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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Applied Compliance Track: Working with Your Vendors to Solve Common Challenges

    Location: Independence Ballroom A,
    Independence Level


    Speaker(s)

    Amanda Phillips, EVP of Compliance, ACES Quality Management

    Roger Fendelman, Chief Compliance Officer, Roostify, Inc.

    Vernon Tanner, CRCM, AML. BSA Officer, VP, Real Estate Governance, 1st Franklin Financial Corporation

    Monika McCarthy, Managing Director & General Counsel, CrossCheck Compliance LLC

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    Compliance management is a team sport. Learn best practices for engaging with vendors to solve common compliance challenges based on scenarios presented by industry practitioners.

    Speaker(s)

    Amanda Phillips, EVP of Compliance, ACES Quality Management

    Amanda Phillips has two decades of experience in the financial services industry including holding executive roles in legal and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining ACES Quality Management, Mrs. Phillips was with the law firm Ballard Spahr, LLP where she advised clients on federal and state regulatory requirements governing mortgage lending, including business processes and practices, software, and mortgage documents.  Prior to Ballard Spahr, she spent 6 years as in-house counsel/EVP of Legal and Regulatory Compliance for Mortgage Cadence and 5 years as SVP-Director of Compliance for a national mortgage lender.  Prior to her roles in compliance, Mrs. Phillips worked in multiple roles on the business side ranging from file set-up and disclosures to processing and underwriting.

    Roger Fendelman, Chief Compliance Officer, Roostify, Inc.

    Roger Fendelman is Chief Compliance Officer at Roostify, a leading Fintech that focuses on enhancing the digital mortgage experience. He oversees the company’s governance, risk, compliance, and information security programs, bringing an extraordinary ability to tread through regulatory challenges. A seasoned banking attorney, Roger specializes in the confluence of mortgage compliance and technology, with 25 years of experience in the sector. As an early fintech pioneer, Roger co-created PredProtect at Interthinx (now First American), a trailblazing automated regulatory compliance solution, at a time when the industry was facing unparalleled increase in lending regulations. Later in his career, Roger co-founded both the law firm Garris Horn LLP and mortgage compliance advisory Firstline Compliance LLC. He left Garris Horn and has transitioned from CEO to Principal/Advisor at Firstline Compliance so that he could join the team at Roostify. Roger has also served in operations and compliance positions at KKR-backed Nexstar Financial and CitiMortgage.

     

    Vernon Tanner, CRCM, AML. BSA Officer, VP, Real Estate Governance, 1st Franklin Financial Corporation

    Vernon Tanner began his banking career as a Bank Examiner, then entered the private sector as a Loan Officer, Credit Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer. He recently joined 1st Franklin Financial to lead the company’s R/E lending compliance program. He’s been published in the ABA Banking Journal and State Trade Association Journals on the topic of improving examination ratings. He’s served in leadership roles in our industry as a guest faculty and speaker at state and national trade association schools and conferences. He’s been a panelist at the Atlanta chapter of the Professional Risk Managers International Association, and for CPA firms advising Banks. He holds designations as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

    Monika McCarthy, Managing Director & General Counsel, CrossCheck Compliance LLC

    Monika brings her passion for building relationships and connecting people to the company’s business development activities. Her unique experience as both in-house counsel and outside counsel working with public, private and start-up companies enables her to add valuable insight to CrossCheck’s engagements with mortgage companies, banks, credit unions and fintech companies. Her work frequently involves partnering directly with in-house counsel and outside counsel to provide strategic advice and help clients both mitigate risk and cost effectively scope engagements. As general counsel, Monika advises the firm on ethics, conflicts of interest, governance, internal controls, risk management issues, contracts, and vendor management and provides guidance on client matters. Monika brings over twenty-five years of experience in nationwide financial services companies. She has advised senior management and boards of directors on both crisis critical and fundamental legal issues, including regulatory compliance, internal audit, fair lending, litigation, due diligence, and enforcement actions. Monika joined CrossCheck from Stonegate Mortgage Corporation where she was associate general counsel. Previously she has been general counsel for Cove Financial Group, Stearns Lending and New Century Mortgage Corporation. Her background includes all phases of mortgage lending including origination, compliance, fair lending, regulatory affairs, litigation, servicing, secondary market transactions, and claims resolution; as well as general business operations for all types of distribution channels including wholesale, retail, correspondent, commercial, as well as servicing and loss mitigation. She has also been senior director, Compliance and Fair Lending at Treliant Risk Advisors. She has been active in both mortgage industry and legal associations, non-profit boards and is a frequent speaker.

  • Breakout Sessions: State Licensing Challenges

    Location: Independence Ballroom I,
    Independence Level


    Speaker(s)

    Kathryn Ryan, Partner, Buckley LLP

    John Socknat, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

    William Kooper, MPA, Vice President of State Governmental Affairs and Industry Relations, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Haydn Richards, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

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    State licensing rules are complex and ever-changing, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Find out what’s changed, what’s on the horizon, and where to focus your attention so you're best prepared.

    Speaker(s)

    Kathryn Ryan, Partner, Buckley LLP

    Kathryn Ryan, Partner in Buckley LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, advises financial services companies on a variety of regulatory, licensing, compliance, and transactional matters, including federal and state compliance requirements, Secure and Fair Enforcement Act compliance, Federal Housing Administration compliance, and the risks associated with the False Claims Act and FIRREA. She assists clients with matters before state regulatory agencies, the CFPB, DOJ, HUD, federal banking agencies, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. She also provides strategic and tactical advice to help clients identify and secure the nationwide federal and state approvals necessary to achieve operational goals.

    John Socknat, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

    John D. Socknat is Practice Co-Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mortgage Banking Group and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office. John uses his knowledge and breadth of the business issues affecting the residential and commercial mortgage banking industries and the legal landscape to advise clients on compliance and licensing matters under state and federal law. John's clients include mortgage and consumer finance companies, financial institutions, servicers, collection agencies, title companies, real estate brokers, and secondary-market investors. John is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Council to the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR) and a member of the SRR Industry Advisory Council.

    William Kooper, MPA, Vice President of State Governmental Affairs and Industry Relations, Mortgage Bankers Association

    William Kooper is Vice President of State Government Affairs and Industry Relations at the Mortgage Bankers Association and in that capacity leads MBA's advocacy efforts at the state and local level as well as MBA's engagement with mortgage banking associations across the country. William is responsible for the MBA State Legislative and Regulatory Committee, staffs the State Association Relations Committee and leads the State Relations Initiative -- MBA's program to partner with state associations to align business development, communications and advocacy interests.

    Haydn Richards, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

    Haydn Richards, a Partner with Bradley, is one of the foremost leaders in state financial services law and licensing matters. Haydn counsels clients on all aspects of financial services licensing and compliance, state law, the NMLS, and CFPB-related compliance matters. Selected by his peers to serve as the Chair of the Industry Advisory Council of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR) from 2018-2020, Haydn regularly interacts with state regulators on behalf of industry members. He has individually resolved financial services enforcement actions in 45 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, perhaps more than any other attorney in this space. Haydn regularly assists clients with some of the largest acquisitions in the financial services space, with a particular focus on securing the necessary regulatory approvals so that transactions can move forward. He also counsels startup and FinTech companies with respect to licensing obligations in a variety of sectors. Finally, he is the author of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Loan Originator Temporary Authority Resource Guide, which helps compliance professionals navigate challenges associated with Temporary Authority for mortgage originators.

  • Compliance Super Session

    Location: Independence Ballroom E,
    Independence Level


    Speaker(s)

    Holly Bunting, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

    Jerra Ryan, SVP, Compliance & QC, SWBC Mortgage

    Stacey Valerio, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Justin Wiseman, Associate Vice President and Managing Regulatory Counsel, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Joshua Weinberg, President, Firstline Compliance, LLC

    Eric Houser, Managing Partner, Houser LLP

    Troy Garris, Co-Managing Partner, Garris Horn LLC

    Alan Wolf, President, The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation

    James Milano, Partner, Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

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    The conference wraps up with a facilitated super session featuring top legal and compliance experts. Bring your compliance challenges to the group for insight and solutions. Every topic is fair game in this popular session.

    Speaker(s)

    Holly Bunting, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

    Holly Bunting is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement group. Holly represents companies in the mortgage lending, title insurance and real estate industries on regulatory compliance matters and defends clients subject to government audits, investigations and enforcement proceedings. She provides counsel on federal and state consumer credit and protection laws, and focuses particular attention on assisting companies in complying with the anti-kickback requirements of RESPA, including counseling clients on the creation and operation of affiliated business arrangements, reviewing proposed and existing business relationships, and drafting agreements and disclosures.

    Jerra Ryan, SVP, Compliance & QC, SWBC Mortgage

    Jerra H. Ryan, SVP of Compliance and QC at SWBC Mortgage Corporation, is a mortgage professional with three decades of service in lending. Well-versed in all areas of residential loan production, from origination through processing, underwriting and closing, Jerra set the standard for loan quality excellence and led $250-million in production as a top-ranked originator and producing branch manager before moving her unique fusion of experience into senior leadership as a compliance officer. Jerra advocates for what we can do in mortgage compliance and production. She believes compliance should provide guardrails for business, not road blocks, and brings clarity to complex rules to drive the alignment between sales and regulations.

    Stacey Valerio, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Stacey L. Valerio focuses her practice on the mortgage banking industry. Stacey has more than 20 years' experience, including nearly a decade at the State of Connecticut Department of Banking's Consumer Credit Division, where she handled licensing and enforcement matters, with primary focus on the mortgage industry. In that role, she counseled the Consumer Credit Division, served as an administrative hearing officer, and drafted legislation, legal opinions, and rulings. The position also involved working with various other state and federal agencies, including the state Office of the Attorney General, the FBI, and the CFPB. Stacey was active with the State Regulatory Registry LLC's Lawyers Committee for many years, serving as its chair from 2014 to 2017, and was actively involved with the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR), serving as a director and an officer.  Stacey has experience counseling clients on a wide variety of regulatory matters at the federal and state levels. Her experience includes licensing and regulatory compliance, legislative initiatives, contract drafting, and the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (NMLS).

    Justin Wiseman, Associate Vice President and Managing Regulatory Counsel, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Justin Wiseman is an Associate Vice President and Managing Regulatory Counsel in the Public Policy and Industry Relations department at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Justin manages MBA’s Regulatory Policy team that covers legal issues, trends in litigation, regulatory compliance matters, and servicing as well as provides strategic direction to advance MBA member priorities on regulatory and legal matters. This team also analyzes pending rules and legislation, provides comments on behalf of MBA members on pending rules or regulations and helps develops MBA’s posture towards innovation and innovation policy. Prior to this, he staffed MBA’s Loan Administration committee, providing policy development insights and working with stakeholders to advocate on behalf of the industry.

    Joshua Weinberg, President, Firstline Compliance, LLC

    Joshua Weinberg is a nationally recognized speaker, author, consultant, and leader in the mortgage industry. He is the President of Firstline Compliance (www.firstlinecompliance.com), a consulting company specializing in mortgage compliance and technology. He works closely with Federal and State Regulators and participates with many industry associations. He currently leads MBA’s LEP Working Group and is the past Chair of MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Committee, a member of ABA’s Residential Markets Committee, and Past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for MISMO.

    Eric Houser, Managing Partner, Houser LLP

    Eric D. Houser is the managing partner of Houser LLP, a law firm with 10 offices nationwide founded in 2001. Mr. Houser graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. In 1987, Mr. Houser received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Houser has been practicing law for over 34 years. Mr. Houser has a national litigation practice specializing in consumer and commercial finance, default servicing, title, bankruptcy, insurance and technology litigation.  Mr. Houser has successfully tried cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts from Hawaii to Connecticut (and lots of places in between). Mr. Houser has co-authored the original edition of the book “California Causes of Actions.”

    Troy Garris, Co-Managing Partner, Garris Horn LLC

    Troy Garris is Co-Managing Partner of Garris Horn LLP.  A business owner’s lawyer, Troy prides himself on a results-oriented, pragmatic approach to legal and compliance for mortgage companies and banks. Troy deals with federal and state compliance, regulatory enforcement defense, company formation, and mergers and acquisitions.  In these areas, he represents independent mortgage bankers, community banks, lenders, servicers, builders, title companies, secondary market investors, and equity funds.  He is frequently involved in matters involving LO Compensation, RESPA, TILA, Fair Lending, FHA, social media marketing, and other issues, and appears in matters before the CFPB, HUD, FTC, and state banking agencies. Troy is active in the industry, including being significantly involved with industry associations, and is an alumnus of the Mortgage Bankers Association Future Leader’s program. Troy is also an active YouTuber, and host of Troy at Garris Horn, the Mortgage Banking LiveStream.

     

    Alan Wolf, President, The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation

    Alan S. Wolf is the President and Managing Attorney of The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation.  Mr. Wolf has served as the Chair of the California Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Services Committee (1994-1995) and Co-Chair (1995-1996), helped found the USFN (the preeminent national association of mortgage banking law firms), and served as a member of the USFN Board of Directors (1990-1996).  Mr. Wolf was the lead attorney in the landmark bankruptcy cram down case of Enewally v. Wash. Mut. Bank (In re Enewally), 368 F.3d 1165 (9th Cir. Cal. 2004).  Mr. Wolf lectures extensively throughout the country on a variety of loan servicing and mortgage banking issues and has been a featured speaker at numerous MBA National Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance conferences and National Servicing conferences.  He has also written many articles for leading mortgage banking trade journals including Mortgage Banking MagazineServicing Management, California Finance, the CTA Newsletter and USFN Report and has authored sections in the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Handbook on Loan Administration and two chapters in the Mortgage Servicers National Reference Directory.

    James Milano, Partner, Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

    James M. Milano is a partner with Weiner Brodsky Kider PC.  His practice focuses on federal and state regulatory compliance matters for the financial services industry. He represents and advises mortgage companies, financial institutions, secondary market investors, consumer finance companies, and settlement service providers, including Appraisal Management Companies, on federal and state mortgage banking issues.  Jim represents lenders, servicers and vendors in administrative enforcement actions, and assists with responding to state audits.  As a nationally recognized leader in the area of reverse mortgage law, Jim reviews and designs proprietary reverse mortgage loan programs and advises clients on all issues unique to the reverse mortgage business.  He also advises companies that provide equity based home equity and appreciation sharing products and sales leaseback programs.

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