Former Freddie exec joins Roostify’s C-suite

Digital lending platform, Roostify, has named 30-year mortgage industry veteran Chris Boyle president of home lending, effective immediately.

Boyle will work alongside Roostify CoFounder and CEO Rajesh Bhat, “to make the company an agile, innovative digital lending platform,” for lenders of all types and sizes, the fintech said in a statement. 

In this newly created role, Boyle will be responsible for “all external-facing functions” and Roostify’s business growth plan that aims to engage mortgage lenders across the country, the company said. In addition to client engagement responsibilities, she will lead strategy, marketing, and business development.

“We added Chris to our team because of her ability to unlock business value while accelerating growth during these unprecedented times,” said Bhat, she understands client needs and knows how to deliver the best possible service to all types of lenders. 

Boyle brings to Roostify deep client relationships she built during a long and successful career that includes serving as Chief Client Officer at Freddie Mac. 

Her expertise spans across all facets of mortgage lending marketing, including client-facing technology and client experience, the fintech said, as well as risk management and lending transformation. Decades of market expertise distinguish her as a respected subject matter authority and frequent speaker at industry events.

At Freddie Mac, she advocated for a widespread adoption of mortgage lending technology and automation. A cause she continues to champion today “for those who will benefit the most from a seamless home loan experience: the modern American family,” the fintech said. 

“Right now, as digital adoption is accelerated,” Boyle said, Roostify’s platform is poised to grow. “I look forward to participating in the explosive growth of this emerging industry.”

Ameris names diversity & inclusion officer

Ameris Bancorp the parent company of Ameris Bank has promoted Karlene Gordon to diversity and inclusion, human resources officer, responsible for further developing and implementing action plans that “foster, cultivate and preserve diversity, inclusion and equal dignity throughout the organization.” 

In her new role, Gordon also will focus in advancing the bank’s plans to expand its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

Earlier this year, the bank named its first chief governance officer, Michael Pierson, to lead ESG initiatives, including the expansion of the bank’s diversity and inclusion programming, corporate social responsibility and investor relations and outreach.

Karlene’s expertise, HR experience, and passion for teammate greatness make her “the ideal leader for this role,” Pierson said.

Gordon has over 20 years of human resource experience. She joined the bank in 2018 as a senior human resources business partner. Throughout her career, she served at various organizations including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Live Person and HR Dynamics.

A graduate of Queens College of New York, Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is an active member in the Accomplished Leaders Exchange of the Society for Human Resource Management in Atlanta, Georgia. 

“Growing a robust, diverse and talented group of teammates is an initiative that we take very seriously. It is crucial to the continued success of our organization as we meet the ever-changing business needs and demands of our unique and diverse customer base,” said Palmer Proctor, CEO. “Gordon will be the champion for equal dignity at Ameris Bank.”

As a thought leader, Gordon will develop and promote training programs “to enhance teammate understanding of diversity and inclusion,” guide the recruitment of a diverse applicant pool and seek ways to improve teammate engagement, production and retention, he added.  

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ameris Bank manages over $18 billion in assets through 300 financial centers across the Southeast.

1st Security Bank expands Lacey branch

The 1st Security Bank of Washington promoted Abra McKean to AVP and branch manager in its Lacey branch and expanded operations by adding two new team members with strong banking and community engagement skills. Hollyanna Vopat-Steiner joined the bank as assistant branch manager and Kasia Kapuras as personal banker II.

McKean most recently was a personal banker in the Bank’s Silverdale office. A Western Washington resident for more than 20 years, she brings years of experience and strong community ties to her branch leadership role. As a military wife who raised a family in the area, she has a unique perspective on financial needs and goals of the local community. “I look forward to helping my Lacey customers grow and thrive financially,” she said.

McKean also finds the time to be active with the Thurston Co. United Way, volunteer and serve as a board member for several nonprofits, such as Backpack Brigade, YMCA, the Central Kitsap Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.

Vopat-Steiner bringsover 8 years of banking experience in Mason and Thurston counties. She joined customer service when she was a teen, the bank said, and discovered that one of her strengths is helping her customers to keep their banking relationships running smoothly. When not assisting her clients at work, she is active with her daughter in the Miss Mason Area Scholarship & Mentorship Pageant.

Kapuras began her banking career in 2014 as a teller at the Bank of Hawaii and promoted as relationship banker within the first year. The role inspired her to serve her community and neighbors volunteering at a women’s shelter, participating in fundraisers for Alzheimer’s research and the American Heart Association.

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