HW Insiders Award™ Program Overview

HW Insiders Award Program

 

The HW Insiders Award™ program recognizes your organization's operational all-stars — those insiders that are your company's best-kept secret, yet vital to its success.

"The HW Insiders program is for those who do the leg work and make the mortgage industry tick. We are looking for that senior loan officer who closed the bulk of your loans last year. Clock a record number of appraisals last year? Nominate the people who made that happen. We want to hear about those people who move the mortgage market forward but rarely get the credit. Now is their time to be recognized. Right here, right now and nowhere else other than at HousingWire."

— Jacob Gaffney, Editor-in-Chief, HousingWire

Recognition Package Details

Winners will receive a HW Insiders™ Recognition Package, which includes:

  • Profile published in the September issue of HousingWire Magazine and on HousingWire.com
  • Year-long recognition on HousingWire.com
  • Digital version of winner's profile for personal distribution and/or reproduction
  • A limited edition commemorative plaque recognizing your achievement
  • One-year subscription to HousingWire Magazine

Program Details

  • Nomination period: June 13, 2017 – June 30, 2017
  • Submission Fee: $495
  • Winners announced: September issue of HousingWire Magazine (beginning of September)

Eligibility & Criteria:

Nominees must be working in the U.S. housing economy, which includes businesses in residential mortgage lending, servicing, investments, or real estate. Each application must provide tangible evidence of significant impact within their individual company, primarily focused upon the past 12 months.
 
We desire to recognize those who serve their companies in outstanding ways — through operations, product development, hiring, marketing campaigns, or making things more efficient. Don't let that list limit you — we aren't as focused on titles but on the value this person brings to the company. Put another way, what this person does is not as important as how they do it (excellently, stunningly well).
 
We want to celebrate people who are often their company's best-kept secret: the one person known within the company as a critical part of that company's success, but who may or may not be as well known throughout the larger industry. That's the genesis of the word Insiders — absolutely essential to the performance of their companies within the housing space. Impact doesn't always have to be measured in quantifiable terms, but the more specifics you can provide on why they are valuable, the stronger the application will be.

Candidate Examples

An operational all-star at your company might look quite different from one at another company. We are looking for the unsung heroes that make up the secret sauce in your organization. These are key contributors that should be recognized for their outstanding contribution to your organization and to the housing industry.

Here are a couple of quite different examples of the types of candidate the HW Insiders Award™ covers:

Example #1 — Laurie

Laurie is Mortgage Loan Officer with over 25 years of lending experience.

Laurie freely shares her expertise to personally assist numerous families with their financing needs.  Laurie is a rock star with an extensive background in all facets of mortgage lending, including management and underwriting.  Laurie is well versed in all types of mortgages; from Conventional, FHA/VA - Jumbo to Construction/203k Rehab loans, Home Equity lines, and everything in between.

Example #2 — Frank

Frank is a Division Vice President of Mortgage Operations.

He has experience with quality assurance, underwriting, and product management. When it comes to project execution, Frank is a force to be reckoned with. He lead his team to implement new procedures to insure TRID compliance and reduced average time to close by 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can I contact if I have questions?

    You can contact HousingWire editors by sending your query to editor@housingwire.com, or by reviewing our departmental contact information here.

  2. What is the HW Insiders Award™ program?

    This program recognizes mid-level industry professionals who have become essential forces in their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance — those whose enterprising efforts are moving markets forward, each and every day.

  3. When will HousingWire announce the winners of the 2016 HW Insiders Award™ program?

    Winners will be announced on HousingWire.com in early September 2016, and in the September 2016 issue of HousingWire Magazine.

  4. When is the nomination period?

    Nominations will open Monday, June 13, 2016, and close on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

  5. What are the qualifications for consideration?

    Nominees must be working in the U.S. housing economy, which includes businesses in residential mortgage lending, servicing, investments, or real estate. Each application must provide tangible evidence of significant impact within their individual company, primarily focused upon the past 12 months.

  6. Who decides who will make the list of HW Insiders Award™ winners?

    A panel of HousingWire's editors and reporters will decide.

  7. How can I nominate someone?

    Nominations must be submitted via HousingWire's official award submission application.

  8. Why is there a nomination fee?

    Winners of the HW Insiders Award™ will receive a customized winner's package that includes a custom plaque, profile, and other materials — there are no additional fees, nothing else to buy. It takes a significant amount of time and resources for HousingWire's editorial team members to organize and successfully determine who will be named to this year's list. The behind the scenes work to ensure each winner receives a customized recognition package received in a timely basis incurs a significant amount of work as well.

  9. Can I just call you or send you an e-mail with the name of the person I'd like to nominate?

    No. We need to have the application completed, including contact information for the person you are nominating.

  10. I want to nominate my boss, but would it be better if someone higher up nominated him? Can I nominate a family member?

    You can nominate yourself, a client, a family member, your boss, an employee, or an acquaintance. The most important thing is that you state a clear, business-oriented reason for the nomination.

  11. Does it help if many people nominate the same person?

    No. In fact, it sends a negative impression if there is evidence of an organized campaign to send many nominations.

  12. Will more than one nominee from the same company be considered?

    Yes, multiple professionals from the same company can be nominated and will each receive consideration.

  13. How does the process work?

    After we receive a nomination, HousingWire editorial staff members vet the candidates and submit lists to the editors. The editors then hold a series of meetings to determine which candidates will be chosen. We strive to come up with a diverse list that represents a broad spectrum of the industries we cover. The process takes a significant amount of time over a compressed schedule.

  14. What is required of those who are selected?

    Candidates who are selected must make themselves available for an interview with a reporter. They may also be required to make themselves available for a photo shoot.

  15. Can I contact you to see how my nominee is doing in the judging process?

    No. We don't give status reports. If we need any further information, we will contact you. Please be patient.

  16. I want to be picked for the HW Insiders Award™ program. Will it help to hire a public relations firm?

    No. Publicists often submit candidates, but they do not influence the judging.

  17. I was not selected for the HW Insiders Award™. Can you tell me why?

    With hundreds of candidates and only a few spots available, the majority of hopefuls will not be chosen. We cannot explain why you weren't picked because it won't be for any one reason, but for reasons that have to do with presenting a diverse range of professions and professionals spanning the U.S. housing economy.