Laurie Pyle WIH

Like many firms that support the lending and servicing spaces, Stewart is experiencing a shift in focus — from one facing a declining origination space to one bidding to thrive as an expansive, full-service mortgage services operation.

At the vanguard of this transformation is Laurie Pyle. She serves a dual role as both executive vice president of operations for Stewart’s loss-mitigation company, Home Retention Services, and as the chief information officer for Stewart Lender Services.

That puts Pyle on the frontlines of all aspects of loss mitigation operations, and she acts as the driver of the overall technology strategy for Stewart Lender Services. “During the past five years, Stewart’s mortgage services operations has experienced over 450% revenue growth,” a Stewart spokesperson said. “Under Ms. Pyle’s leadership Stewart has grown into one of the largest component servicers supporting both GSE and seven of the top 10 mortgage lenders.”

In recent times, she’s taken things up a few gears. Pyle is credited with providing the vision for the creation of metric-based management workflow and decisioning tools. It may sound cumbersome, but that’s because the mortgage processes they are designed to smooth are themselves cumbersome.

“The operational solutions she has developed allow employees to move seamlessly between engagements,” the spokesperson said. “This operational flexibility allows for maximum utilization of resources and provides maximum opportunities for career paths for her team.”

Click below to read about each of this year's 2013 Influential Women in Housing Finance:

Amy Brandt, Prospect Mortgage | Angela Cheek, Ellie Mae | Cari McCue, Guardian Mortgage | Deborah Jenkins, Freddie Mac | Dianna Serio, CoreLogic | Elsa Lewis, Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction | Laurie Pyle, Stewart Lender Services | Lisa Binkley, Platinum Data Solutions | Maxine Waters, D-Calif. | Pamela Hughes-Patenaude, Bipartisan Policy Center | Renee Deane, Carrington Property Services | Shana Lakso, Equator | Tanya Reu, Realogy Franchise Group | Toni Moss, Americatalyst | Vicki Beal, Clayton Holdings | Debra Still, Pulte Financial Services | Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. | Janet Yellen, U.S. Federal Reserve | Joy Cianci, Fannie Mae | Laurie Maggiano, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau