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NMP Most Connected Mortgage Professionals 2020

This month, National Mortgage Professional magazine features its “Most Connected Mortgage Professionals of 2020,” the top industry professionals selected by the editors for their participation in the world of social media.

The winners were chosen in part based on the nominations we received and focused on these social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Winners were not selected based just on their numbers.

To be considered for a Gold Level Connection, a nominee must be among the top in three of the categories; Silver Level Connection in two; and Bronze Level Connection in one. None of the nominees were among the top on all four platforms.

All information was supplied by the nominees and reviewed by magazine staff. Social media stats are as of 06/18/20. A checkmark indicates top performance for that platform.

GOLD LEVEL CONNECTIONS

Mat Ishbia

Mat Ishbia

Mat Ishbia is president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage. One of the nation’s leading advocates for mortgage brokers, Mat has changed the lending platform, turning UWM into a $107 billion company and one of the top wholesale lenders in the country.

√ Twitter Followers: 3,125

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 5,360

√ LinkedIn Connections: 13,135

Instagram Followers: 684

SILVER LEVEL CONNECTIONS

Marc Demetriou

Marc Demetriou

As a top 1% originator, author, speaker and former radio show co-host, Marc Demetriou is an authority on real estate. Marc has been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, Huffington Post and many other publications. Additionally, Marc is a continuing education instructor, offering credits to accountants, real estate agents and financial planners.

Twitter Followers: 953

Individual Facebook Likes: 1,050

√ LinkedIn Connections: 9,851

√ Instagram Followers: 3,257

Katy Parsons

Katy Parsons

Katy Parsons entered the industry with a splash, and has continued to make waves as co-host of the annual Mortgage Revolution conference. Her first task when the world returns to normal is to get MRev back on the books! Nothing is better than a room full of mortgage professionals sharing ideas.

Twitter Followers: n/a

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 4,900

LinkedIn Connections: n/a

√ Instagram Followers: 2,667

Adam P. Smith

Adam P. Smith

Adam P. Smith is president of The Colorado Real Estate Finance Group Inc., and owner of Just The Tips Coaching. Adam has helped thousands of clients and written billions in mortgages. Adam has also coached hundreds of sales professionals on lead generation, client retention, repeat and referral prospecting, and zero-cost marketing.

√ Twitter Followers: 998

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 4,983

LinkedIn Connections: 6,400

Instagram Followers: 1,695

Carl White

Carl White

Carl White is branch manager of Success Mortgage Partners, and founder and CEO of The Mortgage Marketing Animals. His podcast, Loan Officer Freedom, is a top podcast for LOs, he has one of the largest Facebook fan pages for LOs, all while running one of the most successful mortgage marketing training programs in the U.S. for topproducing loan officers.

Twitter Followers: n/a

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 39,861 TOP OVERALL

√ LinkedIn Connections: 24,316

Instagram Followers: n/a

Mark Wilkins

Mark Wilkins

Mark Wilkins was recently named as “Top 1% Loan Originators in America” for 2019 with Movement Mortgage. Mark’s social media following is a key piece in his marketing strategy and building network relationships. Mark is a past honoree by National Mortgage Professional magazine as a member of the “Most Connected Mortgage Professional” list.

Twitter Followers: 151

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 4,385

LinkedIn Connections: 2,700

√ Instagram Followers: 9,098 TOP OVERALL

BRONZE LEVEL CONNECTIONS

Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Mike Cox’s passion is to educate and empower the consumer to make smart financial decisions using their mortgage. Mike has created one of the industry’s best organic Facebook Business pages. His page has a good mixture of fun and straight talk. Mike has recorded hundreds of videos educating his audience.

Twitter Followers: n/a

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 8,377

LinkedIn Connections: n/a

Instagram Followers: n/a

Kevin DeLory

Kevin DeLory

Kevin DeLory, senior vice president, national sales for Carrington Mortgage Services has an impeccable track record of delivering top-notch results. DeLory’s team-oriented approach to sales emphasizes a winning attitude and fosters an environment where accountability is king. That attitude has resulted in a national sales team that consistently exceeds performance goals and expectations, and is experiencing almost 100% year-over-year growth.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: n/a

√ LinkedIn Connections: 30,000 TOP OVERALL

Instagram Followers: n/a

Jeremy DeRosa

Jeremy DeRosa

Jeremy DeRosa is managing director of TPO production at Home Point Financial, one of the nation’s leading mortgage lenders and servicers. His background includes 18 years of industry experience across mortgage sales recruiting, TPO growth strategy and social media reach.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: n/a

√ LinkedIn Connections: 28,206

Instagram Followers: n/a

Jay Dunsing

Jay Dunsing

Jay Dunsing has 23,319 LinkedIn connections, 90% of those connections are people in the mortgage industry. He currently has approximately 574,704 e-mail addresses and phone numbers of LOs in the country. Jay is a frequent contributor to many LinkedIn groups.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: n/a

√ LinkedIn Connections: 23,319

Instagram Followers: n/a

Sam Fannin

Sam Fannin

Sam “Your Favorite Mortgage Man!!” Fannin of Premier Nationwide Lending, serves his local community by delivering red carpet customer service, with strict attention to detail, and the ability to work with tight time constraints.

Twitter Followers: n/a

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 4,996

LinkedIn Connections: 1,691

Instagram Followers: n/a

Jonny Fowler

Jonny Fowler

Jonny Fowler, senior vice president of Hancock Mortgage Partners, has a knack for bringing the right people to the right opportunity, making it possible for them to not only expand their mortgage businesses, but also to grow personally and professionally as they positively impact their communities.

Twitter Followers: 430

√ Individual Facebook Likes: 4,961

LinkedIn Connections: 800

Instagram Followers: n/a

David Luna

David Luna

David Luna is CEO of Mortgage Educators and Compliance. He’s served as State Commissioner and held several executive positions for banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers and brokerages. He served on national and state boards as well. David has been a consultant to the GSEs and is often featured in National Mortgage Professional magazine, NBC, CBS and ABC.

Twitter Followers: 99

Individual Facebook Likes: 3,825

√ LinkedIn Connections: 11,000

Instagram Followers: n/a

Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell, executive vice president at Gold Star Mortgage, develops innovative purchase market strategies designed to revolutionize the way loan officers and real estate agents partner.

Eric creates state-of-the-art lead generation platforms that have delivered sustainable growth for the thousands of sales professionals he has trained across North America.

Twitter Followers: 421

Individual Facebook Likes: 910

√ LinkedIn Connections: 29,832

Instagram Followers: 1,222

Robert Padron

Robert Padron

Robert Padron is branch manager at 1st Financial Inc. and past president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals (FAMP). With 17 years of industry experience, Padron managed the top producing branch for 1st Financial’s Florida Division in 2019.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: 742

LinkedIn Connections: 5,300

√ Instagram Followers: 2,457

Kelly Rogers

Kelly Rogers

Wife, mom, leader, friend … Kelly Rogers, market leader and branch manager at Movement Mortgage, and her ever-expanding team are a force to be reckoned with. She has helped drive market share throughout Texas, bringing relationships to the forefront of her online presence, business and life.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: 1,024

LinkedIn Connections: 6,114

√ Instagram Followers: 2,064

Phil Shoemaker

Phil Shoemaker

Phil Shoemaker is president of originations for Home Point Financial. He brings over 20 years of experience and a diverse background in technology, operations and sales to building one of the nation’s largest mortgage companies, one of the top largest purchase originators.

Twitter Followers: n/a

Individual Facebook Likes: n/a

√ LinkedIn Connections: 11,413

Instagram Followers: n/a

Ben Smidt

Ben Smidt

For the past six years, Ben Smidt, digital strategist for MGIC, worked to connect folks (CEO to LOs) from within and outside the mortgage space to help make the industry a better, more educated place to learn and grow. Ben created LoanOfficerHub. com in 2016 to help this cause, and has collaborated over the years with influencers and thought-leaders including Dave Stevens, Rob Chrisman, Todd Duncan, Sue Woodard, Shant Banosian, and many others!

√ Twitter Followers: 1,900

Individual Facebook Likes: 162

LinkedIn Connections: 4,115

Instagram Followers: 473

Ginger Wilcox

Ginger Wilcox

Ginger Wilcox is the chief experience officer at Home Point Financial. With over 15 years of experience in the housing industry, she has held several leadership roles at companies developing, launching and running highgrowth channels and business acceleration. In 2019, Wilcox received the HousingWire’s Women of Influence in Housing Award.

√ Twitter Followers: 17,125 TOP OVERALL

Individual Facebook Likes: n/a

LinkedIn Connections: 2,537

Instagram Followers: n/a

MORTGAGE PROFESSIONALS OF 2020 HONORABLE MENTIONS

The following mortgage industry professionals, in alphabetical order, were nominated but were not named our Most Connected for 2020.

Chris Barker, senior account executive, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions

Eloy Benavides, loan officer/ managing partner, Alterra Home Loans

Michael Borodinsky, vice president/branch manager, Caliber Home Loans

Michael Chaney, national sales manager, DocMagic Inc.

Scott Crutcher, president & owner, Maverick Financial Group

Jay Davis, mortgage loan officer, State Bank of DeKalb

Tom Davis, senior vice president of correspondent lending, First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation

Jevon Domench, sales manager, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Mark Gordon, national sales director, Princeton Mortgage

David Hosterman, regional manager, Citywide Home Loans

David Kosmecki, branch manager, Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company Inc.

Jeremy Marks, president, Community Lending of America

DeAnna Morgan, senior loan officer, Mid America Mortgage

Chris Olsen, vice president of sales engineering, OpenClose

Lynn Reed, branch manager, Premier Nationwide Lending

Joe Robinett, senior mortgage banker, The Robinett Team at Mid America Mortgage Inc.

Mary Kay Scully, director of customer education, Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Sheila Siegel, president & senior loan officer, Synergy Financial Group Inc.

Shmuel Shayowitz, president & chief lending officer, Approved Funding