THE CMLA Leadership


CMLA Led by Industry Board of Directors

sean-oneillChair J. Sean O’Neill, Vice President, Texas Capital Bank Mortgage Warehouse Division. Sean’s 30 year career in mortgage lending has included retail, wholesale and correspondent as well as warehouse lending. Sean holds the ABA’s CLBB designation as well as the MBA’s AMP designation. Sean has been active with the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association for 3 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Kim_CurtisChair Elect Kim S. Curtis, President and CEO, Tidewater Home Funding, LLC, Chesapeake, VA. Kim has more than three decades experience in mortgage lending, starting out as a loan office. Previously, she was a Vice President for BancBoston Mortgage Corporation and one of three founding and managing members of Southern Trust Mortgage. Since its 1998 opening Southern Trust has grown into one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest multistate mortgage banking firms. Kim also served as President of Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association.
michael_jones Secretary/Treasurer Michael Jones CFO Thrive Mortgage, LLC (Formerly Georgetown Mortgage, LLC.) Prior to accepting the position of CFO, Michael originated loans for Georgetown Mortgage in Dallas, TX, where he first embarked on his mortgage career. As a market participant, Michael quickly learned the guidelines for FHA, Conventional, VA, and USDA loans to serve his borrowers with unprecedented accuracy.Prior to entering the mortgage business, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax CPA working with national and international private companies. In addition to mortgage activities, Michael Jones is also the author of “Reset” – a novel that captures the struggle and inspiration of loan officers today.
tompkins-brooke-anderson-bwImmediate Past Chair Brooke Anderson-Tompkins, President, 1st Priority Mortgage, Inc., Buffalo, NY. 1st Priority is the affiliated New York mortgage banking company of Howard Hanna Real Estate.  Brooke oversees every aspect of 1st Priority’s mortgage business, and is noted for her demonstrated ability to utilize a comprehensive strategic approach to implement proven methodologies it reach identified goals.  1st Priority Mortgage was named as a 2017 Top 10 Mortgage Employer in the Mid-Atlantic US by National Mortgage Professionals Magazine.  Named as one of Mortgage Women Magazine’s 2015 Women at the Helm of Top Mortgage Companies, Brooke’s professional accolades and ongoing community involvement contribute to her personal and professional success.   She currently serves as a Board Member on the LendersOne (L1) Advisory Board and as a member of Board of Trustees for King Center Charter School. With locations across eight states and over 259 neighborhood offices, Howard Hanna offers a one-stop shopping experience that is truly unique.
Past Chair Paulina S. McGrath, President and co-owner, Republic State Mortgage Co., Houston, TX. Paulina has led Republic since 1999 and grown the company from two to 22 locations in seven states. Notably, Republic is a past recipient of the Inc. 500 Award from Inc. Magazine. Paulina also serves on the Board of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Fund, a non-profit organization that provides Houston area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health.
Larry-BellLarry Bell, Mortgage Division Manager, Bank of Idaho. Larry has more than three decades experience in managing mortgage operations. He is also a member of the LendersOne Advisory Board. Larry is active in his community, serves on the local Neighbor Works Pocatello Board and is the founding race director for the Pocatello Marathon. He is a graduate of Idaho State University.
richard_carringtonRichard Carrington is CEO of American Southwest Funding Corp., a retail lender and President of American Southwest Mortgage Corp., a wholesale/correspondent lender, both Oklahoma City-based.  Richard has 40 years of experience in residential mortgage production management and is both an FHA Direct Endorsement Underwriter and a VA Automatic Underwriter. He has been active during his career in mortgage industry associations at national and state levels and is currently a member of the Lenders One Advisory Board.
Wes Hunt is the President and CEO of Homestar Financial Corporation, with nearly thirty years of experience in the residential mortgage and real estate industry. Wes founded Homestar in April of 2002, with operations extending through the southeast and beyond. Wes has organized an accomplished executive team that oversees the daily operations of Homestar, including mortgage origination, underwriting, secondary marketing, and servicing.
blank_lgKaren Lieb, Vice President and Operations Manager, AKT American Capital, El Segundo, CA. Karen has led operations at AKT for 17 years and has expanded the company from one to 17 offices throughout California and seven other states. Previously, she concurrently managed and was a highly productive escrow officer with A.K.T So. Cal. Escrow, Inc
brad-livingstonBrad Livingston, founder and President of Residential Wholesale Mortgage, Inc. (RWMI), Solana Beach, CA. RWMI is a full service Community Mortgage Banker that originates, underwrites, funds, and services residential mortgage loans in California, Oregon and Washington. Brad oversees compliance; credit; risk and treasury management; and is involved in strategic planning, business development and setting the company’s culture.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics from UCLA and is a licensed MLO, Real Estate Agent and General Contractor. He is actively involved in the community serving on the Scripps Stevens Center Advisory Board and the Just in Time Foster Youth Board.


Ed F. Wallace, Jr. PhD., Executive Director, has over 35 years of hands-on mortgage banking experience which includes responsibilities for production, operations, underwriting, compliance and technology. He has developed retail, wholesale, and correspondent production and operational networks, on a national level and held management and executive management positions with national and international banks as well as independent mortgage companies. For the last ten years, he served as Chief Integration Officer for Docu Prep, Inc., a technology company that specializes in the electronic delivery of compliant mortgage and consumer documents. He has served on regional and national committees for Loan Production, Fraud Issues, FHA, and VA. Ed earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and University of Georgia where he received a BBA. He later continued his education receiving a Masters and PhD in Marketing from LaSalle University.
Robert-ZimmerRobert W. Zimmer, Director of External Communications, is a longtime financial services executive based in Washington, D.C. He leads the strategic consulting firm, TVDC, and previously served as a staff member of the House Financial Services Committee and head of Congressional Relations for Freddie Mac.
David-HorneDavid Horne, Government Relations Representative, has two decades experience providing government relations advocacy and strategic advice. Previously, David held a number of senior housing related positions, including Chief of Staff, HUD and Chief of Staff/Senior Counsel on the Banking Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.
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