Ron Wilsie has been named chief operating officer of Preferred Financial Group Inc., a private mortgage lender based in Burlingame, Calif., and Gary Plooster has been named chief production officer.Mr. Wilsie was most recently president of WestWorks Mortgage in Southern California, which was formed in 1997 as a division of Western Financial Savings Bank, Preferred Financial said. Mr. Plooster was previously executive vice president for national wholesale production and operations at United Financial Mortgage Corp. Preferred Financial said it plans to expends its wholesale mortgage franchise into new geographic markets this year by adding production offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Oregon. It can be found on the Web at http://www.preferredmortgage.com.

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