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Meet our executive leadership.

Shawn Stone

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining Renovate America, Stone served as CEO of Global Mortgage Capital since 2016, a start-up nationwide independent mortgage banking business that included five portfolio companies across mortgage origination, servicing and financing businesses.  These businesses represented more than $4B of annual origination volume and $7B+ of mortgage servicing.

Before heading up Global Mortgage Capital, Shawn worked for over 18 years at Mr. Cooper, one of the country’s largest independent mortgage origination and servicing companies. He held many executive leadership positions across the entire platform, including his most recent position as executive founder and President of technology enabled real estate and mortgage services firm Xome, which he grew to ten business lines, 1,200 employees and $350mm in revenue by its second year. 

Shawn received his MBA in Finance from University of Texas.

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.

Christopher Powell

Chief Financial Officer
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Christopher Powell has served as Renovate America’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2019. Christopher joined Renovate America in 2016 as Vice President, Finance and served as SVP, Finance & Accounting from 2018. Prior to joining Renovate America, Christopher was SVP, Finance, at LPL Financial, Senior Director of Finance at AMN Healthcare Services, Portfolio Manager at Convergent Fund Management and an equity research analyst at UBS. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. 

Scott Zimmer

Chief Executive Officer – Consumer Lending
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As Chief Executive Officer 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.

Tameka Reese

Chief People Officer
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As Chief People Officer 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.

Michael Mildenberger

Chief Risk Officer

As the Chief Risk Officer, Michael 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.

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.

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