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Nations Lending Hires New VP, Strategic Growth

Navi Persaud
Jan 21, 2021
First Merchants Corp., the Muncie, Ind.-based holding company for First Merchants Bank, has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Nations Lending hired John Owens as the company's vice preside of strategic growth. In his new role, Owens will be responsible for driving production strategy, identifying growth opportunities and tapping talent throughout the U.S. Photo of John Owens

"John is an outstanding leader with a proven track record," said Corey Caster, executive vice president of national production for Nations Lending. "He brings a wealth of experience we can leverage to focus on big opportunities."

Owens has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry and served in many roles, from developing sales channels within wholesale to overseeing national business development. Most recently, he successfully led national recruiting at Academy Mortgage for the last five years, according to a press release.

"Our task will be to keep what we have and then build upon it with like-minded, top-flight talent to ensure our culture remains intact. We'll share our story across the country so more people can experience what Nations Lending has to offer," said Owens.

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