The Mortgage Collaborative, an independent lending cooperative serving small and mid-sized mortgage lenders and community-based lending institutions, has deepened its senior executive team with the addition of two new hires, as announced the Collaborative’s Chairman John Robbins, CMB. Career mortgage banking professional Rich Swerbinsky has been named executive vice president of the Collaborative’s national sales and strategic alliances, and Nancee Mueller, CMB, will serve as its vice president of member and vendor services.
“We are sealing industry alliances and growing our member base to deliver on The Mortgage Collaborative’s objective of providing tangible economic value and providing our members with the tools they need to grow their business” said Robbins. “Rich and Nancee bring remarkable mortgage industry know-how and leadership that will further the Collaborative’s organizational mission and operations, as well as provide exciting opportunities for our members and strategic partners.”
Prior to joining The Mortgage Collaborative, Swerbinsky (pictured right) served as vice president of residential lending at Ohio-based First Federal Lakewood. In this position, he oversaw the bank’s residential lending division and was responsible for increasing the bank’s mortgage market share in the Cleveland area by more than 4000 percent over a six-year period. While at First Federal Lakewood, Swerbinsky also chaired the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Community Bank Networking Group and the Lenders One Bank Networking Group.
Mueller (pictured left), previously a long-time Wells Fargo employee with more than 25 years’ mortgage banking and financial services experience, most recently was vice president of industry relations for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. There, she was responsible for building and enhancing the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s relationship with national and regional trade associations, government groups, consumer groups and non-profit organizations. In addition, Mueller has been an active member in both local and national mortgage industry trade groups, including: President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of St. Louis in 2011; member of the board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of St. Louis from 2005-2011; and board member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing America from 2009-2011.
“As The Mortgage Collaborative enters into its next phase of growth, having executives familiar with the products and services mortgage lenders need to meet their compliance and operations challenges is absolutely critical,” Jim Park, CEO of The Collaborative, said. “Rich and Nancee are both seasoned mortgage banking executives, and the addition of these two industry veterans boldly positions the Collaborative for future success.”