THE MORTGAGE RETURNS ADVISORY BOARD 2015-2016
Home Loans Manager, First Interstate Bank
Paul was raised on a farm in North Dakota, attended NDSU where he received BA in Economics. Paul earned his MBA from U of Minnesota, Moorhead. He has held several leadership positions in banking since 1979 located in the Midwest and Arizona. Currently he leads the residential mortgage group at First Interstate Bank based out of Billings with offices located in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Mortgage Marketing Manager, First United Bank
Lisa Buelow has over 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry, specifically in marketing, corporate communications, event planning and management. At First United Bank, she manages marketing development and execution for more than 80 mortgage originators in Oklahoma and Texas. She plays a key role as an advocate for mortgage originators and assists with lead generation and customer retention efforts on behalf of the company. Buelow has previously served as a Marketing Manager for LegacyTexas Bank, ViewPoint Bank and Bankers Financial. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPW).
National Sales Support Manager, Prosperity Home Mortgage
Ron has been in the mortgage industry for 20+ years. In his current position, he is responsible for product development, sales strategy and marketing. Prior to joining Prosperity Home Mortgage, he spent four years with Prosperity Mortgage Company, a joint venture between The Long & Foster Companies and Wells Fargo. Prior to that, he worked for World Savings, Wachovia and Wells Fargo in the roles of National Sales Manager, Regional Manager and Mortgage Consultant. Wivagg holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, the city in which he was born. He has been married for more than 20 years and is the father of four.
Owner/Broker, Residential Wholesale Mortgage Inc. (RWMI)
Susanne Livingston became a licensed Real Estate Agent in 1983, after graduating from UCLA. She later moved to San Diego and became a Wholesale Account Representative for Imperial Bank Mortgage (IMPAC) for eight years. Susanne left wholesale arena in 1996, to join Residential Wholesale Mortgage, Inc. (RWMI) with her husband Brad. RWMI began as a small retail loan brokerage shop and has grown into highly respected mid-sized Community Mortgage Banker who funds nearly 500 million residential loans per year with 85 employees. Susanne's wide background in real estate compliments her lending experience and enables her to structure customer’s files in the most efficient & advantageous manner possible.
Owner, NJ Lenders Corp.
Steve Grossman has been originating residential mortgages since 1991. In 1994 Steve joined NJ Lenders Corp and became a managing partner in 1998. During his tenure at NJLC he has funded over 1.5 billion in residential loans. Steve has been recognized by Mortgage Originator Magazine as one of the "Top 200 Loan Originators" in America for the last 8 years and is among the 1% of mortgage originators nationwide. In addition to his professional affiliations, he is an advisor to Hoopapaluza, an all volunteer organization which raises money for child health issues. He also coaches youth soccer and baseball in Montville, NJ. Steve received a BBA and MBA from George Washington University.
Craig Strent, CRMS, CMPS
CEO, Apex Home Loans
Lauded as one of the Top 200 Loan Originators in America, Craig Strent has been routinely surpassing client and partner expectations since he began originating loans over 20 years ago. Craig co-founded Apex Home Loans in 1998 with the aim to create a locally-focused, independent mortgage lending service with the highest degree of customer satisfaction possible. Craig is among the 1% of mortgage bankers nationwide to earn both the Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist designation as well the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist designation. He has provided commentary on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, News Channel 8, and Fox Morning News. Craig was selected for the elite 40 Under 40 award, Washington Business Journal’s annual recognition of the DC area’s brightest emerging business leaders. Craig is also an active member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American University’s Kogod School of Business Administration and resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Amy, and sons, Sammy & Ollie.
Director of Marketing, Equity Prime Mortgage
Chris DeMatteis is a licensed mortgage loan originator and a Director of Branch Marketing for Equity Prime Mortgage, a leading wholesale and correspondent mortgage banker. A graduate of Rutgers University, Chris has an extensive background in financial sales and marketing and has been successful in the mortgage industry since 2005. In addition to holding mortgage originator licenses in NJ, NY and CA, Chris is the author and provider of “Mortgage Finance 101, Making Heads and Tails of the Mortgage Industry”, a continuing education course for real estate agents in NJ, PA and DE. A long-time surfer who loves the ocean, Chris is an active member of the Surfrider Foundation and the Surfer’s Environmental Alliance. Chris is also an aviation enthusiast and holds a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating. Chris resides with his wife and 2 children in Manahawkin, NJ.
VP of Marketing, GMFS Lending
Derek has twenty plus years of Fortune 200 experience in various roles including Marketing, Sales, Customer Experience, Operations and Training. Derek joined GMFS as the VP of Marketing in February of 2015. Derek thrives on discovering opportunities to integrate online and offline products and experiences that delight users while solving their needs. This strategy maximizes profits through reduced marketing costs and more efficient utilization of person-to-person contacts between staff and prospects or customers, resulting in increased conversion. Derek is a Certified Usability Analyst and Certified User Experience Analyst. Derek earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana State University.