Steven Schwalb
Whitney Fite
Richard Staley
Lee Williamson
Steven Schwalb
"As a growing company, we’re constantly finding innovative ways to develop outside the box products that are valuable to our clients."

Steven Schwalb, Managing Partner

"We are committed to providing our Licensed Mortgage Advisors innovative tools that enable them to build a consistently loyal referral network. Ask yourself, what if  I worked for a company whose supportive culture led to increased sales, a higher quality of life and you being viewed as a true professional in the industry?"

Whitney L. Fite
Licensed Regional Sales Manager

Richard Staley
“My role is to create an environment where Angel Oak Home Loans is the last stop in your career."

Richard Staley
Chief Production Officer

Lee Williamson
“My role is to create an environment where Angel Oak Home Loans is the last stop in your career."

Lee Williamson
Business Development

Mr. Schwalb is the CEO and Managing Partner of Angel Oak Home Loans (AOHL). He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, specifically, in residential lending. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing AOHL’s strategic plan and management oversight of Angel Oak’s lending platforms. He is responsible for maintaining all capital market relationships and has been instrumental in executing growth opportunities for AOHL in agency approvals, servicing and securitization.

Mr. Schwalb also co-founded Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, a non-agency wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender, and Angel Oak Prime Bridge, a commercial residential lender providing financing solutions for real estate investors. In 2015, Angel Oak originated over $1 billion in mortgages across the lending companies.

He recently played an integral role in Angel Oak’s first securitization of non-prime whole loans, which was a collaborative effort between sister companies Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC and AOHL. The approximate $150 million securitization of Angel Oak originated loans was one of the largest mortgage securitizations since the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr. Schwalb co-founded AOHL in 2011 in an effort to fill the void in residential lending left behind after the financial crisis. Under his leadership, AOHL has broadened its product mix across both agency and non-agency mortgages and they now originate more than $600 million of loans annually.

Prior to Angel Oak, Mr. Schwalb was the Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at SouthStar Funding, a national wholesale mortgage lender specializing in non-agency mortgage products. His primary responsibilities included product development, risk management, operations and investor relations. During Mr. Schwalb’s tenure, he oversaw 135 employees and SouthStar’s monthly production grew from $25 million to $720 million.

Mr. Schwalb frequently serves as a panelist for many industry-related discussions. He holds both a BS in Finance and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

As SVP, Strategic Accounts of Angel Oak Home Loans, a full service mortgage company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Whitney Fite leads business development and heads sales leadership strategies. Whitney brings over two decades of mortgage and real estate experience to Angel Oak Home Loans and has a history of consistently leading highly productive and profitable sales teams.

Currently focused on the sales and marketing efforts at Angel Oak Home Loans, Whitney guides the company’s growth by concentrating efforts throughout the company’s licensed states. Whitney also emphasizes hiring industry leaders. He looks for and values a commitment to providing opportunity and the absolute best in world-class concierge service. This combined dedication to the client experience and high achievement has helped Whitney and Angel Oak Home Loans stand out against other mortgage origination firms and mortgage industry experts.

Before Angel Oak Home Loans, Whitney served as Area Production Manager at Regions Mortgage, where he managed an in-house sales team with an annual volume over $325 million. Whitney served as Branch Manager at Opteum Mortgage, where he grew the Buckhead location from scratch. There he built up a staff of 30 and closed an annual loan volume of over $500 million in just six years. Whitney was also a loan officer at HomeBanc where he consistently was ranked as a top 5 originator in Georgia. Whitney’s career started at the Fidelity Group where he took several initiatives. He helped in creating new sales infrastructures for a top 10 bank holding company, two start-ups, and three company acquisitions, and assisted in the development and execution of several expansion initiatives.

Whitney, a native Atlanta resident, graduated from the University of Georgia and currently resides in Marietta with his wife, Laura, and their three children.

With over 20 years experience, Richard is a veteran in the home lending industry. His comprehensive approach with his customers garnered him much success throughout his career. He was consistently within the top producers in his company and was named in the Top 200 Originators in Mortgage Originator Magazine.

His ability to integrate technology and maintain a caring hand makes the loan process quick, seamless and individual to each client’s needs. With this strategy, Richard was able to serve 900 customers annually and close $163 million in residential mortgages. In 2001, Richard joined the management team at HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. He quickly climbed the ranks to Senior Vice President of Georgia Sales where he led 300 associates and oversaw $3 billion in loan origination. HomeBanc was not only one of the top residential lenders in the Southeast, it was ranked 14th on Fortunes Best Places to Work list in 2004.

Richard continued in management until the opportunity came to help build a new mortgage company owned and operated by its associates. He felt his passion to lead mortgage professionals and to continue to build life-long relationships with his clients was best utilized in this new environment. The company’s mission is to “serve others before self”…simple, but important. Today, Richard has over $1.6 billion in mortgages under management. He continues to provide world class service to his clients and his community.

He is a passionate fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and actively involved in coaching and raising his two sons with his wife of 12 years.

Prior to joining Angel Oak Home Loans, Lee was Senior VP of Business Development at On Q for almost 7 years. Lee helped establish On Q’s east coast presence and was instrumental in helping the company grow its footprint nationally. Lee was also the Director of Recruiting for Metlife Home Loans where he managed all aspects of both sales and operations recruiting. He is a former business owner and operated his own company, Bradbury and Williamson for 11 years, specializing in the mortgage banking industry.

Lee also has a strong sports background from playing college football at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and playing professional football with the Houston Oilers. He now lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina area with his wife and two daughters.