Leadership

"We are committed to providing our Licensed Mortgage Advisors innovative tools that enable them to build a consistently loyal referral network. Ask yourself, what if I worked for a company whose supportive culture led to increased sales, a higher quality of life and you being viewed as a true professional in the industry?"

Whitney L. Fite

Licensed Regional Sales Manager

Whitney Fite brings over 20 years’ experience in new business development and sales leadership strategies within the Mortgage and Real Estate Industry.  He has consistently led highly productive and profitable sales teams, closing over $300 million in loan originations in 2010, alone and continues to hold the same standard.

After his graduation from the University of Georgia, Whitney began his career with the Fidelity Group in 1992. From Fidelity, he went on to spearhead the development and execution of several expansion initiatives within the in-town Atlanta market. These included a new sales infrastructure for a top 10 bank holding company, as well as two start-ups and three company acquisitions. While at the height of his origination career, Whitney consistently averaged over $65 million in annual personal production and was ranked among the top 5 loan originators in Georgia on an annual basis.

Currently, his primary business focus is heading up sales and marketing for Angel Oak Home Loans. His plan is to grow the Southeastern marketplace through hiring industry leaders who are committed to providing world-class concierge service to their clients. “It’s all about providing professional, consistent and proactive communication”, says Whitney. His dedication to high achievement and delivering a superior client experience as well as his experience in the loan origination business is what sets him apart from other industry experts and makes him one of the Southeast’s most sought after resources for sales leadership. Whitney is a native Atlantan and currently resides in Marietta with his wife Laura and their 3 children.

"I will strive to provide you with a great all around experience. My goal is to make the loan process as easy as possible."

Jeff Wettstein

Regional Sales 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. In fact, 98% of our clients are likely to recommend Angel Oak to a friend or colleague, according to our recent post-closing surveys.

"I will strive to provide you with a great all around experience."

Richard LaNasa

Divisional Manager

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.

"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.

"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

Sales and Operations Optimization Manager

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.