MISMO Contributor Awards

The MISMO Contributor Recognition Award Program includes three awards: Standards Champion Award; Outstanding Contributor Award; and the Chairman's Award. MISMO was created in 1999 and is a mostly volunteer organization. Members of the MISMO Board, Committees and Workgroups are all volunteer contributors. Over the years, MISMO has enjoyed great success in developing standards that have been accepted and are being adopted by the industry. In fact, many of the government related entities that participate in the mortgage finance industry have, or are in the process, of adopting MISMO standards. None of these successes would have been possible without the countless hours spent by MISMOs dedicated contributors and the support of the MISMO subscriber companies and sponsors. The purpose of the MISMO Contributor Recognition Program is to recognize several individuals whose contributions to MISMO and the industry were particularly notable. 

2021 Winners

MISMO Visionary Award - Kurt Pfotenhauer, First American

Standards Champion AwardRishi Godse, USAA

Outstanding Contributor AwardMike Bixby, LoanLogics and Mike Mueller, MGIC

Chair Award - Lynn Calahan, Wells Fargo

Past Recipients

Standards Champion Award

2020 Kim Lafferty, Radian 
2019: Geran Combs, Actualize Consulting and Tammy Kienlen, Consultant
2018:  Christopher StookeyWells Fargo
2017: Cathy Clark, Black Knight and James Cooper, Freddie Mac
2016: Lynn Calahan, Wells Fargo
2015: Mark Friend, Freddie Mac
2014: Matthew Hailstone, Simplifile

Outstanding Contribution Award

2020 Randy Poirier (R2), Black Knight
2019: Dario Canal, Fannie Mae, Ralph Russo, Actualize Consulting, and Kate Steinman, Wells Fargo
2018: Charlie EppersonEvolve Mortgage Services and Matt SeuActualize Consulting

Future State of the Standards (FSSI) team

  • Steve Acker, Closergeist LLC
  • Cupid Chan, 4C Decision
  • Geran Combs, Actualize Consulting
  • Jim Cooperm Freddie Mac
  • Randy Gillis, Black Knight
  • Tammy Kienlen, Independent Consultant
  • Carol King, Independent Consultant
  • Mark Kleingers, Black Knight
  • Amy O'Connor, Nexsys Technologies
  • Mick Smothers, Capco
  • Matt Seu, Actualize Consulting
  • Brian Stucky, Allegiance Advisory Group
2016: Andy Crisenbery, Black Knight
2015: William Klumper, First Mortgage Company

MISMO's Education Committee Members

  • Steve Acker, Closergeist
  • Kyle Bensen, MGIC
  • Ed Berger, Actualize Consulting
  • Mike Bixby, Bixby Consulting
  • Susan Borg, HUD
  • Jennifer Caswell. OFR
  • Colleen Flaxington, Freddie Mac
  • Liz Green, Rel-e-vant Solutions
  • Matthew Hailstone, Simplifile
  • Heather Kerns, Actualiza Consulting
  • Jim Metzger, D+H
  • Rita Roy, Ellie Mae

Chair Award

2020 Rick Hill, MBA and Shawn Jobe, Factual Data
2019: David Barkley, Freddie Mac
2018: Bill KlumperFirst Step Software
2017: Randy Gillis, Black Knight
2016: Stephanie Berger, Ellie Mae
2015: Rachael Sokolowski, Magnolia Technologies and Roger Gudobba, Compliance Systems

Greg Alvord, Black Knight Financial Services; Leo Bijnagte, MISMO Staff; Harry Hardner, Ellie Mae, and Ted Adams, Freddie Mac

In 2017, a new Ambassador Award was developed to recognize the person who goes above and beyond to welcome newcomers into the organization and assist them to become connected and engaged.

The 2017 Ambassador Award was presented to Tammy Kienlen, Independent Consultant.

Congratulations to all of the MISMO Award nominees and winners. Their contributions, along with the contributions of everyone in the MISMO Community are very much appreciated!