Interfirst Mortgage, a private equity-backed mortgage originator, has brought in mortgage veteran Bryan Filkey to take on the position of chief strategy officer.

In a statement, the Illinois-based company said that Filkey would play a key role in developing and executing its long-term strategic plan and positioning Interfirst for profitability and long-term sustainability.

In his new role, Filkey will be responsible for identifying opportunities within the non-government guaranteed space, establishing securitization and proprietary execution strategies to arbitrage agency-eligible collateral.

“He is joining Interfirst at a critical point in our company’s history – but just as important in the mortgage industry,” said Dmitry Godin, founder and CEO of Interfirst. “His expertise, especially in non-government guaranteed products, will be essential as we build out this important part of our business and work towards our goal of streamlining and revolutionizing the lending experience for customers.”

Filkey brings 15 years of extensive experience and expertise in capital markets, product development, operations, technology, branding, and executive management. Before joining Interfirst, he was executive vice president of credit and strategic initiatives at PCMA Private Client Lending. He has also overseen more than $3 billion in non-QM fundings and has run wholesale and correspondent divisions for national lenders, including Impac, Sun West Mortgage, Credit Suisse, Capital One, and PIMCO.