN's membership includes mortgage banking attorneys, mortgage companies, house counsel, investors and government agencies. The company's website is e-afn.org.

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