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Regina Lowrie Joins Advisory Board

Beta Music Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: BEMG) has appointed Regina Lowrie, former chairwoman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, to its operating subsidiary, Get Credit Healthy, Inc.’s, Advisory Board. Get Credit Healthy utilizes its proprietary processes, platform, and software to integrate with lenders to make it easier to recapture leads. Ms. Lowrie will provide advice and guidance with regard to current trends and best practices in the mortgage banking industry and will play an integral role in the development of novel business opportunities.


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Lowrie is President and CEO of RML Investments Inc., d/b/a RML Advisors (www.rmladvisors.com) headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  RML Advisors serves the financial services community as an independent advisor and consultant.  Prior to founding RML Advisors, Ms. Lowrie was President of Vision Mortgage Capital, a division of Continental Bank, and Senior Vice President of Continental Bank.  Previous to Vision Mortgage Capital, Ms. Lowrie was Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services 1994-2006, a $3.2 Billion Mortgage Banker.


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Lowrie is currently on the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (www.chmireit.com) as an Independent Director (NYSE “CHMI”); Board of Directors of The Union League of Philadelphia  Regina served for 13 years on Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and Treasurer and 10 years on  Gwynedd-Mercy Board of Trustees, Finance and Audit Committee.  She was the first woman Chairman of the National Mortgage Bankers Association (https://www.mba.org/) in 2005 and continues to serve on many committees.  Regina has also testified before Congress on public policy to include GSE Reform and has served as an expert witness for the financial services industry.  She attended the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flager Business School and is a Certified Mortgage Banker.


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“Virtually every home purchase transaction involves credit-based financing.  Errors are a frequent occurrence on a credit file.  That becomes a major issue for many consumers, particularly millennials with student debt who seem to have few choices for favorable loan terms. GCH is uniquely positioned to help the myriad of disenfranchised credit consumers get appropriately favorable credit terms.  I’m delighted to join the GCH Advisory Board and support proactive improvements to the consumer credit marketplace” stated Regina Lowrie, Board Advisor of BEMG

Lowrie’s numerous accomplishments, include:

  • President and Founder, Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services – 1994
  • Founder, President and CEO, RML Investments Inc., 1994 RML Advisors
  • President, Mortgage Bankers Association of Greater Philadelphia – 1995
  • Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business” – 2000
  • Burton L. Wood Legislative Award – 2001
  • Chairman, MBA Residential/Single – Family Board of Governors (RESBOG) – 2002
  • Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB Designation) – 2005
  • Chairman, National Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) – 2005
  • Women of Distinction Award, Philadelphia Business Journal and National Association of Women Business Owners – 2006
  • MBA Mortgage Banking Leading Industry Women Honoree – 2013
  • Montgomery County Community College Leading Women of the Year – 2014
  • Trustee of the Year, American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) – 2014
  • Leading Women in Philanthropy – 2014

BEMG, through its operating subsidiary Get Credit Healthy, utilizes its proprietary processes, platform, and software to integrate with lenders to make it easier to recapture leads. Developed for and by those with extensive experience in the mortgage industry, Get Credit Healthy’s platform has already facilitated over $200 million in new loan opportunity for its partners.

Former Fannie Mae Policy Leader Joins Class Appraisal

Class Appraisal, a nationwide provider of real estate asset valuation and appraisal management solutions to the residential mortgage market, announced today that Julie Jones, an industry veteran with over 18 years of diverse mortgage expertise, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President of Valuation Transformation and Engagement, reporting to the Chief Innovation Officer, Scot Rose.

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Most recently, Jones was a member of the Collateral Policy and Strategy team for Fannie Mae where she led broader outreach for the team’s initiatives, including Appraisal Process Modernization. Jones successfully forged relationships with stakeholders through an open line of communication, collaboration, and transparency. In her tenure at Fannie Mae, Jones also served as a national review appraiser and as a Subject Matter Expert for Collateral Underwriter, appraisal policy, and various internal applications and procedures.

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“The company is strategically investing in industry veterans that can help shape the future of the valuation industry, and Julie is an important part of that effort,” said Class Appraisal Chief Innovation Officer, Scot Rose. “In her new role, Julie will help develop innovative solutions and facilitate market adoption of those solutions through training, education, and engagement with all stakeholders.”
Jones has comprehensive experience in real estate and collateral valuation. She began her career as a practicing appraiser and REALTOR in North Carolina and has retained her certification as a residential appraiser.

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“The company’s new Innovation Organization will focus on much needed research and development in the valuation space,” said Jones. “Hearing their vision for the future of our industry made this an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. I’m very excited to get started and help spearhead that change.”

LERETA Selects Eric Christensen As Chief Strategy Officer

LERETA, LLC, a national provider of real estate tax and flood services for mortgage servicers, has tapped Eric Christensen as the chief strategy officer for the company. Christensen is responsible for product development, corporate strategy, marketing and M&A transactions.


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Christensen, who most recently was the founder and managing director of Credit Data Solutions, has spent his career developing knowledge around financial software, predictive modeling and analytics, credit risk technology and decisioning software. His expertise extends in fraud management, competitive strategy, business planning, sales and marketing as well as risk management and regulatory relations.


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“Eric’s deep and varied experience in the financial industry makes him perfect to help usher LERETA into a new era where technology and people help provide the best level of service to our customers,” said John Walsh, CEO of LERETA. “We welcome his knowledge and passion for bringing positive change to the industry.”


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Before Credit Data Solutions, Christensen had different executive positions at several financial services companies, including Interthinx/Strategic Analytics, FICO, Fannie Mae, E*Trade and LoanPerformance/CoreLogic. In addition to his success, Christensen has a Certified Mortgage Bankers (CMB ®) designation through the MBA.

Docutech’s Harry Gardner Elected Chair Of ESRA Board Of Directors

Harry Gardner, executive vice president of eStrategies for Docutech, was named chair of the board of directors for the Electronic Signatures and Records Association (ESRA) for 2018. Gardner has participated in ESRA’s activities since its inception and joined the organization’s board of directors in January of last year.

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ESRA was founded in 2006 with the mission to lead and advocate the use of electronic records across multiple industries. The organization strives to develop and promote progressive eSignature-related public policy as well as inform and educate its members, lawmakers and the general public on changing regulations. ESRA currently comprises approximately 40 member-companies and organizations of electronic signature and document technology providers and users across the globe.

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“I’m honored to have been elected to serve as chair of the board of directors for 2018 and pleased to help ESRA as we move forward in this very critical year,” said Gardner. “Of course, improvement is always the main goal. We’re constantly looking to build up ESRA’s membership and to further expand our legislative and educational impact to see the full realization of the value proposition of eSignature technology across industries.”

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Gardner joined Docutech in 2016, building on more than 18 years of mortgage technology experience and standards development leadership. A leading player in the development of and education around mortgage technology standards, Gardner has written articles for many publications, including a series inMortgage Banking Magazine as the “eMortgage Evangelist.” At Docutech, Gardner collaborates with the leadership team to define and execute the electronic document and eSignature product strategy.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens Escondido Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Escondido, CA branch (NMLS #309712). The new branch is led by industry veteran and San Diego County local Leslie Thomerson (NMLS #508360), who has 28 years of experience in the mortgage industry and understands the housing needs of Southern California well.

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“The opening of our Escondido branch is a great opportunity for Castle & Cooke Mortgage to address the particular needs of our clients in the San Diego area,” stated Art Della Rocca, regional manager for Castle & Cooke Mortgage. “Leslie has lived and worked in the region for many years, and maintains an outstanding professional reputation within the local real estate community. We couldn’t ask for a better person to lead our Escondido team.”

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Prior to joining Castle & Cooke Mortgage, Thomerson was a sales manager for both Freedom Mortgage and Stearns Lending. Her extensive background in the mortgage business has prepared Thomerson to lead the Escondido branch with professionalism and skill. She is committed to providing her clients with a smooth and streamlined borrowing experience, adhering to Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s standards of clear communication and transparency. Whether assisting a customer through their first home buying experience, or aiding a client through the process of obtaining a VA loan, Thomerson’s team is committed to meeting each borrower’s unique needs.

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“My team and I are very excited to be part of the community on Grand Avenue in Escondido,” said Thomerson. “We are looking forward to meeting our business and local real estate neighbors, and are eager to share our expertise.”

Thomerson can be reached at LThomerson@castlecookemortgage.com or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Escondido branch, located at 104 West Grand Avenue, A & B, Escondido, CA 92025.

Parkside Lending Expands In New York

Parkside Lending, LLC, a national wholesale and correspondent lender, announces the expansion into New York with the addition of Rich Bloom as North Eastern Regional Manager and Katie Plezia and Elizabeth Squillante Nichols as Senior Account Executives.

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Bloom has been in the mortgage business for 31 years, 24 as a Sales Manager, and will be covering the east coast from Virginia to Maine. His extensive network positions him well to help grow Parkside’s presence in the area. “I am pleased to join a company that gives me the opportunity to grow a region,” said Bloom. “And Parkside’s excellent service and commitment to their customers is worth expanding.”

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Plezia, another industry veteran, has 30+ years of mortgage experience in the NY market, receiving Top Performer and Chairman’s Club Winner awards during her tenure. And Nichols has over 20 years as a Wholesale and Correspondent Account Executive in downstate New York specializing in Jumbo, Conventional, FHA and VA loans. The two will be covering the New York Metro Area.

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“With such seasoned talent joining the team, Parkside is excited to bring our expertise and strong commitment to customer service to the NY Market,” said James Lamparter, EVP of Sales at Parkside.

Castle & Cooke Mortgage Opens CT Branch

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, an independent mortgage lenders with locations across the U.S., announced the opening of its Danielson, Connecticut branch (NMLS # 1458459). The new location expands the company’s footprint in the state and will complement the company’s sister branch in Columbia.

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The new branch is led by industry veteran and Danielson native, Todd A. Cooke (NMLS #1055106). Cooke has 15 years of experience in mortgage lending and real estate brokerage, offering personalized guidance and addressing the specific home-buying needs of his community. Cooke and his team provide a range of services from assisting first-time homebuyers as they make the leap from renting to owning, to supporting homeowners in their refinancing or renovation goals.

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“Assisting first-time homebuyers who need personalized guidance through the home buying process and buyers unsure of their options given their current credit situation, are my specialty,” said Cooke. “I take pride in simplifying the home buying process and providing all of the information a buyer should have to come to the best decision for their specific and individualized needs.”

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Cooke can be reached at TCooke@castlecookemortgage.com or at the Castle & Cooke Mortgage Danielson branch, located at 7 Center Street, Danielson, CT 06239.

Docutech Names Amy Brandt As President And COO

Docutech has named Amy Brandt as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Brandt will be responsible for leading all aspects of daily operations, including sales, customer support, marketing and product development.

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Bringing more than 20 years of mortgage and software industry experience to Docutech, Brandt most recently served as President of Originations and Corporate Technology at New Penn Financial. At New Penn Financial, Brandt oversaw all origination channels, including direct-to-consumer products, third party originations and retail. Prior to New Penn Financial, Brandt served as Chief Operations Officer of Prospect Mortgage, where she enhanced day-to-day operations and transformed the lender’s technology infrastructure.

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“Docutech has experienced significant success by providing industry-leading document and compliance services to financial institutions over the past two decades,” said Ty Jenkins, founder and CEO of Docutech. “As we continue to expand our product and service offerings as an enterprise lending solutions leader, Amy brings the leadership and expertise needed to optimize Docutech’s operations to better serve our customers and realize our growth potential.”

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In addition to her executive career, Brandt is currently a Board Member of Sun to Water Technologies, and she is a Scholar Rescue Fund Advisory Board Member with the Institute of International Education. She is a former Board Member with Source Corp Inc. and a former Board Member and Capital Founder with Bluebeam Software Inc. Amy is also the former Chair of Your Music America and was a Federal Housing Policy Council Member with the Financial Services Roundtable. Brandt holds a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

“Docutech is well-positioned to be the premier provider of enterprise-wide lending solutions to financial institutions of all sizes,” Brandt said. “I look forward to leading Docutech to provide the highest level of value, service and innovation to banks and lenders in the coming years.”

Accurate Group Expands Its Team

Accurate Group, a provider of real estate appraisal, title and compliance services, announced the expansion of its sales team. Matthew Lichtner, a mortgage and settlement services industry veteran has joined the Accurate Group sales team as Senior Vice President, National Account Manager.

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Matt has close to 30 years of experience, having served in a number of senior level sales positions within the title insurance and information industry. Matt has extensive knowledge in property data products and services, technology platforms, and business process outsourcing across all segments of the mortgage industry.

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“Matt’s focus will be to drive new title and valuation sales, including our industry leading ValueNet suite of products, using his unique relationships within the banking and real estate finance industries. Matt will concentrate on the west coast, specifically California where there is tremendous growth opportunity for the Accurate Group.  He will also market our AMC services to all areas of real estate lending,” stated Accurate’s National Sales Manager, Scott Vilseck.

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Effective May 16, 2017, Richard L. Heltzel III will move from his current position as Director of ValueNet, a division of Accurate Group, to join the company’s sales team as Vice President, National Account Manager. Rich began his career with the Accurate Group in 2010 and was an integral part of the company’s explosive growth as an Appraisal Management Company (AMC). During that time, he managed Accurate’s Alternative Valuation Division in Cleveland where he successfully cultivated a nationwide network of inspection companies along with overseeing Accurate’s reseller relationship with ValueNet. When Accurate acquired ValueNet, Rich relocated and assumed the role of Director, overseeing Accurate’s GroundWorks inspection business.

“Rich has been extremely successful in his role as Director of Accurate’s ValueNet suite of products,” said Scott Waxman, Chief Appraiser and President of Accurate’s ValueNet division. “Given his prior success within the company, I’m looking forward to watching his continued development as he diversifies and expands within our organization.”

“I’ve asked Rich to lead Accurate in winning new title and valuation revenue in the northeast region as well as specific target accounts across the United States,” stated Vilseck. “Based on Rich’s drive and product knowledge, along with his desire to pursue a career in sales I felt this was the perfect opportunity for him to continue to grow within the company. I’m excited to make this announcement – I expect Matt and Rich’s expertise will help further accelerate revenue growth and solidify Accurate Group’s position as a market leader in real estate title, appraisal and valuation products and services.”

Accurate Group continues to attract outstanding talent along with mentoring their current employee base to solidify its future and expand at a rapid pace. This move will allow Accurate Group to further diversify its customer base, increase market share and continue to deliver exceptional service to its growing client base of banks, credit unions, mortgage servicers and real estate lending organizations.

LRES Names New Chief Strategy Officer

LRES, a national residential and commercial mortgage services company providing valuations, REO asset management, HOA and technology solutions for the mortgage and real estate industry, announced Mark R. Johnson as its chief strategy officer to create and implement new strategic priorities and ensure core company initiatives, services and partnerships that reflect the company’s plans for growth.

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In this role, Johnson serves as a resource across the organization to increase broad cohesion of strategic plans while monitoring the competitive landscape and market conditions to identify opportunities, issues and risks in order to recommend actionable strategies.

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Johnson has more than 20 years of executive experience working for various Fortune 500 companies within the mortgage industry where he was charged with establishing annual strategic goals and managing budgets, forecasts and corporate reporting. Prior to LRES, he served as division president of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Previously he served as division president and chief operating officer of Lender Processing Services (now known as Black Knight Financial Services).

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“Mark’s proven experience of managing strategic execution and business unit performance metrics at distinguishable companies within our industry makes him the perfect candidate to help lead our strategic efforts. I look forward to working with Mark and the LRES executives to further collaborate with clients, address emerging opportunities and create change within the industry that allows for better accuracy and faster, more efficient delivery of information. LRES seeks to have an intimate understanding of client expectations and is focused on making it easy to do business,” said Roger Beane, CEO of LRES.

Johnson added “For a confluence of reasons, the valuation industry is not as efficient as it should, or could, be. By continuing to integrate data sciences, advanced workflows and mobile technology, we can change and improve this ecosystem and bring additional lift to clients as well as to the appraiser community and other vendors.”