The mortgage industry faces tremendous challenges in the years ahead. The regulation that has squeezed so many in our space, combined with a still sluggish economy, means we need leaders who are innovative and proactive like never before. That’s why HousingWire is proud to recognize some of the brightest and most accomplished leaders under 40 with our Rising Stars program.
The nominations we received this year cut across all mortgage finance segments — originations, servicing, investing and real estate. In keeping with the standards we set last year when we launched the program, our Rising Stars are not people who merely show potential, but those who can point to real accomplishments that have propelled their companies and the industry as a whole into new levels of growth and profit.
These 40 winners have developed groundbreaking new software, re-engineered entire systems and launched their own startups. They have seen dramatic growth in sales, in market share and in influence. Whether they started with a company right out of high school or were brought in for a specialty solution, their contributions have been outsized.
Reading through the descriptions of our winners, some patterns emerge.
First, our Rising Stars aren’t just people who work hard — they are change agents within their companies. They are at the forefront of optimizing systems, processes or products, often in spectacular ways.
Secondly, they aren’t afraid to take risks. We asked each of the winners to pick one of the following topics for a quote: a habit that is crucial to their success, the best advice they ever got, something they had to overcome to succeed or what they would tell a younger version of themselves. No matter which one they chose, pushing themselves to take risks showed up over and over again.
The headwinds facing the mortgage finance industry are strong, but the perseverance, innovation and passion embodied by HousingWire’s Rising Stars class of 2015 shows that our industry is more than up to the task. See for yourself why we’re confident that the mortgage industry has never been in better hands.