Industry veterans Tamara Hambright and Paula Vardell have joined NexBank as senior vice presidents within the firm's Mortgage Banking Division. Hambright will serve as SVP of warehouse lending, and Vardell has been named SVP of warehouse operations. With nearly 50 years of financial services experience between the two, Hambright and Vardell will report to Matt Siekielski, chief operating officer of NexBank, who leads the bank’s commercial banking, mortgage banking and deposit operations platforms.
“Tamara has spent the majority of her career working in warehouse lending, while Paula brings a proven track record of accomplishments in developing, growing and managing wholesale and warehouse operations,” said Siekielski. “The addition of such highly respected mortgage professionals is a major step forward in the growth and expansion of NexBank’s mortgage banking business.”
Prior to joining NexBank, Hambright spent more than 25 years as SVP and manager of the Mortgage Purchase Division of Southwest Securities FSB. Her responsibilities included developing, implementing and managing both the operations and sales channels for the nationwide program.
Also joining NexBank from Southwest Securities FSB, Vardell served as the SVP of operations for six years. As a high-level management executive, Vardell brings a broad range of experience in residential real estate and mortgage banking to the NexBank team, in addition to hands-on experience in wholesale, retail and correspondent lending.
Her prior experience includes 15 years as VP of operations at LoanCity Mortgage and as closing manager for both Wachovia Mortgage Corporation and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation.
“We’re very proud to have such proven industry leaders to support our growing mortgage banking business,” Siekielski said.