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Centier Bank Leverages DocMagic’s eVault Technology to Accept and Manage eNotes

TORRANCE, Calif. -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of compliant loan document generation, automated regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that Indiana-based Centier Bank is now equipped to receive eNotes from their warehouse clients through DocMagic's eVault solution. The move positions Centier to secure more business as mortgage bankers increasingly adopt eClosing technology.

Founded in 1895, Centier Bank is Indiana's largest private family-owned community bank with more than 60 branches statewide. The bank is focused on providing excellence in service to customers and offering a one-of-a-kind personal touch. Centier's mortgage warehouse division serves as a trusted warehouse lender to mortgage bankers nationwide.

Centier implemented DocMagic's eVault specifically for its mortgage warehouse lending business. DocMagic's solution enables the bank to accept and fund eNotes from customers closing loans electronically. Company spokespeople at Centier state that the business driver to implement DocMagic's technology was to facilitate ease of doing businesses with eNotes coupled with establishing a future competitive advantage.

"We strongly believe that in the next 12-18 months, eNote acceptance will gain significant industry adoption among both mortgage bankers and end investors," said Jim Taschler, vice president of mortgage warehouse at Centier Bank. "As such, we want to have the technology in place to effectively handle that method of doing business. Centier is committed to investing in technology that makes it easier to do business with us, which DocMagic's eVault makes happen. Ease of system use and simplicity of doing business is going to determine who leads the pack as the mortgage digital ecosystem grows. DocMagic is playing a pivotal role in helping transform our bank's business model."

Centier's eWarehouse lending process is now quicker, easier and clears warehouse lines expeditiously. By using DocMagic's SmartREGISTRY(tm) system to register their eNote on the MERS® eRegistry, it is securely stored within DocMagic's eVault platform. The new eWarehouse lending process reduces cycle times functioning in minutes versus days. The overall process to close, fund and sell the note is effectively fast-tracked.

"Centier has a sterling reputation in the state of Indiana with their exemplary service levels and community involvement," stated Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO of DocMagic. "Their decision to adopt an eWarehouse lending strategy is truly impressive and will ultimately reduce their origination costs and allow them to provide even better service for their clients. We are excited to work with such a forward-thinking, tech-savvy bank."

Taschler at Centier added: "Whereas it used to just be the GSEs accepting eNotes, we now see more and more aggregators also getting on board with eNotes. Everything is clearly going digital. When we see trending in the secondary market, it supports our assertion. We are excited to ramp up and digitize our mortgage business with DocMagic."

Adoption of eNotes has grown significantly over the last couple of years with an increasing number of organizations across the mortgage supply chain realizing benefits. As of April 1, 2022, the MERS® eRegistry reported over 1.6M unique registered eNotes to-date. The industry now boasts 23 different investors that can originate, fund and purchase eNotes. Further, the MERS® eRegistry currently has 30 warehouse lenders successfully funding eNotes. The list of companies now integrated with the MERS® eRegistry continues to grow and includes originators, warehouse lenders, servicing agents, subservicers, investors, Federal Home Loan Banks, ands custodians.

DocMagic's eVault is being utilized by GSEs, investors, servicers, warehouse lenders, banks and other relevant mortgage entities. The eVault is integrated into DocMagic's comprehensive eClosing process, offering lenders options from hybrid variations to fully digital eNote and RON eClosings.

About DocMagic:

DocMagic, Inc. is the leading provider of fully compliant document generation, automated compliance, eSignature and comprehensive eMortgage solutions for the mortgage industry. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Torrance, Calif., DocMagic, Inc. develops award-winning software, mobile apps, and web-based systems for the production and delivery of compliant loan document packages. The company's solutions connect industry participants, promote collaboration, and ensure data integrity to execute precision-based digital lending transactions. The company's compliance experts and in-house legal staff consistently monitor legal and regulatory changes at both the federal and state levels to ensure accuracy. For more information on DocMagic, visit https://www.docmagic.com/.

About Centier Bank:

Centier Bank is Indiana's largest private, family-owned bank, with 62 branches statewide and over 900 employees. The bank has retail banking locations in Allen, Boone, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marion, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana. The bank was recently named as the #1 Bank in Indiana by Forbes Magazine. Centier has been named as a "Best Bank to Work For" in Indiana by American Banker and has achieved Hall of Fame status as a "Best Places to Work For" by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Visit the company's website to learn more: https://www.centier.com/.

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Logix Federal Credit Union launches Mortgage Coach to enhance mortgage advisory service for members

IRVINE, Calif. -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, announced today that Logix Federal Credit Union (Logix) has rolled out Mortgage Coach to enhance the mortgage advisory service it provides to members. Nearly 200 registered mortgage loan officers will use the Mortgage Coach platform to help members understand how various home financing strategies can best fulfill their homeownership goals and build wealth.

Headquartered in Los Angeles County, Logix is reputed as one of the nation's largest and most reliable credit unions. Logix has more than $9 billion in assets and operates branches in service of more than 225,000 members. In keeping with its commitment to investing in financial health and education, Logix offers a comprehensive Financial Wellness program that supports members' with money management and financial planning services to encourage better, smarter financial decisions.

By partnering with Mortgage Coach, Logix has empowered its mortgage lending arm with interactive Total Cost Analysis (TCA) presentations, which educate consumers by modeling home loan performance over time. The partnership will enable Logix loan officers to solidify themselves as trusted mortgage advisors by providing members user-friendly comparisons of lending scenarios to help them make more informed decisions. TCA presentations are personalized, digital and can be shared with borrowers via text, email or Mortgage Coach's mobile app.

"Logix is the financial institution of choice for hundreds of thousands of members because it prioritizes service, education and financial success above all else," Mortgage Coach President Joe Puthur said. "Our TCA presentations will help achieve Logix's commitment to mortgage engagement, experience and education by streamlining each loan officer's ability to provide personalized financial education to every credit union member, increasing homeownership and equity access to everyone they serve."

This service was selected by the Logix management team with intentions to provide greater value to members.

"Mortgage Coach has presented our mortgage lending division at Logix with an incredible ​​opportunity to offer enhanced advisory services to thousands of members," Logix President and CEO Ana Fonseca said. "Mortgage Coach's TCAs will make it easier for our staff to deliver more value to members by helping them consider how their mortgage fits holistically into a broader financial picture."

About Mortgage Coach:

Mortgage Coach is an award-winning borrower conversion platform that gives consumers the confidence to transact with educational presentations that model loan performance over time. The company's side-by-side loan comparisons allow borrowers to make faster, more informed mortgage decisions while enabling lenders to consistently deliver an on-brand, consultative home financing experience that increases borrower conversion, repeat business and referrals. To date, more than 140 enterprise independent mortgage banks, depository banks and credit unions rely on Mortgage Coach to deliver personalized, modern service that grows revenue and customer loyalty. To learn more about Mortgage Coach, visit https://www.mortgagecoach.com or follow @MortgageCoach.

About Logix:

Chartered in 1937, Logix Federal Credit Union offers a full menu of financial services, and surcharge-free access to 30,000 ATMs nationwide. Logix Federal Credit Union is rated "superior" for financial strength, and is the largest credit union headquartered in Los Angeles County, with more than 225,000 members and $9 billion in assets. Logix operates 18 branches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Federally insured by NCUA. Logix is an Equal Housing Lending. NMLS ID 503781. For more information, visit http://www.lfcu.com/.

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National Bankers Association Endorses Promontory MortgagePath for Mortgage Fulfillment Services and POS Technology

DANBURY, Conn. -- Leading digital mortgage and fulfillment solutions provider Promontory MortgagePath LLC today announced the National Bankers Association (NBA) has endorsed its mortgage fulfillment services and proprietary point-of-sale technology, Borrower Wallet®.

Founded in 1927, NBA has served as a voice for minority-owned banks. Its members include Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American and women-owned banks across the country, all working to help low- and moderate-income communities that are underserved by traditional banks and financial service providers. NBA's endorsement recognizes Promontory MortgagePath's mortgage fulfillment service and POS technology for their ability to help minority depository institutions (MDIs) build their mortgage businesses.

Utilizing Promontory MortgagePath, NBA's member banks can offer a full suite of mortgage products without the need to invest in significant internal infrastructure while also lowering their origination costs. In addition, Promontory MortgagePath facilitates secondary market investor relationships to support clients' mortgage origination activities.

"Providing our member banks with technology and solutions that will help them increase access to financial services in minority communities is essential to our work," said Nicole Elam, president and CEO, NBA. "We are pleased to have successfully vetted Promontory MortgagePath, which will offer member MDIs shared access to a mortgage fulfillment solution necessary to making homeownership a possibility in communities aspiring to build generational wealth."

Founded by former U.S. Comptroller of Currency Gene Ludwig, Promontory MortgagePath began with a mission of empowering community banks to participate profitably in mortgage lending. Promontory MortgagePath's community development and minority-owned bank initiative is focused on increasing access to homeownership in underserved communities. Via the initiative, Promontory MortgagePath provides competitive pricing models, access to its user-friendly technology, dedicated U.S.-based teams of mortgage experts and robust strategies to help clients drive origination growth, with the overall goal of helping build long-term wealth in communities through increased homeownership.

"Minority depository institutions are critical conduits for financial services in the communities they serve," said Ludwig, founder and CEO of Promontory MortgagePath. "We are proud to have the endorsement of the National Bankers Association, which for nearly 100 years has supported these important institutions. Promontory MortgagePath is committed to working with the NBA to increase access to homeownership, which is central to wealth building in these communities and the American Dream."

The National Bankers Association joins the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA) and American Bankers Association (ABA), as well as a growing list of state banking associations, in endorsing Promontory MortgagePath's services and technology.

About National Bankers Association

Founded in 1927 as the Negro Bankers Association, today, the association NBA has expanded its membership to also include Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American, and women-owned banks. Member banks are located in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia. Recognized as the voice of minority banking in the U.S., the NBA continues its role as chief advocate for these banks in the nation's capital. Through the decades, NBA has helped to shape public policy at the White House, on Capitol Hill, within the regulatory community and throughout the federal bureaucracy. For more information, visit https://www.nationalbankers.org/.

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 helping community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, visit https://www.mortgagepath.com.

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New Jersey Bankers Association endorses Promontory MortgagePath’s mortgage fulfillment services and POS technology

DANBURY, Conn. -- Promontory MortgagePath LLC, a leading provider of comprehensive digital mortgage and fulfillment solutions, announced today the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) has officially endorsed its mortgage fulfillment services and proprietary point-of-sale technology Borrower Wallet®.

As an endorsed service provider, NJBankers recognizes Promontory MortgagePath's mortgage technology and end-to-end fulfillment services as a solution to help banks maintain profitability and enter or reenter the mortgage business. Promontory MortgagePath's solutions reduce mortgage origination expenses and infrastructure while enabling community banks to retain a full product suite. Through this technology, community banks can shift from fixed mortgage-operation costs to a variable cost model, providing the ability to maintain staffing and reduce impact from market cyclicality.

"We're excited to bring on Promontory MortgagePath as an Endorsed Provider," said John E. McWeeney, Jr., President and CEO of NJBankers. "Its product and service offerings will provide value and operational efficiencies to our member banks."

Residential lending provides banks an opportunity to increase revenue and create opportunities for core deposits and customer cross-selling. Promontory MortgagePath is committed to empowering banks to participate profitably in mortgage lending by offering mortgage technology and end-to-end fulfillment services - boosting community banks' ability to build franchise value and expand relationships with their customers while establishing mortgage businesses that can withstand market conditions. Despite Promontory MortgagePath's comprehensive model, providing both the technology - including a POS and LOS - and back-office operational support, such as processors, underwriters and closers, all loans are issued in the bank's name. Banks retain control over the product mix and pricing, ensuring mortgage operations remain in line with the bank's overall risk appetite and growth plans.

"Our mission is to strengthen the community bank franchise model with a mortgage platform that enables them to expand their customer base and increase profits," said Paul Katz, managing director and head of bank relations at Promontory MortgagePath. "Being endorsed by the preeminent advocate for N.J. banking validates PMP's solution and the outstanding value it brings to the NJBankers members."

About NJBankers:

Founded in 1903, the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) is a trade association representing 70 banks and 176 service providers. NJBankers provides a variety of services to members including government relations at both the state and national levels, education and professional development, and employee health and welfare insurance programs through its licensed insurance brokerage facility, Bankers Cooperative Group.

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 helping community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, visit https://www.mortgagepath.com.

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Mortgage Coach expands partnership with NAMMBA to grow diversity, equity and inclusion in housing finance

IRVINE, Calif. -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, has expanded its relationship with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA). Through the partnership, Mortgage Coach and NAMMBA will develop material educating lenders on strategies that can improve homeownership affordability for borrowers. Mortgage Coach will also work collaboratively with NAMMBA to cultivate greater racial and gender diversity among mortgage industry leadership.

As part of its expanded partnership, Mortgage Coach is providing NAMMBA members who are exploring careers in the housing finance industry with access to its interactive technology platform, which illustrates the costs and benefits of home lending programs given borrowers' financial scenarios. Additionally, Mortgage Coach has pledged the use of its platform to support NAMMBA's consultative services that help lenders better communicate with and meet the housing needs of communities and has pledged to continue advocating for policies and practices that reduce the minority homeownership divide.

"As a technology platform and a corporate culture, Mortgage Coach is aligned with NAMMBA's mission of cultivating a more diverse housing finance workforce and strengthening engagement with underserved communities through improved homeownership outcomes," said NAMMBA Founder and CEO Tony Thompson, CMB. "I look forward to growing NAMMBA's impact with the partnership of Mortgage Coach."

Mortgage Coach is a long-time supporter of NAMMBA's initiatives. At NAMMBA's inaugural conference in 2018, Mortgage Coach President Joe Puthur spoke on the topics of improving access to homeownership and borrower education. Since then, both Puthur and Mortgage Coach Founder and CEO Dave Savage were designated NAMMBA Visionaries for volunteering executive mentorship and industry education to women college students and college students of color pursuing careers in housing finance.

"Mortgage Coach is passionate about helping build a diverse community of housing finance professionals and helping underserved communities build generational wealth with improved financing outcomes," said Mortgage Coach President Joe Puthur. "We are dedicated to equipping mortgage lenders with technology and education to help underserved consumers benefit from homeownership. For example, Total Cost Analysis presentations that instantly model the impact of reducing monthly mortgage payments with Fannie RefiNow or Freddie Refi Possible loans and Mortgage Coach's Spanish-language borrower education each help NAMMBA's crucial industry mission succeed."

About Mortgage Coach:

Mortgage Coach is an award-winning borrower conversion platform that gives consumers the confidence to transact with educational presentations that model loan performance over time. The company's side-by-side loan comparisons allow borrowers to make faster, more informed mortgage decisions while enabling lenders to consistently deliver an on-brand, consultative home financing experience that increases borrower conversion, repeat business and referrals. To date, more than 120 enterprise independent mortgage banks, depository banks and credit unions rely on Mortgage Coach to deliver personalized, modern service that grows revenue and customer loyalty. To learn more about Mortgage Coach, visit https://www.mortgagecoach.com or follow @MortgageCoach.

About NAMMBA:

The National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America is a purpose-driven organization that is dedicated to the inclusion of minorities and women in the mortgage industry who are advocates for sustainable homeownership in local communities. To fulfill its mission, NAMMBA provides programs and initiatives to introduce minorities and women into the mortgage industry, including recruiting, advisory, networking and training for enterprises and individual professionals. For more information, visit: https://www.nammba.org/.

Related link: https://mortgagecoach.com/

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Wall Street’s Oldest Continually Expands Partnerships and Push to Increase Women Investment Leaders through Corporate DE&I Goals

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today: As the nation's longest continuously operating Black-owned investment firm, Blaylock Van, LLC recognizes and embodies the power of diverse, equitable and inclusive leadership. To further expand its commitment to DE&I and employee success, the firm aims to increase the number of women leaders in the company in 2022 and beyond.

Women entrepreneurs today receive just 2 percent of all venture capital and a fraction of the banks loans that their male counterparts acquire, according to recent analysis. Financial equity for entrepreneurs and company employees alike helps ensure that everyone enjoys equal access to financial services in order to reduce the notable wealth gaps among races and genders.

"Clearly, Blaylock Van has been dedicated to diversity from our firm's launch 30 years ago, but that doesn't mean we rest on our laurels," said Blaylock Van CEO and President Eric Standifer. "We believe that everyone has an opportunity to contribute to our organization's success and continually strive to expand our inclusive, collaborative culture that welcomes everyone with opportunities including role-specific training, career development initiatives, and support focused on team members' personal, professional and financial success."

Blaylock Van's Diversity & Inclusion Statement encourages individuals to "come as you are and work for Blaylock Van," offering extensive diversity, equity and inclusion training while inspiring employees to "bring your whole self to work, sharing your unique ideas and perspectives, while helping us advanced our shared values."

Certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the State of New York, the State of Wisconsin, the City of New York and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Blaylock Van serves corporations, municipalities, investment managers and pension funds with a diverse employee base committed to work beyond financial services.

In addition, Blaylock Van has partnered with the Millionaire Mastermind Academy to support minority women entrepreneurs in developing sustainable and successful businesses and committed to supporting the academy through employee volunteer hours. The company recently launched the Seynabou Ba Fund A trust fund to honor long-time Capital Markets Senior Vice President Seyna Ba, who inspired many with her determination to support women of color in forging their own paths.

Other nationwide community involvement includes national sponsorship of BuildOn, a movement geared to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education; donating to nationwide food banks; offering hands-on experience to African-American males in the San Francisco Achievers program through scholarships and internships; and encouraging employees to volunteer for causes they are passionate about. In addition, Blaylock Van has hosted interns for several decades through the CORO Foundation, which trains ethical, diverse civic leaders with the aim of creating a wealth of strong and diverse leaders across industries.

About Blaylock Van, LLC

Blaylock Van, LLC (BV) is the oldest and continuously operating Black-owned banking firm in the United States, providing personalized services for clients across the country. Clients include corporations, municipalities, investment managers, pension funds and family offices. Global electronic equity and fixed-income trading platforms allow direct market access to more than 40 worldwide exchanges, while the firm's proprietary web-based research platform is designed to specifically address the needs of fundamental portfolio managers and analysts. The firm's headquarters are in New York City, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Oakland, Calif.

For more information, please visit https://brv-llc.com/

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Lender Price and Blend Integrate to Enhance User Experience for Digital Lending Processes

PASADENA, Calif. -- Lender Price and Blend have partnered to provide an enhanced digital experience for both financial services firms and consumers. The integration couples Blend with Lender Price's FLEX Pricing product via APIs to provide custom pricing questions that will help match a consumer to the appropriate loan program and rate. Lender Price's pricing engine is used by many top lenders as a core pillar of their digital transformation strategy. Lender Price and Blend's integration can provide a simple and efficient user experience for originators, and further personalize and streamline consumer loan applications through Blend's cloud banking platform.

Lender Price is constantly innovating to help technology partners offer the best mortgage pricing experience to consumers and loan originators. In an industry where lenders want an edge on their competitors, Lender Price offers a unique opportunity to stand out from the rest with increased efficiency, transparency, and a consumer-friendly experience. By offering rates and pricing at the beginning of the loan process and throughout the fulfillment journey, Lender Price's pricing engine helps to streamline the mortgage origination process and increase conversion rates.

"We are excited to partner with Blend. Our integration provides our mutual clients a powerful user experience for consumers applying and loan originators using Blend's platform," said Dawar Alimi, CEO and Co-Founder of Lender Price. "The mortgage industry is poised to transform drastically. Lender Price helps lenders get ready for disruption by providing them with the most innovative mortgage experience on the market. With our FLEX Mortgage Pricing APIs, lenders can provide originators and borrowers with a digital mortgage experience driven by easy-to-use, and customizable powerful mortgage pricing features."

"Consumers want a simple, personalized answer to a complex question in the mortgage origination process - 'What are my options?'" said Jeff Braddock, Business Development at Blend. "Accurate, early pricing data enables mortgage bankers to focus on building trust and understanding the consumer's needs and aspirations. Our ability to deliver an empowering experience to consumers and mortgage bankers alike was a key driver for our partnership with Lender Price."

Several lenders are excited to launch the Lender Price/Blend integration including LHM Financial Corporation, an innovative mortgage lender based in Scottsdale, Arizona. "LHM's promise to the consumer is to provide exceptional mortgage services to the clients and communities we serve. We feel that utilizing Lender Price integrated with Blend's cloud banking platform will help us achieve our promise while improving borrower engagement for our Consumer Direct and Retail Channels," said Chris Lagerblade, President of LHM.

About Lender Price

Lender Price is a California-based developer of mortgage technology, including an advanced product, pricing, & eligibility (PPE) engine, digital lending point-of-sale (POS), and non-agency automated underwriting engine. Lender Price provides all types of mortgage lending institutions - wholesale and correspondent lenders, banks, credit unions, and mortgage brokers with advanced technology designed to eliminate friction, increase transparency, and effectively engage with borrowers. More information about Lender Price can be found at: https://lenderprice.com/.

About Blend

Blend's cloud banking platform is designed to power the end-to-end consumer journey for any banking product, from application to close. Our technology is used by Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and over 330 other financial services firms to acquire more customers, increase productivity, and deepen relationships. Through our software, we enable our customers to process an average of more than $5 billion in loans per day, helping consumers get into homes and gain access to the capital they need to lead better lives. To learn more, visit https://blend.com/.

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The Chelsea Groton Foundation Passes $5 Million in Giving Since Founding – Following Approval of $255K in Grants During Fall Giving Cycle

GROTON, Conn. -- This fall, the Chelsea Groton Foundation provided $255,827 to 45 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Foundation has given over $500,000 in grants in 2021 alone, and over $5 million to the community since its founding.

Supporting organizations that provide Health and Human Services is always a priority of the Chelsea Groton Foundation. In anticipation of the winter months ahead, the Foundation awarded $10,000 grants to the Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Center (food program), Furniture Bank of S.E. CT (beds), Martin House in Norwich (food program), New London Homeless Hospitality Center (program support), and St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich (food program).

The Foundation was also able to support organizations in need of capital funding necessary to maintain operations. A commitment of $10,000 over two years was made to Norwich Free Academy for a roof replacement, and $5,000 over two years was awarded to Thames River Heritage Park for a new boat.

Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC) received a $50,000 grant for Global City Norwich, bringing the Foundation's total commitment to $400,000 since the initiative launched in 2017.

"When the Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed over 20 years ago, it was created with the intention of giving to organizations that support basic human needs - hunger, homelessness and healthcare - as well as those that provide education, economic growth, arts and cultural experiences, and youth activities. The $5 million in grants that we've been able to distribute over the years have helped our neighbors and enriched our local community in countless ways," shared Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank, and President of the Chelsea Groton Foundation. "We're so proud to be able to support so many worthy organizations again this year, to lend support during the challenging economic times brought on by the pandemic and as we work to recover together."

The Foundation typically reviews applications and awards grants two times per year. Organizations who support critical needs are invited to apply for additional funding this year if needed, through the application on the Bank's website, http://www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

In 2020, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation gave a record $1 million to the community in the wake of the pandemic. Each year, the Bank and Foundation support more than 300 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of all fall grant recipients, is available at http://www.chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

About the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $5 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank's market area. To learn more, visit: chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.6 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank's products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education programming. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit http://chelseagroton.com/. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS Institution ID 402928.

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Fintech provider Promontory MortgagePath’s digital mortgage and fulfillment solutions receive renewed ABA endorsement

DANBURY, Conn. -- Leading digital mortgage and fulfillment solutions provider Promontory MortgagePath LLC announced the renewal of its product endorsement by the American Bankers Association (ABA). Promontory MortgagePath combines extensive mortgage operations and compliance expertise with industry-leading mortgage technology to provide efficient, cost-effective mortgage processing and fulfillment services to lenders of all sizes. ABA's endorsement, dating back to 2018, recognizes Promontory MortgagePath's tech-enabled fulfillment solutions for their ability to help its members reduce mortgage origination costs while allowing them to retain a full mortgage product suite.

The endorsement and subsequent renewal are a result of ABA's thorough and ongoing due diligence process, which identifies proven, reliable solutions while saving banks time and money. When deciding whether to endorse a product, ABA engages with bank leaders to identify gaps in their current offerings and opportunities to expand services, works with industry-specific consultants and enlists ABA staff experts to guide the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and validate the research with bankers. ABA is also committed to reviewing each Endorsed Service Provider to ensure it is still providing a valuable service to ABA members and their customers.

"With Promontory MortgagePath's solution, banks can leverage their strong brand and local market knowledge while deploying a digital platform and comprehensive fulfillment services," said ABA Chief Member Engagement Officer James Edrington. "It's a 'pay-as-you-go' model, which boosts profitability and efficiency, and ABA members enjoy an exclusive 10% discount. In a recent monthly billing cycle, one ABA member alone saved $3,820."

"We've enjoyed tremendous growth in 2021, and our strategic relationship with ABA is a key contributor," said Paul C. Katz, managing director of bank relations at Promontory MortgagePath. "This momentum stems from helping our clients win in an intensely competitive mortgage marketplace with innovative tech, expansive product options and the agility to adapt to changing economic conditions. The loan is always originated and closed in the client's name, which maximizes profitability while maintaining a high-touch customer experience."

To meet ABA's standards for endorsement, a company must offer reliability, sustainability, validity, sound risk management, outstanding data and information security and rigorous quality and customer service standards. The initial due diligence process lasts six to nine months and includes analysis by industry experts and validation by bankers. In addition to the ongoing due diligence and annual reviews, ABA also publishes a due diligence report on each ABA Endorsed Provider, which includes insights gained during the due diligence process. These reports are available free of charge to ABA members.

Key features and benefits of Promontory MortgagePath's digital mortgage and fulfillment solution include:

* The proprietary point-of-sale (POS) Borrower Wallet(r), which automates document collection, provides a secure digital portal to collect and store important loan documents and delivers a transparent process to the borrower with real-time status updates;
* Fulfillment models designed to support community banks' varying origination needs;
* Milestone pricing that explicitly aligns costs with services rendered throughout the loan process;
* An in-house compliance team to ensure clients' origination activities are being executed to the highest and best mortgage compliance standards possible; and
* Access to an extensive investor network and support for existing investor relationships, resulting in increased profitability.

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 helping community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, visit https://www.mortgagepath.com.

About American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation's $22.8 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard nearly $19 trillion in deposits and extend $11 trillion in loans.

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Mortgage Coach and Sales Boomerang accelerate lead conversion with personalized Total Cost Analysis loan presentations for every managed borrower

IRVINE, Calif. -- Mortgage Coach, the borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to deliver clear mortgage advice and lending education with the interactive Total Cost Analysis (TCA) loan comparison, today announced an integration with Sales Boomerang, the mortgage industry's top-rated automated borrower intelligence and retention system. The integration helps convert leads identified with Sales Boomerang's opportunity alerts by enabling lenders to automatically generate accurate TCA presentations that are highly relevant to consumers' housing finance needs.

Sales Boomerang monitors customer databases on behalf of lenders to identify exactly when a prospect or past customer is ready for a new loan. By combining market intelligence - for example, factors such as interest rate changes, improved credit scores and home listings - with mortgage lenders' credit underwriting preferences, Sales Boomerang notifies lenders of high-relevancy loan opportunities. Now, through the integration with Mortgage Coach, every Sales Boomerang opportunity alert from any managed contact record automatically includes a tailored Mortgage Coach TCA that can be used in any form of client or marketing outreach.

With a single touch, loan originators can further personalize the generated loan comparison with video narration from any device, enabling professionals to instantly illustrate all benefits relevant to the borrower. This targeted, proactive loan product positioning leads to a measurable increase in speed of lead decision, selection of more profitable loan scenarios and improved committed loan conversion rates.

Centennial Bank helped shape the Mortgage Coach integration with Sales Boomerang as a trusted depository looking to increase mortgage market share across existing clients. According to Centennial Bank Mortgage Division President Keith Little, "Each month Sales Boomerang proactively identifies hundreds of people within our database who we can now help with a mortgage. By pairing that borrower intelligence with Mortgage Coach's TCA presentations, we now have an automated way of crafting highly personalized lending proposals that illustrate the financial benefits of homeownership, furthering our commitment to provide all our banking customers with long-term mortgage advice and easier access to superior lending services."

"Clearly articulating the specific benefit of a relevant, personalized lending program to newly triggered leads inspires trust and confidence that makes them more likely to transact," said Mortgage Coach President Joe Puthur. "This special innovation with Sales Boomerang gives lenders a fully automated method of providing transparent lending options at the most influential time - well before typical point-of-sale interactions occur. The integration empowers lenders to transform alert-prompted outreach into a consultative conversation by addressing a borrower's needs with the illustrated benefits of lending programs tailored to their specific financial circumstances."

"Our borrower intelligence delivers on ROI promises by excelling at identifying when a borrower is ready to transact," said Sales Boomerang CEO Alex Kutsishin. "Together, Sales Boomerang and Mortgage Coach enable lenders to deliver unparalleled proactive advice to people based on data, creating immediate sales influence for countless new loan options before the borrower is even shopping."

About Mortgage Coach:

Mortgage Coach is the only platform that allows mortgage lenders to create digital and accurate home loan comparisons for consumers. With the Total Cost Analysis presentation, lenders can create a multi-option comparison, offering the borrower a more personalized digital experience. This level of transparency has revolutionized the rate quoting and pricing process allowing borrowers to make faster, more informed mortgage decisions and ultimately, increase production and pipeline conversion for lenders of any size. For more information on how to start using borrower education as a competitive advantage, please visit http://www.mortgagecoach.com/.

About Sales Boomerang:

Sales Boomerang transformed the relationship between mortgage lenders and borrowers with the introduction of the first automated borrower intelligence system in 2017. The company's intelligent alerts notify lenders as soon as a past customer or prospect is ready and credit-qualified for a loan. As the mortgage industry's #1 borrower retention tool, Sales Boomerang is trusted by more than 150 lenders - including brokers, independent mortgage companies, credit unions and banks - to help build lasting borrower relationships that maximize lifetime customer value.

To date, Sales Boomerang alerts have enabled lenders to close more than $150 billion in additional loan volume that would have otherwise been overlooked and achieve customer retention rates that outperform industry norms by an average of 3-5X. To learn more about Sales Boomerang and its No Borrower Left Behind(tm) ethos, visit https://www.salesboomerang.com.

About Centennial Bank:

Centennial Bank, a Home Bancshares (NASDAQ: HOMB) company, is a full-service financial institution with branches in Florida, Arkansas, Alabama and New York and $15 Billion in total assets. For more information, please visit https://www.my100bank.com/. Centennial Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #466091, All loans are subject to credit and property approval.

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