MISMO Press Release - MISMO® Announces Inaugural Recipients of Certified MISMO Standards Professional Designation


WASHINGTON, DC (June 1, 2015) - MISMO is proud to announce the first group of individuals to ever receive the Certified MISMO Standards Professionals (CMSP®) designation. These individuals have completed a rigorous process to achieve distinction as experts in the field of standards within the mortgage industry.

"MISMO plays an increasingly important role in the mortgage industry, and demonstrated expertise, by individuals, in the development and use of standards is therefore increasingly valued by everyone in the industry, from lenders to service providers to investors to government agencies," said Richard Hill, Executive Vice President of MISMO. "These individuals are to be commended for their significant accomplishment. Earning the CMSP required each individual to demonstrate superior knowledge and skills with respect to MISMO standards."

The CMSP is a new program recently launched by MISMO and was created in direct response to industry demands for skilled MISMO practitioners.The CMSP designation, along with the extensive supporting educational curriculum, ensures that individuals have the requisite ability to support, design and implement MISMO-based projects. The CMSP designation is the only MISMO certification program available for individuals within the mortgage industry.

The following individuals represent the inaugural class of Certified MISMO Standards Professionals:

Steve Acker                   Closergeist

Greg Alvord                    RealEC

Leo Bijnagte                   Independent Consultant

Kyle Bensen                  MGIC

Ed Berger                      Actualize Consulting

Stephanie Berger           Ellie Mae

Mike Bixby                    eHereNow

Colleen Flaxington         Freddie Mac

Harry Gardner               Ellie Mae

Liz Green                     Rel-e-vant Solutions

Matthew Hailstone        Simplifile

Natalie Hunt                 Fannie Mae

Shawn Jobe                 Factual Data

Heather Kerns              Actualize Consulting

Mark Kleingers              eLynx

Dave Krause                 Radian

Abdias Lira                   Wolters Kluwer

Gabe Minton                 PHH Mortgage

Jim Metzger                  D+H

Rita Roy                      Ellie Mae

Rachael Sokolowski     Magnolia Technologies, LLC

The Certified MISMO Standards Professional (CMSP) is available to anyone in the mortgage industry who demonstrates expertise through involvement with MISMO. Detailed requirements, including the successful completion of a comprehensive examination, are available on www.mismo.org or by contacting MISMO at info@mismo.org.


MISMO®, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization, is the voluntary standards development body for the mortgage industry. Voluntary use of MISMO standards reduces processing costs, increases transparency and boosts investor confidence in mortgages as an asset class, while creating cost savings for the consumer. For more information, visit www.mismo.org.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation's residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,200 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, REITs, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. For additional information, visit MBA's Web site: www.mba.org.

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