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The Industry Pulse: The Latest Buzz in Financial Services

From rewards and recognition to new appointments, learn what's happening in the industry in this weekly update.

The LOGS Network announced the appointment of Jason Shapiro Esq. as Chief Revenue Officer. In this role, Shapiro will be responsible for the management and oversight of the national sales, marketing, and business development efforts for all LOGS Network law firms, title companies, and affiliated entities.

"It is with great pleasure and personal pride that I am announcing the addition of Jason Shapiro to the LOGS Network executive team," said Gerry Shapiro, Chairman, LOGS. "As we continue to position our enterprise for the future, it is of paramount importance that we focus on the next generation of our leadership."

Shapiro, along with Kay Schinker (COO), Jaqueline Comeau (Chief Compliance Officer), Jamie Zelvin (General Counsel), and the LOGS partners across the country will form the foundation that carries the LOGS Network forward.

"My partner, David Kreisman, and I are proud of what we have accomplished over the last 40 years and are excited to watch our partners and operational leaders carry on the tradition of performance excellence that has been the focal point of our management style and the secret to our success," Gerry Shapiro said.


In a recent announcement, California-based Trulia, a home listing portal, named Issi Romem its new Chief Economist. “Finding a new home and neighborhood is no easy task, especially as the real estate market continues to shift over time. With our housing research, Trulia has always strived to help people understand what trends and policy changes they need to consider during their home search,” the company statement reads.

At Trulia, Romem will spearhead economic research and use Trulia's neighborhood-level data to provide timely industry insights on both national and local housing market trends, demographic shifts and economic policies that matter most to buyers and renters. “In the coming weeks, you can expect to see more research and data analysis from Issi and the team, and we look forward to sharing his insights on the housing market,” Trulia said. The company also stated that they are extremely excited to announce the appointment of Romem.


Ellie Mae, a California-headquartered cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry has announced the 2019 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame award winners and finalists. These awards honor mortgage lenders who have distinguished themselves with their innovative use of Ellie Mae technology.

Winners will be honored at Ellie Mae Experience 2019 User Conference, March 10-13, 2019 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. “Congratulations to our 2019 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame award winners and finalists,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “We are honored to induct these great companies into the Ellie Mae Hall of Fame where they join prior winners who have helped shape the mortgage market. Our winners are delivering on the promise of a true digital mortgage through their use of innovative technologies and a platform approach to lending. We look forward to honoring them at our Experience User Conference.”


Blue Water Financial Technologies (BWFT) announced it has added to its growing executive team and hired Travis LaMar as Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets.

As Managing Director, LaMar joins a strong data science and analytics team and brings 20 years of experience in mortgage secondary and capital markets to BWFT. LaMar will work out of BWFT’s headquarters in Minneapolis where he will focus on MSR brokerage, structuring solutions for MSR, and hedging solutions.

Prior to joining Blue Water, LaMar ran Mortgage Secondary Markets for Bank of Oklahoma following his role as a Managing Director at Incenter, where he was responsible for all aspects of pricing, hedging and loan, MBS and MSR sales. Earlier in his career, LaMar held Senior Trading roles at US Bank and GMAC-RFC, where he hedged a large MSR portfolio and ran a non-agency ARM desk, respectively.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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