Opes Advisors, a residential mortgage bank and wealth management firm based in Cupertino, Calif., has started expanding into the state of Washington's Puget Sound area, beginning with a new branch in Kirkland.
Robert Lipston, a veteran mortgage professional with 27 years of lending experience, is directing business development as the regional director of the Pacific Northwest. Donovan Douvia, who has over 15 years of experience in the industry, is the manager of the new branch in Kirkland.
Additional branches will open this year, with total employment projected to be almost 100 people, the company says.
Opes Advisors currently has offices throughout California, as well as in Eugene, Ore.