CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Coury is the Chief Executive Officer at Mortgage Connect. He has over 20 years’ leadership experience within the title and close industry. He is well known and respected for his passion and drive for operational excellence and building a strong customer service culture. His reputation has been built from his ability to provide clients with customer-centric, customizable solutions while achieving exemplary success increasing revenue, streamlining operational processes, creating strategic partnerships and improving profit margins. Prior to taking the helm at Mortgage Connect in 2012, Mr. Coury began his tenure in the title and close industry with ServiceLink in 1997 upon the company’s founding. Named as the Chief Executive Officer in 2002, he grew the company to a national, multi-platform organization more than tripling revenue and headcount. In 2005, he spearheaded ServiceLink’s sale to Fidelity National Financial, where he remained as the company’s chief executive until 2011. During this time span, he quadrupled the company’s revenue through acquisition and organic growth. Under Mr. Coury’s leadership, ServiceLink became the industry’s largest, most respected mortgage service provider in the country, strategically partnered with the top lenders in the nation. Mr. Coury’s business acumen has also enabled him to perform successful consulting engagements across numerous industries during his career as President of The Coury Financial Group. He is a distinguished client advocate and management executive with unique, problem-resolution capabilities and is well-respected for his leadership. Mr. Coury earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Economics from Duquesne University. Mr. Coury currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and 7 children.
The new market requires renewed confidence in the way loans are processed. We redefine mortgage settlement services to ensure just that.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Ms. Ward is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mortgage Connect. She has 19 years’ industry experience working with top ten lenders to develop strategy, product solutions, and streamlined processes to maximize operational efficiencies and mitigate risk. She has earned a reputation as a problem-solver who develops innovative, tailored solutions to manage today’s complex issues, including managing capacity, improving quality, keeping abreast of regulatory standards, improving loan transparency, and meeting the challenges of shifting to the centralization of vendors for third-party oversight. Prior to Mortgage Connect, Ms. Ward held key leadership positions with noteworthy companies including Stewart Title. She was the Executive Vice President of Sales at National Real Estate Information Services (NREIS), where she developed new business models and supporting infrastructure that led her team to triple the company’s new sales volume and played a pivotal role in the company’s sale to a Fortress Investment Group in 2011. She has served on numerous industry panels and is an expert in Title Insurance & Closing Models as well as regulatory policies and procedures. Her achievements have been recognized through several awards including the prestigious MBA Doc Jore Award for Excellent Service.
From the initial appraisal to post loan closing we deliver innovative solutions centered around an exceptional experience for the consumer and operational excellence for our clients.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Mr. Presland-Byrne serves as Mortgage Connect’s Chief Information Officer and provides leadership and vision for the technology platforms. Prior to joining Mortgage Connect, he served as Freddie Mac’s Chief Architect. In this role, he played an instrumental lead in enhancing their architecture program and strengthening their enterprise technology planning capabilities. He also standardized the company’s technology platforms and data pool. Mr. Presland-Byrne was also an executive champion of culture change and innovation initiatives at Freddie Mac. Prior to Freddie Mac, Mr. Presland-Byrne worked in a number of senior leadership roles within the financial and mortgage industries, including Bank of America and Countrywide Financial. He has over 20 years of experience in delivering agile technology solutions to enable business growth and profitability, with experience in enterprise architecture, software management, technology strategy, and systems modernization and simplification. He has received industry recognition as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, Wall Street Journal Elite 8, and Transformational Leader award. Mr. Presland-Byrne has spoken in both industry and academic venues and resides in the Pittsburgh area.
Any successful technology platform should be able to quickly adapt to emerging market changes and to meet consumer/client expectations.
Mr. Franco is the President of Mortgage Connect’s Originations Division and provides strategic oversight in the Company’s growth initiatives. An industry veteran with over 27 years’ experience in the Title, Close and Appraisal Vendor Management Industry, he has held leadership positions with LSI, Prudential, Merrill Lynch, EFS, FNF, First American and USAA. He is experienced in starting and building successful organizations from the ground up and has a unique background and perspective with experience as both the lender and as a service provider. Most recently, he was a founding member, owner and the former President of ULS. ULS was sold to USAA Real Estate Company in 2011 and Mr. Franco continued to lead the organization and maintained a role on the ULS/USAA Real Estate Company Board of Directors for 6 years. He is well known for building centralized production platforms designed to out think, out work and outperform with a strong commitment and a continued focus on the consumer experience. Simply put, his management style is designed to think more and react less. He is six sigma green belt certified and is well known as an effective problem solver with a can-do attitude. Mr. Franco earned his BSBA in Finance and a minor in Quantitative Business Analysis from Robert Morris University. Mr. Franco currently resides in Beaver County with his wife and 3 children.
We proactively examine how we can help our partners enhance the loan experience for their consumers while simultaneously creating efficiencies and reducing risk.