NFM Lending Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
David Silverman founded NFM, Inc. (now NFM Lending) in 1998 with his then girlfriend Sandy (now wife). From a tiny corner office in Baltimore with 3 employees, NFM Lending has grown into an award-winning, multi-state lender that employs over 300 people. Always the entrepreneur, David owned and operated several small businesses before launching NFM Lending. He has been named one of the Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America by Mortgage Executives Magazine for three years in a row, and one of the Top 100 CEOs in Baltimore by SmartCEO. David has begun public speaking in industry driven engagements, most recently as a panelist presenter at the Mastermind Conference in 2015.
David is dedicated to giving back to the community, and has led and been involved in all of NFM Lending’s charity initiatives. For each loan that is closed in Maryland, NFM Lending donates a portion of their proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. David has also gotten the company involved with the Michael Phelps Foundation, AnySoldier, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland. David has rescued two cats, Refi who lives at NFM Lending’s corporate headquarters in Linthicum, MD, and the late Tabby, who passed away in 2016, and had lived in the office as well. David leads through a culture of accountability where every team member is responsible for constant improvement and growth.
Jan joined NFM Lending in November of 2007. He has over 20 years of mortgage experience and 30 years of general management experience. Prior to joining NFM Lending, Jan worked at General Electric in their Consumer Finance Division. He also worked at Union Planters Bank as an Account Executive and at National Guaranteed Mortgage as the VP of Mortgage Operations. Prior to assuming the role as President, Ozga was NFM Lending’s COO where he oversaw all aspects of the business and helped increase overall lending production by 300%. Jan leads the development and implementation of all major strategic plans at NFM Lending in conjunction with CEO, David Silverman. He is responsible for the complete oversight of the company and all of its business channels.
Ozga is passionate about creating a work environment that fosters opportunity and fairness. He is seen walking daily around our corporate headquarters talking to employees at all levels of the organization and greeting them by name. A highly energetic and motivated management leader that completely understands the need to know all people of the organization, Jan is driving NFM Lending into the new era of the mortgage industry where solid direction is crucial.
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Administrative Officer
Bob Tyson, a second generation mortgage banker, serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. His vast experience as a senior manager in finance and operations began as a top level mortgage banker and lead to the role of Chief Operating Officer for many industry stalwarts such as Fidelity & Trust Mortgage, Prospect Mortgage, and CMG Financial. Bob has led both bank and private mortgage lending companies where he has managed all facets of originations including those for retail, builder, consumer direct, TPO Wholesale, and correspondent platforms. On the strength of his leadership and knowledge of capital markets, originations, compliance, credit, risk, servicing, and lending operations, he has established and maintained key strategic direction for national lending organizations.
Chief Information Officer
During his 16-year career in mortgage technology, Christos Bettios has been responsible for technology management, product development, and solutions implementation for some of the biggest names in the mortgage industry including US Bank, First American Title – Mortgage Services, and Fannie Mae. Christos has dedicated his career to leveraging innovation to improve the mortgage loan life cycle. He has been directly involved in technology strategy and implementation of regulatory and investor guidelines with large lenders such as CitiMortgage, Bank of America, US Bank, NYCB, JPM Chase, as well as many smaller originators, community banks, and credit unions. Christos lead the deployment of MISMO standards for underwriting, closing collaboration, and investor delivery and was one of the early developers and adopters of digital mortgage and electronic loan closings.
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew has been with NFM Lending since 2007. As CFO, Matthew is responsible for managing the Accounting and Payroll functions of the company. This includes accounts payable, taxes, employee compensation, banking, financial reporting and audits. Prior to this role, Matthew served as Controller and Assistant Vice President for Bozzuto Landscaping Company, a division of The Bozzuto Group.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland since 2001 and a Chartered Global Management Accountant since 2012. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of CPAs. Matthew is a life-long resident of Maryland and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Chief Credit Risk Officer
Shaun Hires started with NFM Lending in February of 2008, and was promoted to Director of Operations in July of the same year. In December 2015 he was promoted to Chief Risk Officer. As Chief Risk Officer, Shaun is responsible for operational risk identification, quality control, Servicing oversight, default management, and portfolio performance. With over twenty years in the banking business, Shaun has his Direct Endorsement authority from HUD, VA LAPP authority, as well as Rural Housing, FNMA, Freddie Mac underwriting experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business from High Point University.
Director of Operations
Pamela Knouse has been with NFM Lending since 2009 and has over 25 years of industry experience. Prior to joining NFM Lending, Pam was the VP of Operations for Sher Financial Group. Pam is in charge of supervising the Closing, Post-Closing, and Funding departments, managing personnel, monitoring pipelines and department turn-times.
Director of Sales
Jason Ponsonby provides our leadership to the NFM Lending sales team, along with a positive relationship between sales and operational departments. With over 15 years of financial services experience and rising up through the ranks of origination from assistant to executive, Jason has a clear understanding of leading successful sales-centered and purchase-driven production. He has been a leader in small broker, big bank, and national lender platforms, which provides a great background for implementing the best practices in place at NFM Lending both today and in the future. Through his ability to provide a sales-driven culture, along with a positive relationship between sales and operational departments, Jason brings the difference to make the organization continue its success in all current and developing markets across the country.
LaTasha Rowe has been with NFM Lending since 2010. Prior to joining NFM, LaTasha worked as an Attorney in private practice representing private and publicly traded entities on legal issues, ranging from corporate governance to multi-million dollar commercial real estate purchase and finance transactions. She is a member of the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Bars. LaTasha is also an active participant in numerous industry-related associations including the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Maryland Mortgage Bankers Association, where she participates on the Legislative Action Committee. LaTasha oversees all corporate governance, systems administration and licensing matters for NFM Lending, and works in collaboration with each department on the development and execution of policies and procedures.
LaTasha received her Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland with honors, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law with honors. LaTasha is from Silver Spring, Maryland and enjoys indoor rock climbing in her free time.
Capital Markets Director
Tom has been with NFM Lending since 2004. Prior to NFM Lending, Tom worked for Bank of America as a Bank Account Executive for their Real Estate division. He was responsible for mortgage production for 18 banking centers and assisted with demand generation strategies to help increase sales production. As Director of Capital Markets, Tom is responsible for managing and executing the trading and hedging strategy. He oversees all aspects of Secondary Marketing, including whole loan sales and securitizations, pricing, product development, as well as investor and warehouse relationships.
Tom is a life-long resident of Maryland and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He enjoys football, baseball, and lacrosse. Tom volunteers and supports various animal rescue groups in the area including the three dogs his family currently has.
Chief Business Development Officer
Gregory Sher has been involved with NFM Lending in several capacities over a 15-year span. He began his career with NFM Lending as a Loan Originator in 1999; and finished as the Head of Business Development when he left to open up his own mortgage company in 2003. Between 2003 and 2009, Sher owned Citizens Lending Group, where they financed over 1 billion dollars in new residential mortgages over that time period, and grossed 52 million in revenue. In July of 2009, Sher rejoined NFM Lending where he took on a role as Business Development Consultant for 4-and-a-half years until 2014, when he was named the VP of Business Development; and then the Chief Business Development Officer in 2016.
Greg focuses on leading NFM Lending’s growing branch recruiting team. Greg is a great resource to the company and is well connected in the mortgage industry. Having owned a very successful company and having the experience of a mortgage loan originator, Greg is able to relate to all the different departments of NFM Lending.