Interfirst Mortgage Company, a private equity-backed mortgage originator, announced that three new key executives have joined the company; Kendall Berry, VP of Wholesale Operations; Nadina Bradescu, VP of Retail Operations; and Russ Therrell, VP of Underwriting.
“Interfirst continues to invest in talent, technology, and our operational infrastructure as we rapidly expand our wholesale and retail production volumes,” commented Mark Freedle, EVP, Production. “Kendall, Nadina, and Russ have outstanding reputations, extensive industry experience, and track records of success that will support our relationship-driven business and ensure we are delivering our mortgage broker partners and consumers best-in-class service and the most competitive price.”
Kendall Berry, VP of Wholesale Operations
Kendall Berry, who previously worked for Interfirst from 2010-2017 as AVP of Client Services, returns to the Company as VP of Wholesale Operations. Previously, Berry served as an Account Manager at Paramount Residential Mortgage Group Inc. and a Senior Underwriter at Ethos Lending LLC.
Berry will be responsible for overseeing Interfirst’s management of its mortgage broker relationships by fully supporting this community through the company’s broker-centric approach that offers the technology, competitive products, pricing, and service to help them build and grow a successful and sustainable business. Berry will report to Karen Gerli, COO at Interfirst.
Nadina Bradescu, VP of Retail Operations
Nadina Bradescu rejoins Interfirst as VP of Retail Operations. She previously worked with Interfirst from 2009-2017, most recently as Manager of Retail Operations. During her career, she also served as Mortgage Operations Manager at C&R Mortgage.
In her new role at Interfirst, Bradescu will manage all aspects of retail operations from origination to closing with a focus on strengthening the retail channel loan quality and reducing origination costs to the benefit of customers and investors. Bradescu will report to Karen Gerli, COO at Interfirst.
Russ Therrell, VP of Underwriting
Russ Therrell joins Interfirst with more than 20 years' experience in the mortgage industry. He previously served as VP and Underwriting Manager at Affiliated Bank, Underwriting Supervisor at LDWholesale, and Operations Manager at Zip Lending. He has also held multiple leadership positions at AmeriPro Home Loans.
In his new role, Therrell will oversee all aspects of the underwriting process, focusing on optimizing communications with borrowers throughout the process, and will manage a team of 30-plus underwriters. He will also focus on recruiting new members to join his team. Mr. Therrell will report to Karen Gerli, COO at Interfirst.