A Mortgage Family Reunion

*A Mortgage Family Reunion*
**By Tony Garritano**

***It gives me great pleasure to announce that one of our own is back. When I started PROGRESS in Lending I wanted to work with the greatest minds in this space. That’s why I called on Roger Gudobba, Michael Hammond, Kelly Purcell, Gabe Minton and later Steven Horne to join the cause. They all agreed. I also asked Michael Blair. He was a founding member, but he left the space. You know how that goes, you can’t get away from this industry for too long. I’m excited to report today that: You guessed it, he’s back. Here’s the scoop:

****Capco, a Global Financial Services Consultancy, has hired industry veteran Michael Blair as Principal Consultant of their technology services practice. This is a leading role in which he is expected to focus on helping financial organizations identify and solve their most critical information and technological challenges.

****Michael brings more than 15 years of wide-ranging experience to Capco’s growing practice. Michael recently served as Senior Vice President at Lender Support Systems (LSSI) and was the President and CEO of TrueClose, a company acquired by National Real Estate and Information Service. And Michael will be at our ENGAGE Event this Sunday. I hope you will, too.

****Capco is a global business and technology consultancy dedicated solely to the financial services industry. Capco helps clients successfully increase revenue, manage risk and regulatory change, reduce costs and enhance control. The company specializes in banking; capital markets; wealth and investment management; finance, risk & compliance; and technology.

****In other hiring news, The Turning Point has added two seasoned veterans to its staff, as well. First, Rick Newman joins in the role of Business Development Executive. Rick Newman has enjoyed a 30-year career in the title insurance, real estate, information technology and mortgage lending industries. He is respected as an innovator in mobilizing resources to exploit targeted business strategies. He has served at board and executive level in the areas of product development, contract negotiations, acquisitions and strategic alliances.

****Rick was the co-founder of Guardian Title Agency of Princeton, NJ and later formed Weichert Title Agency, an affiliated business of Weichert Realtors. He served as Vice President and President respectively until 1996, when he joined New Jersey Title (NJT). As Executive Vice President and a member of its board of directors, Rick was principally responsible for redirecting the company’s core business strategy from direct operations to an agency structure.

****Second, Ski Swiatkowski joins The Turning point in the role of Business Development Manager. “Ski” Swiatkowski is a veteran sales and business development specialist. He has invested much of the past 28 years in serving the real estate finance industry, first as a top producing sales executive and manager, then as a corporate executive and trainer.

****A passionate and entertaining speaker and trainer, Ski has had the opportunity to teach thousands of sales people and managers across the nation. As a faculty member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers education department and through corporate training initiatives, he regularly appears at national and state trade conferences. His articles have been featured in many national mortgage industry publications.

****During his eight years as Vice President of Business Development for InterBay Funding (a subsidiary of BayView Financial) Ski and his team were a key factor in the company’s meteoric growth and amazing success story in the mortgage lending arena.

Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano is chairman and founder at PROGRESS in Lending Association. As a speaker Tony has worked hard to inform executives about how technology should be a tool used to further business objectives. For over 10 years he has worked as a journalist, researcher and speaker in the mortgage technology space. Starting this association was the next step for someone like Tony, who has dedicated his career to providing mortgage executives with the information needed to make informed technology decisions. He can be reached via e-mail at tony@progressinlending.com.