SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 28, 2021
Velocity Financial, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
30699 Russell Ranch Road, Suite 295
Westlake Village, California
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (818) 532-3700
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Title of each class
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share
The New York Stock Exchange
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On April 28, 2021, Daniel J. Ballen informed us of his decision to resign as a director effective immediately. His decision to resign is not based upon any disagreements between us and Mr. Ballen.
Mr. Ballen was a TOBI III SPE I LLC (TOBI) director designee as such right is held by TOBI pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement dated as of January 16, 2020 and the Securities Purchase Agreement dated April 5, 2020. TOBI is an affiliate of the funds, general and limited partners and members that beneficially own approximately 39% of our fully diluted common stock. In connection with Mr. Ballen's resignation, TOBI requested our Board to elect Michael W. Chiao as a new director.
On April 29, 2021, our Board of Directors elected Michael Chiao as a new independent member of our Board. Mr. Chiao was also appointed to our Board's Compensation Committee.
Mr. Chiao is a senior vice president and portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office of Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO), focusing primarily on residential loan investments. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2017, he worked at Fortress Investment Group, focused on non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities and various structured products. Previously, Mr. Chiao spent three years at PIMCO as a portfolio management associate, and he began his career as an analyst in the whole loan trading and securitization group at Countrywide Capital Markets. He has 15 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mr. Chiao also replaces Mr. Ballen as the Board's director nominee to be voted upon at our May 19, 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Proxies cast for Mr. Ballen will instead be voted for Mr. Chiao.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Velocity Financial, Inc.
Date: April 30, 2021
/s/ Roland T. Kelly
Roland T. Kelly
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel