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OpenClose CRO Vince Furey Wins 2019 HousingWire Vanguard Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- OpenClose®, an industry-leading multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) and digital mortgage fintech provider, announced that its chief revenue officer (CRO), Vince Furey, has been selected by HousingWire as one of its 2019 Vanguard Award winners. This marks the fifth year that HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing finance industry for their outstanding leadership in the space.

"Our Vanguard Award is reserved for the true trailblazers in the housing industry, the visionaries that are leading the charge into the future. This year's winners are the embodiment of that vision. In each corner of the housing industry, they are forging the path, setting the pace, and guiding housing into the next generation. And we couldn't be prouder to honor them as Vanguards," said HousingWire Managing Editor Ben Lane.

Furey was instrumental in helping boost OpenClose's year-over-year revenue by more than 100 percent. Further, he played a key role in spearheading the OpenClose business strategy to offer its own digital POS solution, incorporating it with the company's LenderAssist(TM) LOS platform and borrower direct portal, ConsumerAssist(TM). As a result, OpenClose is able to offer a comprehensive digital mortgage solution that is more efficient and cost effective than disparate offerings available on the market.

In addition, Furey helped develop a strategy to implement a RESTful API suite branded IntegrationAssist(TM), which provides seamless interaction with the OpenClose digital ecosystem. Ultimately, Furey's efforts helped OpenClose's LOS platform, POS system and PPE receive some of the highest Overall Satisfaction and Lender Loyalty Scores in the STRATMOR Group's last two Technology Insight Study reports.

"I am honored to be recognized by HousingWire and extend congratulations to my fellow Vanguard Award winners," stated Furey. "I am grateful for our amazing, innovative OpenClose team who make providing our lender partners modern technology exciting every single day."

HousingWire's 2019 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 editorial board, chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry. The majority of winners are leading from the C-suite, and many are also founders or co-founders of their businesses. Others are making invaluable contributions in business development, strategy, risk management and more.

"HousingWire's Vanguards represent the most inspirational leaders, builders, and shapers of the housing industry," HousingWire Associate Editor Kelsey Ramírez said. "It is one of the most distinguished awards in housing, and personifies the executives that are raising the bar for this industry and taking it to new heights."

About OpenClose:

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, OpenClose® is a leading enterprise-class, multi-channel loan origination system (LOS), POS digital mortgage and fintech provider that cost effectively delivers its digital platform on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. The company provides a variety of innovative, 100 percent web-based solutions for lenders, banks, credit unions, and conduit aggregators. OpenClose's core solution, LenderAssist(TM), is comprehensive loan origination software that is completely engineered by OpenClose using the same code base from the ground up. The company offers a RESTful API suite that standardizes system-to-system integrations, making them easier to develop, quicker to implement and more cost effective. OpenClose provides lending organizations with full control of their data and creates a truly seamless workflow for complete automation and compliance adherence. For more information, visit https://www.openclose.com/ or call (561) 655-6418.

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 www.HousingWire.com or www.solutions.housingwire.com to learn more.

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SimpleNexus President and COO Ben Miller Honored as 2019 HousingWire Vanguard Award Recipient

LEHI, Utah -- SimpleNexus (https://simplenexus.com/), developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced that President and COO Ben Miller has been named a 2019 HousingWire Vanguard Award winner. Now in its fifth year, the HW Vanguard Awards(TM) program recognizes executives in the housing finance industry for their outstanding leadership in the space.

Miller was recognized as a savvy business strategist who has greased the wheels for SimpleNexus' rapid, five-year rise from startup to digital mortgage technology frontrunner. During his tenure, Miller has efficiently scaled the company, expanded partnerships and welcomed key talent. Miller's contributions enabled SimpleNexus to achieve 102 percent revenue growth in fiscal year 2018 and 1,405 percent growth over the last three years.

"The people at SimpleNexus have been the true secret to our success," said Miller. "Our people are real difference makers, because they share a vision to enable lenders and borrowers to easily complete mortgage loans from anywhere, and they live our core values of being hungry, innovative, vibrant and empathetic."

"Our Vanguard Award is reserved for the true trailblazers in the housing industry, the visionaries that are leading the charge into the future," said HousingWire Managing Editor Ben Lane. "In each corner of the housing industry, they are forging the path, setting the pace and guiding housing into the next generation."

To date, SimpleNexus has connected its more than 21,000 active loan originators with 1.3 million borrowers and 89,000 real estate partners to produce loans totaling over $200 billion in volume. Last year the company added 60 clients to its roster, bringing the total number of enterprise lenders SimpleNexus empowers to "do more" to more than 260, including 15 of the top 25 retail lenders in the United States.

The full list of HW Vanguard honorees can be viewed at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/introducing-the-hw-2019-vanguards/.

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 and real estate agents 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.

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Cloudvirga CEO Michael Schreck honored by HousingWire as Vanguard Award winner

IRVINE, Calif. -- Cloudvirga(TM), a leading provider of digital mortgage software, today announced that CEO Michael Schreck is a recipient of HousingWire's 2018 HW Vanguard Award(TM). Now in its fourth year, the Vanguard Awards spotlight the housing finance industry's most successful and influential executives.

Schreck was recognized as a mortgage innovator with a 20-year track record of leading pioneering fintech companies to successful exits (including acquisitions by IBM, Sallie Mae, VeriSign and GSI Commerce that were collectively valued at over $1 billion).

Since joining Cloudvirga in 2017, Schreck has raised over $50 million in private-equity funding to further the company's mission of transforming and digitizing mortgage origination. His background as a fintech founder, investor and CEO has helped him build an all-star leadership team that includes former executives of Microsoft, Roostify, IBM, Intuit, Altisource, LoanDepot and other industry leaders.

After less than three years in operation, Cloudvirga counts nine of the top 40 non-bank mortgage lenders as customers and recently expanded its product lineup with the launch of Mobile POS and a forthcoming Broker POS in partnership with ARIVE. Prior to Cloudvirga, Schreck was managing director of the Altisource Labs innovation center. Schreck also co-founded General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion-dollar venture capital firm.

"It's an honor to be recognized among such an esteemed group of industry luminaries," said Schreck. "This award is really not about me - it's a reflection of the entire Cloudvirga team and what we are achieving together. We have assembled a singular group that is truly committed to our mission of driving down the cost of home loans."

"As the Vanguard Awards program continues to grow ... the entry point gets tighter," said HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney. "These winners are truly the best in the mortgage finance industry."

A complete listing of honorees appears in the December/January issue of HousingWire magazine and can be found online at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

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 http://www.housingwire.com/ or http://www.solutions.housingwire.com/ to learn more.

About Cloudvirga(TM):

Cloudvirga's digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) software, powered by the intelligent Mortgage Platform(R), uniquely combines a world-class borrower experience with a truly automated lender workflow that radically cuts overall loan costs, increases transparency and reduces the time to close a loan. Led by top fintech veterans with a track record of building successful mortgage technologies, Cloudvirga's customer base includes nine of the top 40 non-bank mortgage originators. To date, Cloudvirga has raised over $77 million from some of the country's top lenders and private-equity firms.

For more information, visit https://www.cloudvirga.com/ or follow Cloudvirga on LinkedIn.

Twitter: @Cloudvirga @HousingWire #2018HWVanguards

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David Lykken Celebrated by HousingWire as a 2018 Vanguard Award Honoree

AUSTIN, Texas -- Leading mortgage industry management consulting firm Austin, Texas-based Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS), today announced that Founder and Chief Transformational Officer David Lykken has been named a 2018 Vanguard Award honoree by HousingWire (HW) magazine. For the fourth consecutive year, the Vanguard awards program has highlighted housing finance executives for "vital contributions to their companies and the dynamic way they are changing the industry."

A prominent and beloved personality among the mortgage community, Lykken was recognized for his 45 years of vigorous innovation and entrepreneurial leadership in housing finance. After starting out as a banking management trainee, just five years into his career Lykken launched a loan origination software company that grew into a national, publicly-traded tech firm. Lykken went on to found and lead two highly successful, California-based mortgage banking companies and became acting partner in a national mortgage bank.

Dedicated to helping mortgage lenders nurture the health of their organizations, Lykken founded TMS in 2015 and in 2017 co-founded Ainsworth Advisors, where he currently coaches early-stage lenders and mortgage banking behemoths for success. Additionally, Lykken has cultivated a dedicated national following of thousands of mortgage professionals as host of the podcasts "Lykken on Lending" and "Lykken on Leadership." Lykken also frequently appears as speaker and guest panelist at prominent mortgage industry conferences and events.

"There's nothing more gratifying than providing lenders with the encouragement, strategic advice and support they need to reposition themselves from surviving to thriving," said Lykken. "Especially in this profitability-challenged cycle, mortgage lenders are going to have to 'change their stinking thinking' to improve their bottom-line."

"As the Vanguards award program continues to grow and to be more successful, the entry point gets tighter," said HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney. "These winners are truly the best Vanguards in the mortgage finance industry, and they all deserve the highest honor in the space."

The complete list of awardee honorees is published in the December issue of HW magazine. The digital edition can be viewed online at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

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.

About Transformational Mortgage Solutions:

Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS) is a management consulting firm providing a full range of advisory services to owners and executives of companies in the mortgage lending business. Our clients include banks, credit unions, and independent mortgage lenders, as well as companies providing financing/solutions/services to mortgage lenders. We are able to help companies regardless of size. We provide three main advisory services: consulting, coaching and communications.

Also, as a public service, TMS is dedicated to informing and educating industry professionals through the weekly "Lykken on Lending" podcast as well as providing speakers at conferences and other industry events and consumers through "Today's Mortgage Minute" and through appearances on national television networks such as the FOX Business Network.

More information: https://transformationalmortgagesolutions.com/.

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Simplifile’s Mark Ladd Named 2018 HousingWire Vanguard

PROVO, Utah -- Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, announced today that Vice President of Regulatory and Industry Affairs Mark Ladd has been recognized by HousingWire magazine in its fourth annual HW Vanguard Awards(TM) program.

Ladd was honored for his advocacy and leadership efforts on behalf of the real estate industry through the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO, the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) and other industry-related organizations.

As HousingWire noted in its profile of Ladd from the December 2018/January 2019 issue, "When it comes to advocacy and leadership, the real estate community has no greater ally than Simplifile's VP of Regulatory and Industry Affairs Mark Ladd. Through his work with various industry organizations, Ladd has been able to keep his finger on the pulse of federal, state and local initiatives. Ladd played a key role in the GSEs' decision to accept electronically recorded security instruments, eliminating an additional barrier to digital mortgage adoption."

The HW Vanguard Awards(TM) program recognizes C-level industry professionals who have become leaders in their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance - those whose leadership is moving markets forward, each and every day. This year's 52 honorees were chosen by HousingWire's editorial board for their influences to both their companies and the industry as a whole.

"As the Vanguards award program continues to grow and to be more successful, the entry point gets tighter," said Jacob Gaffney, HousingWire Editor-in-Chief. "These winners are truly the best Vanguards in the mortgage finance industry, and they all deserve the highest honor in the space."

"In addition to representing a wide range of talent and expertise in the mortgage finance economy, this year's Vanguard honorees represent much of the change happening within the mortgage industry," Online Editor Caroline Basile said.

When asked by HousingWire to reflect on practices or advice that have led to his success, Ladd relayed advice that takes root not only in matters of success, but also change.

"It's easier to turn the wheels on a car that is moving than one that is standing still," said Ladd. "Move ahead, but be willing to change directions."

To see the full list of winners, visit https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

About HW Media:
HW Media is the leading digital community for real estate, financial services and fintech professionals to engage, connect and gain knowledge. Founded in 2016 through the acquisition of HousingWire, HW Media is based in Dallas, Texas with team members across the country. HW Media is owned by Riomar Capital.

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.

About Simplifile:
Simplifile, the nation's largest e-recording network, was founded in 2000 to connect settlement agents and county recorders via its e-recording service. Today Simplifile has broadened its services to include collaboration tools and post-closing visibility for mortgage lenders and settlement agents working together on real estate documents. Through Simplifile, users can securely record, share, and track documents, data, and fees with ease.

To learn more, visit https://simplifile.com or call 800.460.5657.

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FormFree President and Housing Finance Icon Faith Schwartz Receives 2018 HousingWire Vanguard Award

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree(R) announced today that Faith Schwartz, a member of FormFree's board of directors and the company's acting president, has been honored with HousingWire's 2018 HW Vanguard Award(TM) in recognition of her career contributions to the housing finance industry.

Schwartz is celebrated for her prominent role in rebuilding communities after the housing crisis as the inaugural executive director of the HOPE NOW Alliance and for her career dedication to advancing housing policy and mortgage technology to best serve consumers. In addition to guiding FormFree's expansion as acting president, Schwartz is principal of Housing Finance System Strategies, an advisory firm she founded in 2016.

"Faith's passionate advocacy for progress on behalf of consumers has moved mountains in housing policy and mortgage technology," said FormFree CEO and Founder Brent Chandler. "She has been an invaluable partner to FormFree as we scale for the next stage in our development."

"FormFree's vision for revolutionizing the way borrower integrity is assessed and accessed has been nothing short of prescient," said Schwartz. "I am honored to be recognized for my role with this fast-moving fintech and excited for what the future holds as FormFree continues to catalyze breakthroughs in mortgage and consumer financial technology."

"As the Vanguard Awards program continues to grow... the entry point gets tighter," said HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney. "These winners are truly the best in the mortgage finance industry."

This year, 52 Vanguard Award honorees were chosen by HousingWire's editors for their vital contributions to the housing industry. Honorees are profiled at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners and in the December/January issue of HousingWire.

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.

About FormFree(R):
FormFree is a fintech company whose market-leading AccountChek(R) Asset Reports are used by lenders nationwide to verify borrower assets, employment and income in minutes. To date, more than 1,000 U.S. lenders have ordered over 1.25 million AccountChek Asset Reports, delighting their customers with a paperless experience and reducing origination timelines by up to 20 days. FormFree offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and their 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.

Twitter: #FormFree @HousingWire @faithschwartz1 #2018HWVanguards

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NotaryCam’s Rick Triola Named A 2018 HousingWire Vanguard

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- NotaryCam(R), the leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that its Founder and CEO Rick Triola has been named a 2018 Vanguard by HousingWire magazine as part of its fourth annual HW Vanguards Awards(TM) program. In the magazine's profile on Triola, the HousingWire editorial staff noted Triola's role as a "pioneer in the field of digital mortgages," having completed the first eNotary mortgage closing in 2004, the first remote online notarization (RON) transaction in 2012 and the first mortgage remote online closing (ROC) in 2014.

The HW Vanguard Award(TM) recognizes leaders of businesses contributing to the growth of the housing economy and its various sectors, including lending, servicing, investments, and real estate. This year's 52 honorees were chosen for the vital contributions made to their companies as well as the dynamic ways they are impacting the industry.

"In addition to representing a wide range of talent and expertise in the mortgage finance economy, this year's Vanguard honorees represent much of the change happening within the mortgage industry," Online Editor Caroline Basile said.

Triola's contributions to the changes in the industry can be summed up by what he considers to be his secret to success: "The secret to my success is plain and simple hard work -- grinding it out on the field while most folks don't even know the game is being played."

For the full list of this year's honorees, visit https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

About HW Media:

HW Media is the leading digital community for real estate, financial services and fintech professionals to engage, connect and gain knowledge. Founded in 2016 through the acquisition of HousingWire, HW Media is based in Dallas, Texas with team members across the country. HW Media is owned by Riomar Capital.

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.

About NotaryCam:

After pioneering the world's first remote online notarization (RON), career real estate executive Rick Triola founded NotaryCam in 2012, and shortly thereafter, the company 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. The company's patented eClose360(R) platform delivers the "perfect" online mortgage closing in every jurisdiction 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.

Twitter: @NotaryCam #ROC #RON #digitalmortgage #emortgage #eclosing #enotary

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LBA Ware CEO Lori Brewer Receives 2018 HousingWire Vanguard Award for Innovation in Mortgage Tech

MACON, Ga. -- LBA Ware(TM), provider of the leading automated incentive compensation and sales performance management platform for mortgage lenders, announced today that company Founder and CEO Lori Brewer is a recipient of HousingWire's 2018 HW Vanguard Award(TM).

"As the Vanguards award program continues to grow and to be more successful, the entry point gets tighter," said HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney. "These winners are truly the best in the mortgage finance industry, and they all deserve the highest honor in the space."

Brewer was recognized for her entrepreneurial acumen and significant contributions to the body of research shaping the current industry conversation around loan originator compensation. As the founder of LBA Ware, Brewer developed and brought to market CompenSafe(TM), the first and only compensation platform explicitly built for the mortgage industry. Since its launch, the platform has received lender acclaim and boasts an astounding zero-percent customer attrition rate.

"More lenders than ever are experiencing the power of sales performance data to fine-tune their loan originator compensation strategy, improve margins and protect revenues," said Brewer. "I'm proud to carry the torch for this cause, and I look forward to helping even more lenders transform their productivity in 2019."

Brewer's thought leadership on the subject of compensation and loan originator productivity is highly regarded by mortgage industry leaders. Her speaking appearances in the last year include the NEXT women's mortgage technology summit, The Mortgage Collaborative's semi-annual conferences, HousingWire's inaugural engage.marketing conference and the Mortgage Bankers Association's Human Resources Symposium and Annual Convention and Expo. She has been named a Woman of Influence by HousingWire, one of Mortgage Banking's Most Powerful Women by National Mortgage Professional and an Elite Woman in Mortgage by Mortgage Professional America.

Now in its fourth year, the Vanguard Awards program recognizes executives in the housing finance space for their exemplary leadership. This year's 52 winners come from various sectors of the housing economy, including residential mortgage lending, servicing, investing and real estate. Honorees were selected by HousingWire editorial staff based on their accomplishments over the last year. For a complete list of 2018 honorees, visit https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

About LBA Ware:

Founded in 2008, LBA Ware's mission is to inspire opportunity by delivering solutions that are essential to the way mortgage companies operate. We are a trusted partner and play a key role in our clients' success by enabling them to motivate, incentivize and better leverage the human potential within their organization. Our applications automate traditionally manual business processes for which an existing software solution does not exist, empowering lenders to create an integrated software environment that maximizes their productivity and operational efficiency.

For more information about LBA Ware and our software solutions, visit https://lbaware.com.

Twitter: @LBAWare @HousingWire #2018HWVanguards

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MQMR President Michael Steer Named Mortgage Industry ‘Vanguard’ by HousingWire Magazine

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR) announced today that its President Michael Steer has been recognized by HousingWire magazine in its fourth annual HW Vanguard Awards(TM) program. Steer was honored for his efforts in building a diverse workforce and establishing a strong corporate culture that values employee feedback and community service.

As the magazine noted in its profile on Steer:
Steer...believes in a "hire the best" philosophy, a method that's led the company to hire from different age ranges and backgrounds...Nearly 80% of MQMR's workforce is female, and more than a third are minorities. Additionally, the age range of the company's employees stretches from 21 to 63...This year, Steer implemented Officevibe, an internal, anonymous survey platform, to allow MQMR employees to provide direct and honest feedback on the organization and offer suggestions on how the work environment can be improved...Additionally, Steer led the charge on MQMR's philanthropic efforts this year, which include a volunteer day at Camp Impact, a camp for underprivileged children, and the company's internal "MQMR Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness" campaign.

The HW Vanguard awards recognize individuals who have made vital contributions to their company, as evidenced by expanding products and services that are changing the industry. This year, 52 winners were chosen, many of whom are founders or co-founders of their businesses. The 2018 Vanguards were chosen by HousingWire's editorial board based on their accomplishments in 2018 in both their companies and the industry sector they represent.

"As the Vanguards award program continues to grow and to be more successful, the entry point gets tighter," said Jacob Gaffney, HousingWire Editor-in-Chief. "These winners are truly the best Vanguards in the mortgage finance industry, and they all deserve the highest honor in the space."

HousingWire asks each of the Vanguard winners to reflect on practices or advice that have led to their success, leading Steer to highlight the quality of employees at MQMR.

"Constant education, professional development and growth - there is always something, or someone, you can learn from, which is why you should always surround yourself with people smarter than you and to hire the best available," Steer said. "Not only are you bound to build a team that challenges and motivates you, but I've also found that diversity naturally flows from this strategy, which further helps create a dynamic work environment that promotes constant learning and growth both personally and professionally."

For the full list of this year's honorees, visit https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47526-meet-the-2018-hw-vanguard-award-winners.

About HW Media:
HW Media is the leading digital community for real estate, financial services and fintech professionals to engage, connect and gain knowledge. Founded in 2016 through the acquisition of HousingWire, HW Media is based in Dallas, TX with team members across the country. HW Media is owned by Riomar Capital.

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.

About Mortgage Quality Management and Research, LLC (MQMR):
MQMR bridges the gap between risk and compliance through its suite of risk-related services. Since its inception, MQMR has launched multiple products and services to assist lenders in navigating regulatory requirements, including providing mortgage compliance consulting throughout the origination process, conducting internal audit risk assessments and ongoing internal audit support, servicing QC and subservicing oversight to master servicers, and filling the void of meeting vendor management oversight requirements. With 2,000+ operational reviews of mortgage companies, subservicers, document custodians, and vendors annually, MQMR prides itself on being an industry leader in counterparty risk and compliance. To learn more, visit https://www.mqmresearch.com/, https://subsequentqc.com/, and https://hqvendormanagement.com/.

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HousingWire Honors Matic Founder Benjamin Madick with Vanguard Award for Outstanding Industry Contributions

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. -- Matic, a digital insurance agency whose technology enables borrowers to purchase homeowner's insurance during the mortgage transaction, announced today that company co-founder and COO Ben Madick is a 2017 HousingWire Vanguard Award winner. Madick was recognized for guiding the company's phenomenal growth over the last 12 months as well as for his career-long contributions to the mortgage industry as co-founder of both Matic and risk management services provider Mortgage Quality Management and Research.

During Madick's tenure, Matic has become the market leader in lender and servicer distribution of homeowner's insurance. In the 12 months, Matic has earned the business of such industry powerhouses as Freedom Mortgage and Mr. Cooper and forged partnerships with more than a dozen of the nation's top-rated insurance carriers, including household names Nationwide, Progressive, National General Insurance and Safeco. The company also announced integrations with mortgage technology providers LendingQB, PCLender, BeSmartee, Maxwell and Roostify during the last year.

Madick's award is the capstone achievement to a year full of milestones for Matic. In September, Matic competed in TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield, the world's pre-eminent startup competition. Matic was one of just six startups to advance to the final round of the competition. Earlier this month, Matic announced the close of a $7 million Series A funding round led by Mr. Cooper (formerly NationStar), one of the nation's largest mortgage originators and servicers.

"Our Vanguard winners represent an incredible cross-section of the industry - the cream of the crop in lending, servicing, investing and real estate," Magazine Editor Sarah Wheeler said. "This group of leaders exemplifies the remarkable depth of talent and expertise in the world of mortgage finance."

"It's an honor to be named to such a selective list of mortgage industry influencers," said Madick. "We founded Matic because we believe you can't have a truly digital mortgage without modernizing the homeowner's insurance process for both borrowers and lenders. This recognition is an encouraging indicator that the industry also views homeowner's insurance as a mortgage process long overdue for innovation."

This is the third year HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing finance industry for their outstanding leadership in the space. Winners were selected by HousingWire's editorial board and evaluated based on their company and industry contributions.

About HousingWire:
HousingWire is the nation's most influential source of news and information for U.S. mortgage markets, boasting a readership that spans lending, servicing, investments and real estate market participants as well as financial market professionals. Winner of numerous awards, including a 2012 Eddie Award for national editorial excellence in the B-to-B Banking/Business/Finance, HousingWire has been recognized for excellence in journalism by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Trade Association Business Publications International.

About Matic:
Matic is a technology-driven insurance agency focused on helping lenders and loan officers better integrate homeowner's insurance into the lending process. By using loan application information and first-of-its-kind technology, Matic provides homebuyers multiple policy options within seconds, helping loan officers close their loans faster. Matic delivers the most trusted, affordable insurance policies available thanks to its partnerships with a diverse network of insurance carriers. Today's borrowers expect a digital home-buying experience, and Matic gives them the digital insurance experience to match.

For more information, visit https://maticinsurance.com or follow Matic on LinkedIn.

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