The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME), a national trade membership association for independent mortgage brokers, has named Katie Sweeney as CEO.

Before being promoted to CEO, Sweeney served as AIME’s executive vice president of strategy, where she led partnerships with top wholesale mortgage lenders and industry vendors to provide real-time support and exclusive access to mortgage brokers.

“I’m excited to rally for the independent originator by leading AIME’s support of brokers to develop future initiatives that are essential to the growth of the channel,” Sweeney said. “AIME is uniquely positioned to help brokers successfully meet the needs of today’s homebuyers since our team is comprised of professionals who inherently understand the needs of this essential audience.”

In her new role, Sweeney will work with AIME President Marc Summers to lead AIME’s business objectives and day-to-day business operations.

“Working closely with Katie and our valued lending and vendor partners, we will continue to be a driving force of the Brokers Are Better philosophy, ensuring the longevity of the channel and uplifting the independent originator,” Summers said.

“We’ve seen first-hand how Katie has grown within the AIME organization, and are excited to see her unwavering leadership continue to ensure that brokers are well represented and have a voice in the industry,” said Phil Shoemaker, president of originations at Homepoint.

“We, at EPM, are elated to see the growth for the broker community and to partner with someone as forward-thinking as Katie and her team at AIME. She has a unique ability when it comes to not only reading data but also leveraging specific strategies brokers need for ultimate success. The mortgage landscape is forever changing, and EPM is dedicated to AIME, as well as Katie as a leader, to continue leveling up the game of brokers and the wholesale channel together,” said Eddy Perez, CEO of Equity Prime Mortgage.