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It’s been a tradition over the years to ask each year’s Rising Stars honorees to share, in their own words, a lesson they’ve learned or a piece of advice they’d share with their younger selves. The wisdom of each honoree is apparent, and it’s clear that this year’s class is made up of driven professionals who have learned more in their careers so far than many experience by the time of retirement. In this self-reflection, we get a look inside the things that drive each honoree to excel. From learning the power of risk-taking to honing their ability to listen to col- leagues, these insights provide a glimpse into the values that have helped each honoree succeed in housing.

Congratulations to the 2022 class of Rising Stars who are carving out their own paths forward with the lessons learned along the way. Take a look through the list below to see the nominees’ impressive accomplishments.

Name Job Title Company Name Adam O’Daniel SVP, Marketing Open Mortgage Adam Spigelman SVP, Portfolio Retention Sales Planet Home Lending Alex McEvans Director, Product Management Maxwell Angie Wilen Senior Director, Single-Family Equitable Housing Freddie Mac Ashley Terrell Chief Revenue Officer Percy.ai Ashley Wood VP, Mortgage Verification Services Equifax Ben Aguilar EVP, Financial Planning and Analysis Guaranteed Rate Companies Ben Johnson Founder and CEO Spruce Benjamin Gottheim Senior Director, Mortgage Servicing Policy Freddie Mac Brad Jones Chief Marketing Officer Newrez Brendan Kihn Senior Director of Government and Industry Relations U.S. Mortgage Insurers Chad Osterhout VP, Correspondent Lending United Wholesale Mortgage Chris Channell Regional VP Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. Dennis Cestra, Jr. President, Pennsylvania Region Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Derek Schairer General Manager of Homebuilder Partnerships Opendoor Dominique Buckner IT Security Analyst Enact Mortgage Insurance Erin Wester Director of Data and Integration Services Optimal Blue Ethan Brooks Branch Manager Fairway Independent Mortgage Jason Doshi CEO and Co-founder paymints.io Jenn Van Burkleo Senior Director, Events Social Media eXp Realty Jessica Forbes SVP, Business Technology Nationwide Mortgage Bankers John Whipple Product Manager Blend Jonathan Wilson Home Mortgage Consultant Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Joseph Judge SVP Freedom Mortgage Julie Eyden VP, Program Delivery Radian Kathryn Keeton Director of Client Strategy Sagent Katie Barish EVP, Purchase Mortgage Rocket Mortgage Laura Orr Head of Leasing Resident Services Roofstock Mack Walker SVP, Director of Capital Markets Deephaven Mortgage Matt Sluggett Director of Product Management Stavvy Max Lamb Director Of Business Development Qualia Meg Parker Young Vice President Fannie Mae Meghan Hannon Senior Director, Product Finance of America Home Improvement Mike Ryan EVP, Partnerships OJO Labs Morgan Salama Head of growth and partnerships at Realogy Title Group Realogy Title Group Nadia Evangelou Forecasting National Association of Realtors Nate Clear National Sales Manager FirstFunding Nathan Wolff Chief Security Officer Homepoint Paramjeet Singh Bhamra VP, Solutions Architecture Sourcepoint Paul Hurst Chief Innovation Officer First American Financial Corporation Rebecca Perkovich Manager, Digital Mortgage Group Falcon Capital A Falcon Capital Advisors Ron Gapp COO and General Counsel Axia Home Loans Samantha Funderburg VP, Learning Employee Experience First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation Sara Davis SVP Freedom Mortgage Shasta Patton VP, Claims Mr.Cooper Tiffany Bjarnson Product Manager ICE Mortgage Technology Tim McBride Partner Wexler Realty Group Tyler Prows Group Product Manager SimpleNexus Victoria DeLuce Princeton Mortgage Princeton Mortgage Will St. Clair VP, Strategy Partnerships Notarize