Movement Mortgage Names Sarah Middleton Chief Growth Officer

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INDIAN LAND, S.C., August 3, 2022 – Movement Mortgage (Movement), the nation’s sixth-largest retail mortgage lender, is expanding its leadership team with the creation of two new positions focused on the growth and development of Movement’s sales team nationwide. Movement welcomes Sarah Middleton as chief growth officer and Kevin McGovern as director of coaching.

Prior to joining Movement as chief growth officer, Middleton served as president of sales development and recruiting at Fairway Independent Mortgage and chief executive officer of Fairway’s internal coaching platform, Fairway Ignite. A 34-year veteran of the mortgage industry, Middleton held leadership roles including senior vice president at Guild Mortgage Company and Liberty Financial Group prior to joining Fairway in 2013. In her new role, Middleton will lead Movement’s efforts to attract, onboard and develop sales leaders across the country.

“I’m thrilled to join Movement to help the organization grow. I’m here to do more and give more, and to live a life of significance,” said Middleton. “My passion is to love on loan officers and sales leaders, and to help them dream bigger and achieve their personal and professional goals.”

“We hold a deep respect for what Sarah and Steve Jacobson built at Fairway,” said Movement CEO Casey Crawford. “Sarah exemplifies everything we look for in a leader at Movement; excellence in our profession with an unrivaled passion for loving and serving people. Our entire community is better today with Sarah on our team.”

Kevin McGovern joins Movement as director of coaching after serving as executive vice president for Fairway Independent Mortgage and chief operations officer for Fairway Ignite. McGovern has more than 30 years of sales and mortgage experience, including 16 years as a full-time coach. In 2011 McGovern founded his own coaching company, Making Better Happen, and in 2015 he joined Fairway to launch its internal coaching platform, Fairway Ignite, which grew to 175 coaches and over 4,000 clients served.

McGovern brings to Movement a wealth of knowledge in helping others define and achieve success, professionally and personally. As director of coaching, McGovern will lead Movement’s coaching team and develop a best-in-class coaching platform. Throughout his career he’s worked alongside his wife, Debbie McGovern, who will join Kevin at Movement.

“This industry has changed the total trajectory of my life,” McGovern shared. “I feel called to give back and develop others, and I’m grateful to join a company whose mission and values align so closely with mine. I saw an opportunity at Movement to build upon something special, and I’m excited to play a role in the growth that’s to come.”

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Sarah and Kevin to the Movement team,” said Movement President Mike Brennan. “They are both powerhouses within the industry, and just what we need to take Movement to the next level. Their collective experience and knowledge of the mortgage industry and coaching will make an exponential impact not just within our company, but in the lives of our teammates as well, for years to come.”


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