Planet promotes Dalila Ramos to VP, Talent Acquisition

National lender and servicer Planet Home Lending, LLC, has promoted NEXT alumna Dalila Ramos to vice president of talent acquisition, “to support recruiting efforts and attract top talent.”

Ramos joined Planet Home Lending in 2019 to boost recruiting efforts in distributed retail, the company said in the promotion announcement. Soon after, she organically expanded her scope to operations, servicing and corporate professionals when the demand for talent rose during 2020, using “her in-depth industry knowledge to support Planet Home Lending’s mission.”

“The Planet Home Lending team is exceptional,” Ramos said upon her promotion. “Planet’s diverse, inclusive culture appreciates and respects voices like mine. I’m excited to share the story of that culture with the industry.”

A genuine people’s person, Ramos is an experienced talent development executive. She is contagiously passionate about diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace, learning and always evolving as human beings and as professionals, and giving back.

NEXTSUMMER20 conference attendees likely remember Ramos sharing her insights on the D&I panel. “We just need to start the conversation!” she said. “It’s got to start somewhere, and if it’s got to be you, you take the initiative, and then you run with it, and you get it started …Just bring your team in.”

Ramos certainly will continue to bring into that conversation her team, coworkers at Planet Lending and the larger NEXT community.

In her new role, she also will have the opportunity to tap into her more than 20 years of industry experience to help nurture a new generation of mortgage professionals. “Nobody grew up willing to be in the mortgage industry, we all stumbled on it,” she said during the D&I panel discussion. “I do not want that to be the case anymore.”

“One of my first tasks as Planet’s chief human resources officer was to find a leader who could help us build on our world-class talent acquisition organization,” said Ben Hughes, executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Planet Home Lending. “I found that leader here in the Planet family.”

Before joining Planet Home Lending, Ramos had leadership roles in talent acquisition for several companies, including Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Caliber Home Loans. Her contribution to the industry includes serving as director of development for the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA).

“As Planet Home Lending continues to grow, Dalila’s experience, industry expertise and broad network will continue to help us strengthen our talent acquisition efforts,” said Hughes.



National Western selects SS&C’s servicing platform

National Western Life Insurance Co., a diversified firm with a growing portfolio of commercial real estate (CRE) mortgages will implement cloud-based Precision LM software by SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. to support its CRE loan servicing and accounting operations.

SS&C currently is the partner of choice for more than 50% of the top 40 life insurance companies investing in commercial mortgages, according to the company website.

“We have a positive outlook over the next five years, and with Precision LM, we believe we can provide enhanced support, reporting, and an overall lending experience for our borrowers,” said Beverly Hamaker, mortgage loan manager at National Western Life, adding that SS&C’s team of experts “proved to be the right fit for our firm as we scale up our commercial mortgage investments.”

National Western, a Colorado corporation based in Austin, Texas that offers a broad portfolio of products, reportedly chose SS&C Precision LM for its flexibility and support for complex loan products and servicing capabilities, through a platform that processes “bespoke loan terms and provides key portfolio analytics.”

Stan Szczepanik, vice president at SS&C Technologies said that National Western Life is joining our large insurance client base, and that the company looks forward “to helping them solve complex challenges as their lending business grows.”

“We understand how important it is for our clients to have transparency into their loan portfolio data in order to make key business decisions,” he added.

Sun Badger joins Habitat as national solar partner

Habitat for Humanity International announced Sun Badger Solar is the nonprofit’s newest national partner “committed to help create more sustainable, energy-efficient affordable housing.” The solar power developer is commemorating the partnership with the launch of a campaign that prioritizes the organizations’ joint focus on building sustainable and healthy communities.

Under the inaugural initiative, for every Sun Badger Solar system installed through Dec. 31, 2021, the company will donate $250 to Habitat for Humanity, “guaranteeing a minimum of $100,000 and no maximum contribution limit,” according to a joint statement.

Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Sun Badger Solar’s donations reportedly will support Habitat’s global work as a nonprofit whose mission is to help provide financial support and volunteer work to build or renovate affordable housing.

“We started Sun Badger Solar to help build more sustainable communities and I can’t think of a better partner than Habitat for Humanity to help bring that vision to life,” said Kris Sipe, CEO and co-founder of Sun Badger Solar. “The two organizations share a common desire to make a difference, one home and one family at a time.”

Sun Badger Solar services residential and commercial solar power systems in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida. Since 2018, the company relies on a team of licensed, electrical contractors and solar experts who have helped thousands of households turn their homes more energy efficient.

“We’re looking forward to our new partnership with Sun Badger Solar,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships. “When we are able to make sustainable homes more accessible, we are not only nurturing the foundation for healthy environments, but also empowering healthier families.”

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