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LERETA LLC, a provider of real estate tax and flood services for mortgage servicers nationwide, has selected Jory Beech as senior tax operations manager.

She is a 20-year mortgage industry veteran in mortgage servicing with a focus on real estate tax and escrow.

Most recently, Beech was the senior leader of product cycle management at CoreLogic. She began her career in operations at First American Real Estate Tax Service in 1999.



Planet Home Lending has hired Jennifer Folk as senior vice president of national operations and operations support.

Before joining Planet Home Lending, Folk was senior vice president of strategic planning at Eagle Home Mortgage.

She also spent more than four years in operations at Stearns Lending where she was the business lead for various technology initiatives for retail, wholesale and all joint ventures.

Folk started her mortgage operations career in 2002 at Nationwide Lending and has worked at MetLife Home Loans and CMG Financial in operations as well.



M&T Bank has named Michael Berman as president and CEO of M&T Realty Capital Corp., the company's wholly owned nationwide commercial mortgage banking subsidiary.

Berman is responsible for managing the operations of M&T Realty Capital Corp., which is a direct multifamily and seniors housing lender for Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac and FHA/HUD MAP and LEAN programs.

Tari Flannery, current president and CEO of M&T RCC, is retiring after 28 years with the bank and serving almost two decades in her current role.

During her tenure with M&T, Flannery served as a member of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac advisory committees.

From 2012 to early 2014, Berman served as senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, serving as his liaison to the White House and Congress on GSE reform and other housing issues.

He was the chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association in 2010-11, and led their GSE reform efforts in 2008-11.



Bradley Williams has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP's real estate and land use practice group as a partner in Minneapolis.

His practice focuses on a broad range of transactional, litigation and other matters involving real estate, construction, financings, mergers, receivership, foreclosure, bankruptcy, tenant-in-common disputes, commercial mortgage-backed securities, fraud, unfair trade practices, arbitration and mediation.

Williams joins Dorsey from Best & Flanagan LLP where he was a partner in that firm's commercial real estate, transactions and litigation practice.



Mid America Mortgage Inc. has hired Kerry Webb as executive managing director of business development.

Prior to joining Mid America, he co-founded and served as executive vice president of Acopia Capital Group where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the secondary marketing, wholesale, nondelegated correspondent, closing and post-closing, quality control and compliance departments.

Webb has been in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years, also having founded Coastal City Mortgage and worked at Bear Stearns, both located in Charleston, S.C.

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