KALAMAZOO, MI (March 27, 2018) – Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corp., is announcing the appointment of Ronald Bergum, a recognized mortgage industry leader, as president of its newly formed Southwest Division.
Amerifirst has expanded its footprint to Southern California with the mid-March opening of a branch located in Rancho Cucamonga, 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Bergum is tasked with advancing the company’s penetration of this market by leveraging his decades of experience within the mortgage finance industry. His initial team consists of 12 personnel who will offer a full range of purchase, refinance, renovation and construction loan options.
The new full-service home loan center is operating under the name “AmeriTrust Home Mortgage,” to avoid confusion with Amerifirst Financial, Inc., which also operates in the southwest region.
“Ron has the unique ability to take his vision, passion and in-depth understanding of the mortgage industry’s competitive landscape and motivate his talented team to achieve exceptional results,” said David Gahm, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Amerifirst Home Mortgage. “He has a track record of establishing a solid business foundation and building it into an industry leader and doing so in an industry that is often volatile and challenging. We are confident in his ability to successfully take us through this new phase of growth in Southern California.”
Bergum joins an organization comprised of over 600 professionals who play a valuable role in expanding homeownership opportunities, improving local communities, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. “I am excited and proud to be part of such an amazing company," said Bergum. "We are fortunate to have recruited an incredibly talented team here in Southern California who is dedicated to delivering the same excellent customer experience for which the organization is known."
Bergum has held numerous executive level positions in the mortgage industry. He was named Chief Executive Officer of Prospect Mortgage, LLC, in 2009, and has served as Managing Partner of Prospect since June 2014. Prior to joining Prospect, he served as Co-CEO of Indymac Bank’s Retail Lending Group and Executive Vice President of Production and Sales for the Western Retail Division of American Home Mortgage, which he joined through the acquisition of Marina Mortgage in December of 1999. At Marina Mortgage he held the position of President and Treasurer. Prior to Marina Mortgage, Bergum served as Senior Vice President of Plaza Home Mortgage. He holds a B.S. in Real Estate Financial Services from San Diego State University.
About Amerifirst Home Mortgage:
Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Amerifirst Home Mortgage is an independent community mortgage banker founded in 1983 by entrepreneurs Mark Jones and David Gahm. Amerifirst is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of its customers, its employees and the communities they serve. The Amerifirst team of over 600 professionals offers a full line of mortgage products including FHA loans, VA mortgage loans, USDA Rural Development loans, renovation loans and conventional lending. Amerifirst is licensed in a dozen states across the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest Regions, and takes great pride in establishing quality relationships with its customers. Amerifirst Home Mortgage is a division of Amerifirst Financial Corp.