2024 Woman of Influence: Joni Pilgrim

Joni Pilgrim

Imagine a world where the appraisal process in the mortgage industry is not just efficient, but exceptional. Since Nationwide Appraisal Network’s (NAN) inception, Joni Pilgrim, CEO and co-founder of NAN, has been at the forefront of innovation — reshaping the landscape of the appraisal management industry. Pilgrim was a pioneer herself, launching one of the first national appraisal management companies in the US. NAN has moved beyond the traditional model of an AMC to become a comprehensive valuation partner, serving clients in all 50 states with a suite of diversified products powered by cutting-edge technology. With her visionary leadership and commitment to staying ahead of the curve, she’s continually pushed boundaries to modernize valuation product offerings.

Pilgrim’s success has consistently been guided by the same core principles — invest in technology, embrace modernization and create a culture of integrity and accountability with a genuine commitment to service. These efforts have culminated in NAN being recognized as the fastest-growing AMC on the Inc, 5000 in 2023 — their 5th time on the list — with an astounding 451% growth over the past three years. In addition to leading a world class valuation team, Pilgrim is also the founder of Backpacks4Kids (BP4K.org), a nonprofit organization that supports local schools with a mission to supply underserved communities with backpacks and school supplies to start the year off on the right foot. Pilgrim is co-founder of RISE, Women in Mortgage whose mission is to be the premier community in the mortgage finance industry that exists to unite and engage women across multi-generational lines through intentional outreach, networking and education.

Monthly virtual events hosted by RISE offer industry-relevant speaking sessions designed to educate, motivate and enhance the growth of its members. Pilgrim’s dedication to empowering future women leaders in the mortgage industry is commendable. Her tireless efforts at NAN and RISE are a testament to her commitment to ‘pay it forward’ by nurturing the next generation of women leaders. Pilgrim’s unwavering support for women, coupled with her groundbreaking contributions to the mortgage industry, make her an exemplary candidate for the Women of Influence award.


Joni Pilgrim


Chief Executive Officer

Company Name:

Nationwide Appraisal Network (NAN)

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