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Lenders One Marks 20th Anniversary With Growth, Innovative Opportunities

Lenders One Cooperative, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020. The cooperative reported significant growth with the addition of 26 members and the development of new programs to help its members become even more profitable.

Some highlights for the year included:

  • L1 Flood surpassed one million transactions
  • A 3600% increase in e-closing activity with more than 12,000 loans closed and 5,000 e-note transactions since Q2
  • Launched the L1 Verifications program with over 50 members using it and growing
  • Over 20 members have joined the L1 Data Program, which was introduced in January, that provides monthly peer benchmarking for participants by aggregating and anonymizing data from the cooperative’s large and diverse group of members
  • The National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA), Rewire, Inc., Top of Mind, and Absolute Logic joined the National Programs platform
  • PollyEx, Spring EQ, TIAA Bank, and First National Bank of America (FNBA) were added to the Capital Markets platform

Further strengthening the cooperative, Lenders One® hosted several thought-provoking and successful live and virtual events throughout the year:

  • The live Annual Summit took place in Miami March 1-4 with a standout number of attendees from across the Cooperative
  • One live and six virtual Advisory Council meetings discussed vital Lenders One matters
  • Four webinars presented pandemic-related challenges and solutions to the industry
  • Two virtual Executive Roundtables responding to pandemic concerns
  • First all-day virtual Basecamp with educational sessions and networking
  • A monthly Virtual Summit Series ran August to December
  • The Annual Meeting was held virtually in December

Four new individuals were added to the Lenders One Advisory Council: Christina Brown, CMB, Chief Lending Officer of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group; Alvin Shah, Managing Partner of First Option Mortgage; Taylor Stork, COO of Developer’s Mortgage Company; and Matthew VanFossen, Chief Executive Officer of Absolute Home Mortgage Corp. In addition, Jon Gwin, COO of American Financial, Inc., was added to the Lenders One Board of Directors.

“While 2020 was unusual and challenging, that didn’t dampen the spirit of celebration for our 20th anniversary as a cooperative,” said Brian A. Simon, President of Lenders One. “Working together with our growing alliance of members, we saw them achieve substantial successes through our existing and new programs. Looking ahead, we have several more initiatives and strategies planned. We’re excited to help our members take their companies to the next level in 2021 and beyond.”

About Author: David Wharton

David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@theMReport.com.
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