Meet The Team

Laura Lawson

EVP, Chief People Officer

As the Chief People Officer, Laura is the creative genius behind our award-winning workplace. Laura works tirelessly to develop an environment with our team members as the sole focus, and has an unwavering commitment to maintaining our prized workplace culture, and has been recognized in Crain’s Detroit ‘40 Under 40’.

Alex Elezaj

Chief Strategy Officer

Alex Elezaj is UWM’s Chief Strategy Officer, a role in which he is laser focused on growing the mortgage broker channel as a whole. He is a 2017 HousingWire Vanguard award winner, a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and has been recognized as one of National Mortgage Professional magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Alex received a bachelor’s degree from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, and an MBA from Michigan State University. Click here for full bio.

Desmond P. Smith

EVP, Chief Growth Officer

Desmond P. Smith is UWM’s Chief Growth Officer. In this position, he focuses on innovative ways to advance the independent mortgage broker channel. Desmond brings three decades of knowledge and experience to the table from his time spent at FHA, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Capital One Home Loans and Fannie Mae, and has been recognized for creating high-performance cultures, empowering teams and transforming businesses.

Sarah Deciantis

Chief Marketing Officer

Sarah DeCiantis has been UWM’s Chief Marketing Officer since 2017. In this position, she leads all marketing, advertising, and external and internal communications efforts. She joined UWM in 2014 as Vice President, Marketing; prior to that, she was the Director of Partnership Marketing for Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons. Most recently, Sarah was awarded the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” award for 2020. Click here for full bio.

Lee Jelenic

Chief Innovation Officer

Lee Jelenic is UWM’s Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, he leads Client Experience, Digital Innovation, Government Affairs, and Investor Relations. He is responsible for ensuring that UWM’s products and service remain best in class. Prior to joining the company in 2019, Lee spent 11 years at Ford Motor Company, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Ford Commercial Solutions, a global business unit within Ford Smart Mobility that delivered vehicle data, analytics and fleet management services to commercial customers. Click here for full bio.

Jason Bressler

Chief Technology Officer

Jason is an industry veteran who excels in application development and enterprise implementation. Jason leads a team of nearly 1200 I.T. members focused on delivering stellar client service through cutting-edge proprietary tools.

Katie Foster

Chief Risk Officer

Katie oversees all facets of Risk for UWM, including Quality Control, Legal, Compliance, Credit Policy, and more. A former mortgage broker, she understands what is needed to make life easier for our clients. Named an Elite Women in Mortgage by Mortgage Professional America Magazine, Katie takes a common sense approach, frequently suggesting changes to make guidelines as broker-friendly and easy to understand as possible, while still maintaining the highest quality loans.

Blake Kolo

Chief Business Officer & Head Of Investor Relations

Blake Kolo is the Chief Business Officer and Head of Investor Relations for UWM in which he brings an unparalleled combination of accounting, finance and sales to the executive team. His primary focus is the management of UWM’s mortgage funding operation. His team drives maximum efficiency in the utilization of warehouse lines of credit in order to wire and fund mortgages. He also leads many special initiatives aimed at accelerating business development. Click here for full bio.

Andrew Hubacker

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Hubacker is UWM’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all financial aspects of the company including accounting, internal and external reporting, financial compliance, tax, treasury and liquidity management, and budgeting and forecasting. He joined UWM in October 2020 and brings nearly three decades of experience. Prior to joining UWM, Hubacker spent 18 years at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, including over 12 years as an audit partner. Click here for full bio.

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