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The Mortgage Collaborative Adds Three New Board Members, 45 Lender Members and Grows Attendance at 2019 Winter Conference

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Mortgage Collaborative, a fast-growing independent mortgage cooperative of banks, credit unions and mortgage bankers, continues growth initiatives by adding three new mortgage executives to its Board of Directors. The new board members were voted in at their bi-annual member conference held in Austin, Texas. The announcement of the new board members comes in conjunction with an addition of 45 new lender members joining the cooperative in 2018 as well as a significant increase in lender members attending their 2019 winter conference.

"We're ecstatic to have Jason Madiedo, President and CEO of Alterra Group, assume the role of chairman of the board. Joining him on the Board of Directors will be Greg Grojean, Division President for Home State Bank, N.A.; Steven Milner, Founder and CEO of US Mortgage Corporation; and Julie Piepho, President of National Operations for Cornerstone Home Lending," said founding member, David Kittle.

Jason Madiedo who is currently on The Mortgage Collaborative Board of Directors is taking on a new role as chairman. His 20+ years in the mortgage industry developing programs for underserved markets and leading business divisions with compassion and a focus on delivering results will be a huge asset for the organization moving forward. Prior to joining The Mortgage Collaborative board of directors, he served as national president for the National Association for Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) - Nevada.

Greg Grojean is a veteran in the mortgage industry with 35+ years of experience. He currently serves as President for Home State Bank in Crystal Lake, Illinois. There he serves on the executive team and manages the bank's residential mortgage division, which includes all residential mortgage origination, operations and servicing functions. In the past he's served on various boards, including the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association.

Steven Milner founded US Mortgage Corporation in 1994. The company currently has 300 employees, 33 branches nationwide and conducts business in 48 states including Washington D.C. With almost 40 years of experience in mortgage banking, Steven holds 51 individual Mortgage Loan Originator licenses and has originated close to $5 billion in mortgage loans over his career.

Julie Piepho, CMB, has over 40 years of experience in the mortgage industry. She's currently the President of National Operations for Cornerstone Home Lending. Prior to that she served in several executive positions for Norwest Mortgage and Wells Fargo. She's past chairman of the Colorado Board of Mortgage Loan Originators, Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers of America (MBA). In addition, Julie has received numerous industry awards from the MBA, MORPAC, HousingWire and the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association.

The Mortgage Collaborative provides its members with access to products and services that help reduce costs, improve compliance and better manage their businesses. Its preferred partner network consists of product and service providers across the mortgage origination ecosystem.

"The Mortgage Collaborative's core purpose is to create an environment of collaboration for our members, and that begins with listening to and learning from our lender members on what matters the most in today's challenging market. These new board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will help guide the activities and services we offer small and medium sized lenders," said Jim Park, CEO and Partner for The Mortgage Collaborative.

About The Mortgage Collaborative:

Based in San Diego, The Mortgage Collaborative was founded in 2013 to empower mortgage lenders across the country with better financial execution, reduced costs, enhanced expertise and improved compliance to help its members access the dynamic and changing consumer base in America. The association is managed by its founding members: John Robbins, CMB; David Kittle, CMB; Gary Acosta, CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP); and Jim Park, former chair of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). Robbins and Kittle are former chairmen of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

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

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The Mortgage Collaborative Expands Benchmark, Collaboration Labs and Working Group Member Engagement Initiatives

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, today announced that they have added and expanded upon several of their member benefits. With the continued growth of their national lender member network, TMC has increased the size and scope of their engagement programs to offer even more opportunities for their members to network and collaborate.

"We're extremely pleased to have welcomed over 30 new lender members to the TMC network since the start of this year," said Rich Swerbinsky, Chief Operating Officer of The Mortgage Collaborative. "Learning from one another has never been more important to mortgage lenders, and the expansion of our engagement programs provide our members an opportune way to do that."

Earlier this year, TMC released their newly enhanced TMC Benchmark platform, a free monthly solution that collects the 45 production, operating, and performance metrics deemed most vital by their members and offers a dashboard report. The dashboard displays their data alongside a summary comparison for other members in the network, enabling a member to see how they stack up against others in the industry, as well as their peer group within it.

Participating members can see their data broken down by retail, wholesale, and correspondent channels (if applicable), giving TMC members access to the mortgage industry's only monthly data benchmarking solution as part of membership.

TMC's Collaboration Labs have continued to expand since the spring of 2017. The "deep-dive" networking sessions with peers of similar size and scope are immensely popular among TMC lender members. Participants discuss strategic initiatives important to each participating firm. Member interest has driven the expansion of existing Labs to include additional members. Over 40 percent of TMC lender members have participated in a Collaboration Lab thus far in 2018 and more are planned in Q4.

Additionally, TMC's Working Groups, an initiative that connects like professionals within the network, has also seen tremendous growth. TMC members meet via regular conference calls and at industry events to connect and collaborate on the important issues facing the mortgage industry. The initiative currently includes a CRA Working Group, Women's Networking Group, Servicing Professionals Working Group and Marketing Working Group, with plans for a Capital Markets Working Group to start later this year.

"Our member engagement programs are designed to address the needs of our members," said Jim Park, CEO of The Mortgage Collaborative. "Many are a direct result of conversations we've had with our members. It's their needs that drive our strategy and the growth of these programs is a testament to TMC's commitment to serve them."

For more information on any of the programs above or the other benefits of membership within The Mortgage Collaborative, contact TMC COO Rich Swerbinsky at rswerbinsky@mtgcoop.com.

About The Mortgage Collaborative:

Based in San Diego, The Mortgage Collaborative was founded in 2013 to empower mortgage lenders across the country with better financial execution, reduced costs, enhanced expertise, improved compliance, and to help its members access the dynamic and changing consumer base in America.

The association is managed by its founding members: John Robbins, CMB; David Kittle, CMB; Gary Acosta, CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP); and Jim Park, former chair of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). Robbins and Kittle are former chairmen of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

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

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The Mortgage Collaborative Marks Major Milestone Adding 100th Lender Member

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation's only independent mortgage cooperative, announced today that the 100th lender member joined the organization, a milestone reached following their recent Winter Lender Member Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This continues the steady growth that The Collaborative has achieved adding thirty lender members in the last four months.

"Reaching the 100 lender member milestone is a seminal moment for our network," said Rich Swerbinsky, EVP of National Sales & Strategic Alliances. "The addition of these companies increases the aggregate origination volume of The Mortgage Collaborative's lender members to over $150 billion."

"The Mortgage Collaborative also unveiled 'The Collaboration Lab' at their Winter Conference in Scottsdale. It's an intimate relationship building initiative that focuses on benchmarking and problem solving, receiving rave reviews from our record number of attendees." said David G. Kittle, TMC's Vice Chairman and President. "The value proposition delivered by Rich and our team is clearly being recognized by our preferred partners and lender members."

"I could not be more proud of the success of the Winter Lender Member Conference and our sustained growth," Kittle said.

The cooperative network also released details about recently announced dates and locations for their next two Lender Member Conferences, which will be held from August 20-23, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. and February 11-14, 2018 in San Diego, Calif. The conferences provide The Collaborative's lender members have a unique opportunity to interact with top industry leaders and to attend and participate in a number of powerful compelling educational and peer-to-peer networking sessions. Details on their recent and upcoming conferences can be found at http://www.mortgagecollaborative.com/.

About The Mortgage Collaborative:

Based in San Diego, Calif., The Mortgage Collaborative was founded in 2013 to empower mortgage lenders across the country with better financial execution, reduced costs, enhanced expertise, improved compliance, and to help its members access the dynamic and changing consumer base in America. The association is managed by its founding members: John Robbins, CMB; David Kittle, CMB; Gary Acosta, CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP); and Jim Park, former chair of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). Robbins and Kittle are former chairmen of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

For more information, visit: http://www.mortgagecollaborative.com/.

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