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Irvine-Portellus Inc. said that Brenda Arnold has joined the company as senior process and project manager. In this capacity, Ms. Arnold will oversee company processes and manage the installations of its mortgage-related products for lenders nationwide.

Ms. Arnold comes to Portellus from Irvine-based Commerce Velocity Inc.

Collectively, she has more than 15 years of experience specializing in business operations, organizational leadership, project management, and research and development.

San Francisco-GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp. has appointed Thomas Bracken as senior vice president in the company's San Francisco office.

Prior to joining GMACCM, he handled acquisitions for the Broe Cos., a private Denver-based opportunity investor.

Additionally, he served as senior vice president in charge of portfolio lending, for Orix Americas for one year, president of the real estate finance group for Ford Motor (USL Capital Corp.) for nine years and chief operating officer of Washington Mortgage for six years.


Washington-GE Commercial Finance Real Estate has named three executives to the D.C. office. Joanna James, based in Dallas, and Andrew Houen, based in D.C., have been appointed directors. Eric Sullivan, also based in D.C., has been named associate director for the East region.

Beginning her career with GE in 1997 as an operations analyst in the CMBS risk department, Ms. James comes to this role from her recent assignment as associate director for the D.C. office.

Mr. Houen joins the group from another entity within GE Commercial Finance Real Estate, Storage USA, where he was most recently senior director of business development, focused on the acquisition of self-storage properties and creation of joint venture relationships.

Mr. Sullivan, who began his career with GE in 1997, comes home to D.C. to assume this new role from his recent assignment as quality and special project manager at GE Commercial Finance Real Estate based in Paris.


Atlanta-The StoneHill Group Inc. has hired Sandra Brown as the post-closing manager.

Ms. Brown has worked in the residential mortgage lending industry for 15 years. She has experience in all areas of the business, but has primarily focused on the post-closing and closing areas.

She has been vice president in charge of the closing, post-closing and final document departments for one of the top 10 residential mortgage companies in Atlanta.

The StoneHill Group has also hired Stephen White as programmer.

He has over eight years of experience in developing and managing mission critical technology solutions.

Mr. White also brings experience in managing and creating an IT infrastructure, including business analysts, quality assurance, and developers and help desk.


Chicago-GE Commercial Finance Real Estate has named six new executives within the New York office of the North America debt group.

Don Hegermiller has been named senior director. He joins the North America debt group from the corporate financial services area of GE where he served as an account executive.

As director, John Pierandri will generate and analyze real estate loan requests for the structured finance and CMBS programs. Prior to joining GE Commercial Finance Real Estate, he was vice president of commercial lending with Fairfield County Bank Corp.

Troy White has been promoted to director. He began his career with GE 10 years ago and comes to his new role from his recent assignment as associate director.

Jennifer Robertson, John Kaptinski and Brian Nowakowski have been named associate directors. In their roles, they will assist originators in screening loan submission packages and provide analytical and financial analysis support for CMBS and structured finance loan transactions.


Ann Arbor-ABN Amro Mortgage Group has promoted Maria Fregosi to its executive committee.

In her new position, she assumes responsibility for AAMG's pricing strategies and secondary marketing activities.

Ms. Fregosi joined LaSalle Bank Corp. in 1994 and has been involved in asset securitization for 18 years. Prior to this new position, she served as group senior vice president for AAMG's AMCAP division.


New York-Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has appointed Susan Barnes as practice leader and head of the Standard & Poor's Structured Finance Residential Mortgage group in North America.

In her previous role as senior analytical manager, Ms. Barnes was responsible for the development and implementation of criteria for all residential mortgage products.

Prior to joining Standard & Poor's in 1993, Ms. Barnes worked at Citicorp Securities Markets Inc. Her background includes tenures with primary mortgage companies as well as secondary market participants.


Iselin-Chase Home Finance has appointed Rich Miller as senior vice president and national builder executive.

Mr. Miller has more than 18 years experience managing builder-affiliated mortgage sales professionals, as well as retail, correspondent and wholesale lending divisions.

Most recently, he served as head of national production for Westminster Mortgage Corp., a subsidiary of Toll Brothers. He is the current president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey.


Winston-Salem-Triad Guaranty Insurance Corp. has hired Mary A. Morehead as vice president, national accounts.

Ms. Morehead has over 30 years of mortgage related experience, most recently as Mortgage Purchase Program relationship manager for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle.

Previously she held various management positions with the California Federal Bank and Washington Mutual Bank.


Houston-Stewart Priority Resources Inc. has named Mike McFarland as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

A 12-year veteran of the mortgage banking industry, Mr. McFarland has experience in both wholesale and retail mortgage lending.

He most recently served as a regional sales manager for a five-state region for the CitiMortgage wholesale lending division.


Mountlake Terrace-MILA Inc. has promoted Mark Hikel to president.

Mr. Hikel will assume all aspects of day-to-day management of the organization.

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