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Planet Home Lending Correspondent Appoints Industry Veterans to Team

Steve Landes,EVP - Corporate Initiatives

Planet Home Lending, LLC, (Planet) has hired Steve Landes as EVP of Corporate Initiatives, Brandy Walton, SVP Business Initiatives, and Michael Bender, Eastern Divisional Correspondent Sales Manager.

The three industry veterans joined as part of Planet's recent acquisition of Homepoint's correspondent division.

"With our recent acquisition of Homepoint's correspondent assets, we are able to expand the expertise in our correspondent division with the additions of Steve, Brandy and Mike," said Planet's President, Mortgage Lending John Bosley. "This reflects Planet Home Lending's goal to create a path for growth in correspondent lending even as other companies scale back during this industry adjustment."

Landes has more than 30 years of industry experience and served as Executive Managing Director, Correspondent Lending for Homepoint before joining Planet. Prior to that, Landes was SVP of originations and president of the NattyMac subsidiary, a Regional President for Indymac Bank and Sr. VP for Novastar Mortgage Inc.

During his three decades in the mortgage industry, Landes has taken several companies from start-ups to industry leaders, implementing improvements as they scaled up. The majority of his sales and operations team has followed him for the past decade and moved with him to Planet.

"Planet Home Lending is a growing nonbank mortgage company deeply committed to correspondent lending," Landes said. "The lenders we served at Homepoint will benefit from moving with us to Planet Home Lending. They gain access to aggressive pricing and expanded products while maintaining the same service levels they've come to know – because the staff has transitioned over to support them."

Brandy Walton, SVP Business Initiatives

Before moving to Planet, Walton was Senior Managing Director,  Correspondent Operations for Homepoint. Walton also had various leadership roles at Stonegate Mortgage Corp., including Senior VP, Operations; VP, Production Risk Management; and National Underwriting Director.

Before joining Planet, Bender was Senior Managing Director, National Sales Manager for Homepoint, where he also previously served as Managing Director, and Division Manager East, Correspondent Lending. Prior to that, Bender was Regional Manager, Northeast Region at Stonegate Mortgage Corp.

Also coming to Planet's Correspondent Lending team from Homepoint are regional sales managers Joe Griffin, Jim Janczy, Tiffany Ta, John Theil and Tony Nienas. Margie Walsh is joining as a Correspondent Renovation Account Executive.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport, with more than six years of writing experience. She has served as Editor-in-Chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington. She has covered events such as the Byron Nelson, Pac-12 Conferences, the Women in Dallas Film Festival, to freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, she is an avid jazz lover and reader. She can be reached at [email protected]

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