Executives


Rick SoukoulisRick Soukoulis, CEO
rick@westernbancorp.com

Rick Soukoulis is the CEO of Western Bancorp. An innovator in real estate finance for more than 30 years. Starting as a loan officer in Silicon Valley, he later formed America’s Funding Source in 1987. In 1999, America’s Funding Source became LoanCity, which grew from start-up to $7 Billion in annual production as a national wholesale lender and was recognized for its technological and financial sophistication. Today, Western Bancorp continues that innovation as a leading lender in wholesale and correspondent channels.


Mitch HoginsMitch Hogins, CFO
mitch@westernbancorp.com

Mitch is responsible for financial oversight of Western Bancorp. He has over 30 years experience in financial services and consumer lending in senior financial and operational roles, including 18 years in commercial banks and 12 years in mortgage and finance companies. He has extensive experience managing funding facilities, asset securitizations, loan sales and liquidity positions. Mitch has led numerous enterprise-wide strategic initiatives that required extensive coordination of all areas within the company.


Lincoln HeacockLincoln Heacock, CTO
lincoln@westernbancorp.com

Lincoln brings more than 20 years of product and technology experience to help deliver usable, secure, and mobile applications for the fintech industry. Lincoln grew a de novo business from 1,200 customers to over 350,000 customers while growing revenues by over 2900%. Lincoln has demonstrated achievements in technology recovery projects, strategic roadmaps and business alignment initiatives. Lincoln will be a critical part of Western Bancorp’s executive team to help lead the organization.


Tisha HartmanTisha Hartman, EVP Operations and Credit
tisha@westernbancorp.com

With more than 22 years of experience in the mortgage Industry. Tisha has a comprehensive understanding of regulatory compliance and multi-channel operational infrastructures. Possessing a wealth of knowledge and a demonstrated track record. Tisha is highly analytical and a strategic leader building successful operational experiences that puts our customers first.


Donna BrowneDonna Browne, SVP Regional Sales
dbrown@westernbancorp.com

Donna brings more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking and residential lending Industry. Having spent her entire career as a mortgage professional, Donna is highly recognized for her in-depth understanding and management of wholesale and correspondent lending and business-to-business third party origination(TPO). Donna is a passionate leader who thrives on building high level teams and sales strategies to grow market share throughout California.