*Getting Their Just Reward*
**The Latest Promotions, New Hires and Layoffs**
***There is no denying that there’s a lot of bad news going around. Are you tired of bad news? Well, we at PROGRESS in Lending Association are sure tired of bad news. So today we want to bring you some good news. PROGRESS in Lending has learned of two staffing news stories that made us smile. Here’s the scoop:
****First, InHouse, Inc., a provider of appraisal management services, announces the promotion of Jennifer Creech to chief executive officer and president. Creech had been serving as the president of InHouse since 2010. Since joining the company in 2009, Creech has leveraged her 20 years of senior management experience in mortgage lending to fuel the company’s growth. Today, InHouse represents a new concept in appraisal management. Lenders have the choice of using InHouse Solutions as their appraisal management company (AMC), InHouse Connexions technology as a self-service appraisal management system, or implementing a combination of both.
****Creech has been instrumental in making InHouse one of the earliest providers to offer a full integration to the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP), a single portal through which lenders will electronically submit appraisal reports for conventional mortgages delivered to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
****Creech’s career includes managing upward of $5 billion of annual loan production. She has held senior level management positions at PNC/Washington Mutual, RBC Mortgage and DeepGreen Financial. As executive vice president for DeepGreen Financial, Creech headed both the wholesale and retail divisions nationwide. She was also responsible for rebranding the company’s identity, along with managing one of the first completely automated loan processes.
****Second, Strategic Vantage, a marketing and public relations agency dedicated to the mortgage industry, announced the appointment of Mike Murray as Senior Account Executive. Murray has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industry, broadcasting and writing. He spent over 12 years working for the Mortgage Bankers Association as editorial manager of online communications and as writer for MBA NewsLink and Real Estate Finance Today. Murray also contributed articles to Mortgage Banking magazine and hosted a public affairs program, This Month in Housing, heard on local Washington, D.C. radio stations.
****“Mike brings a combination of excellent writing, deep industry knowledge and a can-do attitude that makes him exactly the kind of professional we seek,” said Rosalie Berg, president of Strategic Vantage.
****Congratulations to both Jennifer and Mike!