Meet The Team

Igor Simkin

Igor Simkin

Chief Executive Officer

Igor is the Chief Executive of Ascribe Valuations. He directs the company’s leadership team toward the vision of becoming the most trusted partner in the nation for real estate valuation services. Prior to joining Ascribe, Simkin served as Executive Vice President of Business Initiatives for Interfirst Mortgage. He is a proven leader with deep hands-on as well as management experience in product management, business strategy, data, analytics, and risk management focused in fintech, e-commerce, and logistics spaces. Simkin was previously in senior leadership roles at Rally Health, Avant, and KPMG.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

President

Mark Johnson has more than 20 years of executive experience working for various Fortune 500 companies within the mortgage services industry. As President, he provides overall leadership and direction for the company’s operations. Prior to LRES, Mark was Division President of Mr. Cooper, and was previously Division President of Black Knight (formerly Lender Processing Services).

Jill Haro

Jill Haro

Chief Operating Officer

Jill Haro has over 19 years of experience in the mortgage services industry, at Fortune 500 companies. Jill leads compliance, vendor management, marketing and corporate initiatives. Prior to LRES, she was Client Delivery Executive at RealEC; VP of Valuations Operations at Xome; and earlier, VP of Client Services at Lender Processing Services, currently known as ServiceLink.

David Mentesana

David Mentesana

Chief Compliance Officer

David leads compliance for Ascribe, ensuring we provide our clients with the highest quality valuation products and services. Prior to Ascribe Valuations, Mentesana was Chief Appraiser for Lenders Valuation Services. With over 25 years working in the appraisal industry, David has a wide range of experience including leadership roles at MyAMC, LandSafe Appraisal, Bank of America, and ServiceLink Valuation. In the past, he has served as both a licensed real estate appraiser and broker. He holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.

Jason French

Jason French

Chief Technology Officer

Jason is the CTO of Ascribe and brings a wealth of experience building data, engineering, and infrastructure teams in the tech industry for companies such as Arity, Reverb, and Trunk Club. At Ascribe, he leads the Product and Engineering teams, fostering innovation and excellence in translating complex concepts into strategic solutions. He previously built StoicLane’s technology team and continues to serve as its Head of Data and guide policy. Holding a Ph.D. in Differential Psychology from Northwestern University, he envisions a future where the careful analysis and solid engineering practices can transform any industry.

Sean Kennelly

Sean Kennelly

Chief Financial Officer

Sean Kennelly is a highly experienced Certified Public Accountant with a background in audit and consulting serving both Fortune 500 and midsized companies. Sean is responsible for overseeing Ascribe’s financial activities and accounting practices as well as directing financial strategy and implementing strong fiscal discipline.

Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor

Chief Revenue Officer

Kelly Taylor leads the sales, marketing, and account management team and is responsible for the company’s revenue generation strategy, execution, and go to market approach. He has over 25 years’ experience in the mortgage industry of challenging the status quo by finding innovative solutions that build partnerships based on integrity, trust, and executing at a high level. Taylor has held sales executive roles with Assurant, SettlementOne, and StreetLinks.

Brenda Phillips

Brenda Phillips

SVP, REO Operations

Brenda Phillips has decades of experience in the financial services industry, with a distinguished career marked by leadership and expertise in mortgage servicing and asset management. Throughout her extensive career, Brenda has held leadership roles in multiple financial institutions. Brenda brings a wealth of organizational development knowledge, operational experience, and team leadership to her role at Ascribe. She is currently responsible for overseeing all facets of the REO operation.

Jim Jendzurski

Jim Jendzurski

SVP, Operations

Jim Jendzurski has over 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He currently leads the Ascribe fulfillment team responsible for assignment and service delivery. Jim started his career as an Atlanta-based field appraiser, then transitioned to firm management, where he handled complex service matters for C-Level clients. His desire to serve lenders and appraisers in a truly world class fashion led him to join Triserv at the inception of the company. Jim served as the Chief Appraiser and COO at Triserv and was instrumental in delivering the customer experience and overseeing the operations process.

Jim Young

Jim Young

Chief Appraiser & SVP, Operations

Jim Young is a Certified Residential Appraiser with over 35 years of appraisal experience with both nationwide lenders and AMCs. He has managed production, review, and secondary market loan sales. In these roles, he has overseen all aspects of the appraisal process from assignment to review, providing guidance to appraisers, reviewers, and clients throughout the development and delivery of a report. Jim’s focus is on providing excellent customer service while maintaining the highest level of appraisal quality and offering solutions that comply with AIR and investor requirements.

Paul Bush

Paul Bush

VP, Technology

Paul Bush has more than 15 years of IT experience in management and software development. Before LRES, Paul served as director of engineering for an online marketing platform for the acquisition of category-specific consumers.

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