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Honoring Industry Innovation

Recognizing The Best Of The Best!

PROGRESS in Lending Association was formed to give industry thought leaders a voice. The right formula of technology combined with business strategy can come together to solve real industry problems. Now we’re going even further with the Innovations Program. The Innovations Awards Ceremony is always a great event. Read about which companies were named the Top Innovations of 2010, those companies that were just named the Top Innovations of 2011, those that were named the Top Innovations of 2012, those that were named the Top Innovations of 2013, those that were honored as the Top Innovations of 2014, those that were honored as the Top Innovations of 2015, and those that were honored as the Top Innovations of 2016.

As part of the Innovations Program we want to reward industry-changing innovations. For those companies or groups that have come together to do something truly game changing for the mortgage space, we want to recognize all that you do in order to change the industry for the better.

What are we looking for? We want to recognize innovations introduced into the mortgage market between January of 2016 to December of 2016 that truly changed the mortgage market for the better. As part of this competition, we’re not only looking to recognize a new release, although we certainly don’t want to discourage the entry of innovative new releases that hit the market in 2016. We also want to reward companies and groups for doing creative things throughout 2016 that made a positive difference.

Understand that this is not a subjective competition. All applications will be scored on a weighted scale. We will be looking for the innovation’s overall industry significance, the originality of the innovation, the positive change the innovation made possible, the intangible efficiencies gained as a result of the innovation, and the hard cost and time savings that the innovation enables industry participants to achieve. Find out more about our criteria.

How will we judge? This recognition will not be decided by mere industry onlookers, all seven industry experts that make up the PROGRESS in Lending Association executive team will act as judges and all will be given an equal say in how applications are evaluated. Learn more about our executive team. Applicants will be judged by industry peers who know the space inside and out, just like you do. In order to be considered your application must be submitted here online by Friday, January 26th.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET RECOGNIZED! APPLY NOW!

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The winners will be named at a ceremony to be held in Detroit, Michigan on April 15, 2018.

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Join this celebration as it begins with our networking reception, which will include hors d’oeuvres and a full open bar. Specifically, on March 26th PROGRESS in Lending Association will announce the top seven innovations of the past twelve months. After weeks of judging, the Executive Team has decided on seven companies to bestow this honor on.

Join us on Sunday, March 26th at the LONDON HOUSE CHICAGO|CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON, located at 85 E Wacker Drive at North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601, starting at 7:30 p.m. local Chicago time in the Etoile Room, to see who will be recognized. To attend the Innovations Event RSVP below. ACT NOW!

But this event is not just about announcing the results of our Innovations Awards Program, it’s about improving our industry. In addition to recognizing the top innovations, we will have prominent industry thinkers share their thoughts about the future of mortgage lending itself. You won’t want to miss the Innovations Awards Ceremony, the networking opportunity and the exchange of ideas. This will truly be a one-of-a-kind industry event. RSVP NOW!

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December 2013 Issue: Compliance Issues Discussed

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how dipping origination volume can be a good thing.

Your Voice—By Tim Anderson

DocMagic talks about how the rising cost of compliance can be mitigated.

Recovery Tips—By Susan Johnson

Fidelity Bank details what they see as clear business opportunities in 2014.

Market Pulse

New data from Alchemy Worx debunks the many myths associated with e-mail marketing.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that there are some obvious pitfalls that may be coming to our space in 2014.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba suggests that creative thinking may be just what’s in order to comply with the CFPB.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says that there are strategies that you can use in order to maximize sales in 2014.

Get Educated—By Alysia Vrolyk

Carrington Mortgage notes that lenders and servicers need to create a continuous learning environment.

Success, And More Success—By A.R. Smith

Consultant A.R. Smith says that to be effective, you need to be in the business of making technology work.

Train Hard—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak stress the importance of continual training as we become a very regulated business.

End-to-End Compliance

QuestSoft’s Leonard Ryan details all you need to know about compliance based on his 20-plus years of mortgage experience.

Servicing Strategies—By Jeremy Pease

IndiSoft points out that in an ever-changing market, mortgage servicers shouldn’t remain stuck in old habits.

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November 2013 Issue: Streamlining Processes

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how the industry can learn a thing or two from Google.

Your Voice—By Phil Hall

Phil Hall details why anyone in the world would want to be a mortgage banker.

Recovery Tips—By Odette Marra

Belmont Savings Bank talks about how they used technology in order to grow.

Market Pulse

New data from eLynx shows how important it is to form an even closer partnership with the consumer.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that now is the best time to go paperless and explains exactly why the equation has changed.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba offers the industry his candid advice on how to succeed regardless of what’s to come.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says that your Web face matters and details the best way to conquer the Web these days.

Overcome Market Shifts—By Judy Margrett

The Turning Point stresses that centralized marketing automation will greatly enhance a lender’s referral business.

Keep Up—By Kelly Booth

Velocify shares an easy way for lenders to keep up and get their share of loans in a purchase market.

Social Media ROI—By Peter M. Bagazinski

Catholic Vantage Financial spells out how they used social media and got more originations out of it.

Tracking The CFPB—By Brad Willis

CCMC notes that there is a very clear way for mortgage lenders to remain one step ahead of the CFPB.

Driving Efficiency

In an ever-changing world, industry thought leaders came together to discuss how lenders can succeed going forward.

Times Have Changed—By Binh Dang

LendingQB points out that the right way to selection the best loan origination system has changed a lot.

Secondary Market Reform—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak define the best way to re-make the secondary market absent the U.S. government.

True Data Integrity—By Lloyd Booth and Andy Young

Lloyd Booth and Andy Young shed some light on the only way to really ensure true data integrity.

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October 2013 Issue: LOS Success

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how current rental trends can help the mortgage space.

Your Voice—By Jim Blatt

Mortgage Returns talks about how lenders can use big data to their advantage.

Recovery Tips—By Drew Waterhouse

Hammerhouse LLC details why high-impact recruiting pays off big time these days.

Market Pulse

New data from Uberflip suggests that those on social networks ask themselves, “What’s new? How can I improve?”

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that there are lessons that the mortgage industry can learn from Super Storm Sandy.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba suggests that integrative thinking can really help move our industry forward.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says that too often strategy and execution don’t align, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Data, Data Everywhere—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak stress that errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.

Future Appraising—By Jeff Bradford

Bradford Technologies says computer-aided appraising is quite literally transforming the appraisal industry.

Efficiency For All—By Dewey Kelly

eLynx notes that it is possible to both provide a better experience for the lender and the customer.

The New-Age LOS

Amid all the LOS shifts, Keven Smith and Kelli Himebaugh of Mortgage Builder discuss how to succeed and thrive among all the industry uncertainty.

True Data Integrity—By LLoyd Booth and Andy Young

Lloyd Booth and Andy Young shed some light on the only way to really ensure true data integrity.

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September 2013 Issue: Colorful Industry Insight

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how how the falling delinquency rate equals industry recovery.

Your Voice—By Eric Kujala

Capsilon talks about how it’s important to support your local trade association.

Recovery Tips—By George Yacik

George Yacik details that most homeowners are still underwater on their mortgage.

Market Pulse

A survey conducted by origination vendor Ellie Mae compares this summer to the summer of last year.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that with the regulatory burden increasing, more and more lenders are running scared.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba believes that divergent thinking may be just the thing needed to thrive in today’s mortgage market.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says there are solid strategies that will enable you to get more business out of LinkedIn.

Successful Leadership—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak stress that the industry needs leaders to navigate the influx of change.

Compliance Concerns—By Leonard Ryan

QuestSoft shares the latest data on what regulatory rules concern lenders the most these days.

Document Everything—By Scott K. Stucky

DocuTech warns that the new regs hitting our industry will place a stronger emphasis on documentation.

Color Commentary

Veteran financial services journalist Phil Hall has joined the PROGRESS in Lending team and he isn’t holding back in sharing his views.

Rate Watch—By Ray Brousseau

Carrington Mortgage Services says that rising interest rates are not necessarily a bad thing.

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August 2013 Issue: A New Outlook

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how industry change can happen without a revolution.

Your Voice—By James Comtois

James Comtois talks about how customer service in our space is lacking.

Recovery Tips—By Jonathan M. Herman

MRG details how to defend against a fair lending claim and be successful.

Market Pulse

A survey conducted jointly by Vision Edge Marketing, ITSMA, and Forrester shares interesting data about how companies view marketing.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that in the past month two big mortgage technology acquisitions have happened. But asks, what happens next?

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba believes that by using imagination, intellect and existing knowledge you can form in your mind a new thought or idea.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says to describe your product or service offering in a manner that everyone understands is critical to success.

Doomsday Is Coming—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak stress that the industry needs to deal with the coming CFPB regs.

Life In The Fast Lane—By Lisa Binkley

Platinum Data shares a way to apply more effective appraisal compliance processes.

Improve Your Image—By Phil Hall

Phil Hall warns that the public doesn’t always believe we’re out to do what’s best.

A Seasoned Point of View

After years as a lender, Ski Swiatkowski is now on the vendor side of things, and he’s telling it like it is.

The Proof Is In The Pudding—By Jeff Knott

Equifax says that the IRS’ electronic signing policy is adding up to big ROI for lenders.

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July 2013: A Strategy For Future Success

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses the true status of our current fragile economy.

Your Voice—By Randy Schmidt

Data-Vision talks about how to use big data to enhance your Web presence.

Recovery Tips—By Reid Smeda

CSi details why identifying and adopting new technology can be very hard.

Market Pulse

Wipro Gallagher puts forth some stats to demystify the benefits of using big data.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that earlier industry predictions may have missed the mark.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba believes that we may be in need of some “high-flying” solutions.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says that if your company’s story doesn’t resonate, you’re lost.

Lean Lending—By David Colwell

LendingQB stresses that lean lending will literally transform your business for the better.

Beyond Paperless—By Alec Cheung

eLynx shares four things about paperless lending that you just might not know.

Are You Stressed?—By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak believe that market flux is leading to a lot of unnecessary stress.

What’s Next For Our Industry?

Molly Dowdy of appraisal technology provider a la mode reflects on current industry change and looks ahead to how our industry can thrive into the future.

Break The Cycle—By Judy Margrett

The Turning Point says that now is the time to grow your purchase loan presence.

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June 2013: What’s Next For Lending?

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses the nature of credit in our current lending market.

Your Voice—By Teresa Blake

Wipro Gallagher talks about its mortgage market forecast for this year.

Recovery Tips—By Chip Poli

Poli Mortgage details why and how lenders can better educate borrowers.

Market Pulse

Data-Vision Inc. puts forth a compelling timeline detailing the past, present and future of online lending.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that in a changing market the LOS has to be on its toes.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba believes that there’s a certain way to play and win these days.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond says that there is a way to conquer social media and thrive.

The LOS Hunt—By Marc Riccio and Daniel Liggett

ASC and Specialized Data Systems stress that LOS compliance is a business imperative.

Changing Times—By Nizar Hashlamon

Mortgage Cadence shares that a purchase-money loan takes at least 30% more work.

Appraisal Rules—By Jennifer Creech

InHouse believes that the deck is being stacked against the use of AMCs in many states.

Discussing Our Future

The 2013 PROGRESS in Lending Innovations Winners gathered to discuss the future of mortgage lending.

The Last Step—By By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak say that new rules might make closing and funding processes easier.

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May 2013: What Lenders Really Think

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Editor’s Note

This section discusses how you can be a true industry innovator.

Your Voice—By Tim Andersom

DocMagic explains the right way to go fully electronic over time.

Recovery Tips—By Andrew Weiss-Malik

360 Mortgage Group shares its thoughts on new regulation.

Market Pulse

Looking to bring in more leads and grow your business? New data emerges to show the way.

Process Improvement—By Tony Garritano

Tony Garritano notes that there is room for a few new innovations to happen over the next twelve months.

Future Trends—By Roger Gudobba

Roger Gudobba defines what innovation really is and how innovation is different as compared to creativity.

Business Strategies—By Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond reveals how to keep up with the fast-moving market and continue to grow your business.

Compliance Roadblocks Ahead—By Lisa Weaver

ISGN details how the right technology approach can ensure compliance.

Taking on The CFPB—By Rick Sharga

Carrington Mortgage talks about how lenders can earn latitude with the CFPB.

Beyond The 4506-T—By Laura Venerable

eLynx asserts that electronic signing goes way beyond just the 4506-T form.

Lenders Speak Out

The PROGRESS in Lending Association Lender Advisory Panel speak out about all the obstacles and opportunities that they face as lenders today.

The 2013 Innovations Winners Are …

Find out here what the top innovations of the last twelve months were.

The Long Way Home—By Don Kracl

Mortech, Inc. says lenders will have to re-learn the purchase market to succeed.

Servicers Need A Hand, Too—By By Barbara Perino and Rebecca Walzak

Perino and Walzak discuss how the new servicing standards can help and hurt us.

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