Prestigious List of Mortgage and Real Estate Leaders Are Impacting the Industry

Pittsburgh, PA – August 12, 2021 – Mortgage Connect LP, a national mortgage services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors, servicers and GSEs, today announced that Cristy Ward, Chief Strategy Officer at Mortgage Connect, was named to the list of 2021 Women of Influence by the award-winning industry publication HousingWire.  This is the second consecutive time Ward has been recognized by the publication.  Now in its 11th year, HousingWire annually names 100 of the best and brightest, leading female mortgage finance executives to the list.

Ward was chosen by HousingWire’s Selection Committee based on her professional achievements within Mortgage Connect and her contributions to the overall industry, community outreach, client impact and personal success.

“Women of Influence honorees this year would be the women who are making an impact, which is something we saw woven into each of these amazing award winners,” said Brena Nath, HousingWire managing editor. “Congratulations to these women who are cultivating a new path forward for the housing industry and reimagining a better, more collaborative future.”

To support the overwhelming challenges faced by lenders and servicers during the pandemic, Ward played an instrumental role in the rapid deployment of compliant, digital platforms.  In 2021, Mortgage Connect launched an advanced digital solution that instantly routes mortgage transactions to the fastest and most efficient path to close.  The technology re-imagines the linear, paper intensive, mortgage workflow by incorporating instant title and eClose eligibility with digital, remote signing, notary, and express appraisal.  Under Ward’s leadership, Mortgage Connect continues to create critical digital solutions to help clients manage volume, dramatically improve closing times, process remote transactions seamlessly, all while creating operational efficiency and elevating the consumer experience.

In September 2019, Ward founded Women Empowering Women Financial Services, a network of leading, influential women executives who, through collaboration, work to activate solutions for positive change in the Mortgage Industry.  That industry trade group continues to grow and make impacts across the industry.

Ward has also focused on accelerating female talent at Mortgage Connect, where women make up 68% of the overall staff, 70% of management and 43% of the company’s executive staff.

“I am honored to be named to this prestigious list of women,” said Ward. “I am passionate about developing innovative solutions that not only create efficiencies for our lender partners but also enhance the consumer’s experience. Being recognized for my work to promote women makes this award very important to me.”

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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