RIMBA has a new initiative for 2019: RIMBA’s Rising Stars. Each month, we will feature one of our members’ employees who has been deemed to be an “up-and-comer” in the mortgage industry. Members can submit candidate bios to info@rimba.org.

MAY 2019

Benjamin Pettit, Esq.

VP Corporate and Legal Affairs

Equity National Title

Benjamin graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.A and went on to get his law degree from Roger Williams School of Law. He’s a member of the MA, RI and OK state bars and he holds title licenses in DC, NY, OK and RI. Benjamin is also a Rhode Island Continuing Education Instructor. He loves nothing more than approaching a problem, solving it and helping other people learn something in the process. He’s patient and calm and it shows through every time he tackles a new challenge.

As VP of Corporate and Legal Affairs, Benjamin is responsible for overseeing corporate compliance with all laws, rules and regulations at both the state and federal level. He establishes standards by which we conduct our business so that we are in compliance with industry rules, insurer requirements and lender instructions. Benjamin heads up our risk department, working closely with our most seasoned title professionals and serves as the ultimate escalation point for all areas of transactional risk for Equity.

Any time Benjamin’s not at Equity National Title educating folks and solving hard problems, he loves being with his family, coaching baseball, reading and working out.

APRIL 2019

Christopher Lee

Vice President of Real Estate Lending

Pawtucket Credit Union

Christopher Lee, Vice President of Real Estate Lending, oversees the real estate lending functions of Pawtucket Credit Union including management of secondary market transactions, processes and procedures. Chris came to the Credit Union with over 15 years in the mortgage industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rhode Island College and is a member of the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association. Chris is a member of The Sons of Italy and an enthusiastic sports fan, loyal to the PC Friars.

MARCH 2019

Ashley LaFerriere

Business Development Coordinator

Equity National Title

Ashley got her paralegal degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a Notary in RI and MA as well as a Rhode Island Continuing Education Instructor. Ashley is outgoing, determined, patient and ambitious, which makes her a perfect fit as our Business Development Coordinator.

Ashley finds herself on the road a lot meeting new clients and maintaining strong relationships with our existing ones. As part of her role at Equity, she coordinates our community service efforts when we do things like volunteer at local soup kitchens, raise money for classrooms, walk elementary school kids to and from school, host ice cream socials at local nursing homes and put together care packages for soldiers.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys home improvement projects and spending time with her family and friends.


Morgan Sebastian

Processing Manager

Shamrock Financial Corporation

Morgan began her career in mortgage lending at Shamrock Financial in 2014 after graduating from Stonybrook University. She currently serves as the company’s Processing Manager and is responsible for monthly projections, timeline supervision, communication protocols and directing her staff in serving retail Loan Origination. Her passion for people and her maniacal call to detail is part of what makes Shamrock tick. Morgan and her husband Nick (and dog, Fenway) live in Rumford RI, where they support all Boston sports teams with an enthusiasm that borders on obsession.