Ernst Publishing Company, the leading provider of technology and closing cost data for the real estate and home finance industries for the past 25 years, recently announced that Chris Dufault, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, will join the company as director of product management. In his new role, he will lead a team that will direct the company’s future product development as well as the enhancement of the company’s industry leading offerings.
“Chris is an excellent choice for this position because he knows the industry, the companies operating here and their needs,” said Gregory E. Teal, president and CEO of Ernst Publishing. “Ernst has proven itself to be a very innovative company. Our products meet the current needs of our client base, which is extensive. Chris will help Ernst ensure that our clients’ future needs are also met.”
Dufault has led numerous product teams for information providers serving the real estate, credit, and investigative service industries from modems to mobile, according to the company. Prior to his new position, he was a sales manager and director of customer relations for Dataquick Information Services. He was also a product manager for Prentice Hall On-line expended corporate, UCC, real estate, and other public record data collections from regional to a national footprint. He has also filed a number of patent applications and brings cost-effective best practices for internal, vendor, and client side product development.
Additionally, Dufault was director of product manager for Choicepoint and developed SQL Direct system to system data access technology, according to the release. He was also a product manager for Experian, introduced Collection Advantage to the company, and a small business credit report featuring trade line credit data contributed by major commercial lending institutions. He also developed SentiMetrx and SentiPulse, social big data and predictive analytics tools for marketing for Cascadia Pacific.
“Ernst Publishing has earned a great reputation in the industry for being a consistent innovator,” Dufault said. “I’m very excited to be part of a company that understands that technological solutions are, by their very nature, always changing to meet the new needs of the industry. I’m looking forward to working with this team and continuing to build on the company’s legacy.”