Spring Conference & Expo: Independent Mortgage Banks, Secondary Markets, Servicing and Technology

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • General Session: Perspectives from the C-suite

    Location: Main Stage


    Speaker(s)

    Susan Stewart, 2021 MBA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, SWBC Mortgage

    Stanley Middleman, Chief Executive Officer, Freedom Mortgage Corporation

    Paul Anastos, Chief Innovation Officer, Guaranteed Rate, Inc.

    Steven Plaisance, Interim President, Mortgage Banking, Gateway First Bank

    Christine (Chrissi) Rhea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Investors Group

    IMB Business Strategy & Operations,

    Secondary & Capital Markets,

    Tech Solutions,

    Servicing Solutions

    Get the latest perspectives from top executives from all aspects of real estate finance.

    Speaker(s)

    Susan Stewart, 2021 MBA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, SWBC Mortgage

    Susan Stewart is the 2021 Chairman of the MBA and Chief Executive Officer of SWBC Mortgage headquartered in San Antonio, TX. Stewart's visionary leadership has been the catalyst behind the company growing from 3 employees serving the Texas market to more than 650 employees in over 70 branch locations. Under her unwavering focus, SWBC Mortgage has grown from a small regional broker to a national industry leader, providing a full-service origination-to-servicing experience for borrowers in 43 states. Stewart leads a team that leverages cutting-edge technology, delivering industry-leading speed and service while providing a personal, experienced touch to the dream of home ownership.  Stewart currently serves as a member of the MBA's Board of Directors and is past Vice Chair of the MBA's Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG). She and SWBC Mortgage are committed to making the communities they serve brighter, more hope-filled places, and to that end she serves on the board of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation. Both Stewart and SWBC Mortgage have been recognized personally and corporately as Guardian level donors to the Opens Doors Foundation.

    Stanley Middleman, Chief Executive Officer, Freedom Mortgage Corporation

    Stanley C. Middleman is the founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest and fastest-growing full-service mortgage companies in the country. He is a business strategist, investor, and philanthropist, with over 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. Since 1990, he has grown the company into one of the nation’s largest U.S. originators and servicers and top VA and FHA (government-insured) lender, with over 13,000 employees and contractors nationwide. Stan was identified by South Jersey Business Magazine as a top CEO; named fifth highest-rated CEO by Glassdoor for leading his employees and the company during the COVID-19 pandemic; and honored with the Most Admired CEOs 2020 award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

    Paul Anastos, Chief Innovation Officer, Guaranteed Rate, Inc.

    Paul has been on the forefront of innovation within the housing industry for over a decade, specializing in developing technology solutions and transforming businesses into industry powerhouses. Paul helps differentiate the top 5 retail mortgage lender from its competitors by enhancing the Company’s suite of proprietary technology and developing contemporary marketing solutions. In addition, Paul is the Strategic Advisor to the Board, Operations, for Gateless Inc., an independent company formed by Guaranteed Rate that serves as a laboratory of cutting-edge technology for the entire industry. He graduated from Bentley University.

    Steven Plaisance, Interim President, Mortgage Banking, Gateway First Bank

    As Gateway First Bank’s Interim* President of Mortgage Banking, Steven Plaisance will ultimately oversee all things mortgage, including retail, correspondent, operations, secondary and servicing. He will also be a key part of the Executive leadership team at Gateway and will help define and set the course for bank activities across all spectrums. *pending regulator approvalPrior to joining Gateway, Steven worked at Arvest Bank for nearly 32 years. He started as a bank teller and worked his way up through mortgage with extensive experience in secondary and capital markets. He would serve as President and CEO of Arvest Bank’s mortgage division including its subsidiary Arvest Central Mortgage Company from 2015 through February of 2021. Steven has been active in the industry for many years, serving on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac advisory boards. He has been active in the Mortgage Bankers Association, going back to his graduation of the Future Leaders Program in 1998.  Steven currently serves as the 2021-22 Chairman of the MBA’s Mortgage Action Alliance.  He is also on the MBA Investment Committee and MBA Consumer Affairs Advisory Council. He served on RESBOG from 2019 through February 2021.

    Christine (Chrissi) Rhea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Investors Group

    Christine C. Rhea is President and CEO of Mortgage Investors Group of Tennessee. Christine co-founded the company in 1989 with a clear focus on serving the customer and the community. Under her leadership Mortgage Investors Group has expanded from 7 employees to over 450 and MIG is now a leading independent mortgage lender in the southeast with 28 branches. At its core MIG focuses on purchase business and developing relationships with realtors, builders, borrowers and other industry partners, with a new focus on Digital Consumer Direct channel.  MIG has continued to be a top lender in Tennessee and has been ranked #1 Lender for Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s first time homebuyer program for the last 15 years and USDA #1 lender in the state for the last 6 years. Chrissi is a member of the MBA’s Board of Directors and MBA’s Residential Board of Governors.

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