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Join industry experts for an in-depth discussion on the future of eClosing and how hybrid and RON closings benefit lenders and borrowers.

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How Biden’s Neighborhood Homes proposal impacts real estate investors

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2020 HW Tech Trendsetter: Henry Smith

NotaryCam, Director of Notary Operations

Henry Smith, Director of Notary Operations, NotaryCam

Henry Smith has been a driving force behind NotaryCam’s growth and success. As director of notary operations, Smith is responsible for training, onboarding, troubleshooting and working hand-in-hand with NotaryCam’s more than 1,000 notaries. He consistently contributes to notary innovation, including streamlining operations, and plays a significant role in NotaryCam’s integration partnerships with leading industry vendors, as well as its partnerships with top-tier lenders. With the onset of COVID-19, remote online notarization technology played a critical role not just in moving the housing market forward, but also keeping it from grinding to a complete halt. While helping NotaryCam to maintain its reputation for customer service (and managing a tenfold increase in month-over-month transactions), Smith led the development of NotaryCam’s remote ink notarization product to help NotaryCam accommodate a greater number of remote closing ceremonies in a socially distanced world. While NotaryCam was fully equipped to handle the increased demand for RON transactions, the company tasked Smith with the development of its concierge service to accommodate RIN. Under Smith’s tutelage, NotaryCam’s notaries were able to manage a tenfold increase in demand from real estate professionals for digital closings while increasing the firm’s revenue over 100% in the first two quarters of 2020.

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