After nine years at Trimont Real Estate in Atlanta, Aaron “A.J.” Hammond has joined Birdsey Group as director of commercial services. He started Monday in the firm’s Atlanta headquarters, reporting to managing director Robert Burton. Hammond heads a 12-member team that underwrites and analyzes non-agency commercial mortgages for clients. Plans call for adding another four or five staffers to the unit in Dallas and Irvine, Calif., within a year, including underwriters with 4-5 years of experience and analysts with 2-3 years in the business. Hammond was a director at Trimont, focusing on commercial¬ mortgage underwriting and due diligence for banks, life companies and fund shops.
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After three years at Hunt Mortgage, Dennis Young started Wednesday as a director heading Birdsey Group’s Irvine, Calif., office. He’ll spearhead an underwriting initiative for clients that originate debt via Freddie Mac’s small balance lending program. He reports to managing director Robert Burton in the firm’s Atlanta headquarters. Young was deputy chief underwriter of agency mortgage products at Hunt, also in Irvine. He previously worked at Centerline Capital, which Hunt took over in 2013, and at HomeStreet Bank.
Birdsey Group has hired Jason Munson from CBRE as senior director of business development in its Atlanta headquarters. He started Monday, reporting to chief executive Sandford Birdsey. Munson will work with current clients and drum up new customers for the firm’s underwriting and due-diligence services. He had a similar role at CBRE for the past 10 months, and before that spent five years at Trimont Real EstateAdvisors.
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Due-Diligence Shop Still Expanding
Birdsey Group plans to continue its hiring spree.
The real estate consulting and due diligence firm expects to add 10-20 staffers this year, barring a major market disruption. That would be on top of the addition of 23 recruits last year, which lifted the Atlanta shop’s total current staffing to 40. Birdsey plans to hire 4-5 commercial-mortgage underwriters right away and possibly add the same number in the third quarter, said chief executive Sandford Birdsey. Its clients in the commercial real estate sector include agency and private-label lenders, servicers, B-piece buyers and other investors. The 11-year-old company is also looking to hire some business-development and residential-mortgage specialists. The underwriter openings require at least three years of experience. The recruits would work in Atlanta, Dallas and Irvine, Calif., with at least one person in each location to start. They would join the contract-underwriting and due-diligence practice led by managing director Robert Burton in Atlanta. He came aboard a year ago from Covius, after almost 12 years in a similar area at that Atlanta-based firm and its predecessors. Applicants should call Burton at 404-419-2386 or send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Robert Burton will start next week as a Managing Director. He’ll work at the firm’s Atlanta headquarters and lead the contract-underwriting and due-dilligence practice. Burton formally worked in the commercial asset services group at RR Donnelly and, before that, was at Trimont Real Estate Advisors.