Open Mortgage Adds Chief Revenue Officer – NMP

Open Mortgage, a multi-channel mortgage lender, has appointed Scott Harkless to the newly created role of chief revenue officer, the company said.

Harkless will report directly to Open Mortgage President Joe Stephenson. The company said the addition to its management team is a central role, overseeing all sales functions within the company, including wholesale and retail in the reverse and direct divisions.

“Scott’s extensive experience, demonstrated leadership and proven track record in the mortgage industry make him an ideal candidate for this new role at Open Mortgage,” Stephenson said. “With his addition to our talented leadership team, we will leverage Scott’s impressive expertise and experience as an industry leader to further develop and energize our retail and wholesale platforms. In this way, he will be instrumental in expanding our footprint in target markets where Open Mortgage can have a greater impact in the local community.

A former civil litigator, Harkless joined the strategic alliances division of Countrywide Home Loans in 2006. After Countrywide was acquired by Bank of America in 2008, Harkless led its B2B platforms as executive sales leader. He has managed joint ventures and marketing agreements with real estate professionals and builders, as well as affinity relationships with key real estate influencers including Tom Ferry, a recognized real estate educator and coach.

Harkless ended his tenure at Bank of America as sales director for Merrill Lynch, leading the production of residential loan officers through the advisory channel.

In 2018, he joined American Advisors Group and served first as Director of Sales for the Eastern Division, leading the production of traditional and reverse mortgages from Utah to the East Coast, then as vice- President of Corporate Partnerships.

“Open Mortgage’s dynamic and innovative culture has created an unparalleled entrepreneurial environment where loan originators feel valued,” said Harkless. “With its growing footprint in retail and wholesale, a focus on buying, and the rising trend in reverse lending, the company is well positioned for future expansion. As I take over to lead this engine of growth to the next level, I am committed to providing the culture, infrastructure and process that energize this path.

Harkless received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.

Open Mortgage is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has locations nationwide.

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