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The Outrageously Talented® Stearns employees share a common philosophy- caring for our customers. We take pride in bringing unique knowledge and innovative thinking to each loan. Our employees are the first to tell you that no two loans are alike. Our specialists work to make sure we always do exactly what's right for you. Over our nineteen year history, we have helped countless individuals, business owners and companies through a wide variety of unique and interesting situations. Stearns people are constantly looking for the best solution for each borrower.

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Glenn Stearns, Founder
Glenn B. Stearns, Founder

Named Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2003, Glenn Stearns is known for his unrivaled track record of vision into reality. What makes him different from other banking leaders is his entrepreneurial approach.

Glenn's decades of experience in financial services have enabled him to create a new standard in the mortgage world, raising the bar on service excellence, innovative technology, effective pricing and new levels of convenience. His sharp focus on customer satisfaction has brought e-based solutions to mortgage processes, and to identify and implement a best practices approach for his lending team's relationships with borrowers.

Glenn takes pride in knowing Stearns is not only groundbreaking but also a responsible leader in this new mortgage world, committed to meeting the expectations of today's homebuyers.

Brian Hale, CEO
Brian S. Hale, Chief Executive Officer

Brian Hale is a 35 year veteran of the mortgage business and is one of the most recognized executives in the mortgage banking industry. Brian most recently served as President, National Production Executive of MetLife Home Loans, the residential mortgage division of MetLife Bank, N. A. Previously, Brian has held several senior executive roles for mortgage banking industry leaders such as Bank of America, serving as Senior Retail Originations Executive; Countrywide Home Loans, as President and Senior Managing Director of Consumer Markets Division; Wells Fargo Home Loans, and Fleet Mortgage. Brian was named as one of the Top 10 Most Interesting People in the Industry by American Banker in 2011 and is a highly sought after speaker inside and outside of the industry, having delivered industry-based lectures at educational institutions such as The Fuqua School of Business MBA Leadership Program at Duke University. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree for Sociology / Business from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

James Hecht, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Managing Director

James Hecht brings more than 20 years of mortgage banking sales, operations and strategic partnership expertise to his current position with Stearns. As a member of the Executive Management Team, James is responsible for leading and growing strategic production channels such as Consumer Direct, Builder, Credit Union Partners, and Marketing.

James received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree for Marketing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Business Administration.


Kathleen L. Vaughan, Senior Managing Director, Third Party Originations

Bringing more than two decades of leadership experience to the Company's management team, Kathleen L. Vaughan serves as Executive Vice President National Third-Party Production at Stearns Lending, Her responsibilities encompass leadership of the Company's highly successful, technology-driven, third-party origination (TPO) platform which includes Wholesale and Correspondent lending channels, as well as Stearns' rapidly growing mortgage servicing rights (MSR) acquisition unit. Prior to joining Stearns, Kathleen was Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, where she led the wholesale business channel to a #1 market share position. During her 19-year tenure at Wells Fargo, she also served as Executive Vice President, Home Equity, and Senior Vice President, Correspondent Lending. In the 1990s, Kathleen was chief operating officer at two mortgage banking firms: Citizen's National Mortgage Company, and Bowest, a privately held arm of The Bowery Bank of New York. Kathleen holds a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. She is a founding member of the FORTUNE / U.S. State Department International Mentorship program, and she has been recognized by the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit since 2006.

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