Management Team

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

William (“Willie”) Newman With 25 years of mortgage industry experience, Mr. Newman is an acknowledged expert and innovator in the field.

With over 25 years of mortgage industry experience, Mr. Newman is an acknowledged expert and innovator in the field. Mr. Newman was one of the primary architects behind InterFirst Wholesale Mortgage Lending (InterFirst). Over a period of 8 years, InterFirst grew from a small local mortgage originator to an industry leader in third party lending. In 1997, InterFirst’s parent company, Standard Federal Bank, was acquired by ABN AMRO. Over the following 10 years, Mr. Newman continued the build out of what became ABN AMRO Mortgage Group (AAMG). During his tenure, AAMG became a diverse, multichannel top 5 mortgage lender and top 10 mortgage servicer. At AAMG, Mr. Newman led the development of the first Internet-based wholesale lending portal known as MOAI. He also rebuilt Mortgage.com into a leading consumer direct website and lending operation.  Starting in 2010, Mr. Newman built Cole Taylor Mortgage (CTM) from scratch. Over his 4½ year tenure, CTM became a top 40 lender; a top 40 servicer; and a major contributor to Cole Taylor Bank’s financial performance.  In 2014, Mr. Newman joined forces with Stone Point Capital to form Home Point Capital.  Home Point became operational through the acquisition of Maverick Funding in March, 2015 with the objective of becoming a leading independent mortgage banker.  

Mr. Newman holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance and business economics from Wayne State University.

 

Head of Strategy

Maria Fregosi is experienced in the fields of finance, investment banking, mortgage banking, securities and domestic and international finance. She has a proven track record of creating value through change management, innovative solutions, problem solving, financial analytics and team development. At Home Point, her responsibilities include capital markets, servicing, new products, marketing and post origination operations

Most recently, Ms. Fregosi was Chief Capital Markets Officer for Hamilton Group Funding, a retail mortgage loan originator.  Previously, Ms. Fregosi was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Catalyst Financial, a full service value-based investment banking firm and simultaneously the Chief Operating Officer for BKF Capital Group, a publicly traded investment company involved in activist investing.  Prior to this, she was the COO/CFO of Client First Settlement Funding, a boutique specialty finance company.

Ms. Fregosi also served as an Executive Vice President at ABN AMRO Bank for 15 years where she was part of the executive team that ran and successfully sold the mortgage and home equity business from ABN AMRO to Citibank.  She created and ran the Integrated Market Strategies group at ABN AMRO. She also created and ran the residential and commercial mortgage securitization programs both in the US and Europe.

Ms. Fregosi has been involved with investment banking, portfolio management and asset and mortgage securitization for over 25 years.  She rated transactions for most of the major mortgage originators when she was part of the Structured Finance Group at Moody's Investor Service.  She began her career at Goldome Savings Bank in Buffalo, NY.  She was also a successful portfolio manager at MetLife and Stein, Roe, Farnham.

Ms. Fregosi is a graduate of the State University College of New York at Buffalo with a BA in Economics and she has an MBA in Finance from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

 

Head of Production

Brian Brizard previously served as the Principal and Founder of 3AB Funding Co. Prior to joining 3AB, Mr. Brizard was with Sallie Mae Home Loans for five years, where he served as President of the home lending group and Vice President of the parent SLM Corp. He helped develop Sallie Mae’s multi-billion dollar retail branch network and wholesale channel which originated and serviced loans in 43 states. Mr. Brizard founded Pioneer Mortgage in 1991, and grew the company from a small mortgage broker to a multi-state mortgage lender with more than $1 Billion in annual volume. Pioneer Mortgage was named an Inc. 500 Company in 1999 and 2002, in recognition of its exceptional rate of growth. He led the sale of Pioneer to Sallie Mae in 2003. At Pioneer he served as President and CEO, and built an exceptional and talented sales force. Under his leadership, Pioneer’s originators were frequently recognized as top producers in the mortgage industry's annual volume surveys.

Mr. Brizard’s professional career has included working with several innovative and successful companies in mortgage, real estate, title insurance, and technology. He served as Board Member and CFO for Online Tech, where he helped lead a sale of the firm to News Press Gazette Company in August 2012. He remains active as a board member of several portfolio companies of 3AB.

Mr. Brizard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at Sacramento and an MBA with Finance Concentration from Wayne State University in Detroit.

 

Head of Risk Management

Marni Scott has been in the financial services industry for over 26 years and has held various executive leadership roles at United Shore Financial, Flagstar Bank, and GE Mortgage Insurance. She is an experienced leader who has managed both mortgage fulfillment operations and credit risk functions within high volume environments, spanning national retail, wholesale, and correspondent lending channels.

With her focus on loan quality and product development as a Senior Vice President at United Shore Financial, Ms. Scott excels at developing and building efficient operations, while closing the loop on the critical risk management component and ensuring delivery of superior customer service. She has a history of building strong relationships with investors and vendors alike and has extensive experience in conventional, government, and portfolio lending. 

During her ten year tenure at Flagstar, Ms. Scott increased her executive reach four times, holding the title of Executive Vice President over underwriting operations, credit policy and operations, origination operations and quality control. She orchestrated expanded PMI guidelines for third party volume nationally, expanded monthly mortgage capacity by $2.6B in one year and developed underwriting call centers to streamline operational processes.

Her expertise in operations, underwriting and risk management in all lending channels make for a unique combination and understanding of how to build a strong and sustaining originations platform, while meeting investor requirements and maintaining customer satisfaction. She also understands the importance of cross-department communication in supporting the growth of a successful organization.

Ms. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration on Operations Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

 

Head of Finance 

Howard Nathan is a financial executive with over 20 years of experience leading financial organizations, most notably as Chief Financial Officer for nearly 16 years. Mr. Nathans’ experience spans the development of start-up companies to managing multi-million dollar operations, working closely with leadership teams to develop corporate growth strategies and operational process improvements. As an organizational leader, he has been instrumental in developing strategic relationships with vendors and financial institutions to assist in the achievement of corporate goals and objectives. Mr. Nathan also has a track record of building successful financial and operational teams that promote innovation and improve operational efficiencies.

As Mortgage Director of Finance at MB Financial Bank, Mr. Nathan assisted in growing revenue from zero to nearly $150M for a new division, led the acquisition and expansion of a mortgage servicing operation, created accounting infrastructure for the start-up division and reduced costs to provide strategic flexibility for the growing organization. During his tenure, he created innovative solutions and streamlined processes to reduce costs and save time on month-end closings.

Prior to his work at MB Financial Bank, Mr. Nathan held CFO positions at Equity Services, Inc., Shore Financial Services, Lender Ltd., and Washtenaw Mortgage Company. In these roles, he focused on investor relationships, warehouse lines of credit, SEC reporting, accounting efficiencies and liquidity strategies. Additionally, he worked as an independent consultant, providing guidance on SEC filings, corporate restructurings and dissolution of a publically traded company.

Mr. Nathan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.

 


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