Lenders One Mortgage Cooperative, a national alliance of community mortgage bankers, correspondent lenders and suppliers of mortgage products and services, has named Jeffrey R. McGuiness as its new CEO. McGuiness assumes this position after former CEO and co-founder, Scott Stern, announced last month he would leave the company to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. McGuiness has more than two decades of experience in the financial industry, with particular emphasis in building correspondent, retail and direct to consumer operations. Most recently, McGuiness was executive vice president of consumer banking and originations at St. Louis-based Aurora Bank, managing the bank’s consumer deposit and mortgage business units. Prior to joining Aurora, he was executive vice president of direct-to-consumer lending at American Home Mortgage. McGuiness also was with CitiMortgage for seven years in multiple senior management positions, including managing director of correspondent lending. “I am confident that Jeff’s extensive experience in mortgage operations will serve him well as he guides Lenders One into the future,” said departing CEO Scott Stern. “Jeff will build on the success of Lenders One and constantly strive to find new and innovative ways to offer our members the services and products they need to succeed.” After a thorough search, McGuiness was selected based on his comprehensive industry experience and demonstrated leadership skills. "I cannot think of a better choice than Jeff to lead Lenders One through these complex and challenging times,” said Lenders One Advisory Board member Stephen M. Calk, Chairman and CEO of Kansas-based National Bancorp Holdings, a member of the cooperative. “The combination of his correspondent, retail, investor, secondary market and regulatory experience is unparalleled. Jeff's leadership experience and acute understanding of the needs of our members and the demands of today's investors will be critical to the success of our cooperative now and in the future."