"Build the foundation around the right people, and your potential is limitless."

Trent Reed

SVP Regional Manager

Simply put, my passions are Connecting, Leading & Building.

I have had the pleasure of working in the mortgage banking industry for over 19 years, holding positions from Loan Originator, Producing Sales Manager, Owner, VP Sales & Business Development & Regional Vice President for multi-state markets. I have always been highly motivated, result-focused, and decisive leader with over 19 yrs. of multi-market sales management experience. I have a successful track record of delivering quantifiable results in the areas of business development, P&L management & talent acquisition.

My dedication to relationships within the mortgage business is that of a foundation build with the mindset of “People First”.  My responsibility and purpose is to invest into the team so that they can grow professionally and personally.  The approach from a leadership perspective is that of “Team Leadership”, not “Individual Leadership”.  “He with the most followers doesn’t win, it’s he who takes others to a higher performance succeeds.”

Angel Oak Companies is a diversified financial services company focused on identifying opportunities in lending and capital markets.  Since 2008, Angel Oak Companies has successfully launched multiple businesses in two key areas:  Asset Management & Lending.

With over 9 billion of assets under management & over 3 billion residential mortgage-backed assets, the Angel Oak platform provides unique lending opportunities for the purchase centric loan originator.  Angel Oak Home Loans LLC is a full service mortgage company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.  To learn more about the growth strategy & unique platform, connect with me directly, 910-470-4065.

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"My goal is to help licensed mortgage advisors find their forever home at Angel Oak."

Lee Williamson

Business Development

Prior to joining Angel Oak Home Loans, Lee was Senior VP of Business Development for almost 7 years. Lee established the east coast presence and was instrumental in helping the company grow its footprint nationally.  He is a former business owner and operated his own company, Bradbury and Williamson for 11 years, specializing in the mortgage banking industry.

Lee also has a strong sports background from playing college football at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and playing professional football with the Houston Oilers. He now lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina area with his wife and two daughters.

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"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. We have designed our company to be built for speed, driven by service and to close quickly."

Richard LaNasa

President

With over 25 years professional finance experience, Richard is a veteran in the mortgage industry. Over that time he has an extensive knowledge of operations, business development, staff training/development, change management, project management, and turnaround situations with large and small organizations.

Currently focused on the sales and growth efforts at Angel Oak Home Loans, Richard is results-oriented, a decisive leader with proven success in streamlining operations, reducing costs, and boosting profits. He thrives in fast-paced, growth-oriented and in highly competitive environments.

Before Angel Oak Home Loans, Richard was the Owner and President of Nola Lending Group.

Richard and his wife reside in Mandeville, Louisiana with their two sons. Active in their community, Richard stays active by regularly playing tennis.

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"As a growing company, we’re constantly finding innovative ways to develop outside the box products that are valuable to our clients."

Steven Schwalb

CEO, Managing Partner

Mr. Schwalb is the CEO and Managing Partner of Angel Oak Home Loans (AOHL). He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, specifically, in residential lending. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing AOHL’s strategic plan and management oversight of Angel Oak’s lending platforms. He is responsible for maintaining all capital market relationships and has been instrumental in executing growth opportunities for AOHL in agency approvals, servicing and securitization.

Mr. Schwalb also co-founded Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, a non-agency wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender, and Angel Oak Prime Bridge, a commercial residential lender providing financing solutions for real estate investors. In 2015, Angel Oak originated over $1 billion in mortgages across the lending companies.

He recently played an integral role in Angel Oak’s first securitization of non-prime whole loans, which was a collaborative effort between sister companies Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC and AOHL. The approximate $150 million securitization of Angel Oak originated loans was one of the largest mortgage securitizations since the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr. Schwalb co-founded AOHL in 2011 in an effort to fill the void in residential lending left behind after the financial crisis. Under his leadership, AOHL has broadened its product mix across both agency and non-agency mortgages and they now originate more than $600 million of loans annually.

Prior to Angel Oak, Mr. Schwalb was the Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at SouthStar Funding, a national wholesale mortgage lender specializing in non-agency mortgage products. His primary responsibilities included product development, risk management, operations and investor relations. During Mr. Schwalb’s tenure, he oversaw 135 employees and SouthStar’s monthly production grew from $25 million to $720 million.

Mr. Schwalb frequently serves as a panelist for many industry-related discussions. He holds both a BS in Finance and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

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"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. We have designed our company to be built for speed, driven by service and to close quickly."

Chris Lewis

Senior Vice President

As a 20+ year mortgage veteran, Chris Lewis began his career as a Mortgage Consultant where he played a key role in opening the Orlando, Florida office for HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation and quickly attained top sales status winning numerous awards including HomeBanc’s prestigious “Top Gun” award as well as being recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia with numerous Diamond and Platinum awards.

Chris has since served in various roles including, Product Development Manager, Training and Development Manager, Marketing Director and Regional Sales Manager serving the Carolinas and Tennessee.  He also spent 2 years working at Bank of America as the National Purchase Mortgage Strategy Manager.  Chris’ joined Angel Oak Home Loans in 2014 and his commitment to customer service and ability to build strong relationships resulted in his promotion to his current position as Sales and Operations Optimization Manager.

Currently, Chris’ primary business focus is developing and implementing sales and process strategies designed to help Angel Oak’s aggressive growth plans.

Chris’ favorite quote is “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well” by –John D. Rockefeller Jr.  Chris resides in Buckhead Georgia and is actively involved in the community with Habitat for Humanity and American Cancer Society.

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"Building the brand and a team in the Texas market is my goal. We have a great opportunity in the Greater Dallas area and are ready to serve our clients and referral partners."

Brian McCary

Regional Sales Manager

We at Angel Oak Home Loans pride ourselves on helping home buyers become home owners. Our lending practice is based on a core principal of providing consumers a variety of innovative mortgage products tailored to meet their individual home financing requirements. We respect that everyone comes to us with unique circumstances and we are ready to advise them on the very best way to meet their mortgage needs. Offering traditional loan products and a portfolio suite of programs enables us help a larger population of people including those who did not think homeownership was a possibility. Many of our clients recommend Angel Oak to a friend or colleague based on their positive experience working with us. When we say we are built for speed and driven by service, we mean it.

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"Our operations team is here to deliver a superior client experience. "

Anne Elston

National Operations Manager

The financial and mortgage industry crisis of 2008 created a tremendous void in the marketplace, leaving both consumers and related professionals underserved. Angel Oak Home Loans emerged as a well-managed and well capitalized mortgage banking firm that embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and service driven focus widely absent in the mortgage business. Our lending philosophy is founded upon a tenet of providing innovative portfolio loan programs, while consistently delivering an exceptional client experience, for both our borrowers and referral partners. A feat rarely accomplished in the industry.

Angel Oak’s lending practice was founded upon core principals of providing consumers with a variety of mortgage products that are tailored to meet their individual home financing needs. At Angel Oak, we realize that each of our client’s circumstances are unique and therefore we take an advisory approach to meeting their mortgage needs. Our highly trained Licensed Mortgage Advisors (LMA’s) work closely with each client and partner to match the right program for their situation. Our collaborative approach to servicing clients and referral partners enables us to deliver some of the quickest turn times in the industry, while focusing on superior client satisfaction.

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Mac Cregger

SVP Regional Manager

I have been a leader in the mortgage industry for years with only one centralized focus, to help develop the people around me!  I am excited to be a leader at Angel Oak Home Loans as we continue to develop together.  I married my high school sweetheart Allison, and we are blessed to have three young children named McKinley, Lillie, and Etta.

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Drew Church

Business Development Manager

Drew Church is a business development manager with Angel Oak Home Loans. He has an impressive 20 plus years of expertise in the mortgage and financial services industry. Drew’s background includes agency recruiting with national contracts, training and working on M&A transactions. He has a relationship driven style with an emphasis on building trust. A heavy focus on analyzing lending platforms and the ability to lay out company profiles align with the requirements for both originators and managers. As well, Drew has experience with structuring and maintaining referral relationships with builder partners and real estate firms.
Angel Oak Home Loans has expanded into many markets with plans to continue growth. Drew’s focus on strategic market expansion and understanding of P&L management perfectly aligns with our business goals and plans for growth.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and supporter of TarHeel athletics. The Charlotte, North Carolina area is home where he lives with his wife Erica and two children, Anslea and Bennett. Drew’s hobbies include sports, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Drew is committed to the continued growth of our company ensuring our dedication to excellent customer service and providing innovative loan products. Angel Oak Home Loans is proud to have him among our team of experts delivering traditional financing and a portfolio suite of product options to close more loans and grow your business.