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Don Baham invited to join Nashville Business Journal Leadership Trust

NASHVILLE, Tenn. /ScoopCloud/ -- Don Baham, President of Kraft Technology Group, LLC (KTG), has been invited to join Nashville Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee.

KROST Kicks Off the Year by Announcing Merger with BPE&H an Accountancy Corporation

PASADENA, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- KROST CPAs and Consultants, a firm based out of Los Angeles, has merged in BPE&H out of Woodland Hills effective January 1, 2020. Seven principals will join the leadership team at KROST, including Scott Eisner, Martin Belak-Berger, Bob Price, Phil D'Amico, Scott Gilmore; and founding BPE&H principals Jerry Block and Jane Plant.

LBA Ware Onboards Chris Gassel as Strategic Sales Specialist to Support Release of LimeGear Business Intelligence Platform

MACON, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- LBA Ware, a leading provider of incentive compensation management (ICM) and business intelligence software solutions for the mortgage industry, has appointed Chris Gassel as strategic sales specialist. Gassel was brought on board to support the release of LBA Ware's highly anticipated, turnkey business intelligence (BI) platform, LimeGear.

FormFree Founder Brent Chandler Commends CFPB Proposal to Eliminate DTI, Citing Ability to Pay as a ‘Best Consumer Borrowing Risk Indicator’

ATHENS, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- FormFree Founder and CEO Brent Chandler today responded to this week's news that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger indicated the bureau's decision to propose amending the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule so as to "move away" from debt-to-income (DTI) calculations as a mortgage underwriting factor.

Kaplan Partners Announces Nicholas DeMedio as Principal

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. /ScoopCloud/ -- Kaplan Partners, a leading boutique executive search and talent advisory firm, today announced Nicholas DeMedio ("Nick") has joined the firm as a Principal. With more than 20 years of Executive Search, Talent Management and Human Resources experience, Nick comes from a regional Human Resources consulting firm where he oversaw the financial services executive search practice.

Scott Morrison, one of the founders of After, Inc., returns to company after sale to EPIC Holdings

NORWALK, Conn. /ScoopCloud/ -- After, Inc., the global leader in Warranty Marketing and Analytics Solutions since 2005, has just announced the return of Scott Morrison, an original founder, to lead new business development and strategic innovation for the company.

EPIC Adds Kevin Melvin as Director of the firm’s Southeast Charter School Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Kevin Melvin has joined the firm as Director of the firm's Southeast Charter School Practice.

Best Financial Life Launches Deliberate Money Moves Podcast

DANVILLE, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Greater East Bay financial planning firm Best Financial Life announces the launch of the Deliberate Money Moves podcast. Deliberate Money Moves was developed as a new avenue to educate clients and prospects on a wide variety of money and financial wellness topics so they can discover how to make better, more beneficial decisions when it comes to their financial landscape.

CardTapp and Top of Mind Offer Combined Solution Aimed at Improving Loan Officer Productivity and Lead Response Time

ATLANTA, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- CardTapp, your always-on digital assistant, today announced an integration with Surefire by Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry. The integration brings together Surefire's new Power Calls capability with CardTapp's digital assistant solution to increase loan officer productivity and enable speedier borrower outreach.

Top of Mind Elevates Jonas Kruckeberg to Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Industry Relationships

ATLANTA, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry, today announced it has elevated Jonas Kruckeberg to executive vice president of strategic partnerships and industry relationships.

LBA Ware Releases 2019 LO Compensation Report

MACON, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- LBA Ware, a leading provider of incentive compensation management (ICM) and business intelligence software solutions for the mortgage industry, today released summary statistics on the state of mortgage industry compensation in 2019. The firm's analysis of year-over-year data from its CompenSafe ICM platform reveals compelling trends about how mortgage lenders nationwide are managing commissions for loan originators (LOs).

Papa and Priority Health Announce Strategic Partnership Launch to Offer Senior Citizens More Freedom to Age in Place

MIAMI, Fla. /ScoopCloud/ -- Papa Inc., a nationwide provider for seniors and caregivers announced today its newest partnership with Priority Health. Papa will provide "Grandkids On-Demand" for Priority Health's PriorityMedicare Edge and PriorityMedicare Ideal Medicare Advantage plan members.

EPIC Launches New National Specialty Practice: Asset Lifecycle Management

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants announced today the launch of a national specialty practice, Asset Lifecycle Management, providing risk consulting and risk transfer solutions focused on clinical and electronic equipment. Large healthcare systems, major universities, and financial institutions rely on electronic equipment to conduct daily operations.

SimpleNexus attributes record 2019 growth to lender demand for integrated digital mortgage technology

LEHI, Utah /ScoopCloud/ -- SimpleNexus, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced that it credits its accelerated 2019 growth to demand for digital mortgage tools capable of easy integration with lenders' full tech stacks.

OptifiNow Leverages ReverseVision API to Streamline Reverse Loan Origination at Open Mortgage

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology, today announced their recently released Loan Import API has been leveraged by OptifiNow for mutual lender client Open Mortgage.

Travel Insurance Companies vs. Cruise Lines: Why Shopping Around Is The Better Choice

NEW YORK, N.Y. /ScoopCloud/ -- With the kick off of the Cruise Wave Season this month, the time when cruise companies offer the best deals on cruises, TravelInsurance.com urges travelers to purchase travel insurance early to protect their investments and ensure they're covered in the event of travel mishaps.

FormFree Generates Record Number of Combined Verification Reports in 2019

ATHENS, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- FormFree rounded out 2019 with a 65 percent increase in total orders for its AccountChek Asset Report and three-in-one Passport Report over the previous year. The surge in adoption of the company's market-leading products, which allow lenders to verify borrower asset, income and employment information, caps a long list of product milestones.

FormFree Becomes First Anchor Sponsor of NEXT Mortgage Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. /ScoopCloud/ -- NEXT Mortgage Events and Housing Finance Strategies today announced that FormFree, a leading provider of automated verification services for the lending industry, has become the first anchor sponsor of NEXT.

SimpleNexus Invests in Client Success with the Addition of Five Senior Leadership Positions

LEHI, Utah /ScoopCloud/ -- SimpleNexus, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced it has filled roles in five senior leadership positions to support customer success and scale the company's internal and external growth.

The Mortgage Collaborative Announces Partnership with Mortgage Insurance Provider MGIC

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Mortgage Collaborative (TMC), the mortgage industry's only independent cooperative, is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company (MGIC) to be the newest addition to join its Preferred Partner Network.

NotaryCam Praises Florida for Continuing Remote Online Notarization Legalization and Advancement

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- NotaryCam Founder and CEO Rick Triola today applauded the Florida legislature for passing HB 409, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The bill authorizes online notarizations and specifies requirements and standards for performance of such online notarizations.

Frenkel and Company Completes Transition to EPIC Brand

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, which operates as EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), announced today that Frenkel & Company, acquired by EPIC in November 2017, has completed their adoption of the EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants name and brand.

Top of Mind Expands Mortgage Compliance Solutions with CCPA Readiness Ahead of January 1 Deadline

ATLANTA, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- Top of Mind Networks, a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry, today announced that its Surefire CRM is ready to help mortgage lenders meet their obligations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

HexGn Study: Startup Investors Shun Asia in 2019 and Flock to Americas and Europe

NEW YORK, N.Y. /ScoopCloud/ -- HexGn released a study of the funding trends in the global startup ecosystem in 2019; the team analyzed over 60,000 deals and one million data points for the report.

NotaryCam Approved to Provide eNotary, RON Services for Michigan Notaries

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- NotaryCam the pioneering leader in online notarization and original provider of mortgage eClosing solutions, today announced that it has been approved by the Michigan Department of State to provide both eNotary and remote online notarization (RON) services to the more than 113,000 notaries public registered in the state.

Latest ARMCO QC Trends Report Draws Correlation Between Lenders’ Profitability and Adaptability to Market

DENVER, Colo. /ScoopCloud/ -- ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), the leading provider of enterprise financial risk management solutions, announced the release of the quarterly ARMCO Mortgage QC Trends Report. The latest report covers second quarter (Q2) 2019 and provides loan quality findings for mortgages reviewed by ACES Audit Technology.

SimpleNexus User Group (SNUG) 2020 Agenda Announced

LEHI, Utah /ScoopCloud/ -- SimpleNexus, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced the agenda for SimpleNexus User Group (SNUG) 2020 conference being held February 9-12 at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Snowbird, Utah.

TravelInsurance.com, A Leading Travel Insurance Comparison Site, Offers Travel Tips to Reduce Stress Over the Holidays

NEW YORK, N.Y. /ScoopCloud/ -- This year, more Americans are expected to travel between Dec. 21 and Jan. 1 than ever before, according to the American Automobile Association, making travel mishaps even more likely this holiday season. Whether traveling to be with loved ones or for that end-of-year dream escape, there is a high potential for stress. TravelInsurance.com, a leading travel insurance comparison website, offers tips to get you through the holiday travel season smoothly.

Lisa Huscher joins EPIC as a Sales Executive, as Part of its LEAP Program

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Lisa Huscher has joined the firm as a sales executive through their LEAP sales development program.

PROGRESS in Lending Association Honors OpenClose CEO/CTO Jason Regalbuto with 2019 Lending Luminary Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. /ScoopCloud/ -- OpenClose, an industry-leading multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) and digital mortgage fintech provider, announced that Jason Regalbuto, the company's long-time CEO/CTO, was selected as a 2019 'Lending Luminary' by PROGRESS in Lending Association for his concerted work in leading the mortgage industry and his company to major success over the past 12 months.

LBA Ware Launches CompenSafe University to Help Lenders Achieve Their Compensation Plan Management Objectives

MACON, Ga. /ScoopCloud/ -- LBA Ware, a leading provider of incentive compensation management (ICM) and business intelligence software solutions for the mortgage industry, today announced the launch of CompenSafe University (CSU), a two-day training program designed to help lenders derive additional value from their investment in CompenSafe.

Lifting People with Disabilities Out of Poverty: JLA Pooled Trust Hits $5 million in Beneficiary Assets

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- In recognition of the highly impactful, life-changing work provided to people with disabilities in the region, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has awarded Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust & Services (JLA Trust) with a three-year, $250,000 Next Stage Grant.

Bank of Southern California, N.A. Completes Capital Offering and Plans to Form Holding Company

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS: BCAL), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, announced today the successful completion of a capital raise of approximately $12 million through the issuance of common stock in a private placement to institutional and accredited individual investors at a price of $12.00 per share.

NEXT and Housing Finance Strategies Announce #NEXTDC20

WASHINGTON, D.C. /ScoopCloud/ -- Capitalizing on the success of their recent executive summit in Washington D.C., NEXT Mortgage Events and Housing Finance Strategies announced #NEXTDC20, their second annual event to be held shortly after the November 2020 election in Washington, D.C.

EPIC Adds Matthew Presutti as Managing Principal in their New York operations

NEW YORK, N.Y. /ScoopCloud/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Matthew Presutti has joined their EPIC New York operations as managing principal on the employee benefits team.