Fintech Lab

Wednesday, September 25 | 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Subject-matter experts representing leading mortgage and tech companies will discuss the latest advances in financial technology and how these innovations are being implemented to streamline processes, increase transparency, and reduce costs across the financial services sector. Be part of the conversation and discover actionable solutions and processes for your organization.

Lab Director

Jennifer McGuinness
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Strategic Venture Partners

Jennifer brings over twenty (20) years of experience in mortgage lending and aggregation, banking, asset management, servicing, securitization, and financial services to Strategic Venture Partners (“SVP”) and Mortgage Venture Partners (“MVP”). Prior to co-founding both SVP and MVP, Jennifer was Senior Vice President of Single Asset Lending for Colony American Finance n/k/a Corvest Finance, wherein she created the inaugural products, built and oversaw retail and correspondent lending.

Previously, she was Director and Head of Asset Management and Transaction Banking for both Premium Point Investments and WinWater Home Mortgage, where she was principally responsible for the creation and management of the program and they were the first hedge fund issuer of RMBS securities, backed by newly originated loans. She has also been Vice President of Asset Management and Breach Administration Manager for Deutsche Bank’s RMBS Business, ran various groups for GRP Financial Services Corp. (a Sallie Mae Company), a mortgage loan acquisition, sales, and special servicing business. Prior to GRP, Jennifer spent years as a Sr. Managing Paralegal working within real estate law and was responsible for the oversight of paralegals as it pertained to real property purchase and sales, loan closing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, deficiency action, and other types of real estate and mortgage-based claims and litigation. Jennifer is also a mortgage loan underwriter and reverse underwriter. Jennifer was named a “Leading Lady” for the Five Stars Institutes Women in Housing for 2017 and nominated for two Keystone Awards in 2018.

Exhibits &

The 2019 Five Star Conference

Fintech Agenda

9:00 A.M. – 9:05 A.M.

Lab Director Introduction

Jennifer McGuinness – Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Strategic Venture Partners

9:05 A.M. – 9:20 A.M.

A High-Tech Environment: Meeting Consumer Expectations

What comes first, form or function? What factors should you consider when aiming to deliver a digital experience that satisfies consumers and fulfills your organization’s needs? This presentation explores these important questions for a tech-driven lending environment.

Rick Sharga – President & CEO, CJ Patrick Company

9:20 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Digital Mortgages: The Future of Lending

With industry stakeholders becoming increasingly focused on building user-friendly experiences, what’s the next evolutionary step for digital mortgages? What are the impacts of a consumer-driven application system? How can your organization achieve the delicate balance between a high-tech environment and the all-important personal touch?

Ditrick Dunn – Co-Founder & Head of Business Development and Strategy, Strategic Venture Partners

Stephen Bulfer – Co-Founder & CEO, Stream Loan
Linda Odom – Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Allen Polluck – VP, Product Innovation, OpenClose
Rocky Stubbs – SVP, Head of Direct Lending, Flagstar Bank

10:00 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.

Better Business: Increasing Operational Transparency

The open, decentralized nature of blockchain technology offers unprecedented transparency for its user and is a natural extension of the regulatory topics that have been a focus for more than a decade. What does total transparency look like within mortgage and servicing?

Damien Weldon – Founder & President, The Molybdenum

Nicolas Corpuz – Director of Compliance, Brace Software
Ben Hall – VP of Premium Title, Altisource
Al Qureshi – Managing Partner, Blue Water Financial Technologies
Ravi Singh – Chief Product and Technology Officer,

10:40 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Ted Talk

10:50 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

Building With Blockchain: Leveraging Digital Ledger Tech

Blockchain is a popular industry buzzword, but the surrounding discussions are often far-reaching. This panel will discuss the more immediate applications of digital ledger technology, as well as its impact on lending and servicing operations.

Eric Lapin – First VP, Corporate Development, Old Republic Title

James E. Albertelli – CEO, ALAW
Selma Hepp, PHD – Chief Economist & VP Business Intelligence, Compass
Sandy Selman – Co-Founder, CryptoProperties LLC
Robert Zwink – CTO and Co-Founder, SafeChain Financial, Inc.

11:35 A.M. – 11:50 A.M.

Glass Half Full: The Upside of Fintech Regulation

Often seen as hindrance to businesses seeking to be fast, nimble, and efficient, the predictability of forward-looking compliance schemes can actually offer certainty to financial services clients and vendors alike. Even lacking precedent or extensive experience with fintech platforms, services, or products, there are meaningful benefits to be gained from knowing and playing by the rules as they are written.

Charles Horn – Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

11:50 A.M. – 12:25 P.M.

The Next Frontier: Adapting to the Realities of a Digital Future

There is little doubt that the mortgage industry will continue to evolve and embrace a digital future, but what will it take to get there? What benefits can we expect as a result of a shift into this digital landscape?

Jennifer McGuinness – Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Strategic Venture Partners

Isaac Cecil – CEO, Pre-Rec
Brian Faux – CEO, Morty
Florian Fischetti – Head of Product, EarnUp
John Paasonen – Co-Founder & CEO, Maxwell

12:25 P.M.

Closing Remarks

Jennifer McGuinness – Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Strategic Venture Partners

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