EY US ANNOUNCES JEFF COURY OF MORTGAGE CONNECT AS AN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR® 2021 FINALIST

Pittsburgh, PA – June 15, 2021 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that Jeff Coury, chief executive officer of Mortgage Connect, one of the nation’s leading providers of mortgage settlement services, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 East Central Region Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity, and courage in the face of adversity help catapult their businesses.

The nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation, and future plans.

Mortgage Connect began in 2008 as a Title and Settlement Services company. It was restructured in 2012 when Coury joined as CEO and Managing Partner. Under Coury’s leadership Mortgage Connect has become a prominent, national provider of mortgage services and counts amongst its clients the majority of the nation’s top lenders, and leading institutional investors and servicers.  Today, Mortgage Connect has expanded its offering across the mortgage continuum, processing more than 150,000 real estate transactions per month.  Within the last five years alone, the company has experienced 900% year over year growth, strategically expanding without sacrificing quality.

“It is an honor to be selected as a finalist for this award and credit must be shared with every one of our 2000 US-based employees,” said Coury. “We started with a vision to create an enhanced consumer experience during the mortgage closing process and an unwavering passion for operational excellence.  That formula has resulted in exemplary success, as we are now recognized by Ernst & Young.  I am very humbled to be grouped with the nation’s top innovative business professionals.”

Coury was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on Thursday, August 5, 2021, becoming lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur of the Year alumni from around the world.

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage service provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, and Capital Markets sectors.  With additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama, the company offers customizable solutions to the nation’s largest lenders and servicers, including 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction and strive to leave an overwhelmingly positive and lasting impression with their clients and consumers.  For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

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VALUATION CONNECT APPOINTS SHAWN MURPHY AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT TRADITIONAL APPRAISAL OPERATIONS

Pittsburgh, PA – June 7, 2021 – Valuation Connect, an appraisal management company and division of Mortgage Connect LP, today announced Shawn Murphy as its Executive Vice-President of Traditional Appraisal Operations.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn as part of our leadership team.  He is a senior executive with a proven track record of driving growth and profitability. He has an entrepreneurial mindset with a focus on strategy and business plan execution, balancing customer experience and operational efficiency,” stated Jeff Coury, Mortgage Connect LP Chief Executive Officer.  

Having spent the past 15 years in various leadership roles for ValuAmerica, Inc. (n/k/a Radian Settlement Services, Inc.) Shawn studied every facet of the mortgage industry early on. From sales and marketing to management, client services and information technology – Shawn has done a little bit of everything in the industry, making him an incredible asset.  Shawn and his family are renowned figures in the mortgage services industry. Shawn’s father, Robert (Bob) Murphy Jr., founded Lender’s Service, Inc. (LSI) in 1977. 

Shawn has held titles at nearly every level of hierarchy and considers himself a person who doesn’t fit into a box, instead adapting to the inevitable curve balls the mortgage industry throws.

“The entrepreneurial environment that Jeff Coury and Valuation Connect offer makes a huge difference. My background is working in public and political offices as well as family-owned companies,” Shawn stated. “I’m thrilled to join Valuation Connect at a time when the enterprise has experienced sustainable growth and I plan to continue that growth path without disruption.”

As EVP of Traditional Appraisal Operations for Valuation Connect, Shawn will manage the day-to-day operations. He says he’s already immersed himself into his work and is thrilled to be back at the roots of the industry. 

“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Shawn over the years and was always impressed with his knowledge.  Shawn is experienced in several areas of mortgage servicing, but having him oversee traditional appraisals is at his core. I anticipate Shawn to thrive in his role,” Jeff Coury added.

About Valuation Connect

Valuation Connect is a subsidiary of Mortgage Connect. We are an appraisal management company, managed by a team with an average of 25 years of experience in the appraisal industry.

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage service provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications, and Capital Markets sectors.  With additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama, the company offers customizable solutions to the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction and strive to leave an overwhelmingly positive and lasting impression with the consumer, loan officer and the client. For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

Mortgage Connect Appoints Brian Frye As Executive Vice President Servicing & Capital Markets Strategy

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MORTGAGE CONNECT APPOINTS BRIAN FRYE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT SERVICING & CAPITAL MARKETS STRATEGY

Pittsburgh, PA – February 24, 2021 – Mortgage Connect LP, a national mortgage services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors, servicers and GSEs, today announced it has appointed Capital Markets veteran Brian Frye to the role of Executive Vice President, Servicing and Capital Markets Strategy.

The Company tapped Frye in October 2019 to lead its Capital Markets division which provides title, collateral, and transaction support services that cater to the demanding needs of institutional investors, banks, and GSEs that trade and securitize whole loans in the secondary market.

“We are pleased to have Brian leading our Servicing and Capital Markets sales and strategy. Brian’s success in leading our Capital Markets division growth and expansion demonstrates his resolve in building solutions to meet the needs of the largest clients and investors in the industry,” said Jeff Coury Mortgage Connect CEO and Managing Partner.

Frye brings decades of experience, specifically with Wall Street investors. Beginning his career with Lehman Brothers prior to the financial housing crash of 2008, he supported the fixed income trade desk. “Title and Collateral defects can be the single biggest risk when trading mortgage assets,” said Frye. “Mortgage Connect has built an incredible business model where we provide component service work that protects our clients. We remediate both collateral and title issues so mortgage loan portfolios can be traded and securitized clean and clear.”

In his expanded role, Frye will be instrumental in product development and sales for the Company’s full spectrum of end-to-end servicing solutions, including loss mitigation, default services, critical communications and valuation solutions.  He will be leading sales and strategy with a focus on delivery of scalable solutions tailored to meet SLA requirements that boost efficiencies and enhance the consumer experience.

Frye was a principal and co-founder of AMRE Solutions, a diversified mortgage default services company, acquired by a large national mortgage services provider in 2013.  Prior to joining Mortgage connect in 2019, he was Senior Vice President at Linear Title LLC, (later purchased by Solidifi) where he established the firm’s Capital Market division.

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage service provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications, and Capital Markets sectors.  With additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama, the company offers customizable solutions to the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction and strive to leave an overwhelmingly positive and lasting impression with the consumer, loan officer and the client. For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

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Mortgage Connect Ranked No. 209 In Financial Services on Inc 5000

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MORTGAGE CONNECT RANKED NO. 209 IN FINANCIAL SERVICES ON INC 5000

 92% Growth and Impressive Job Creation Lands The Company On The List For The Second Time in Three Years

Pittsburgh, PA – September 17, 2020 – Inc. Magazine has ranked Mortgage Connect no. 209 in Financial Services and no. 3866 overall on its 39th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US. It’s the second time Mortgage Connect, a national mortgage services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors, and servicers, has made Inc. Magazine’s list – the most prestigious ranking of its kind.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Mortgage Connect LP is one of only seven financial services companies in the state to make the list and is the only one from Pittsburgh.

“We couldn’t have made this list for the second time in three years without our employees and our customers,” said Jeff Coury, Chief Executive Officer at Mortgage Connect. “Our growth is a testament to the hard work of our people and the trust they’ve helped to instill with our clients. In these uncertain times we’re fortunate to be part of an industry that continues to expand, giving us the ability to translate that growth into hundreds of jobs across the country.”

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent private businesses. Mortgage Connect continues its job growth trajectory, adding over 500 jobs in the past 12 months, with a continued focus on hiring and cultivating talent within all its markets.

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage services provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications, Loss Mitigation and Capital Markets sectors.  Mortgage Connect employs 1000+ professionals with additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama.  The company offers customizable solutions for the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction.  For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

Kevin McCrea joins Mortgage Connect as Vice President of PR & Marketing

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Kevin McCrea joins Mortgage Connect as Vice President of PR & Marketing

Mortgage and financial services business development executive tapped to lead external communication strategy for company

Pittsburgh, PA – September 30, 2020 – Mortgage Connect, a leading national mortgage services provider for the nation's largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, today announced Kevin McCrea as Vice President of PR & Marketing. McCrea has 14 years of experience in the industry, most recently serving as the director of strategic alliances for the Five Star Institute – an industry mainstay of publications, events and affinity groups.

While at Five Star, McCrea successfully oversaw sales and marketing strategies along with brand positioning and awareness for numerous portfolio servicing management companies. McCrea has a broad scope of industry experience, having engaged with all organizational types including lenders, servicers, GSE’s and service providers.

“Kevin joining our organization is great timing,” said Jeff Coury, Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Connect. “He brings invaluable experience with marketing, publishing and branding. With Mortgage Connect’s rapid expansion and addition of products and services throughout the mortgage continuum, Kevin will be leading the charge to succinctly deliver our message through various marketing and public relations strategies.”

McCrea will spearhead the management of corporate branding, marketing strategy and business development among other initiatives. Heavily integrated with the sales team, McCrea plans to help
leverage the company’s tremendous growth and expansion as a leading innovator in the digital transformation of the industry. His arrival coincides with Mortgage Connect’s recent naming to Inc.
Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies list – the second time in three years the company has been recognized on the list.

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About Mortgage Connect LP
Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage services provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications, Loss Mitigation and Capital Markets sectors. Mortgage Connect employs 1000+ professionals with additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama. The company offers customizable solutions for the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20. Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction. For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

Mortgage Connect’s Cristy Ward Chosen for HousingWire’s Women of Influence 2020 Award

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Mortgage Connect’s Cristy Ward Chosen for HousingWire’s Women of Influence 2020 Award

Chief Strategy Officer credited with helping women achieve higher levels of success in Mortgage Industry

PITTSBURGH, PA – August 18, 2020 – Mortgage Connect LP, a leading national mortgage services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, is proud to announce Cristy Ward, Chief Strategy Officer, as one of HousingWire Magazine’s Women of Influence 2020 award recipients. The elite award honors the top 100 most influential women in leadership in the housing industry.

“It’s been an honor to work with Cristy these past eight years,” stated Jeff Coury, Chief Executive Officer at Mortgage Connect. “She’s been instrumental in building our service model, driving business innovation, evolving our corporate culture, and a tremendous contributor to our success.”

A driving force in business innovation, Cristy was instrumental in creating the industry’s first Enhanced Closing Model – now the gold standard for most of the top 20 lenders. As a member of the core team that has built and helped grow Mortgage Connect since 2012, Ward has played a major role in product diversification, technology initiatives, digital strategy, and building client relationships which have solidified Mortgage Connect’s position as one of the leading mortgage service providers in the country.

While this is Ward’s first time receiving this specific award, the 19 year mortgage industry veteran is no stranger to accolades. She’s been awarded the Top 40 Women in U.S. Housing, and Leading Lady in Housing by MReport. Ward also serves as the Founder and Director of the Women Empowering Women executive council – a group of leading Mortgage Banking women who serve the industry through peer to peer collaboration, executive coaching and mentoring for women in banking.

“Not only is Cristy a driving force to deliver the best consumer experience and service in the industry, she’s also forged a path for women to achieve new milestones,” added Coury.  “She has spearheaded efforts to elevate women in mortgage, shattering the glass ceiling and creating new pathways to excel. We are very proud of Cristy’s countless contributions and her advocacy for women in the industry.”

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage services provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications, Loss Mitigation and Capital Markets sectors.  Mortgage Connect employs 1000+ professionals with additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama.  The company offers customizable solutions for the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction.  For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

Mortgage Connect Names Tim Anderson Senior Vice President of Digital Technologies

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Mortgage Connect Names Tim Anderson Senior Vice President of Digital Technologies

Award Winning Digital Mortgage Product Expert Joins Growing Team of Technology Leaders

Pittsburgh, PA – July 29, 2020 – Mortgage Connect LP, a national mortgage services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, today announced that Tim Anderson has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Digital Technologies.  With more than 35 years’ experience developing eCommerce and digital transaction management solutions for the mortgage industry, Anderson will execute strategies to further expand and enhance the Company’s eSign and eClose platform Simply Secure Sign, as well as digital strategy and delivery management.

“Tim is an advocate of innovation and has broken new ground on a number of applications,” said Jeff Coury, Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Connect. “His experience and proven track record make him the perfect candidate to lead our completely paperless, single-source digital closing platform, Simply Secure Sign.”

“Mortgage Connect is committed to delivering digital technologies to improve efficiency and enhance stakeholder satisfaction across the mortgage lifecycle,” noted Anderson. “I am excited to support the company through the next stage of strategic initiatives, particularly those that leverage digital applications to produce a compliant, secure and intuitive user experience.”

Prior to Mortgage Connect, Anderson was the senior vice president of business development at Pavaso where he was responsible for developing product, strategies and relationship for the company’s digital products.  Anderson has also held executive management positions with a national title insurance company and many financial and technology companies.  Anderson has received several industry awards and accolades, including Mortgage Technology Magazine’s prestigious Steven Fraser Award, Mortgage Professional American’s Hot 100 list, and has been recognized as a Mortgage IT All-Star by Mortgage Banking magazine.  Anderson has also served on MBA’s Board of Technology Steering Committee, eMortgage Adoption task force and MISMO Residential Governance Committee.

About Mortgage Connect LP

Mortgage Connect is a Pittsburgh, PA headquartered national mortgage services provider, serving the Origination, Default, Valuation, Critical Communications and Capital Markets sectors through its 1,000+ employees.  With additional offices in New York, Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada and Alabama, the company offers customizable solutions for the nation’s lenders and servicers, including 4 of the top 5 and 17 of the top 20.  Through its serve-first culture, Mortgage Connect and its subsidiaries are committed to an unwavering level of communication, education and customer service on each transaction and strive to leave an overwhelmingly positive and lasting impression with the consumer, loan officer and the client. For more information, visit www.mortgageconnectlp.com.

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