Guaranteed Rate execs to lead nationwide sales, recruiting program

by Ryan Smith29 Nov 2017
Guaranteed Rate has announced the promotion and broadened scope of responsibilities for senior vice presidents and divisional managers James Elliott and Chris Knapp. In addition to their current roles, Elliott and Knapp will lead the company’s nationwide sales and recruiting program.

Knapp, who has been promoted to executive vice president of national retail production – east, will manage production in the eastern half of the country. Elliott, who has been promoted to executive vice president of national retail production – west, will manage the western half. 

“James and Chris are industry veterans with an incredible depth of knowledge,” said Victor Ciardelli, founder and CEO of Guaranteed Rate. “They are also both amazing mentors to the loan officers who serve in their regions and true leaders at Guaranteed Rate. Their dedication to attracting the best of the best to Guaranteed Rate is unmatched, and we’re thrilled they are taking on these additional challenges.”

Knapp has been with Guaranteed Rate for nearly a decade and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University. Divisional managers John Palmiotto, Denis St. Marie and Jeff Nelson will report to him.



Elliott joined Guaranteed Rate in 2013 after serving for 12 years as the CEO of a successful regional mortgage company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Wisconsin. Divisional managers Julia Borst and Pat Bolan will report to him.




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