Event Speakers

Steve Bartlett
Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is the former President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington-based policy organization of 100 of the largest financial services companies, represented by their CEOs, a position which he held from 1999 to 2012. He is a former U.S. congressman from Texas's third congressional district, a mayor of Dallas, and member of the Dallas City Council. While in Congress, Bartlett served as a member of the House Banking Committee, where he led the successful push to let the market set interest rates on government-insured mortgages. He served as Deputy Whip and was a sponsor or principal co-sponsor of nearly 20 major pieces of legislation, including the Enhanced Secondary Mortgage Market Act, Fair Labor Standards Act Reforms, FHA Deregulation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bartlett is currently a member of Treliant’s Senior Advisory Board, where he offers strategic advice to Treliant’s clients and its senior executives on a range of matters: political, legislative, regulatory, and industry trends and serves as Chairman of Respectability, a large, national non-profit promoting employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities. He resides in Texas with his wife Gail.

John Bell III
John Bell III
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A proud Navy veteran, John E. Bell III, Deputy Director, Loan Guaranty Service, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for delivering VA home loan benefits to his fellow Veterans. Following a successful career in the mortgage industry, Bell began his VA career in 2010. His prior positions at VA include Chief of Staff for the Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity and Assistant Director for Loan Policy and Valuation, where he improved the number of days to issue eligibility from 26 to two business days, and volume increases of 650%, while VA market share also increased from 1% to 12% of the mortgage market. He will also be serving as the 2022 Board Chairman of the MISMO Government Forum.

Marcel Bryar
Marcel Bryar
Mortgage Policy Advisors, LLC

A veteran of Fannie Mae and J.P. Morgan Chase, and essential leader in President Obama’s Making Home Affordable program and other industry initiatives, Marcel Bryar continues to prove himself an invaluable resource to the mortgage and real estate industry. Bryar has navigated an increasingly regulated industry effectively and efficiently through his experience as a lawyer, compliance executive, and business leader and frequently shares his insights with industry leaders at speaking engagements.

Ed Delgado
Ed Delgado
Five Star Global

With executive positions at Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac, Ed Delgado has more than 25 years' experience in mortgage banking and is recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the industry. Delgado has hosted discussions on housing and financial markets with various global leaders, including U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson. Five Star Global is the parent company of both the Five Star Institute, a leading mortgage banking trade association providing strategic services to the U.S. residential mortgage market, and The Alliance of M&A Advisors® (The Alliance), an international organization serving middle-market merger and acquisition professionals.

Douglas G. Duncan
Douglas G. Duncan
Fannie Mae

At Fannie Mae, Douglas G. Duncan is responsible for forecasts and analyses of the economy and the housing and mortgage markets. Duncan also oversees strategic research regarding the potential impact of external factors on the housing industry. He leads the House Price Forecast Working Group reporting to the Finance Committee. Under his leadership, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group won the NABE Outlook Award, presented annually for the most accurate GDP and Treasury note yield forecasts, in both 2015 and 2016—the first recipient in the award's history to capture the honor two years in a row.

Maria Fernandez
Maria Fernandez
Federal Housing Finance Agency

The Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy (OHRP) is responsible for determining Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) policies involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s single family businesses and is the agency’s focal point for the analysis and development of single family mission-related policy. Under Maria Fernandez’s leadership, OHRP has helped initiate several industry changing endeavors, including the Uniform Mortgage Data Program, HARP and its successor high-LTV refi program, Servicing Alignment Initiative, and several others. Her team has focused on aligning the GSE’s single family COVID policies in response to the pandemic.

Edward Golding
Edward Golding
MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy; Head of FHA (2015-2017)

In addition to his Executive Director role, Edward Golding serves as Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has served as head of the FHA and as Senior Advisor at HUD, where he helped formulate policy on housing finance reform and the expansion of funding for the Housing Trust Fund. As an executive at Freddie Mac from 1989-2012, he headed model development, strategy, and investor relations and developed a national reputation for visionary leadership in housing finance policy.

Ron Haynie
Ron Haynie
Independent Community Bankers of America

Ron Haynie provides leadership and guidance on all mortgage finance-related legislative and regulatory issues that affect community banks. Haynie is staff liaison for ICBA’s Large Community Bank Council, which focuses on issues affecting larger community banks. Haynie has more than 40 years’ experience in mortgage lending, secondary marketing, and consumer banking. During his 20 years at Freddie Mac, he held various positions in sales, mortgage-backed-security trading, credit policy, and program development. Prior to joining ICBA in 2010, Haynie served as VP of Mortgage Banking for Home Federal Bank.

Jack V. Konyk
Jack V. Konyk
Weiner Brodsky Kider, PC

Jack V. Konyk is Executive Director of Government Affairs at Washington, D.C.-based Weiner Brodsky Kider PC, one of the nation's leading law firms practicing in the financial services area. He has over four decades of financial services experience, having held a wide array of front-line and back-office positions in consumer banking and lending disciplines with a concentration in all aspects of mortgage finance. Prior to joining Weiner Brodsky Kider, he spent 14 years at National City Bank, now merged into PNC.

Alex McGillis
Alex McGillis
Quicken Loans

Alex McGillis leads the following teams at Quicken Loans: Change Management, Information Strategy, Knowledge Management, Content Strategy, and Content Design. He was previously responsible for product development and policy for servicing the company’s government and private portfolio loans, and has also served as a Product Manager for VA and FHA. In addition, he was the co-chair of the Future of Loss Mitigation Task Force, Chair of the Loan Administration Committee for the Mortgage Bankers Association, and part of the Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative.

Leslie Meaux Pordzik
Leslie Meaux Pordzik
Ginnie Mae

Leslie Meaux Pordzik is the SVP in the Office of Issuer and Portfolio Management at Ginnie Mae. Meaux Pordzik and her team provide program support and oversight for the 400 plus issuers currently doing business with the firm. Prior to joining Ginnie Mae, Meaux Pordzik had an extensive career in housing finance with both GSEs, having managed seller/servicers relative to relationship, change, and performance management. Meaux Pordzik holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Duquesne University.

Steve Meyer
Steve Meyer
Safeguard Properties

At Safeguard, Steve Meyer is responsible for managing clients' conveyance processes, Safeguard’s investor compliance team, and developing working relationships with cities and municipalities around the country. Meyer joined Safeguard in 1998 as Manager over the Hazard Claims team. He was instrumental in the development and creation of policies, procedures, and operating protocol. Under his leadership, the department became one of the largest within Safeguard. Prior to joining Safeguard, Meyer spent 10 years within the insurance industry, holding a number of positions including multi-line property adjuster, branch claims supervisor, and multi-line and subrogation/litigation supervisor. He is a graduate of Grove City College.

Stanley C. Middleman
Stanley C. Middleman
Freedom Mortgage Corporation

Stanley C. Middleman is the founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest and fastest-growing full-service mortgage companies in the country. He is a business strategist, investor, and philanthropist, with over 30 years’ experience in the mortgage banking industry. Since 1990, he has grown the company into one of the nation’s largest U.S. originators and servicers and top VA and FHA (government-insured) lender, with over 13,000 employees and contractors nationwide. Middleman was identified by South Jersey Business Magazine as a top CEO; named fifth highest-rated CEO by Glassdoor for leading his employees and the company during the COVID-19 pandemic; and honored with the Most Admired CEOs 2020 award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery
The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery
Gate House Strategies, LLC; Deputy Secretary at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2019-2021)

A universally respected veteran of four presidential administrations (both Republican and Democrat), The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery most recently served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is the only person to be confirmed to lead the FHA twice where he served as Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner for a total of 6.5 years under three different presidents. Montgomery possesses a unique understanding of Executive Branch operations and focuses on working with clients to strategically position them for growth opportunities. Montgomery was a co-founder of the Collingwood Group in 2009.

Chad Mosley
Chad Mosley
MCS

Chad Mosley joined Mortgage Contracting Services—a nationwide provider of property preservation, inspections, REO property maintenance, property registrations, steel security, and additional property-related services—in 2008 as AVP of business development, where he was responsible for cultivating both new and existing business relationships. He later took on additional responsibilities as VP of operations, including the oversight of inspections and REO operations before a promotion to SVP overseeing new business development efforts, industry relations initiatives, and corporate expansion. Mosley was named President in 2021, where he oversees all customer-facing and company-wide functions.

Tobias Peter
Tobias Peter
American Enterprise Institute’s Housing Center

Tobias Peter in his current role at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) focuses on housing risk and mortgage markets. Working closely with the director of the AEI Housing Center, Peter has coauthored a variety of reports on housing policy, specifically on the impact of federal policy on housing demand and homeownership, housing finance risks, and first-time homebuyers. His pieces have been published in policy journals and in the popular press, including in American Banker and Business Insider.

Edward J. Pinto
Edward J. Pinto
American Enterprise Institute Housing Center

Edward J. Pinto is currently researching how to increase the entry-level housing supply for first-time buyers and renters who earn hourly wages, as well as examining the current house price boom that began in 2012. This continues his previous work on the role of federal housing policy in the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis. Before joining AEI, Pinto was an EVP and Chief Credit Officer for Fannie Mae until the late 1980s. Today, he is frequently interviewed on radio and television and often testifies before Congress.

Tim Rood
Tim Rood
SitusAMC

Tim Rood co-founded The Collingwood Group in 2009 and was also Co-Founder and Managing Director of the firm’s predecessor company, Capital Financial Solutions. Rood has over two decades of mortgage industry and entrepreneurial experience. He advises organizations to optimize the business opportunities and to mitigate and manage the risks in and around Washington, D.C. Rood is a regular contributor to various national media outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Jesse Roth
Jesse Roth
Auction.com

Jesse Roth oversees the Business Development Team, as well as client management, analytics, and market economics. Part of his mission is to grow the Auction.com marketplace and client base, while continuing to offer next-level solutions for buyers, sellers, and neighborhoods. As a finance and mortgage industry veteran for more than 20 years, he has held roles in default servicing, portfolio management, and capital markets for Citibank, Fannie Mae, and GMAC.

Prasant Sar
Prasant Sar
Federal Housing Finance Agency

Prasant Sar directs single-family servicing and REO asset management policy at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). In this role, he oversees the servicing and real estate owned asset portfolio practices undertaken by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This includes oversight over the Government-Sponsored Enterprises’ development and implementation of loss mitigation and property preservation practices and counterparty operational reviews for non-bank servicing transfers. During the pandemic, his servicing team has focused on how to dynamically address servicing management policies in response to unparalleled impacts of COVID-19.

John Vella
John Vella
Altisource

Prior to joining Altisource, John Vella served as Chief Operating Officer of Equator, LLC. He began his financial services career with the FDIC and Freddie Mac and later served as Chief Sales Officer for H&R Block’s mortgage company, CEO of Household International’s Automotive Business, President and CEO of Bear Stearns EMC Mortgage Company, and as EVP for special servicing of GMAC/RESCAP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Springfield College.

Michael Waldron
Michael Waldron
Community Loan Servicing, LLC

At Community Loan Servicing, Michael S. Waldron is responsible for the Compliance and Oversight Department’s management, leadership, and direction as well as the company’s overall compliance strategy. Prior to joining Community, Waldron was Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Mortgage Banking Group. With over 20 years’ serving the industry in a wide variety of legal and compliance-related functions, Waldron is known for his ability to navigate the regulatory landscape and build relationships that add value to those with whom he works.

Kristin Wong
Kristin Wong
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Kristin Wong is a Financial Analyst on the Mortgage Markets team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her focus is on market monitoring, access to credit, and data analytics. She has been at the Bureau for five years. Prior to joining, she was completing her master’s at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Marissa M. Yaker
Marissa M. Yaker
Padgett Law Group

Marissa M. Yaker’s practice is primarily focused on creditor’s rights and foreclosure, an area of law that she has practiced for eight years. She is Interim-Chair of Legal League’s Special Initiatives Working Group; Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee; Member of the Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee of the Florida Bar; Member of the American Legal & Financial Network’s Women in Legal Leadership and Junior Professionals & Executives Group. Yaker was recognized by DS News as one of the Top 25 Women in Law, 2020 Rising Business Leader, and 2020 ALFN JPEG Award Winner.