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Akerman LLP's Consumer Financial Services Practice Group has welcomed Kathleen "Kitty" Ryan from Buckley Sandler as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

Ryan previously served as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's deputy assistant director for the office of regulations. Prior to joining the CFPB, she was senior regulatory counsel at JPMorgan Chase.

Ryan focuses her practice on fair lending and regulatory compliance matters, particularly on issues related to the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Community Reinvestment Act and Truth in Lending Act.



Element Funding, a division of Primary Residential Mortgage Inc., has opened a new branch located in Decatur, which will be led by Ashley Rustom.

Rustom has been in the mortgage industry for eight years and began her career in real estate as an agent and investor in 2000.

Before opening the Decatur branch, she was a loan officer at Element Funding's Atlanta branch for five years.



David Dickey, who has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage lending space, has joined Guaranteed Rate Affinity as executive vice president, national director.

Guaranteed Rate Affinity is a joint venture between Guaranteed Rate and Realogy.

He has held executive positions at Wells Fargo, Countrywide, Bank of America, Citibank and, most recently, Capital One, where he led both the retail and digital origination channels.



AmTrust Title Insurance Co. said that Samuel Shiel, a seasoned attorney with more than 25 years in title insurance, real estate and the regulation of financial institutions, has joined AmTrust Title as Midwest underwriting counsel.

Just prior to joining AmTrust Title, Shiel was senior underwriting counsel for Palatine, Ill.-based Proper Title, where he provided title and escrow staff support and training.

Before that, he worked for Dallas-based Title Resources Guaranty Co. as vice president and Midwest underwriting counsel.


Planet Home Lending, a privately held mortgage lender and servicer, said that Kimberly Grandy has joined the company as vice president of human resources.

Most recently, Grandy was with J.G. Wentworth's home lending division.

Before J.G. Wentworth, she was director of human resources at Long & Foster, a real estate company with over 11,000 agents.



Waterstone Mortgage Corp. said that Ed Vaccaro has joined the company as a regional vice president of retail production.

Vaccaro will be responsible for overseeing operations and retail growth throughout Northern California.

He has more than 20 years of senior management experience, and was previously with Banc Home Loans, which was acquired by Caliber Home Loans Inc.

Waterstone has also named Jodi Johnson as vice president, risk and audit at the Pewaukee-based corporate office.

Johnson brings to the company more than 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries.

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