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Robert C. Mercer, Jr.

Independent Director

Mr. Mercer has over 40 years of management/executive experience in generating and servicing consumer loans and mortgages. Since July 2009, Mr. Mercer has served as a Senior Examiner/Subject Matter Expert – Credit Risk, Operations and Counterparty Management at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in Washington, D.C.  At FHFA Mr. Mercer monitored Freddie Mac’s seller/servicer and mortgage insurance counterparty risk analysis focusing on concentration of risk, regulatory risk and servicing transfer approvals.  He also monitored Freddie Mac’s credit loss forecasting and loan loss reserve adequacy for its single family and multifamily loan portfolios.

Prior to his work at FHFA, Mr. Mercer’s experience includes managing problem portfolio workouts, managing due diligence processes involving mergers and acquisitions, purchasing mortgage portfolios and developing or enhancing profit and risk models to improve portfolio predictability and profitability.  In addition to his operational experience, he also has an extensive credit risk background, having been Chief Credit Officer of Citicorp National Services.  Mr. Mercer has been involved in all aspects of credit risk management, including the development of proprietary score cards.

As president of American Equity Mortgage, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Mercer was responsible for expanding the retail branch network and improving operational efficiencies which resulted in tripling annual net profits. Mr. Mercer has held senior executive and management positions in consumer lending at a series of financial institutions that ultimately became part of National City Bank, including Equibank, Integra Bank and Altegra Credit Company. Prior to that, Mr. Mercer held positions at Citicorp and Valley National Bank in Phoenix, Arizona after beginning his career with a thirteen year stint at Ford Motor Credit Company.

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