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23 L E N D E R S / S E R V I C E R S SWBC NAMES SEROT CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER SWBC has named Debbie Serot Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer, where she will oversee all aspects of marketing, including brand awareness, demand generation, and product marketing. She will also be responsible for go-to-market strategies to drive enterprise revenue growth. "Debbie is a seasoned marketing executive and innovative growth strategist," said Gary Dudley, SWBC's President and Co-Founder. "Her proven ability to increase awareness and drive demand will be of incredible value to the products and services we offer." Serot brings more than 30 years of marketing experience to the company. Prior to joining SWBC, she was SVP of Marketing and Communications for Vericast (f/k/a Harland Clarke Holdings) where she spearheaded brand transformation and growth initiatives that focused on enabling client success. Before that, Serot served in leadership roles with Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, Rackspace Hosting, USAA, AT&T, and the San Antonio Spurs, developing brand and marketing strategies that increased value across various business segments. "Debbie brings a depth of knowledge and experience gained from prior leadership positions," said Charlie Amato, SWBC's Chairman and Co-Founder. "We are thrilled to have her join the SWBC team in this very critical role, as we continually adapt to changes in the industry." Serot serves on the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County's Women United Advisory Council, as a Guardian Advisor and Founding Member of Girls Inc., as a Board Member and VP of Ticktockers–National Charity League, Mariposa Chapter, and as a member of the Forbes Communication Council. She is also an alumna of Leadership San Antonio. "I am immensely excited to join SWBC, a leader for over 46 years in the financial services industry," Serot said. "I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented team to continue delivering top-quality financial solutions that help businesses and individuals protect and grow their assets, build capital, and plan for their future." SHARESTATES PROMOTES THREE TO NEW ROLES Sharestates, a fintech platform designed to accelerate the redevelopment and rehabilitation of communities, has announced three promotions to strengthen its senior management team, including Stephan Leccese to President & COO; Stephanie Balducci to VP Lending Operations; and Jason Redding to Sr. Director of Loan Origination. ese recent promotions come after a broader expansion of the executive team and Board of Directors at Sharestates over the past year, which established oversight and added experienced leadership in key areas of the company. e recent additions included: Rayman Mathoda (former CEO of Xome, Co-CEO of Genesis Capital) as Independent Board Member; Tina DelDonna as CFO; Amy Doshi as General Counsel; and Jeremy Moretti as Chief Human Resource Officer. "e last two years of growth and rebuilding have been the most rewarding in the company's history," Sharestates Co-Founder and CEO Allen Shayanfekr said. "When Radni Davoodi, Ray Valderrama, and I co-founded Sharestates, I was only 24-years-old. As a young CEO, I didn't fully appreciate how an organization could benefit from having the right leadership team complemented by sound organizational design. At that time, I focused my attention on making sure we would establish Sharestates as a leader in the private lending market. Looking back, welcoming the advice, guidance, and experience of others could have put us on a path to even greater success, with fewer bumps along the way. I appreciate Stephan's [Leccese] ability to help the company define and then navigate this new growth path. His ability to attract and develop a strong and competent leadership team has provided the needed structure for Sharestates to accomplish its long-term goals." Sharestates doubled its loan origination volume in 2021 and continues to expect strong growth for 2022, despite recent market volatility. Sharestates loan performance continues to improve post-pandemic. "e past two years have been a whirlwind of activity and excitement," Leccese added. "I am humbled to see so many competent and accomplished executives believing in and joining Sharestates to help execute our growth strategy. I am confident in their respective abilities and appreciate the continued support from the co- founders as the business continues to transition. I am excited about the next phase of growth. With our expanded line of credit and a renewed focus on operational excellence, I believe Sharestates is positioned to continue its success." S E R V I C E P R O V I D E R S VOXTUR ADDS NICHOLAS SMITH TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Voxtur, a North American technology company creating a more transparent and accessible real estate lending ecosystem, has appointed Nick Smith of Rice Park Capital Management LP, to the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. Smith's appointment follows the resignation of Mark Volosov from his role as a Director of the company. "Nick brings nearly 25 years of experience and expertise within the mortgage finance industry to Voxtur, and we are thrilled to have him join the Board," said Gary Yeoman, Voxtur's Executive Chairman. "He has a successful track record of achievements, and we are confident that he will make valuable contributions to the growth and success of the company." Smith is the Founder and CEO of Rice Park Capital, a private investment firm which invests broadly in the residential and commercial real estate finance, equity, and services sectors. Before founding Rice Park Capital in 2019, from 2015- 2018, Smith served in a variety of executive roles on behalf of the Blackstone Group, including CIO of Blackstone's private residential mortgage REIT, Co-Founder, and CIO of Finance of America Companies, a Blackstone portfolio company, and President of Incenter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FOA. In these roles, Smith oversaw a broad- based and coordinated platform of direct mortgage Movers & Shakers

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