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Meet our executive leadership.

Harold Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

Harold brings over 30 years of experience in financial services and mortgage lending. From 2012 to 2015 he served as President and COO of Nationstar Mortgage, one of the largest mortgage servicers in the country. In that position, he grew the company’s servicing platform from $30 billion to $400 billion and mortgage origination portfolio from $1.8 billion to $25 billion while also building and managing Nationstar’s relationship with the newly created industry regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to Nationstar Mortgage, he held C-Suite and senior executive positions at Citi Mortgage, Fannie Mae, Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group and Nations Credit, among others. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Memphis State University.

Adam Garfinkle

Chief Financial Officer
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Adam brings over 30 years of experience in financial services, with specific expertise in structured products investment banking, sales & trading and M&A advisory. Adam joined Renovate America in 2015 as Head of Capital Markets, leading a team tasked with capital raising, liquidity management, risk management, and managing relationships with investors, rating agencies and banks. For 13 years, he served as Head of the Asset Backed & Mortgage Backed Structured Finance Group at Bank of America Securities where he managed a team of more than 125 professionals. Adam leads with humility, humor and a deep personal investment in coaching his team towards achieving their personal and professional goals. Adam graduated from the University of Florida with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics.

Mehrdad Rashidfarrukhi

Chief Technology Officer
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As Chief Technology Officer, Mehrdad oversees the Business Operations, Product Management, Software Engineering, Information Technology, and Enterprise Applications teams. Mehrdad joined Renovate America in 2018 from Penny Mac, LLC, where he was among the first employees during its founding in 2008 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to his role at Penny Mac, Mehrdad spent 15 years as an executive at mortgage lender Countrywide. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Mathematics.

Roy Guthrie

Chairman of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Roy brings 40 years of experience in Consumer Financial Services to his current role as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Renovate America’s Board of Directors. In addition to his leadership role at Renovate, Roy serves on the boards of several other companies, including Synchrony Financial, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, Inc., and OneMain Holdings, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the board of LifeLock prior to its sale, and as a board member of Discover Bank. At Discover Financial Services, Inc., Roy served as CFO and EVP from 2005 through 2011. He has also served as President and CEO of various businesses of Citigroup Inc., including CitiFinancial International and CitiCapital, as well as various roles of increasing responsibility at Associates First Capital Corporation. Roy earned a B.A. in Economics from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Drake University.

Scott Zimmer

Senior Vice President – Consumer Lending
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As SVP of Consumer Lending, Scott leads the team responsible for developing and growing the company’s unsecured financing program. He brings over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the areas of finance, operations and P&L management. Prior to joining Renovate America, Scott served for nine years as President and CFO of a high-performing Microsoft value-added reseller, where he was responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction. He began his career with EY, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of California, and graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Economics-Business.

Michael Mildenberger

Senior Vice President - Risk & Compliance

Michael is the SVP of Risk and Compliance and is responsible for enterprise risk, corporate compliance, information security and contractor channel risk management functions, including the Contractor Quality Rating system. Michael leads by empowering his team to challenge the status quo and seek customer-oriented knowledge in every facet of their roles. He joined Renovate America in November 2016 with 25 years of consumer finance and banking experience. He has held senior leadership positions with PNC Bank, HSBC Bank and Household International in the US, Canada and the UK with roles in operational risk, marketing, product development, operations, and sales. Michael holds a B.S. degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Tameka Reese

Senior Vice President – People & Culture
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As SVP of People and Culture for Renovate America, Tameka is responsible for culture, talent development and acquisition, employee relations, total rewards and payroll. She joined Renovate America in February 2016 from Niagara Bottling, a leading US bottled water manufacturer, where she served as the Senior Leader of Human Resources and Learning Development since 2011 and was credited for the vision of their culture and development platform, Niagara LIFE. Reese also held senior roles in Human Resources at Beckman Coulter (a Danaher Company) for the Global Chemistry, Instrument Systems, Rapid Particle Characterization, and ACC Capital Holdings. She holds an M.B.A. and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.

Craig Braun

Senior Vice President - Capital Markets
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As SVP of Capital Markets, Craig is responsible for the team that develops and executes on Renovate America’s capital markets activities. This includes short- and long-term funding facilities, investor, bank and rating agency relationships and interest rate hedging for the HERO and Benji products that Renovate America originates. In addition, Craig manages the funding team that works seamlessly with customers to provide financing once projects are completed. Craig was previously a Managing Director at GE Capital for 13 years, with global responsibility for securitization, alternative funding and business development opportunities for a broad range of internal clients. Prior to GE Capital, Craig spent 10 years as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and RBS Greenwich Capital. Craig holds an M.B.A., magna cum laude, in Banking and Finance from Bernard Baruch College and a B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo. He is a high honors graduate from the University at Buffalo School of Management and completed the Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program while at GE Capital.

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HERO is a property assessed clean energy financing program administered by Renovate America. Benji refers to two separate financing products: unsecured financing offered through Renovate America Financing and participating home improvement contractors, and secured loans made by Connexus Credit Union, a Wisconsin-chartered credit union. Renovate America Financing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renovate America. Renovate America and Renovate America Financing are not affiliates of Connexus Credit Union or any home improvement contractors.