Direct mortgage lender WCS Lending appointed Tim Walsh and Sharon Bitz to its board of managers. The company also made internal promotions.

Walsh brings more than 25 years experience in mortgage banking to Boca Raton, Fla.-based WCS and as co-head of retail, will focus on building WCS’ retail branch network in the western region. Walsh is the former chief executive of United Tech Lender Services.

Sharon Bitz joins WCS Lending as a non-executive advisor and has more than 30 years of experience in mortage banking. She is co-founder and chairman of the board at Direct Valuation Solution, a software platform that brings appraisers and lenders together in a compliant fashion. Prior positions include regional vice president at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFC).

“These new appointments encompass decades of experience growing loan production and streamlining operations within a highly cost and quality conscious environment and will improve our offerings to our customers and business partners,” WCS President Lisa Taylor said.

In internal promotions, WCS team member Brent Chapman was named director of lending operations, where he will oversee all post-funding activity. And Kim Elsass was promoted to director of production operation, where she will head the retail and wholesale sales support functions including loan processing, underwriting and closing.