2020 HW Woman of Influence: Cristy Ward

Mortgage Connect, Chief Strategy Officer

Cristy Ward

Cristy Ward leads national revenue and business strategy for Mortgage Connect.

She is responsible for all lines of revenue within the originations, title and closing services, loss mitigation, default, appraisal, private wealth and home equity divisions. Ward is instrumental in identifying client pain points, imagining solutions and then helping the team drive them from concept to market launch and implementation. In more than eight years with Mortgage Connect, Ward has cemented relationships with top lending institutions, including money center banks, independent mortgage bankers, servicers and special servicers. Over the course of 2019 Ward’s efforts helped grow Mortgage Connect to more than 1,100 employees. This included the launch of two new offerings: Critical communications services and drone appraisal technology, which is highly effective for disaster appraisals when it is unsafe for appraisers to enter an area. In September of 2019, Ward organized and hosted the inaugural Women Empowering Women Council event, sponsored by Mortgage Connect and other leading companies. The event, which included six of HousingWire’s 2019 Women of Influence, brought together more than 50 women to set the council’s mission: “To elevate women in our industry through a network of collaboration and support.”

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