Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Government

NAES Southampton Power Station in Franklin, Virginia Receives the Virginia ‘Star’ Designation Under the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Voluntary Protection Programs

RICHMOND, Va. -- Commissioner C. Ray Davenport announced today that NAES Southampton Power Station in Franklin, Virginia, has been recertified as a Virginia STAR Worksite under the Virginia's Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the agency's highest level of recognition for excellence in safety and health management systems. The facility was honored with its fourth recertification since being originally certified on December 13, 2004. NAES operates the biomass fueled Southampton Power Station which is owned by Dominion Energy, Inc.

"This outstanding achievement in occupational safety and health has come through the dedication and hard work of NAES Southampton Power Station employees and management. I commend NAES Southampton Power Station for embracing the cooperative spirit of VPP, and congratulate them on their hard earned recertification as a Virginia STAR Worksite," said Commissioner Davenport.

NAES Southampton Power Station's commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its employees is demonstrated by its low injury and illness rates. The Franklin facility has a total three-year average for the TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate for injuries and illnesses) of 0.0 compared with a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national rate of 6.4, representing a TCIR rate 100% lower than the national average for the industry. The site's three-year average DART rate (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred injury and illness cases) is 0.0, compared with the national rate of 2.1, which is 100% below the national average for the industry.

As part of the recognition for achieving Virginia STAR status under VPP, the worksite is entitled to fly the Virginia "STAR Worksite" flag. The NAES Southampton Power Station facility is the only STAR Worksite in Virginia for NAES and is one of two NAES VPP STAR sites currently in the United States.

Virginia businesses that participate in VPP substantially improve safety and health protections for thousands of Virginia employees through cooperative efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents. VPP STAR sites regularly report decreased bottom line costs associated with dramatically reduced injury and illness rates (an average of approximately 50% below the respective industry average), and improved productivity and employee morale. Reducing private sector employer costs associated with injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents enhances a company's economic viability, competitiveness, and increases available capital for reinvestment, expansion, and new hiring.

VOSH operates six recognition programs. These include:

1 - Virginia STAR is a cooperative relationship between the VOSH program, the employer, and the employees that include the agreement of company leaders to operate exceptional safety and health management systems that meet a rigorous set of occupational safety and health criteria. Participating employers agree to voluntarily participate in the program and to directly involve employees in all aspects of the company's safety and health management systems. Requirements include an extensive application process, submission of written safety and health policies and procedures, demonstration of successful implementation of those programs through injury and illness rates that are below the national average for the employer's industry, and an intensive weeklong inspection by a team of VPP experts.

2 - Virginia BEST (Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training) is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated General Contractors of Virginia that recognizes AGCVA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia.

3 - Virginia BUILT is a new strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia and is designed to encourage and recognize ABC-VA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia. The Virginia BUILT program incorporates the ABC STEP program (Safety Training Evaluation Process) as the gateway to participation in Virginia BUILT.

4 - Virginia CHALLENGE is a formal three-stage recognition program that dramatically improves safety and health at the worksite and prepares the company to apply for Virginia STAR recognition.

5 - VOSH-VADOC CHALLENGE is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to recognize safety and health excellence at correctional facilities around the Commonwealth. Three stages of participation in VADOC Challenge prepare a site to apply for Virginia STAR recognition. Virginia has the only two correctional facilities in the nation to have received VPP STAR status, Augusta and Lunenburg Correctional Centers. For additional VPP information, contact Milford Stern, VPP Manager, at (540) 562-3580, ext. 123, or Milford.Stern@doli.virginia.gov.

6 - Virginia SHARP recognizes businesses of 250 employees or fewer and is administered by the DOLI VOSH Consultative Services Division. Contact Tracy Michaud, Consultation Program Manager, at (804) 786-8707 or tracy.michaud@doli.virginia.gov.

DOLI also offers free On-Site Consultation Services to help employers better understand and voluntarily comply with VOSH standards. Priority is given to high hazard workplaces with 250 or fewer employees and all services are offered to employers at no cost. On-Site Consultation Services helps employers identify and correct potential safety and health hazards by conducting walk-through surveys (without citations or penalties), abatement advice, on-site training, and program assistance to develop safety and health programs.

For additional information about On-Site Consultation Services visit https://www.doli.virginia.gov/vosh-programs/consultation/.

Related link: https://www.doli.virginia.gov/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, General Editorial

Right at Home Boston and North Receive Top Home Care Awards in 2020

SALEM, Mass. -- Earlier this year, Rosaleen Doherty & Jay Kenney, co-owners of Right at Home Boston and North based in Salem, Massachusetts, were honored by the Right at Home national organization with the 2019 Highest Annual Multi-Territory Revenue Award. With over 400 offices under the Right at Home system each year, the Boston and North franchise was recognized as the top revenue-producing Right at Home among the US for owners with multiple units.

Right at Home Boston and North serves almost 1,000 families a week on the North Shore, in the Merrimack Valley and the Boston area and employs over 300 trained professionals. Right at Home Boston and North grew their employee count by 4% last year and continues to grow today.

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony, that was to be held at the Right at Home national conference was withheld. However, the award is received with great dignity and appreciation.

Margaret Haynes, COO at Right at Home Corporate in Omaha, NE says, "Thank you for all you and your entire team do each and every day to bring the Right at Home mission to life in your local communities. You run an amazing business and serve as strong role models for the entire system."

RightSpirit Award

In the same online awards ceremony, the Allen Hagar RightSpirit Award also went to Rosaleen Doherty and Jay Kenney. The award is named after the founder of Right at Home and is awarded to the franchisee that demonstrates the highest commitment and an excellent example to other Right at Home businesses for improving the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities.

"In the handful of years the RightSpirit award has been given, it has never aligned with the winner of the highest revenue awards for Right at Home franchises," says Rosaleen Doherty, owner of Right at Home Boston and North. "Right at Home is the vehicle we utilize to do good for others...no matter if it was when we just started almost 20 years ago, or right now."

About Right at Home Boston and North

Right at Home Boston and North is owned and operated by Rosaleen Doherty and Jay Kenney. The company was started in 2002 after Rosaleen and Jay moved to the North Shore to begin their married life.

Right at Home Boston and North provides in-home care services to seniors and disabled adults who choose to live independently through three home care offices in Salem, Somerville and Haverhill Mass. With over 18 years of providing home care services, CareTeam members undergo a thorough background screening and ongoing training in order to provide the best quality home care for the elderly. All Right at Home care is supervised by a team of registered nurses. Through their Dementia and Cognitive Support Programs, Right at Home is known as a leader in dementia home care in the Boston area. The mission is to change the world one human interaction at a time.

Learn more at http://www.rightathomemass.net or call for more information at 877-500-CARE (2273).

Media Contact:
Rosaleen Doherty
978-234-0672
Rdoherty@rightathomemass.com

Related link: http://www.rightathomemass.net

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities

AARP Maryland Honors Volunteerism and Commitment to Community Service including 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

BALTIMORE, Md. -- AARP Maryland is honoring three exceptional Marylanders aged 50-plus for their volunteerism and commitment to service. The awards were formally presented this afternoon before nearly 80 guests at a virtual ceremony.

"This year's honorees set the highest example of what can be achieved when all work together for positive social change," says AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg. "AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors and the programs they serve."

J. Joseph Curran Lifetime Achievement Award

AARP Maryland presented its 2020 J. Joseph Curran Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding community service to Howard County advocate and civic champion, Ted Meyerson.

Named in honor of esteemed statesman J. Joseph Curran Jr., former state representative, lieutenant governor, and longtime attorney general, the Curran award recognizes exceptional individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of exemplary commitment to volunteerism and civic involvement. Meyerson is only the third person to receive this honor from AARP Maryland.

Meyerson is one of AARP Maryland's most active volunteers, as a public speaker, AARP Fraud Watch Network leader, advocate for advance care planning, a technology trainer and legislative advocate.

Meyerson has devoted much of his volunteer service to bettering the lives of older adults, as a member and vice chair of the Howard County Commission on Aging, chair of the Howard County Senior Property Tax Task Force, chair of the Howard County Commission on Aging Advocacy Committee, the state Empowerment Zones for Seniors Commission. He served on the state Committee on Oversight of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, was a member of the state Continuing Care Advisory Committee, Howard County Affordable Housing Commission, state Community Options Advisory Committee, Long-Term Care Payment Advisory Committee, and the Howard County Jewish Community Relations Council.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Meyerson operated his own printing company and was an associate real estate broker. His past organizational affiliations include president of the Printing Industry Association, treasurer of the B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville and member of their board of governors. Meyerson is the past president of the United Seniors of Maryland, founder and president of the Better Aging Foundation of Maryland, a former Howard Community College adjunct professor, a retired United States Coast Guard Auxiliary member, and a past chair of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life.

"The reason AARP Maryland bestows this award is because of people like Ted who spend a lifetime in service to others," said AARP Maryland Associate State Director for Outreach Jen Holz. "We are always so grateful to have someone who identifies a need and then jumps right in to help."

2020 Andrus Award for Community Service

Dr. Shawn Ashworth of Anne Arundel County is the winner of the 2020 AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service, named for the organization's founder Ethel Percy Andrus.

"Dr. Ashworth has dedicated herself nearly full time to serving others," said Greenberg. "She has been known to dig deep below the surface of an individual to discover their untapped skills and talents. AARP selected Dr. Ashworth for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP's vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers."


Ashworth established the nonprofit, Food 4 Thought Community Outreach Services, Inc. (F4COS), with a mission of providing veterans, the homeless and struggling families with nutritional meals, housing referrals, counseling and job skill development. Through the nonprofit, she and a team of volunteers provided weekly meals to over 100 people who call Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) their home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped Ashworth's efforts. Since March 13, 2020, the day the state of Maryland shut down due to COVID-19, she has traveled daily to the Maryland Food Bank and other stores to pick up food and distribute to those in need.

As a volunteer with the Asbury Church Assistance Network, Inc. (ACAN) Food Pantry, Ashworth feeds over 300 families daily, donates toiletries, socks, hand sanitizers, and snacks and for the Pasadena and West County police stations, medical personnel at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, and seniors at Pinewood East Senior Center.

A mother, grandmother and full-time employee of the Anne Arundel County Public School System Ashworth provides support to a local domestic violence shelter in Washington D.C., distributes food baskets during the holidays and conducts a back-to-school book bag event through the local Boys and Girls Club.

AARP Maryland State President's Award

AARP Maryland presented its inaugural State President's Award to Leonor Blum of Baltimore.

After three decades in academia as a history and political science professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Blum founded ¡Adelante Latina!, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income Latina girls to overcome the socio-cultural, economic and academic barriers they face in pursuing a college career. The program strives to improve high school performance through interaction with expert teachers and caring tutors, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills and SAT preparation.

The goal of Adelante Latina is for all participants to be accepted into either a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university with adequate financial support. Today, 90% of ¡Adelante Latina! graduates go on to enroll in college.

"We are honored to present Leonor Blum our first-ever State President's Award," said AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell. "AARP's mission is to 'empower people to choose how they live as they age,' and Leonor is doing just that. Her intergenerational work bringing retired educators together with Latina girls in Baltimore City is quite extraordinary."

ABOUT AARP

With 870,000 members in Maryland, AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

To learn more, visit https://www.aarp.org/ or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Related link: https://states.aarp.org/maryland/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

Promontory MortgagePath’s Gene Ludwig Named 2020 HousingWire Vanguard

DANBURY, Conn. -- HousingWire, a national news source for the mortgage and housing industry, has named Promontory MortgagePath LLC founder and CEO Gene Ludwig as a recipient of the 2020 Vanguard Award based on his innovative service to the housing, mortgage, and finance industry.

"The achievements of this year's Vanguards are hard to overstate," said Sarah Wheeler, HousingWire editor in chief. "They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world, and adapting and innovating even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry's best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments."

Promontory MortgagePath is a leading provider of comprehensive digital mortgage origination and tech-driven fulfillment solutions. The HW Vanguard Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes C-level industry professionals and business unit leaders for their leadership in and contributions to their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance.

Ludwig founded Promontory MortgagePath with a mission to enable community lenders to participate profitably in mortgage lending by providing them the technology and scalability required to compete. The most recent example is the launch of Transform, a new service delivery model bundling licensed loan coordinators, point-of-sale (POS) technology, and fulfillment services to offer a complete mortgage operations platform from application to close.

Ludwig's leadership and direction have also resulted in significant company growth and client success, which include:

* Earning key endorsements from the American Bankers Association and state banking associations in Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas

* Adding more than 30 employees across all departments since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

* Establishing a second fulfillment center in Denver to support the company's growing client base

* Successfully onboarding new clients during the COVID-19 pandemic

* Scaling mortgage operations for existing clients to manage double-digit increases in volume during the current mortgage/refi boom

* Increasing Promontory MortgagePath client pull-through rate by 30%

* Reducing investor delivery cycle times for Promontory MortgagePath's clients by 60%

Ludwig's success at Promontory MortgagePath is the latest in a career-long effort of building and evolving products designed to help community banks be competitive and profitable. A former federal regulator and banker, he served as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency under President Bill Clinton before becoming vice chairman and senior control officer of Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank.

Ludwig then channeled his banking regulation, risk management, and fiscal policy expertise into establishing two of the nation's most well-respected financial services firms - risk and compliance consultancy Promontory Financial Group (PFG) and fintech provider Promontory Interfinancial Network (PIN). In addition to Promontory MortgagePath, Ludwig also founded Canapi Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early- to growth-stage fintech companies. Most recently, Ludwig published a book, "The Vanishing American Dream," which examines the plight of lower- and middle-income Americans.

"Mortgage lending and community banking both play a critical role in the U.S. financial system and in lives of everyday Americans. We support community banks' mortgage lending efforts by supplying the technology and services needed to profitably scale operations and compete in today's market," Ludwig said. "Promontory MortgagePath levels the playing field for community financial institutions across the nation. I am grateful to the staff at HousingWire for recognizing those efforts with this year's HW Vanguard Award. I share this honor with the entire Promontory MortgagePath staff who have worked so hard to get us here."

About Promontory MortgagePath LLC | NMLS ID 1532373

Promontory MortgagePath is a fast-growing team of passionate problem solvers on a mission to fundamentally change the way lenders approach their mortgage business. The company combines an intuitive, collaborative digital mortgage platform with modern, comprehensive fulfillment services, giving lenders the progressive technology and scalability required to profitably compete in today's rapidly-changing residential mortgage market. Promontory MortgagePath's founder, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Gene Ludwig, is widely recognized as a visionary thinker on the critical issues confronting financial services, and his companies are renowned for their ability to help community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, https://www.mortgagepath.com.

Related link: https://www.mortgagepath.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Advertising and Marketing, Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

ABI Named on the Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Agencies List

DALLAS, Texas -- Dallas-Fort Worth-based marketing agency Alpha Business Images, LLC (ABI) has been named to the Adweek 100 Fastest Growing Agencies List - and as one of the Top 5 Fastest Growing US Agencies in the Southwest.

ABI's team composition intentionally breaks the homogeneous mold so common in the advertising industry. Their commitment to diversity-of-thought positions them to create more relevant, effective campaigns, leading to expanded market share and a higher ROAS for their clients. ABI uses their proprietary process Audience 360° to analyze audiences and tailor campaigns ideal for penetrating audience segments. The ABI team avoids a "general market audience" mindset so they can ensure that the values, buying decisions, cultures and languages of their target audiences are reflected in their messaging. In the past three years, ABI's revenue has grown by 57%.

"Our clients are asking, 'How can I get more market share?' and we're proving time and again that we can capture money left on the table. When they grow, we grow. We are committed to providing world-class marketing in our four verticals: Education, Healthcare, Civic and Transportation and Tourism," said Sophia Johnson, the ABI president. "We knew that focus would cultivate our depth-of-industry expertise and engender agency growth organically - and it has."

ABI is a premier Dallas/Fort Worth-based ad agency marketing to domestic and international audiences and is the largest Black woman-owned agency in Texas. By combining data, strategy, creativity and diverse perspectives, ABI makes audience connections that competitors overlook and delivers meaningful engagement between brands and those audiences, across the entire length of the customer journey.

This audience-centric approach has earned the confidence of some of the Southwest's most prominent entities, including DFW International Airport, VisitDallas, Tarrant County College, Texas Woman's University, Southwestern Health Resources and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Learn more at https://www.alphabusinessimages.com/ or visit us on social:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfInfluence/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/abitheagency.

About ABI

Alpha Business Images, LLC (ABI) is a full-service marketing and advertising firm defined by The Art of Influence. Through its proprietary system Audience 360, ABI analyzes clients' audiences and creates and tailors content that connects to and influences relationships with brands.

Media Contact: Sophia Johnson (ABI); 972-716-0070; sophiaj@alphabusinessimages.com

MULTIMEDIA:
*PHOTO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-1006s2p-abi-team-300dpi.jpg

*Caption: Team ABI: (first row) Jose Palos, Marchella Simon, Dawn Davidson, Satish Dusa, Renee Thompson; (second row) Jeff Meade, Forrest Buchly, Sophia Johnson, BriAnna Morris, Sarah Green; (last row) Qavonte Williams, John Turk IV, Fiorella Murillo, Annette Reid Blaylock, John Turk III.

Related link: https://www.alphabusinessimages.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Software

MCT’s Leslie Winick wins HousingWire Vanguard Award 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), an industry-leading mortgage hedge advisory firm and developer of MCTlive!(R), announced that its Chief Strategy Officer, Leslie Winick, has been designated to HousingWire's Vanguard Award list for 2020. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, made a positive impact at their companies as well as the entire mortgage industry.

Ms. Winick is a seasoned leader who has been instrumental in helping MCT hone an unmatched value proposition for lenders that combines innovative technology with superior client engagement and experience. She's also played a large role in ensuring all members of MCT's ecosystem are aligned around common strategies and tactics. Drawing on her rich background in management consulting and financial services, Ms. Winick has successfully applied her strategic planning, operational excellence, and change management skills internally and with MCT partners and clients.

Vanguard Award winners were chosen by the HousingWire editorial board based on tangible leadership within their companies and the industry at large. HousingWire provided details on this year's list, which included 50 total award recipients. All winners are executives, most being of the C-level suite with various sectors of the housing economy represented such as residential mortgage lending, servicing, investing, and real estate. Recipients are chosen by HousingWire's editorial board based on their accomplishments in the last 12 months in both their companies and the industry sector they represent.

"The achievements of this year's Vanguards are hard to overstate. They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world and adapting and innovating even during a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry's best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments," said HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler. Ms.

Wheeler also added, "HousingWire's 2020 Vanguards have led their respective companies to spectacular success, as evidenced by expanding products, services, and profits. These 50 winners were carefully selected by HousingWire's selection committee, chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry." HousingWire states that it sets an extremely high bar for the very competitive contest of HousingWire Vanguard Award winners.

Ms. Winick joins MCT's COO, Phil Rasori (2015), and President, Curtis Richins (2016), as Vanguard Award winners.

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT's offerings include mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR portfolio valuations, business intelligence analytics, mark to market services, and the only successful digital marketplace driving the next generation of whole loan sales.

MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes within its award-winning, comprehensive, cloud-based platform, MCTlive!(R). Headquartered in San Diego, MCT also has offices in Dallas, Healdsburg, CA, and Philadelphia.

Learn more at: https://mct-trading.com/

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the leading source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 60,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 1.0 million unique visitors each month. Visit www.housingwire.com or www.solutions.housingwire.com to learn more.

Related link: https://mct-trading.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Software

FormFree CTO Brian Francis Listed Among Top Mortgage Executives as a 2020 HousingWire Vanguard Honoree

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree(R) today announced Chief Technology Officer Brian Francis has been named a 2020 HW Vanguard award winner, an honor given to 50 top executives leading the housing and mortgage finance industries. HW Vanguard honorees are chosen by HousingWire's editorial board based on their accomplishments in the last 12 months for their companies and the industry sector they represent.

As CTO of FormFree, Francis oversees the design and development of the firm's groundbreaking automated asset, employment and income verification products. He recently spearheaded the development of AccountCheck Plus, which builds on FormFree's original AccountChek(R) automated asset verification system by bundling borrower asset, employment and income verifications into one easy report. The system gives lenders the detailed analysis they need to assess a borrower's ability to pay within minutes.

"Brian has continued to refine and expand FormFree's offerings over the last decade, always with an eye on improving the experience for our lender clients and their borrowers," said FormFree Founder and CEO Brent Chandler. "His focus on creating technologies that bring noticeable, measurable efficiencies to the mortgage space has helped our clients reduce time to close by up to 20 days."

Since joining the company 10 years ago, Francis has led FormFree to achieve a number of industry "firsts," including being Fannie Mae's first designated asset verification vendor; the first provider to introduce a single report combining income, asset and employment verification data; and the first to use artificial intelligence to generate digital Verification of Asset and Deposit reports in less than five minutes.

In the last year alone, he has helped FormFree introduce paystub collection and verification to AccountChek Plus; file a patent for proprietary employer data extraction and verification technology; and develop technology so lenders can intelligently pre-fill parts of the Universal Residential Loan Application. Due to Francis' leadership in increasing technology integrations and reseller partnerships, FormFree services are now available for more than 90% of mortgage transactions nationwide.

"One of the highest achievements in the housing industry, the Vanguard award honors the top executives - and they certainly earned it," said HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez. "In the program's most competitive year yet, 50 winners rose to the top, boasting their outstanding achievements in innovation and leadership. With these leaders at the helm, the future of housing is bright."

The full list of 2020 HW Vanguard Award honorees can be viewed in the October/November edition of HW Magazine.

About FormFree(R)

FormFree(R) is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek(R) and Passport(tm) are changing the credit decisioning landscape and encouraging lenders nationwide to incorporate a more holistic view of each borrower's financial DNA. To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing over a trillion dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, reduces origination timelines by up to 20 days and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey(tm). A HousingWire TECH100(tm) company for four consecutive years, FormFree is based in Athens, Georgia.

For more information, visit https://www.formfree.com/ or follow FormFree on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/formfree/

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 40,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 4 million unique visitors each year. Our audience of mortgage, real estate, financial services and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit https://www.housingwire.com/ or https://www.solutions.housingwire.com to learn more.

Twitter: @RealFormFree #digitalmortgage @HousingWire #HWVanguards

*PHOTO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-1002s2p-Brian-Francis-300dpi.jpg
*Caption: FormFree CTO Brian Francis.

Related link: https://www.formfree.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

NotaryCam’s Rick Triola Recognized as 2020 HousingWire Vanguard

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- NotaryCam(R), the pioneering leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that its founder and CEO Rick Triola has been named a 2020 Vanguard by housing finance trade publication HousingWire as part of its sixth annual HW Vanguard Awards(TM) program. Triola, who was also named a Vanguard in 2018, was recognized for his work advancing Remote Online Notarization (RON) technology, providing lenders with a digital closing solution that proved crucial to keeping mortgage pipelines flowing during the pandemic.

HousingWire's 2020 Vanguards have led their respective companies to spectacular success, as evidenced by expanding products, services, and profits. These 50 winners were carefully selected by HousingWire's selection committee, chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry.

"One of the highest achievements in the housing industry, the Vanguard award honors the top executives - and they certainly earned it," said HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez. "In the program's most competitive year yet, 50 winners rose to the top, boasting their outstanding achievements in innovation and leadership. With these leaders at the helm, the future of housing is bright"

As adoption of RON technology continues to increase in the real estate sector, NotaryCam remains the only platform that scales in every jurisdiction to accommodate when, how and where homebuyers want to close, providing a competitive advantage to mortgage lenders and their settlement agents. The platform also allows multiple parties to join the signing ceremony in person or from anywhere in the World and is supported by a robust, nationwide network of trained eNotaries available 24/7/365 to ensure a seamless, error-free remote online closing ceremony.

"RON adoption has increased significantly over the past few years, with exponential growth in the 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Triola. "Thankfully, homebuyers, lenders and settlement agents were able to rely on NotaryCam's industry-leading customer service and easy-to-use technology to complete their closing ceremonies safely and securely, resulting in a 10x- increase in monthly closings completed on the NotaryCam platform since January. These feats were made possible by the hard-working NotaryCam team, with whom I share this award."

In early 2020, 23 states had passed RON legislation, including Florida - a state that Triola predicted would be an ideal proving ground for RON due to its high concentration of international/remote buyers and sellers, vacation/second homes and senior population. Thanks to his early anticipation of demand leading up to Florida's Jan. 1 RON start date, NotaryCam was able to increase its month-over-month RON transactions in Florida by 100% during Q1 2020 without issue, a trend that has continued throughout 2020.

This would prove to be excellent training for Triola and his team as nearly all states without RON legislation passed temporary measures allowing for RON at the start of the pandemic, and currently, 48 states and Washington D.C. authorize remote e-notarization either through an existing law, or emergency action. These emergency actions were able to be put in place so quickly due to the recommended uniform language Triola helped draft alongside the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Furthermore, NotaryCam developed its Concierge Service to accommodate remote ink signings (RIN), which many states chose to authorize in lieu of RON in their emergency orders As a result of Triola's leadership and dedication, NotaryCam was able assist real estate professionals in executing digital closings amidst social distancing concerns while increasing the firm's revenue over 100% in the first two quarters of 2020.

For the full list of 2020 HousingWire Vanguards, visit https://www.housingwire.com/articles/here-are-the-2020-housingwire-vanguards/.

About HousingWire

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 60,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 1.0 million unique visitors each month. Our audience of mortgage, real estate and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit https://www.housingwire.com/ or https://www.solutions.housingwire.com/ to learn more.

About NotaryCam

After pioneering the world's first multi-party/multi-state remote online notarization (RON), career real estate executive Rick Triola founded NotaryCam and completed the first mortgage remote online closing (ROC) in 2014. Today, NotaryCam is the leader in online notarization and mortgage eClosing solutions, having notarized documents worldwide for hundreds of thousands of customers in all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The company's patented eClose360(R) platform delivers the "perfect" online mortgage closing in every jurisdiction and supports all eClosing scenarios - RON, IPEN or Hybrids - with a flexible workflow for document recording and unparalleled identity verification, security and customer convenience. NotaryCam also proudly maintains an industry-leading 99.8 percent customer satisfaction rating.

Visit https://www.notarycam.com for additional information or to get a document notarized today.

Related link: https://www.notarycam.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

ReverseVision President Joe Langner Honored as 2020 HousingWire Vanguard Award Recipient

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- ReverseVision, the leading technology provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, today announced that company President Joe Langner has been named a 2020 HousingWire (HW) Vanguard award winner. Now in its sixth year, the HW Vanguard awards program honors executives in the housing finance industry for their outstanding leadership in the space.

Langner was recognized for making an outsized impact on today's digital mortgage landscape, having held numerous executive positions at marquee firms during critical organizational junctures over the course of his decades-long career. Notably, during an illustrious nine-year tenure at Ellie Mae, Langner executed the firm's 2011 IPO as EVP and Chief Sales Officer, while considerably growing its market share. Langner went on to facilitate PCLender's acquisition by Fiserv as president, and then served as CEO at Blue Sage, a cloud-based, digital lending platform for retail, wholesale and correspondent lenders, where he secured a 100% increase in revenue in a 12-month period. Langner joined ReverseVision as president in March 2020 to help establish HECM and private reverse mortgages as staple programs in mainstream lending portfolios.

"The achievements of this year's Vanguards are hard to overstate," said HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler. "They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world, and adapting and innovating even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry's best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments."

"HECM and private origination endorsements have grown in the midst of the refi boom, showing that these programs continue to be relevant under any economic circumstances," said Langner. "Each day we continue to pursue partnerships and technology advancements that make the benefits of reverse lending more accessible to forward originators and their older customers."

The full list of HW Vanguard award honorees can be viewed in the October/November edition of HW Magazine.

About ReverseVision

ReverseVision, Inc. is the leading Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage program sales and origination technology platform, supporting more reverse mortgage transactions than all other systems combined. The company's comprehensive product suite flexes to lenders' unique business and operational models, connecting all lending participants across the entire reverse mortgage lifecycle to meet borrowers where they are in life. A five-time HousingWire TECH100(TM) company, ReverseVision continues to build on its technology's pioneering capabilities with frequent enhancements.

For more information, visit https://www.reversevision.com/.

About HousingWire

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 60,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 1.0 million unique visitors each month. Our audience of mortgage, real estate and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit ​www.housingwire.com​ or​ www.solutions.housingwire.com​ to learn more.

Related link: https://www.reversevision.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

SimpleNexus CTO Dave Stevenson Wins 2020 HW Vanguard Award

LEHI, Utah -- SimpleNexus (https://simplenexus.com/), developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers, real estate agents and settlement agents, today announced the selection of Chief Technology Officer Dave Stevenson as a 2020 HW Vanguard award winner. Now in its sixth year, the HW Vanguard awards program recognizes the 50 top executives leading the housing industry.

Stevenson was recognized for his role overseeing the development of the SimpleNexus digital mortgage app, which is used by more than 300 enterprise clients, including 15 of the top 25 U.S. retail lenders. Stevenson joined SimpleNexus in 2015, and since has grown the development team from four to 50 software engineers.

Among the recent feature releases Stevenson has led are the highly praised eClose and Closing Portal solutions, released on a fast timeline to meet 2020 demands; a seamless disclosure solution that cuts processing time and expense; and ConnectUs Chat, which allows transparent, documented in-app communication between lenders, borrowers, real estate agents and other team members. These technologies have helped propel SimpleNexus to the Inc. 5000 three years in a row.

"Because of Dave, when we say we are going to introduce new features in the SimpleNexus app, our customers know its release will be both timely and valuable to their operations," said SimpleNexus CEO Matt Hansen. "This reliability and customer-focused development is a direct result of Dave's understanding of the industry, his effectiveness in managing our team of 50 developers and his discipline to execute."

"The achievements of this year's Vanguards are hard to overstate," said HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler. "They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world, and adapting and innovating even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry's best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments."

The full list of 2020 HW Vanguard Award honorees can be viewed in the October/November edition of HW Magazine.

About SimpleNexus, LLC:

SimpleNexus is the digital mortgage platform that enables lenders to originate and process loans from anywhere. The company's best-in-class, easy-to-use app connects loan officers to their borrowers, real estate agents and settlement service providers to easily communicate and exchange data in a single location throughout the entire loan life cycle. Loan officers can manage their loan pipelines, order credit, run pricing, send pre-approvals and sign disclosures - all on the go.

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 40,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 4 million unique visitors each year. Our audience of mortgage, real estate, financial services and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit https://www.housingwire.com/ or https://www.solutions.housingwire.com to learn more.

Twitter: @SimpleNexus #digitalmortgage @HousingWire #HWVanguards

Related link: https://simplenexus.com/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.