First Direct Lending, LLC Appoints John Hamel as EVP of Capital Markets

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For well over a decade,John has been a forward thinker in our sector, raising capital, advising mortgage companies and specialty lenders in numerous operating and strategic initiatives. We’re delighted to add him to the First Direct family.

First Direct Lending has announced the hiring of John Hamel as Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, effective December 1.

Hamel was most recently a Managing Director in the Financial Services Group at Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. where he focused on advising mortgage companies, specialty lenders and banks. Prior to Sterne, Agee& Leach, Inc., he held senior financial services investment banking roles at Roth Capital and FBR & Co. over the course of an 18 year investment banking career.

"We're thrilled to have John join our team,” said Dave Brown, President & Co-CEO of First Direct Lending. “John’s leadership will play an important role as we continue to grow First Direct in 2016 and beyond.”

Ryan Herman, First Direct’s Co-CEO added “For well over a decade,John has been a forward thinker in our sector, raising capital, advising mortgage companies and specialty lenders in numerous operating and strategic initiatives. We’re delighted to add him to the First Direct family.”

“I’m very excited to be joining a rapidly growing consumer direct mortgage lender that is run by a successful management team that I’ve known for almost 20 years,” Hamel said. “I’m confident that my capital and secondary markets experience and relationships will add significant value to First Direct Lending.”

For more information about First Direct Lending and their commitment to customer service, visit them online at http://www.firstdirectlending.com or call 855.510.EASY.

About First Direct Lending, LLC

First Direct Lending, LLC is a dynamic consumer direct mortgage lender that serves a broad spectrum of homeowners and homebuyers from its rapidly growing Orange County, California production center. First Direct was founded by an experienced team of entrepreneurial executives that have a proven track record of building and growing successful companies both in and outside of the mortgage industry. First Direct is committed to providing a simple and effortless financing experience built on treating all customers with care and respect.

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