CBRE names global M&A corporate development lead

CBRE Group, Inc. has promoted Emma Giamartino to Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, responsible for leading the company’s mergers and acquisition (M&A) activities globally, effective June 1, 2020.

Giamartino’s appointment follows Jim Groch’s announcement of his plans to leave CBRE on June 30, 2020, “after 35 years of outstanding service to the company,” according to a release.

Giamartino has led the company’s Americas M&A team since joining CBRE in February 2018. She played a leadership role in a number of major acquisitions, and cheered for being instrumental in CBRE’s launch of Hana, a flexible workspace business, in late 2018.

“Emma has been a major contributor to the Corporate Development team and has formed great relationships with our business leaders across CBRE,” said Bob Sulentic, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Her strong background in investment banking and M&A, combined with the deep knowledge of CBRE she has gained over the past two years, will enable her to do great things as our Corporate Development leader.”

Prior to joining CBRE, Giamartino served as Director of Corporate Development at Verizon Communications where she executed M&A transactions and strategic investments. Earlier, she was a senior investment banker in Nomura’s technology, media and telecommunications group. Giamartino received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Duke University.

Home Point Financial elects first Chief Learning Officer

Non-bank lender Home Point Financial, has hired mortgage industry veteran Delane Olin as the company’s first Chief Learning Officer responsible for developing and implementing a companywide knowledge and skill set building initiative that is part of the company’s business growth plan.

A subsidiary of Home Point Capital LP, Home Point is a Ann Arbor, Mich., based national multi-channel mortgage originator and servicer, that holds more than 95% of originated loans for in-house servicing. Olin will lead an organizational learning initiative, which aims to enhance customer satisfaction for borrowers, homeowners, and its wholesale and correspondent channel partners, and inspire more innovation, the lender said in a release.

“We’ve always invested in hiring the best talent and believe it’s important to give our people the opportunity to expand their knowledge and contribute to the company’s success at increasingly higher levels,” said Willie Newman, Home Point President and CEO. “We’re delighted to find someone of Delane’s caliber.”

A veteran training professional, Olin brings to Home Point more than 15 years of experience developing and managing corporate training programs for Planet Home Lending, Stearns Lending, Caliber Home Loans and Nationstar Mortgage.

Her expertise encompasses the design, development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of training content in alignment with key business strategies, across multiple lines of business. Olin has led learning and development functions in retail, joint ventures, wholesale and servicing channels, providing return on investment.

“Providing transformative learning experiences at all levels within the company will further increase performance, institutionalize best practices, improve retention, and boost employee satisfaction,” said Olin.



Plaza Home names SVP, Chief Underwriter

National wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender, Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc., announced Kelley Tillinghast has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Underwriter. 

Tillinghast will oversee all underwriting at Plaza’s wholesale, correspondent and reverse mortgage lending channels, and “will play a key role in setting company underwriting policies and standards,” the San Diego based privately owned company said. 

The 20-year industry veteran will report to Ed VanDuren, Executive VP of Operations.

Tillinghast joins Plaza from Guild Mortgage where she was the VP and National Underwriting Manager for the past five years. She also held senior level positions in underwriting, operations and risk management with Penny Mac, JP Morgan Chase Bank, GE Mortgage Insurance, and Bank United.

“We are excited that Kelley is joining our management team,” said Michael Fontaine, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Plaza Home Mortgage. “She is a seasoned professional with deep and diverse experience in underwriting and risk management. We look forward to the significant contributions she will make to Plaza’s ongoing success.”

Tillinghast has a B.S. in Business Administration from Rhode Island College. She also has a Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Salesperson.

Quontic hires innovation leader as VP of Specialty Banking

Quontic, a New York City based adaptive digital bank, has named reputable banking leader Casey Christopher as Vice President of Specialty Banking in charge of lending product innovation, strategic partnerships and new talent development.


Christopher “will execute innovative strategies and culture” that reflectQuontic’s goal to change traditional banking patterns, and right now, to look at the high unemployment rate as an opportunity to expand the team with more women and fintech professionals. 

Christopher started working with Quontic as a partner over a year ago before joining the executive team “to continue pushing innovation in banking,” said Steve Schnall, Chief Executive Officer of Quontic. “Casey represents the type of proven leader Quontic seeks to attract.”

A Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) since 2013, she specializes in critical banking functions, such as corporate liquidity and capital and risk management. Prior to joining Quontic, Christopher helped build and led the correspondent lending division of Florida-based CenterState Bank for ten years, before joining the Independent Community Bankers of America where she connected Northeastern community banks to the Washington DC based organization.

“Breaking the system means disassembling our thoughts, beliefs and actions on why and how we do things and putting it all back together to improve our customers’ experience,” says Christopher. Working at a Community Development Financial Institution like Quontic, “allows me to marry my respect for community banks and my desire to make positive changes in our community,” through visionary programs that strike a balance between profits and purpose, she said.

Christopher is a co-founder of Florida Bankers Association’s Annual Florida Women in Banking Conference; Board member and former President of the New York League of Independent Bankers; Member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York and of Chief, a network of executive women in NYC. She earned The Florida School of Banking, Dr. C. Arnold Matthews Honor Graduate Award, and graduated from The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

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