Affiliated Mortgage Company has named Jason Beene as president of its correspondent lending division, a top 35 lender in the United States generating approximately $2.5 billion in total volume each year. Beene, formerly senior vice president and national sales manager, will report to Bill G. Brewer, chief executive officer of Affiliated Mortgage, who has led the organization since 2007. Meredith Dorris will serve as vice chairman. She will remain capital markets manager, a leadership position she held since 1996. Affiliated Mortgage Company is the home loan division of Benchmark Bank, a Texas banking leader since 1964. The correspondent lending division, based in Monroe, has the financial strength, experience and stability to provide competitive and innovative correspondent programs to meet residential lending needs of financial institutions nationwide. “Jason brings broad experience as well as a keen understanding of the needs of both our correspondent lending clients and the requirements of the secondary market,” said Brewer. In addition, Affiliated Mortgage is further enhancing its senior leadership team with the appointment of Kevin C. Payne, who was most recently a senior executive with J. P. Morgan Chase and previously in operational management with Bank of America, Wachovia and other financial services providers. He will serve as Chief Operating Officer. Boris Firquain, a veteran Affiliated Mortgage sales executive, has been promoted to senior vice president, National Sales, reporting to Beene. “These experienced executives, under the leadership of Bill Brewer, Meredith Dorris and Jason Beene, provide us with a superior and highly-regarded management team dedicated to serving the needs of our 300-plus financial services customers nationwide,” said Michael Barnett, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Bank. “The appointments also represent our strategy of developing and attracting outstanding talent at all levels to build a correspondent lending unit that our clients and employees can continue to depend upon in the years ahead."