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Meet the ones that made it happen.

loanDepot was founded by mortgage industry legend Anthony Hsieh, who had the vision to transform the mortgage lending experience, while at the same time helping as many families achieve their dreams of home ownership. Today, thanks to his leadership, we've grown to become the nation's second-largest non-bank lender, using our proprietary mello™ technology to create a more seamless mortgage experience for our customers.

Take a look at the faces and moments that helped shape loanDepot into what it is today.

Anthony Hsieh

CEO

We founded loanDepot in 2010 with one goal: to delight the customer. Everything we do—and have done—in every area of the business has been strategically focused on that sole accomplishment. And that is, in a large part, how we’ve achieved such trajectory in such a short time.

Today, we are delighted and humbled by the impact our efforts have achieved thus far, and look forward to exponentially expanding that volume in our next decade.

Alex Madonna

EVP, Direct Sales

Annette Frese

VP, Processing

Bryan Ho

VP, Processing

Cece Palmieri

Executive Assistant, Sr

Christine Sawaya

VP, Credit Risk Management

“There have been a lot of good memories, and I can remember bits and pieces of each celebration, especially when we’d hit a milestone in fundings. Thinking back reminds me how fortunate we’ve been. It is humbling. I’m looking forward to how we continue on with what I consider our slogan—there’s no room for mediocrity. We have to challenge the now. I anticipate great things as we lead the tech revolution.”

Chunyan Cao

Director of Software Engineering

Clare Anderson

Manager, Credit Risk

“I worked with Anthony and Tomo at a prior company, so when we launched loanDepot, it was a bit like a reunion. The industry had changed a lot, but we rolled up our sleeves and if something needed to be done, we all figured it out together. It was a fun, family-like environment. I’m looking forward to seeing where this crazy ride takes us, and the innovations we’re able to make. It’s been fun to see the company grow, but also to see the people that you work with grow. Seeing them get older, watching their kids grow and graduate from college.”

Clay Norris

VP, Business Intelligence and I.S. Business Intelligence

“I came on board to help get the software for the LOS stood up. It was very much a startup; we all did whatever it took to get the job done. And it needed to get done because you had the weight of a successful launch in the balance. If you do the work that’s put in front of you to the best of your ability, you’ll reap the benefits of your efforts. If you want more responsibility, if you want to move up the ladder, no matter what department you’re in, you have all the tools you need to be successful.”

Cory Dambert

Director, BI Engineering

“loanDepot was my first job out of college. I had $13 in my bank account, and I had met with a couple of companies, but when I talked with loanDepot, I knew that this was the place for me. I started as a junior mortgage banker. Back then, everyone knew each other.It was an open-door policy, so you could talk with any executive; we were a close-knit group of folks. Now that we’ve established ourselves and our technology,I think we’ll move twice as fast. I think that the next ten years will look completely different than what we’re offering today.”

Debora Wilson

SVP, Operations

"We’re all looking forward to how we’re going to be changing the landscape. We have a lot of folks watching what we do, but when you combine Anthony’s vision, our technology, our innovation and our people, I look forward to continuing to be part of a team that continues to disrupt the industry and shape the landscape for many more years to come."

Dennis Chuang

Portfolio Analyst, Sr

Diana Harvey

VP, Reporting & Analytics

“We’re a very dynamic and entrepreneurial company, we’re fast-paced and everyone’s heart is in the right place. Our goal is to always do what’s best for our customers, our company and our team. I look forward to seeing us continue to build our foundation while staying true to our core values, which are serving our customers the best we possibly can, being transparent, and helping our team members.”

Emily Palmer

Closing Manager/Regional Wholesale

“I funded the company’s first loan. It was a group effort—there was a whole team—but it was very exciting. In the very beginning, it was pretty comfortable, but once the loans started coming in, it became crazy busy. We went from eight-hour days to 16-hour days, but that’s what happens when you’re starting up a company. I still remember the day in November 2010 when we celebrated our first 1,000-loan month. There was champagne and a big celebration.”

Ernesto Catibayana

Executive Licensed Lending Officer

Francis Tran

EVP, Marketing

Hollie Artanis

Executive Assistant, Sr

Jason Jui

VP, Secondary Marketing

Jennifer Chaidez Leanna

Director, Talent Acquisition

Jess Smith

VP, Sales

Joe Nguyen

VP, Infrastructure Engineering

John Lee

Chief Analytics Officer

Joyce Kolstad

Processing Manager

“Our biggest change has definitely been the technology. Coming from where we started from to where we are now, it’s just crazy. It’s just evolved and continues to evolve and change every single day. When I look back, both for our company and for our industry, the technology has been huge for us.”

Marissa Moore

VP, Business Operations and Strategy

“The biggest change I’ve seen is our technology. That, and we have a lot more people, an optimized structure and we’ve acquired additional platforms and channels. All of that works together to do what we set out to do from the beginning, and that’s put the customer first. And that enables us to continue to strive to be the best mortgage company in the nation. If you look at our current leadership team, the majority of them have been with us for a very long time, and that they have stayed on board tells you right there that Anthony is picking the right team. They have the interests of not only the company, but also the employees in mind. I don’t think you’re going to find a better leadership team within the mortgage industry. It’s second to none.”

Melissa Koupal

SVP, Loan Integrity

Mike Reyes

Executive Licensed Lending Officer

Norm Steeg

SVP, Retail Production Strategy

"When we were launching loanDepot, the financial world was still in a bit of flux; there wasn’t a lot of talk about new companies, so it was an interesting time to be having those first conversations with anyone. There were a lot of risk concerns throughout the industry, and it’s really because of Anthony and Tomo’s excellent reputations that we got it done. We ended up being a great success—I mean, it certainly was a challenge to get all of the systems up and running a short amount of time, but we did it. We’ve gone from six people to more than6,000. What a wild ride!"

Peter Macdonald

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Rod Halperin

Director of Marketing

"I’ve worked with Anthony well before loanDepot, assisting with the marketing for BadCompany sponsorships, fishing tournaments and other activities. From there, I transitioned over to marketing with similar duties, but I didn’t have mortgage experience. Anthony said it would be good to get perspective from someone outside the industry. In those very early days, everybody knew everybody. There were a dozen employees, then dozens then a couple hundred. Everyone was there just getting the job done. I have enjoyed watching the brand go from a concept on the back of a napkin to where we are today. We’re constantly changing, soI’m curious to see what we evolve into next and where we find the big wins.We’ve gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly, and how much bigger we get is going to relate to market share."

Saeed Ghasemzadeh

EVP, Contact Center Operations

Thomas Hutchinson

VP, Operations

Tomo Yebisu

EVP, Production

Meet the ones that made it happen.

loanDepot was founded by mortgage industry legend Anthony Hsieh, who had a vision to transform the mortgage lending experience, while at the same time helping as many families achieve their dreams of homeownership. Today, thanks to his leadership, we’ve grown to become the nation’s second largest nonbank lender, using our proprietary mello™ technology to create a more seamless mortgage experience for our customers.

Take a look at the faces and moments that helped shape loanDepot into what it is today.

Anthony Hsieh

CEO

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Alex Madonna

EVP, Direct Sales

Annette Frese

VP, Processing

Bryan Ho

VP, Processing

Cece Palmieri

Executive Assistant, Sr

Christine Sawaya

VP, Credit Risk Management

“There have been a lot of good memories, and I can remember bits and pieces of each celebration, especially when we’d hit a milestone in fundings. Thinking back reminds me how fortunate we’ve been. It is humbling. I’m looking forward to how we continue on with what I consider our slogan—there’s no room for mediocrity. We have to challenge the now. I anticipate great things as we lead the tech revolution.”

Chunyan Cao

Director of Software Engineering

Clare Anderson

Manager, Credit Risk

“I worked with Anthony and Tomo at a prior company, so when we launched loanDepot, it was a bit like a reunion. The industry had changed a lot, but we rolled up our sleeves and if something needed to be done, we all figured it out together. It was a fun, family-like environment. I’m looking forward to seeing where this crazy ride takes us, and the innovations we’re able to make. It’s been fun to see the company grow, but also to see the people that you work with grow. Seeing them get older, watching their kids grow and graduate from college.”

Clay Norris

VP, Business Intelligence and I.S. Business Intelligence

“I came on board to help get the software for the LOS stood up. It was very much a startup; we all did whatever it took to get the job done. And it needed to get done, because you had the weight of a successful launch in the balance.If you do the work that’s put in front of you to the best of your ability, you’ll reap the benefits of your efforts. If you want more responsibility, if you want to move up the ladder, no matter what department you’re in, you have all the tools you need to be successful.”

Cory Dambert

Director, BI Engineering

“loanDepot was my first job out of college. I had $13 in my bank account, and I had met with a couple of companies, but when I talked with loanDepot I knew that this was the place for me. I started as a junior mortgage banker. Back then, everyone knew each other. It was an open door policy, so you could talk with any executive, we were a close-knit group of folks. Now that we’ve established ourselves and our technology, I think we’ll move twice as fast. I think that the next ten years will look completely different than what we’re offering today.”

Debora Wilson

SVP, Operations

"We’re all looking forward to how we’re going to be changing the landscape. We have a lot of folks watching what we do, but when you combineAnthony’s vision, our technology, our innovation and our people, I look forward to continuing to be part of a team that continues to disrupt the industry and shape the landscape for many more years to come."

Dennis Chuang

Portfolio Analyst, Sr

Diana Harvey

VP Reporting & Analytics

“We’re a very dynamic and entrepreneurial company, we’re fast-paced and everyone’s heart is in the right place. Our goal is to always do what’s best for our customers, our company and our team. I look forward to seeing us continue to build our foundation while staying true to our core values, which are serving our customers the best we possibly can, being transparent, and helping our team members.”

Emily Palmer

Closing Manager/Regional Wholesale

“I funded the company’s first loan. It was a group effort—there was a whole team—but it was very exciting.In the very beginning, it was pretty comfortable, but once the loans started coming in, it became crazy busy. We went from eight-hour days to 16-hour days, but that’s what happens when you’re starting up a company. I still remember the day in November 2010 when we celebrated our first 1,000-loan month. There was champagne and a big celebration.”

Ernesto Catibayana

Executive Licensed Lending Officer

Francis Tran

EVP, Marketing

Hollie Artanis

Executive Assistant, Sr

Jason Jui

VP, Secondary Marketing

Jennifer Chaidez Leanna

Director, Talent Acquisition

Jess Smith

VP, Sales

Joe Nguyen

VP, Infrastructure Engineering

John Lee

Chief Analytics Officer

Joyce Kolstad

Processing Manager

“Our biggest change has definitely the technology. Coming from where we started from to where we are now, it’s just crazy. It’s just evolved and continues to evolve and change every single day. When I look back, both for our company and for our industry, the technology has been huge for us.”

Marissa Moore

VP Business Operations and Strategy

“The biggest change I’ve seen is our technology. That, and we have a lot more people, an optimized structure and we’ve acquired additional platforms and channels. All of that works together to do what we set out to do from the beginning, and that’s put the customer first. And that enables us to continue to strive to be the best mortgage company in the nation.If you look at our current leadership team, the majority of them have been with us for a very long time, and that they have stayed on board tells you right there that Anthony is picking the right team. They have the interests of not only the company, but the employees in mind. I don’t think you’re going to find a better leadership team within the mortgage industry, it’s second to none.“

Melissa Koupal

SVP, Loan Integrity

Mike Reyes

Executive Licensed Lending Officer

Norm Steeg

SVP, Retail Production Strategy

"When we were launching loanDepot, the financial world was still in a bit of flux; there wasn’t a lot of talk about new companies, so it was an interesting time to be having those first conversations with anyone. There were a lot of risk concerns throughout the industry and it’s really because of Anthony’s and Tomo’s excellent reputations that we got it done. We ended up being a great success—I mean it certainly was a challenge to get all of the systems up and running a short amount of time, but we did it. We’ve gone from six people to more than 6,000. What a wild ride!"

Peter Macdonald

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Rod Halperin

Director of Marketing

"I’ve worked with Anthony well before loanDepot, assisting with the marketing for Bad Company sponsorships, fishing tournaments and other activities. From there, I transitioned over to marketing, with similar duties, but I didn’t have mortgage experience. Anthony said it would be good to get perspective from someone outside the industry. In those very early days, everybody knew everybody. There were a dozen employees, then dozens then a couple hundred. Everyone was there just getting the job done. I have enjoyed watching the brand go from a concept on the back of a napkin to where we are today. We’re constantly changing, so I’m curious to see what we evolve into next and where we find the big wins. We’ve gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly, and how much bigger we get is going to relate to marketshare."

Saeed Ghasemzadeh

EVP, Contact Center Operations

Thomas Hutchinson

VP, Operations

Tomo Yebisu

EVP, Production