Residential Finance Corporation Names Sonya Gray Director of Organizational Development

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Residential Finance Corporation, an award-winning nationwide mortgage lender, has hired Sonya Gray as the director of organizational development. In that role, she will lead the company's employee performance and development efforts, including the management of new hire training, mentoring and leadership programs, and succession planning.

Gray has extensive experience as a learning and development strategist in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Residential Finance, Gray served as senior manager, employee learning for Discover Home Loans, Inc., a subsidiary of Discover Financial Services, where she led the training of mortgage staff and the development and design of the company's training programs. Previously, Gray held similar duties as employee learning director for LendingTree, LLC, where she managed training staff at all company locations nationwide. Gray also served as director of training and development for Baker & Taylor, Inc. a Fortune 250 global information and entertainment services distribution company.

Gray will work closely with Residential Finance's management to design and implement training and development programs. "With Residential Finance's aggressive multi-channel growth plans, Sonya is the perfect choice for this role," said Mark Fowler, chief revenue officer and vice president of production. "In particular, Sonya's experience and expertise developing training programs for high-profile lending organizations will be a huge asset as we move forward with our expansion."

"I'm excited to join Residential Finance, a company with a solid growth plan and future," Gray said. "The leadership at Residential Finance is committed to the professional development of employees, which makes the company a great place to work and ultimately leads to greater customer satisfaction."

Gray received a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from Gardner-Webb University and a master's degree in exercise physiology/cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Georgia.

About Residential Finance Corp. (RFC)

Founded in 1997, Residential Finance Corporation ( offers homeowners and homebuyers nationwide a wide range of home mortgage loan options, including special lower-rate government-insured FHA and VA loans, jumbo mortgage loans, and reverse mortgages. The company's highly-trained staff delivers mortgage expertise and customer service excellence, winning the company many awards, including Columbus Business First Corporate Caring Award, Columbus Business Journal Best Place to Work, Florida Trends Best Company in Florida, American Business Award Sales Department of the Year, Inc Magazine INC5000 Fastest Growing Company, and American Society of Training and Development Excellence in Practice. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Residential Finance has branches throughout the country, and is seeking loan officers and branch managers to join their network of branches. For more information about these positions, please visit or email NMLS#1652. Equal Housing Lender. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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