Team

Meet the Leaders Behind The Loans

Jerry Schiano, CEO

JerryheadshotJerry Schiano is the founder and CEO of New Penn Financial, and serves on the Board of Directors of Shellpoint Partners. He was the founder and CEO of Wilmington Finance, Inc., a top-15 originator of non-agency residential loans with over 200 employees. He sold Wilmington Finance to American General Insurance, a subsidiary of AIG, in 2002 and continued to manage the Company for another four years. Mr. Schiano was also Sr. Vice President of ContiMortgage Corporation where he was responsible for marketing and sales force management in both the correspondent and retail call center divisions.

Originally from New York, Mr. Schiano is a magna cum laude graduate of C.W. Post Long Island University with a B.S. in Marketing and Economics.

Christopher Nielson, Senior Vice President, Third Party Originations (TPO)

chrisheadshotChris Nielson is the channel leader for Third Party Originations. With over 20 years of industry experience, Chris leads with an energetic and grounded approach; a style that promotes teamwork and accountability within his teams. The success Chris enjoyed as a top producing sales professional is not lost on his team. He now applies his knowledge and proven practices as part of his regular sales coaching, resulting in high ranking sales professionals within the channel and company. Prior to joining New Penn in 2014, Chris was the TPO Sales Leader for Finance of America (formally PMAC). His career experience also encompasses positions held with other well-known lending institutions such as Mortgage Lenders Network, US Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marist College where he was also captain of school’s Varsity Crew team through his senior year.


Mark LeBrett, Sales and Operations Leader, TPO West

MarkHeadshotMr. LeBrett has over 20 years of mortgage banking wholesale experience. Mark is responsible for managing the Northwest Sales operation for New Penn's wholesale division. Prior to New Penn Financial, Mr. LeBrett worked as a senior vice president for Wilmington Finance and as a Vice President of Sales for Household Finance Corporation. Mr. LeBrett is a graduate of University of California, Davis.