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NINA NAZAR Branch Manager Skyline Financial • Los Angeles, Calif. Nina Nazar is a powerhouse branch manager in the highly competitive Los Angeles marketplace. She has built a mini-empire with more than $40 million of origination volume last month (and growing) through strong relationships and powerful leadership. As a female leader, she is paving the way for women in her market. GIBRAN NICHOLAS Chairman & CEO CMPS Institute • Ann Arbor, Mich. Gibran Nicholas is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. He is currently chairman and chief executive officer of CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage professionals. He is the founder of Strategic Relationship Academy, an elite performance program for bankers, brokers and trusted advisors. Gibran has trained more than 7,000 bankers, brokers and trusted advisors since 2005. He writes and speaks on topics related to life purpose and balance, communication and leadership, and economics, housing and personal finance. Gibran is regularly quoted as a financial and housing expert in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Business Week and he has been featured regularly on Fox and ABC News.




JASEN NUETZMANN Certified Mortgage Consultant Atlas Mortgage • Lynnwood, Wash. Jasen Nuetzmann has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with the last 12 years in the mortgage business. Jasen is a top-producing branch manager for Atlas Mortgage (a division of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corporation) and leads a team of 13 experienced mortgage professionals. Jasen has been a leader in the Mortgage Coach community leading several coaching calls and has also developed and taught continuing education courses for loan originators in the state of Washington. Jasen was named a Five-Star Mortgage Professional by Seattle Magazine in both 2011 and 2012. When he is not managing his branch Jasen enjoys reading, cooking and traveling the world with his wife Donna. NIMA OREIZY Chief Technology Officer Platinum Data Solutions • Aliso Viejo, Calif. Nima Oreizy is chief technology officer for Platinum Data Solutions, where he oversees all of the company’s technology initiatives. As chief architect of Platinum Data Solutions’ scalable platform, Nima has significantly contributed to Platinum’s development and success. He has worked with Apple on pioneering mobile technology and was a Performance Team member for He acted as the lead architect for both the First American Data Trace B2B title services platform and the Prieston Group B2C mortgage fraud insurance platform. Nima also leveraged next generation web technologies to architect a high volume social networking site for Brand Affinity Technologies and has led development teams for eBuilt Inc. on projects that include The Capital Group, United Healthcare, and Toshiba. DUSTIN OWEN Regional Sales Manager Waterstone Mortgage Corporation • Winter Park, Fla. After years as a retail mortgage banker, Dustin Owen jumped at the opportunity to be a part of something great when he joined Waterstone Mortgage Corporation in 2008. Dustin’s management focus entails sales training, sales support, marketing, recruiting, branding and overall company growth. Dustin is a top originator for Waterstone Mortgage, closing more than 100 mortgage transactions a year and consistently makes Waterstone’s President’s Club. Dustin started in the industry through HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation and their Professional Sales Development Course. He has also held sales manager roles with American Home Mortgage and Countrywide Home Loans.

CHRISTOPHER R. PICONE President PRS Capital Group LLC • Bohemia, N.Y. Christopher Picone is president of PRS Capital Group LLC. He telemarketed for a lender for a year as a freshman in college and then was promoted to night manager at the age of 19. He was manager there for two years. His superiors then left the bank to form their own mortgage brokerage and asked him to go with them. He was trained as a junior loan officer for a year, then graduated college in 2000. He started right away as a senior loan officer and stayed with the firm until 2007. He then opened his own successful brokerage and has been running it ever since. PHILIP RASORI COO Mortgage Capital Trading Inc. • San Diego, Calif. Phil Rasori has years of experience in capital markets operations serving lenders in the residential mortgage banking industry. At MCT, he manages the company’s day-to-day operations and a team of traders and analysts that provide hand-held support and coaching to clients. Phil pioneered MCT’s mortgage pipeline hedging algorithms, which form the foundation of the company’s highly regarded HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) Program. Notably, he has consulted with GSE agencies and the U.S. government on hedging best practices for community banks. Under Phil’s strategic guidance and leadership, he has been instrumental in helping MCT earn a spot on the Inc. 5000 list in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the company impressively was catapulted to Inc.’s 500 list. DAVID B. RICKETTS Area Manager Bank of England d/b/a ENG Lending • Denver, Colo. David B. Ricketts has been in the mortgage/finance industry since 1999, a career that started with Norwest Financial upon conclusion of attaining his management degree at Indiana University Bloomington. Currently an area manager for Bank of England, David has quickly ascended to one of the firm’s top area managers in the country. David was recognized in 2011 by the National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s 2011 “Next 40 Mortgage Professionals to Watch” and has continued his pursuit to serve the Rocky Mountain Region with efficient, quality standards. RENE RODRIGUEZ CEO Volentum • Minneapolis, MN Rene Rodriguez is chief executive officer of Volentum, a consulting company specializing in the areas of leadership development, employee engagement, sales training and influence. He is a sought-after speaker at all major industry events, a contributing author to industry publications and a faculty member for Mortgage Market Guide and LoanToolbox. Rene continues to challenge the mortgage industry to implement the best practices of professional selling, influence and taking full responsibility for success and failure. EVANGELINE SCOTT Certified Mortgage Planner Big Valley Mortgage • Folsom, Calif. Evangeline Scott began her lending career in the late 1990s with The Money Store. When the The Money Store closed, she was recruited in to the financial planning field. She had the opportunity to work with a top producing real estate firm in California for about two years and obtained her brokers license. As a professed numbers geek, she realized her love for the industry was in lending and joined Summit Funding where she was consistently one of their top producers, and numerous times, their number one producer nationwide. She was with Summit Funding for approximately seven years when she made the transition to Big Valley Mortgage, under American Pacific Mortgage, in September 2011 where she has been their top producer.