People Movers

People Movers: EasyKnock, Zillow and Nextdoor

Here's the latest in business professionals making waves in the housing and mortgage industries

People Movers are updates about the business professionals making waves in the housing and mortgage industries.

EasyKnock announced the appointment of J. Taylor Crandall to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment, Crandall was a founding member and chairman emeritus of private equity firm, Oak Hill Capital, where he has been since the company’s 1986 inception. Before joining Oak Hill, Crandall served as a vice president with the First National Bank of Boston, managing the leveraged buyout group and oversaw the bank’s Dallas energy office.

Crandall also serves on the Board of Directors of Hilltop Holdings, Berlin Packaging, Pulsant, and Omada.

“In addition to EasyKnock’s unique, solutions-oriented product offerings, I was drawn to the company’s strong and passionate team,” said Crandall. “I’m proud to officially join EasyKnock’s Board of Directors, and help the company continue its expansion to help American homeowners nationwide.”


Jonathan Lee has been brought on to Zillow Mortgage as its senior director of mortgage sales, and is now searching for sales trainers to bring on in Orange County.

Prior to joining Zillow Group, Lee was vice president of sales at loanDepot.

Lee was also formerly a production manager of mortgage banking at Discover Financial Services and spent some time as an executive mortgage banker and in production management at LendingTree.

Zillow has spent the last year growing its base, performing in a crowded iBuyer market as Zillow Offers, and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.


Neighborhood social network Nextdoor announced Maryam Banikarim has been brought on as its head of marketing.

Maryam has more than 25 years of marketing experience, managing global brands and international teams.

Prior to joining Nextdoor, Banikarim served as the Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels.

“Purpose should be the heart of a company’s brand. Nextdoor’s purpose of cultivating a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on immediately resonated with me,” Banikaram said in a release. “I couldn’t be more excited to join this extraordinary team that is committed to creating meaningful connections that bridge our online and offline worlds.”

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