Women of Influence 2016
HousingWire recognizes the most influential women in housing
Melinda Wilner has been an integral part of the success of United Wholesale Mortgage, guiding the rapid business growth that catapulted the company into being the No. 1 wholesale lender in the nation for 2015 production. Over a 12-month period, UWM increased loan production volume by nearly 50%, up to $13.1 billion, and increased the number of closed loans by 33%, up by more than 12,000 loans.
The company’s 2015 production volume was 30% over its forecasted goal, and was our best year in company history.
Wilner oversaw the roll-out of innovative proprietary tools that proved to be a difference-maker in the industry. These tools include UWM’s custom loan origination system (EASE) and UClose, a self-closing platform that empowers mortgage brokers to go from clear-to-close to closing in just minutes, and made the loan process easier and faster for mortgage brokers. In a time, post-TRID, where just about all lenders were slowing down, these tools helped UWM speed up.
Wilner stays in the weeds of her business. She is very hands-on and available to the team and is heavily involved in the day-to-day efforts to help the company achieve its goals. She leads all company operations and oversees more than 500 team members in the company’s underwriting, closing and technology teams.
Throughout her career at UWM, Wilner has proven to be a selfless leader, taking great pride in developing and growing her team members, and helping them to achieve their career goals. She has a talent for simplifying the complexities of the mortgage industry in order to train UWM team members and put the company in the best possible position to serve its clients.