SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Stearns Lending, LLC, a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, Consumer Direct, Correspondent and Strategic Alliances sectors, is pleased to announce the promotion of James Hecht to the position of Chief Operating Officer, Executive Managing Director.
In his new role, Hecht will have senior leadership responsibilities, overseeing Fulfillment and all production channels – Wholesale, Retail, Correspondent, Consumer Direct and Strategic Alliances.
“We are very pleased that James is taking on this new level of responsibility at Stearns. Over the last four years, he has been instrumental in our growth and strategic implementation of our multi-channel production model that is partnered closely with world-class fulfillment capabilities,” said Brian Hale, CEO of Stearns Lending. “James is highly recognized as one of the best and brightest leaders in the industry and we look forward to his continued success in his career at Stearns.”
Hecht brings more than 20 years of mortgage banking sales, operations and strategic partnership expertise to his current position with Stearns. He joined the Company in 2012 and most recently served as Stearns’ Executive Vice President – Strategic Development. As a member of the Executive Management Team, his responsibilities included leading and growing strategic production channels such as Joint Venture, Consumer Direct, Builder, Credit Union Partners, and the Marketing and Recruitment teams at Stearns. Over the last two years, Hecht has added several new joint ventures and more than doubled the monthly production of Consumer Direct, the fastest growing channel at Stearns.
Earlier in his career, Hecht held senior management positions at MetLife Home Loans and Bank of America Home Loans, among others.
For more than 25 years, Stearns has been helping business partners, clients and customers reach their goals by successfully exceeding expectations and leading the industry with innovation and efficiency. To learn more about Stearns and its commitment to helping families and individuals achieve the dream of homeownership, visit stearns.com and join.stearns.com.
About Stearns Lending, LLC
Stearns Lending, LLC is a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, Consumer Direct, Correspondent and Strategic Alliances sectors throughout the United States. Currently ranked as #2 Wholesale Lender nationwide*, Stearns Lending continues to expand as a company overall, making the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America in 2013, 2014 and 2015**, based on revenue growth of 250% over a three-year period.
Stearns Lending is an equal housing lender and is licensed to conduct business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Stearns Lending is an approved HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) lender; a Single Family Issuer for Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association); an approved Seller/Servicer for Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association); and an approved Seller/Servicer for Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation). Stearns Lending is also approved as a VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs) lender, a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) lender, and is an approved lending institution with FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Stearns Lending, LLC is located at 4 Hutton Centre Drive, 10th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92707. Company NMLS# 1854.
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