July Kudos: Celebrating milestones, launches and awards in the mortgage industry

30 banks join Zelle, and the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic features NFL, NBA stars

Our KUDOS section lets us celebrate the achievements of those in the mortgage industry as they grow, give and achieve. 


Bestborn Business Solutions, creators of the Loan Vision mortgage accounting solution, recently awarded a technology grant to a local school, Aquinas Academy, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Loan Vision co-owners Martin Kerr and Igor Pchelnikov established the grant to fund modern technology in local schools in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary. Aquinas Academy used the funds from the grant for new Smart Boards for its elementary classrooms.

The 2017 Ellie Mae Classic will be held at TPC Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward, California. The Web.com tour event, which runs from July 31 to August 6, will benefit the Warriors Community Foundation, an organization that supports education and youth development for low-income students in the San Francisco Bay area.

The tournament will feature two Pro-Ams and a celebrity shootout featuring members of the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco 49ers and the San Jose earthQuakes. The tournament also includes four days of tournament play, where 156 of golf’s next wave of PGA Tour stars will compete for a $600,000 purse.


More than 30 financial institutions have joined together to participate in new peer-to-peer payment service Zelle. Zelle, owned by Early Warning Services, allows users to send funds from one bank account to another in minutes, using only a recipient’s email address or mobile number, so no sensitive account information is exchanged.

Banks using Zelle include Ally Bank, Bank of America, BB&T, Fifth Third Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and many more.  


In May, FormFree founder and CEO Brent Chandler presented the Education Hero award at the Hometown Heroes luncheon, an annual event sponsored by the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia. Chandler presented the award to members of the University of Georgia’s Student Veterans Resource Center, an organization that helps 250 veterans at the university prepare for entry into the workforce or graduate school.

Chandler, a member of the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia, served for six years in the United States Marine Corps.  

The Texas Mortgage Bankers Association honored W. Scott Norman of Finance of America Reverse with the 2017 Larry E. Temple Distinguished Service Award during the TMBA’s 100th anniversary celebrations in San Antonio, Texas. Norman is the vice president of field retail for Finance of America Reverse and is also a past president of TMBA, Austin MBA and the Texas Association of Reverse Mortgage Lenders.

 United Shore Financial Services, United Wholesale Mortgage’s parent company, recently added two national accolades to its list of achievements so far this summer. The Troy, Michigan-based company won a Stevie Award for Client Service Department of the Year – with external net promoter scores that ranked the lender among the top service companies in America. United Shore also won a global EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT award for “Best Use of Technology.” 

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