2023 Rising Star: Mike Vough


Mike Vough is Black Knight’s vice president of hedging and trading products, Optimal Blue. He is a respected and valued go-to advisor whose advice is regularly sought by mortgage industry investors, brokers and some of the largest lenders and servicers. His vast expertise, combined with the sophisticated secondary marketing technologies he directs, bolsters Optimal Blue’s broad client base with more effective operational and competitive strategies. Under Vough’s direction, these integrated solutions support clients’ unique business strategies for the capital and secondary markets, no matter how complex, and he is leading technology innovations that represent the next generation of hedging and loan trading.

Vough’s lengthy experience, deep industry insight and inspiring direction have led Optimal Blue to become one of the housing economy’s leading technology providers. Vough leads by example and his ability to both manage from the top and get down in the trenches are inspirational to his team. His calm demeanor and natural teaching ability reflect his service-oriented, collaborative leadership style that makes others eager to learn more about these topics and work harder for him. Vough’s unique set of skills is rare in a leader. He is a trusted expert in capital markets; can personally code the solutions he creates; and is able to clearly communicate with professionals at all levels of an organization — from software developers to the CEOs of the country’s largest mortgage firms. His passion for developing knowledge, commitment to innovation, supporting teamwork and delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction are the embodiment of Black Knight’s company values.

What is one habit that has helped you succeed?

Always be willing to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. Learning and completing an entire process like team members or customers have to will give you a more complete insight into the issue you are attempting to solve.


Mike Vough




Vice President of Hedging and Trading Products, Optimal Blue

Company Name:

Black Knight



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