Griff Straw joins Solidifi, a Chicago-based property valuation and collateral risk management service provider, as president. Straw’s more than 30 years of experience include serving in several senior level positions at United Guaranty, where he oversaw the company’s relationships with Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE), where he previously held management positions. In his new position, Straw will lead the five-year-old company’s growth initiatives and report to Solidifi CEO Jason Smith. “I am very pleased that Griff will be heading up our growing US business,” Smith said. “His extensive experience in the mortgage banking industry and reputation for being an innovative leader will be a great asset to our company and our clients.” Write to Austin Kilgore.