Anthony Hsieh is a lifelong entrepreneur and the founder and chief executive officer of mello Home, a category-connecting real estate company.
He is a national mortgage industry expert and innovator who has successfully navigated through multiple housing and economic cycles spanning more than three decades. He is known for integrity, innovation and market timing.
In 1989, he acquired a mortgage brokerage company and quickly transformed it into LoansDirect.com just as the internet sector was taking off. The company remained one of the most profitable and successful mortgage lenders in the 1990s, and was acquired by E*TRADE Financial in 2001.
In 2002, Hsieh founded HomeLoanCenter.com, the first online lender to offer a full spectrum of home loan products in all 50 states featuring live interest rate quotes and loan offerings tailored to individual borrower needs and credit profiles. Hsieh continued to lead the business for three years after merging with IAC/Interactive subsidiary LendingTree in 2004.
Hsieh launched loanDepot in 2010 with a commitment to responsible lending and customer-first service. In just eight short years, loanDepot has grown to become the nation's fifth largest retail mortgage originator, and the second largest nonbank consumer lender. loanDepot employs more than 6,500 lending professionals across the country including greater than 1,800 licensed loan officers who hold more than 14,000 licenses. The company operates more than 200 local lending store locations nationwide, offering mello - a proprietary, end-to-end digital lending platform that makes securing a mortgage easier for customers and creates the ultimate personalized lending experience.
Always looking to the future, Hsieh also led loanDepot into nonmortgage consumer lending to diversify the company’s origination portfolio so it remains sustainable in all market conditions and a national nonbank lender of choice.
Chris HellerChief Executive Officer
Chris Heller is a nationally-recognized real estate executive, boasting one of the most successful production track records spanning three decades. As the former CEO of Keller Williams Realty, Heller expanded the business into more than 20 international markets and helped build the world’s largest team of real estate agents.
As chief executive officer of mello Home, Heller leads the team tasked with creating smarter and simpler home buying, financing and improvement experiences for today’s increasingly tech-savvy customer.
Jerimiah TaylorExecutive Vice President
As Executive Vice President, Jerimiah Taylor oversees the development of business systems, processes and strategies that will continue to enhance the mellohome experience. His responsibilities include scaling customer acquisition as well as expanding the mellohome preferred agent network. An innovative thinker, Taylor also partners with executive leadership and teams within sister company loanDepot as the two brands continue to refine the mortgage and real estate purchase experiences.
He has more than 17 years’ experience in both the mortgage and real estate industries as well as expansive experience in technology verticals. An agile and adaptive leader, Taylor is known for his ability to quickly build, scale and implement systems and processes that result in exceptional customer experiences.
Prior to joining mellohome, Taylor served as Team Leader for Keller Williams Realty. During his tenure, Taylor grew the brokerage from 160 agents selling $300M/annually to 500 agents selling +1.49BB/annually, making it a top Keller Williams brokerage on the west coast within five years. In addition to a lengthy career in both the mortgage and real estate verticals, Taylor has also made a name for himself in the automotive industry, using his technological prowess with computerized calibrations to speed cars across finish lines, whether breaking landspeed records or winning at world-famous Laguna Seca.
Jonathan BerkowitzChief Innovation Officer
As chief innovation officer, Jonathan Berkowitz oversees product strategy and innovation for both mellohome and its sister company, loanDepot. He is responsible for cultivating and enhancing each company’s market presence, brand differentiation and innovation across all enterprise consumer platforms and technology touchpoints, as well as acting as a change agent and convergence champion. Additionally, Berkowitz focuses on business growth and scale.
He has more than 20 years’ experience leading enterprise and consumer product strategies for companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to top-line Fortune 50 enterprises. Prior to joining mellohome, Berkowitz served as chief product officer at Aurea and ESW Capital Company. He also has ties to the real estate industry, having overseen product and strategy at Keller Williams. Berkowitz is widely considered to be a transformative leader and exceptionally skilled product and market strategist.
Berkowitz earned his Bachelor of Science, Information Decision Systems Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also was awarded his Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Public Policy Management.