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The Industry Pulse: Updates on Assurant, Veros, and More

From rewards and recognition to new appointments and initiatives, get the buzz on the industry's latest news in this weekly update.

Assurant, Inc., a New York-based global provider of risk management solutions, has announced the appointment of Marc Hinkle as Managing Director of Assurant Valuations, a title, valuation and settlement services company. Hinkle will oversee the Assurant Valuations product lines and lead strategy and innovation while strengthening the company’s presence in key markets.

“Marc’s deep industry expertise and strong leadership capabilities are perfectly aligned to drive performance and lead his team into the future with technological advances and operational excellence,” said Dan Hoppes, SVP of Mortgage Solutions. “His client-centric approach to business will continue to develop our industry-leading client experience. I am confident we will see Marc leverage our resources and strength to drive this business to new heights.”

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Fabrizio & Brook, P.C., a Troy, Michigan-based law firm, has announced the addition of attorney Larry E. Powe to its team. The firm provides full legal services to mortgage industry professionals, including loss mitigation, residential and commercial foreclosure, REO, evictions, bankruptcy, real estate, curative title, and defense litigation, including federal agencies related thereto, and financial institution deposit insurance underwriters.

Powe brings over 40 years of practical legal expertise, including financial institution receiverships throughout the state, creditors rights, bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters, creditor-related matters, contract disputes, alternative dispute resolutions, general circuit court and federal court receiverships, and secured and unsecured creditors.

AV-rated in Martindale Hubbell and based upon his practical experience, Powe continues to be an invited lecturer for industry continuing education, as well as continuing legal education seminars for the Real Property Law Section and Probate Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, with emphasis in the areas of real estate, mortgages, foreclosure, title exceptions and disputes, intestacy, easement disputes, and priority of secured liens.

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The Mortgage Law Firm, PLC, a Temecula, California-based multistate law firm that specializes in the legal needs of the mortgage banking industry, has announced that Sally Garrison will be joining the firm as Managing Partner of the firm’s Oklahoma office. Garrison will be establishing and growing the firm’s presence in that market.

“Sally is an experienced litigator with an in-depth understanding of our industry,” said Jason Cotton, President and CEO. “In addition to her wealth of experience, she is also exceptionally talented at building long-lasting relationships with our clients and colleagues. This addition to our leadership team underlines the commitment this firm has to providing outstanding quality and developing long-term relationships.”

Before beginning her work in the mortgage default space, Garrison worked as in-house counsel for the University of Oklahoma, Office of Legal Counsel, representing various departments and organizations including Student Affairs, OU Police Department, Sam Nobel Museum, Alumni Affairs, Development, Housing and Food Services, and the University Outreach, among numerous others. She also taught as an adjunct professor at the OU College of Law in the areas of Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Law in Cyberspace. Before joining The Mortgage Law Firm, she was the managing attorney for litigation and client relations director at Baer & Timberlake, P.C. Garrison is currently on the board of directors for the USFN. She is also a board member of Savannah’s Station, an equine therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.

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Atlanta-based Padgett Law Group (PLG) is proud to announce and welcome Brandy M. Green to the firm. Green will take over the Executive Director of Operations role recently vacated by Robyn S. Padgett. Green will report directly to General Counsel/VP Laura Conrad, with a dotted line to Robyn Padgett. Effective immediately, Padgett
will assume the new role of Chief Development Officer. In order to ensure a smooth transition, Green will be working closely with Padgett over the next few months.

Green comes to PLG as a 20+ year veteran of the creditor rights' industry and brings to the firm her invaluable knowledge and experience. Green holds a degree from Darton College and is an American Bar Association (ABA) certified paralegal. In her new role, Green will be responsible for implementing and executing the firm’s business plans according to its business model and ensuring that all appropriate actions are taken to expedite the firm’s
portfolio of business. Her primary focus will be based on client Service Level Agreements and performance requirements, as well as oversight and management of the firm’s high-volume multi-state creditors rights' practice, including but not limited to, foreclosure process and operations, bankruptcy process, and retail and REO closing transactions.

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technologyCalifornia-based Veros Real Estate Solutions (Veros) has released an enhanced, data-rich version of its VeroSCORE appraisal risk management solution. VeroSCORE, which already provides intelligent, automated and virtually instantaneous analysis of appraisal reports and associated risk factors, now has a new revamped design that displays additional validations such as public record data and appraiser licensing and eligibility checks.

"This represents a new standard for the appraisal industry that really addresses collateral risk," said Benjamin Smith, VP of Valuations at Veros. "These latest enhancements have added more intelligence and greater effectiveness to an already invaluable analytical tool and will help lenders and appraisal management companies comply with the GSEs’ ‘zero defects’ inspection mandate."

Other features have been added to further identify risk, including street views of subject properties, dynamic mapping, comparable sales, and AVM values for neighboring properties. All can be viewed online with zoom-in capability, mapping and pinpointing.

About Author: David Wharton

David Wharton, Acting Editor-in-Chief 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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