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Some of the Top Women, We are Influenced By (In Mortgage and Allied Industries)

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Christine Beckwith

President, COO & Master Coach at vision for success coaching

Christine is a President, Creator, Chief Operating Officer, and Master Coach of the fastest growing Sales Coaching Company in America, Christine has mastered her 30-year industry accolades by climbing to the very top of a national sales finance platform in the mortgage industry. She has won at every level of sales in her career and worked at a senior and executive level for nearly two decades, breaking many glass ceilings and amassing notoriety, a rapidly growing following, and proving that consistent excellence is obtainable.

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Laura J. Brandao

President at American Financial Resources

Laura Brandao is a partner of American Financial Resources, where she serves as the President and is responsible for the sales, strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations of the Wholesale & Correspondent divisions. For the past 12 years, Laura has developed a mindset within the company to make it a personal responsibility of each employee to bring the families of AFR’s lending partner’s home. Laura has been described by her peers as the hardest working person they have ever met, and her team follows right behind her.

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Kim Hoffman

Head of Mortgage Operations at SoFi

Kim Hoffman is Head of Mortgage Operations at SoFi Finance company. She started her career in consumer finance and has experience in all consumer lending products. She helped customers save their business by monetizing their home equity and paying off ill-intending business partners. This one transaction changed the customer’s future and hers too. She saw the power of building wealth through homeownership, the security, and stability created through homeownership. Now she is focused on how to improve the mortgage lending experience.

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Suzy Lindblom

Chief Operating Officer at Planet Home Lending, LLC

Suzy Lindblom is a trailblazer with a passion for developing people and companies and contributing to the mortgage industry. During the past 12 months, Suzy has been the kind of leader every company craves during a crisis: steadfast and certain. She doubled Planet Home Lending’s origination capacity, optimized already-successful fulfilment operations, skilfully managed a 20% growth in personnel. Put in place leading-edge technology to improve customer experience, grew the company’s relationship with minority industry organizations, and mentored a new generation of industry leaders.

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Molly Dowdy

Co-Founder at NEXT Mortgage News & Events

Molly Dowdy is the co-founder of NEXT Mortgage Conference, the mortgage technology conference for women. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing technology to mortgage lenders. Molly served as EVP, including mortgage technology provider a la mode’s sale of Mercury Network to Serent Capital, Mercury Network’s growth and independent branding, and Serent Capital’s recent acquisition of Platinum Data Solutions

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Katie Sweeney


Katie is CEO at AIME and has successfully executed various point of sale and CRM implementations launched a custom-built wholesale broker portal and spearheaded the acquisition of lender partners and other B2B associates for multiple projects. In her role as EVP of Strategy for ARIVE, her focus is on leveling the playing field in the mortgage industry by bringing a technology experience to the wholesale channel that competes with anything else in the market.

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Leora Ruzin

CMB, AMP, Mortgage Executive Writer

Leora Ruzin is a proven leader in the real estate finance industry, with specialized skills in the areas of Closing, Funding, Shipping, Post-Closing, Secondary Marketing, Capital Markets, Rate Risk Analysis, Investor Relations, Operations, Underwriting, Product Development, Managing Teams Consisting of Between 2-15 Staff, System Administrator for a wide variety of mortgage-related software solutions.

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Suha (Beidas) Zehl

Chief Analytics Officer

Suha (Beidas) Zehl is a chief analytic officer at EPM Financial Services. Leading the new Business Intelligence program, strategy through implementation and maintenance to help EPM achieve its strategic and business goals across all divisions. she thrives on leveraging innovation, new technologies, and business intelligence to drive digital transformation and to elevate our customers’ experience – turning their dreams of owning a home into a reality

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Patricia Arvielo

Co-Founder & President of New American Funding

As Co-Founder & President of New American Funding, Patty Arvielo leads by example as she manages operations and sales for the company’s headquarters, over 200 nationwide branches, and 4,000+ employees. As a role model for women in business, she guides the company in a progressive direction by creating a diverse and inclusive culture. Patty champions the underserved in the housing sector and leverages 39 years of mortgage experience as a national influencer and active servant in her community.

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Kristy Williams Fercho

Head of Home Lending at Wells Fargo

Kristy Fercho is executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo Home Lending. As head of Home Lending, Fercho oversees one of the nation’s leading combined home lenders and servicers, funding one of every twelve loans and servicing one of every eight loans in the country. Fercho leads a team of more than 25,000 mortgage professionals in sales, operations, servicing, capital markets, portfolio management, and related business, risk management, and supporting functions.

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Nandita Bakhshi

President and CEO at Bank of the West

As President and CEO of Bank of the West, Nandita leads an outstanding team of people who believe in redefining banking for a better future. Bank of the West. a BNP Paribas company is part of a global network of banks in 72 countries making bold choices to leave the planet better off than we found it. Bank of the West is heavily invested in the sustainable energy transition. It is the only central U.S. bank with firm environmental policies in place that preclude the financing of fossil fuels, palm oil, and tobacco, among other industries.

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Sonal Shah

Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Corporation

Sonal is an Innovative, results-oriented financial services professional with experience in marketing and product/project management.

She is a strategic thinker with expertise in identifying and analysing the competitive landscape of investment products and trends of high net worth, increasing revenue, and a vital skill set in developing, retaining, and managing client relationships.

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Sarah (Batangan) Gonzalez

COO at First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation

She is a Results-driven leader offering 20+ years of assertive, compelling style proven to be both inspirational and profitable within a mortgage lending firm. Versatile strategist recognized for having superior organization skills to launch large-scale teams and projects progressive, decisive, and innovative and highly valued for expertise in interpreting corporate vision and strategy, translating objectives into actionable plans, and providing influential leadership to a global multi-functional staff. Articulate and persuasive with exceptional communication and training skills. She is revered by superiors, peers, and clients for being highly collaborative and interpersonal.

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