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HannaFinancial Announces New Vice Presidents

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Pittsburgh, PA (January 21, 2020) – Following another year of steady growth and unprecedented success, HannaFinancial, the financial services arm of Howard Hanna, has announced the promotion of three new executives who will help ensure that the Hanna family of companies continues to thrive in 2020.

Effective immediately, HannaFinancial has named three new vice presidents:

  • Peter Bauer, Vice President of Mortgage Originations in Pennsylvania
  • Jim Axner, Vice President of Mortgage Originations in Ohio and Michigan
  • Danielle Shearer, Vice President of Operations for Howard Hanna Insurance Services

Peter Bauer has been named as the Vice President of Mortgage Originations in Pennsylvania. As VP of Mortgage Originations, Bauer will be responsible for managing mortgage originations in Pennsylvania, and will continue to be based at the headquarters of Howard Hanna Mortgage in Pittsburgh, PA.

An alumnus of Central Catholic High School, Bauer holds a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate from Penn State University. He spent 14 years as a mortgage originator in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, followed by 10 years as Manager of Originations for Howard Hanna Mortgage.

“Peter Bauer has been a tremendous leader within our organization for 24 years,” noted F. Duffy Hanna, Esquire, President of Howard Hanna Financial Services. “His skills, expertise, and creativity have contributed to the substantial growth of our financial services group.”

Jim Axner has been named as the Vice President of Mortgage Originations in Ohio and Michigan. Axner was previously Midwest Sales Manager for Howard Hanna Mortgage. In his new role, he will work out of the Ohio Home Office in Mayfield Heights, OH.

Axner will oversee mortgage loan originations and sales in Ohio and Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, he will draw on his 27 years in the mortgage business, which includes experience as a Mortgage Loan Originator in Gates Mills, Solon, and Pepper Pike, as well as 11 years as a Sales Director.

“For 20 years, Jim Axner has been an exemplary leader of Howard Hanna Mortgage Services,” Hanna observed. “His passion and creativity have played a fundamental part in countless families achieving the dream of home ownership with Howard Hanna.”

Danielle Shearer has been named as Vice President of Operations for Howard Hanna Insurance Services. Shearer, who joined Howard Hanna in 2005, became General Manager in 2018, and will retain many of those responsibilities in her new role. Her new duties will include engaging in strategic planning on insurance-related matters and overseeing accounts and policies associated with Hanna Holdings.

“Danielle Shearer has been a true asset not just to Howard Hanna Insurance Services, but to the entire company, for the last fifteen years,” said Annie Hanna Engel, Esquire, President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard Hanna Insurance Services and Chief Legal Officer for Hanna Holdings. “Her diligence and strategic insights have been key factors in Howard Hanna’s continued success.”

Howard Hanna’s mortgage and insurance services achieved notable rankings in the 2019 REAL Trends 500 report. As ranked by the number of closed mortgage units, Howard Hanna Mortgage Services was the 3rd largest real estate mortgage company in the United States, while Howard Hanna Insurance Services ranked #2 in the country in the number of home insurance policies sold, as well as #3 in the number of home warranty policies sold.

About Howard Hanna: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation, and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and the Carolinas. The family-owned and -operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgage, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal, property and casualty insurance, corporate relocation, and property management. In early 2019, Howard Hanna completed a partnership with the Allen Tate Companies, the 14th largest real estate company in the nation. The combined company has more than 300 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, MD, NC, SC and IN, with more than 11,000 sales associates and staff who are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process. For more information, visit www.howardhanna.com or www.facebook.com/howardhanna.

Contact: Jasmine Davis, JasmineDavis@HowardHanna.com, 412-784-3821

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