The Real Deal New York

Former Town president Jeff Appel moves to EverBank

Appel-DeSimone Group partner, Bonnie DeSimone, is also joining the firm
By Christopher Cameron | February 28, 2015 11:00AM

Jeffrey Appel, who acted as the face of Town Residential during CEO Andrew Heiberger’s hiatus, has joined EverBank, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based financial services firm.

Appel is the sales director of the Appel-DeSimone Group with partner Bonnie DeSimone, who also joined EverBank’s retail lending division. In the past, Appel has worked extensively with Ken Evans, who also joined EverBank from Citibank, and Mark Wenitzky, who has served as senior vice president and retail lending division manager at EverBank since November 2014.

“This return of a winning team to EverBank is based largely on a desire to work with seasoned professionals at time in the mortgage lending business when professional expertise has never been more important,” Appel said in a statement to The Real Deal.

“New York is an extraordinarily dynamic real estate market,” Wenitzky said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to combine EverBank’s unique products and services with the peerless lending expertise of the Appel-DeSimone Group.”

Appel made industry headlines last year after Town Residential CEO Andrew Heiberger’s return to the brokerage resulted in his abrupt departure from the firm.

During Heiberger’s absence, Appel became the public face of the firm and oversaw all aspects of Town’s operations.