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LoansbyPremier.com.
Announced earlier this year,
Premier's rebranding efforts have
been steered by Murdock
Richard, the organization's
Founder and Chief Executive
Officer, in partnership with The
Richards Group, a design and
branding agency. Anisa Johnson,
a longtime veteran of the
mortgage industry, was hired as
Vice President of Marketing to
help spearhead the project.
"The time and resources that
have been invested in our new
system will enable us to provide
more responsive customer
service by making our loan
process easier," Richard said. "It
will provide timely customer
updates and permit us to
consistently market to our everexpanding client base. One of
our most important
developmental goals is to help
establish a lifetime customer
base, earned by providing
exemplary service one client at a
time."
The new site and new branding
suite will also better reflect
Premier's reputation for providing
stellar customer service and
exceeding expectations during
the mortgage process according
to Kyle Purdy, Brand Manager at
The Richards Group.
"Their new branding more
accurately reflects the company's
culture of innovation, creativity,
and commitment to customer
service," said Purdy.
"Implementing such a bold
change requires courage and
foresight, and their decision to
do so will catapult them to a
premier leadership position in the
industry. Clean, intuitive and
consumer-friendly-a very simple
interface for both customers and
their loan officers. We at The
Richards Group are very
fortunate Premier chose us to
help them bring this to the
market."
MCT Announces Integration
With LendingQB

LendingQB and Mortgage Capital
Trading (MCT) have announced
an integration between the
LendingQB loan origination
platform and the new Bid Auction
Manager (BAM) technology within
the MCTlive! secondary
marketing software platform.
Combining the two systems will

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enable mortgage lenders to utilize
a pure digital 'closed loop'
secondary marketing process,
drastically reducing time and
cost, while improving loan sale
profitability.
BAM is a powerful new bid
tape management technology
designed by MCT Chief Operating
Officer and industry veteran, Phil
Rasori. BAM migrates the bidding
and selling of loans to investors
out of unsecure emails and into a
convenient platform, eliminating
the time and effort needed to
manually collect, analyze, and
commit loan sale executions.
"BAM provides a better way for
lenders to manage their bid tapes
and achieve best execution," said
Tom Farmer, Managing Director
at MCT. "The secure bidding
portal lets investors communicate
instantly with lenders, completely
eliminating exporting and
emailing of bid tape
spreadsheets. Using BAM,
secondary can easily solicit bids
from every single investor they
work with, increasing the
opportunity to sell loans at a
better price."
David Colwell, Vice President
of Strategy at LendingQB, said,
"LendingQB and MCT are
changing the way that secondary
marketing is done. We now have
the ability to manage a 'closed
loop' secondary marketing
process: originate, price, lock,
execute trades and then store the
commitment in an entirely digital
fashion. Lenders and investors
are able to communicate and
respond to each other quickly
and accurately. This is the future
of secondary marketing."
WFG Acquires WashingtonBased Title Firm

WFG National Title Insurance
Company, a Williston Financial
Group company, has acquired
Spokane, Wash.-based Inland
Professional Title LLC. Inland
Professional Title is a title and
settlement services provider
serving Okanogan and Spokane
Counties in Washington,
operating five offices in those
counties and has 65 employees.
Former Owner/County Manager
Kevin Ferguson will become an
Executive Vice President with
Inland Professional Title and
continue to manage the
operation, which will soon

undergo a name change to "WFG
National Title Company of
Eastern WA."
"We are delighted and honored
to be able to add the Inland
Professional staff and client base
to the WFG community," said
Patrick Stone, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of
Williston Financial Group. "Like
WFG, Inland Professional Title
has always regarded itself as a
part of its clients' process, and
has conducted its business with
the upmost professionalism."
Mortgage professionals
to watch
l ACES Risk Management
(ARMCO) has announced that
former Director of Client
Services Sharon Reichhardt
has been promoted to Vice
President of Client Success.
ARMCO has also announced
that it has hired Nick Volpe as
Chief Strategy Officer, where
he will be charged with
expanding the adoption of
ACES Audit Technology
across financial enterprises
and shepherding new
solutions to market via
ARMCO's consultative
approach to customer
challenges.
l TMS has added four to its
leadership team to support the
fintech company's expanding
$26 billion portfolio. With this
new servicing development,
TMS has named Michael
Chiarella as Executive Vice
President of Risk, Nathan
Sands as Executive Vice
President of Core Servicing,
Jason Kwasny as Senior Vice
President of Default Servicing,
and Anthony Forsberg as
Senior Vice President of
Default. TMS has also
announced the addition of
Tom Gillis to lead the
company's West
Correspondent Sales team as
Senior Vice President of
Correspondent Sales. Gillis
will work alongside DJ Ziggas,
who recently joined the
company as Senior Vice
President of Correspondent
Lending and oversees the
company's East Division.
l Cloudvirga has announced
that company Co-Founder
Kyle Kamrooz has been
accepted into the Forbes
Finance Council, an invitationonly community for seniorlevel finance executives.
Kamrooz joins other handselected Forbes Finance
Council members in becoming
part of a curated network of
successful peers with access

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to a variety of exclusive
benefits and resources.
Abrams Garfinkel Margolis
Bergson LLP (AGMB) has
announced that Neil B.
Garfinkel, the firm's Managing
Partner and the Partner in
Charge of its Real Estate and
Banking Practices, has been
appointed to the New York
State Real Estate Board by
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
AGMB has also announced
that Michael G. Barone, the
Managing Partner of the firm's
Mortgage Compliance
Practice, has been named
Counsel to the New York
Association of Mortgage
Brokers (NYAMB). The firm
already serves as Counsel to
the Empire State Mortgage
Banking Association
(ESMBA).
Sierra Pacific Mortgage
Company has named John
Goulding Divisional Sales
Leader for the East Coast.
Based out of South Carolina,
Goulding will oversee the retail
sales team for all of the East
and Midwest markets.
U.S. Mortgage Corp. has
hired Steven J. Sless as its
new National Reverse
Mortgage Director. In his new
role, Sless will work with Loan
Officers and Managers across
all company platforms to
increase sales and improve
back-office operations related
to the company's reverse
mortgage product.
LERETA LLC has promoted
Susan M. Portnoy to Senior
Vice President of Enterprise
Operations.
Plaza Home Mortgage has
announced the promotion of
Michael Fontaine to the role of
Chief Operating Officer, in
addition to his role as Chief
Financial Officer. Fontaine will
oversee day-to-day operations
of Plaza's businesses nationally,
strategic initiatives and financial
management, reporting to Kevin
Parra, Plaza Home Mortgage's
President and Chief Executive
Officer.
LenderClose has announced
the addition of Sales Executive
Benjamin Dinkins to its
growing team of industry
experts. Dinkins will focus on
building relationships with credit
unions and community banks,
introducing them to the
competitive differentiation that
comes from integrating
LenderClose.
OpenClose has announced that
it has added Senior Software
LOS and Mortgage Software
Development expert Joseph


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