Lodestar's Lending LeadersNov 30, 2023
More Than Just Surviving
LodeStar's Alayna Gardner chats with the indefatigable Liz Short, CEO of Short Solutions, about how to do more than just "Survive Till '25."
A Better World Through PMI
This week's guest is a new friend, Nomi Smith, Founder and CEO of PMI Rate Pro. She and Jim Paolino chat about Nomi's amazing story, her journey into mortgage lending, and her expertise in the world of mortgage insurance.
Key Takeaways from MBA 2023
Two hosts for the price of one! Jim and Alayna regroup at LodeStar HQ to recap MBA Annual 2023 in Philadelphia. They discuss key takeaways, shifts in focus in mortgage tech, and—of course—Philly food.
How to Be Unbreakable
This week LendingLeaders features an awesome conversation between LodeStar's own Alayna Gardner and Equity Capital Mortgage Group's Rick Rucker on how to be unbreakable in tough times and tough markets.
Leading with Authenticity
For this week's Lending Leaders episode, Alayna talks with Meg Bennett, AMP, CMB, on the struggle of getting those impressive letters behind her name. Meg is a champion of authenticity, and she brings that to every conversation and endeavor.
Creating Connections in Lending
For this week's episode of Lending Leaders, Jim Paolino talks with Joel Gonzalez, Managing Partner & EVP of Sales MOR Lending, about Joel's journey into mortgage lending and the power of connection in sales.
Competing on More Than Just Cost
For this week’s episode of Lending Leaders, Alayna Gardner and Dustin McClelland, EVP of Sales at Lender Price, talk about the importance of usable data, integrity and respect, and competing on more than just cost.
How Expertise Builds Trust
For this week’s episode of Lending Leaders, Jim Paolino chats with Marina Hubenova, Director of Sales at Inspect HOA. They discuss the fear of changing, navigating difficult markets, the role of tech, and how to build trust with expertise.
Sales and Leadership
During this week's episode of the Lending Leaders podcast, Alayna Gardner and Skip Willcox discuss sales, time management, the importance of investing in your dreams, and the value of leadership.
The Impact of Impact Lending
In today’s episode of Lending Leaders, Heather Horovitz, the SVP of Community Development, Financial Institutions, and Impact Lending at VyStar Credit Union, joins us to discuss her journey into community development and impact lending. Heather’s transition from being a chef to working in finance might seem like an unlikely path, but it was driven by her passion for strategic planning and the desire to make a difference in her community.
Transparency in Mortgage
In this week's episode of Lending Leaders, Alina Gardner interviews Jimmy King, CEO and Co-Founder of Banking Bridge, to discuss the importance of transparency in the mortgage industry and how it can benefit both borrowers and lenders.
Future-Proofing Your Business
Lending Leaders is back for its fourth season. We're kicking things off with Alayna, Jim, and Dave discussing how to build your business with an eye to the future.
Anatomy of a Rebrand
For this week's episode of the Lending Leaders Summer Session, Jim and Alayna dissect LodeStar's much needed rebrand (see last week's episode 😬) and talk about what makes a good brand.
The Ghost of Marketing Past
For this week’s episode of the Lending Leaders Summer Session, Alayna and Jim mark the beginning of LodeStar’s tenth anniversary by resurrecting some old marketing, website materials, and cringe fuel. Let’s just say we’re proud of how far we’ve come…
Lessons from the Office: Part Four
For this week's episode of the Lending Leaders Summer Session, we're back for the fourth and final installment of our ongoing conversation: business lessons from the hit sitcom, The Office.
Lessons from the Office: Part Three
For this week's episode of the Lending Leaders Summer Session, we're back to part three of our ongoing conversation: lessons from the hit sitcom, The Office.
Lessons from the Office: Part Two
For this week's episode of the Lending Leaders Summer Session, we're back to the next installment of last week's conversation: lessons from the hit sitcom, The Office.
Lessons from the Office: Part One
To kick off the Lending Leaders Summer Session, Jim and Alayna begin a four-part discussion on the Office, the beloved TV show about a small-town paper company and the people who work there. This week’s question: is Dunder Mifflin a good company?
Rethinking Hire/Fire Cycles
For this week’s episode of LLL, Jim chats with Leora Ruzin, Founder of Ruzin Creative, to talk about the mortgage industry, hiring and firing cycles, and why those are so unnecessary.
The Importance of Compliance
For this week's episode of LLL, Alayna sits down with Dominique Wiest, VP of Regulatory Compliance with LendingPad. Together, they discuss all things compliance, the importance of knowing how disclosures work, and why lenders can't afford not to know about state and federal requirements.
Data and Accountability
For this week's episode of LLL, Alayna sits down to talk with Steve Sussman, Chief Business Development Officer with Nationwide Appraisal Network (NAN), about the world of appraisal, the importance of data, and the value of accountability.
Industry Update with Jim Paolino
For this week's episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, Jim and Alayna sit down to talk spring market, market cycles in the mortgage industry, and the perennial fear: recession.
The Importance of (Re)Branding
For this week's episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders Podcast, Alayna talks with Robert Palmer, Marketing Manager at Byte Software, to discuss the importance of branding, rebranding, and core marketing principles.
What is Hybrid Automation?
For this week's episode of LLL, Jim sits down with Babar Chaudhary, Founder of Mortgage Automation, to talk about one of the mortgage industry's most overused buzzwords: automation.
The Blockchain Revolution
Women in Mortgage Tech
For this week's episode of LLL, Alayna and Kelsey chat about their experience as women in the mortgage space and how things have changed since they got their start.
Viewing Challenges as Opportunities
For this week's episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, Alayna talks with SimpleNexus CTO Lori Brewer about women in STEM and the impact that unforeseen challenges can have on your career.
The Irreplaceable Value of Mentorship
For this week’s episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders Podcast, Jim sits down with Michele Kryczkowski, a mortgage industry pro with twenty years of experience, and a passionate advocate of mentorships. They discuss the difference between instilling competence and demanding confidence, and how mentors can best empower their mentees.
Empowering Down Payment Assistance
For this week’s episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, Alayna sat down with Rob Chrane, Founder and CEO of Down Payment Resource. Down Payment Resource connects homebuyers with the down payment help they need and provides tools for housing professionals to help them along the way. Together they discussed all things down payment assistance, empowering local lenders to help borrowers, and fighting the uphill battle of homebuyer education.
Predicting Better Futures
For this week's episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, Jim sat down with Laird Nossuli, CEO of iEmergent, a data and analytics technology provider focused on forecasting the future of the mortgage industry. Since 2000, iEmergent has been focused on delivering insights to help organizations navigate the industry’s changing landscape. Jim and Laird talked about using data to forecast the future, navigating changes, and the importance of championing diversity and underserved markets.
By the Numbers: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
For this week’s episode of LLL, Jim speaks with longtime friend, Matt Einheber, Creator of TitleBox, to nerd out over some stats and numbers. They take a look back at the 2021 and 2022 markets, and speculateabout 2023.
Serving the Larger Conversation
For this week’s episode of LodeStar Lending Leaders, we were beyond excited to sit down with Rob Chrisman of the Chrisman Commentary. In our industry, he’s a legend who needs no introduction. He was kind enough to give some of his time to our podcast while attending IMB23 in sunny Coronado, California.
"Don't Get Too High on the Highs"
For this week’s episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, Jim had the pleasure of chatting with Bob Ventola, Branch Manager, and Tim Shultz, SVP of National Sales Administration, with Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp. Both are industry veterans who’ve seen their share of “good” and “bad” mortgage markets. We were eager to pick their brains and glean some wisdom for cutting through the doom-and-gloom headlines of the 2022 and early 2023 market.
Leveraging AI in Mortgage
For this week’s episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast—the very first of the new year!—CEO Jim Paolino sat down with Hoyt Mann, President and Co-Founder of Alanna.ai, a virtual assistant software for the title industry. We were excited to pick his brain about all things AI, machine learning, and technology in the mortgage and title industries.
2022: Reflecting on a Crazy Year
For this week’s pre-holiday break episode of Lending Leaders, Jim and Alayna slowed things down a bit and sat down with LodeStar Co-Founder and CTO, David Spektor, to reflect on what 2022 meant for the company.
Let's Talk About Automation
This week on LLL, LodeStar Sales and Marketing Director Alayna Gardner interviews the CEO of Lender Toolkit, Brett Brumley, to talk all things automation and the mortgage industry. They touch on scalability, layoffs, market downturns, and leveraging tech during tough times.
Clarifying Homeowners Associations
For this week’s episode of LLL, Jim interviews Anton Tonev, Co-Founder of InspectHOA. Many homebuyers—especially first-timers—known very little about Homeowners Associations. Navigating the ins-and-outs of HOA documents and fees can be a headache. So, we were excited to pick Anton’s brain about how he helps lenders and title agents navigate HOAs, and about the wider need for clarity in the housing, title, and mortgage lending industries.
Mortgage, Tacos, and DEI
For this week's episode of the LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast, we were so excited to sit down with the host and founder of Love and Tacos, the indefatigable Dalila Ramos. LodeStar's Alayna Gardner chatted with Dalila about the mortgage industry, the origins of Love and Tacos, and the importance of DEI.
It's All About the Website
For this week’s LLL, Jim interviews longtime friend, Kelsey Brown, Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of WebMax, to discuss all things websites and the importance of an online presence for mortgage lenders.
What Home Maintenance Pros Wish Homebuyers Knew
For this week’s LLL, Alayna sits down with Daniel Felt, Founder and CEO of Kura Home to discuss home maintenance, changes in the housing market, and what home maintenance professionals wish first-time homebuyers knew.
Live from HousingWire Annual 2022!
For this week’s LLL, we’re excited to share some of the highlights from HousingWire Annual earlier this month! HousingWire knows how to put on a good conference, and we had some great conversations with industry friends and partners while we were there.
TikTok and Mortgage Lending
For this week’s Lending Leaders, Jim Paolino talks with Jordan Nutter, a loan originator with NFM Lending and a TikTok influencer with over 190K followers. They talk all things TikTok and being a mortgage lender with a huge social media following.
Live from NAMMBA CONNECT 2022!
This week we're highlighting some our friends and partners who attended the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA) CONNECT conference. We talked all things diversity, equity, and inclusion in the mortgage industry, the importance of progress, and what still needs to change.
Tech and the Future of Mortgage
For this week’s episode of LLL, Jim interviews Mike Yu, CEO and Co-Founder of Vesta. Together they discuss technology, the role of loan officers in a changing industry, and projecting what the mortgage industry’s future might mean for vendors and lenders alike.
Live from Digital Mortgage 2022!
LodeStar’s star Sales and Marketing Director, Alayna Gardner, interviews fellow attendees at the 2022 Digital Mortgage Conference.
Investing in Workflow
Season 3 is in full swing, and we’re excited to chat with Larry Bailey, CEO of Mortgage Workflow Partners. Larry is a big proponent of rolling up your sleeves, getting under the hood, and analyzing how a business really works. Not how the CEO thinks it works, but how it actually works. Investing in workflow is critical to ensure both that your business is working the way you think it is and that you’re embracing the best possible functionality. Larry is a true veteran, and we were excited to pick his brain and swap stories.
Business and Social Responsibility
For this week's Lending Leaders, Tim Nguyen, CEO and Co-Founder of BeSmartee, shares his thoughts on the importance of balancing good business practices with a sense of social responsibility. He delves into his family history, its impact on his business philosophy, and how that philosophy has grown with him and his company.
Our Biggest Mistakes
The LodeStar Lending Leaders podcast begins its third season with Jim, Dave, and Alayna discussing LodeStar's not-so-proudest moment in business. Here's to learning from your mistakes!
How A Mortgage Insider Buys A Home Pt 5: Reflecting on the Process
To conclude the LodeStar Lending Leaders Summer Session, we’re capping off our weeks-long discussion of how a mortgage insider buys a home. Alayna interviews Jim and his wife Sarah and invites them to reflect on their homebuying process.
How A Mortgage Insider Buys A Home Pt 3: Jim Gets A Mortgage
Welcome to part three of Jim's experience buying a home as a mortgage professional. Today we're picking his brain about the mortgage process and how being the CEO of a mortgage software company helped him navigate the ins and outs of the process.