In its 9th year, the HousingWire Vanguards award offers a definitive list of the top leaders in housing who are shaping the housing economy for the better. The forward-thinkers and trailblazers who are shaping the industry through their unwavering commitment, transformative ideas and steadfast dedication to driving growth and positive change. This year, 100 honorees were selected for their outstanding leadership in the midst of market volatility. 

Congratulations to this year’s Vanguards honorees. Take a look at the full list below.

Name
Job Title
Company Name

Aaron VanTrojen
CEO
Geneva Financial Home Loans

Abbie Tidmore
Senior Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer
Pennymac

Adam Kessler
CEO
Academy Mortgage

Baron Silverstein
President
Newrez

Ben Madick
Co-Founder and CEO
Matic Insurance

Bernadette Kogler
CEO and Co-Founder
RiskSpan

Bill Rogers
Founder and CEO
Homeowners Financial Group

Bob Goldberg
CEO
National Association of Realtors

Bob Caruso
CEO
ServiceMac

Brad Booney
Vice President of Operations
Opendoor

Brett Brumley
Founder and CEO
Lender Toolkit

Brian Pannell
Chief eServices Executive
DocMagic

Brian Webster
President
NotaryCam

Cerita Battles
Managing Director, Head of Community and Affordable Lending
Chase Home Lending

Charles Williams
CEO
Percy

Chris Heller
President
OJO

Chris Sears
President
JPAR  Real Estate

Christina Brown
Chief Operations Officer
Atlantic Bay Mortgage

Cristy Ward
Chief Strategy Officer
Mortgage Connect

Dan Duffy
CEO
United Real Estate Holdings

Daniel Waters
CEO
Robert Slack

David Smith
Head of Mortgage
Truist

David Aach
Chief Operating Officer
Blue Sage Solutions

David Lykken
Founder and Chief Transformational Officer
Transformational Mortgage Services

David Hall
President and CEO
Hall Financial

Dustin Gray
CEO
Milestones

Frank Martell
President and CEO
loanDepot

Gino Blefari
CEO
HomeServices of America

Greg Holmes
Chief Revenue Officer
Xactus

H. Marc Helm
President and CEO
ReverseAmerica Advisors

Hoby Hanna
President and CEO
Hanna Holdings

Jarred Kessler
CEO and Founder
EasyKnock

Jason Abrams
Head of Industry and Learning
Keller Williams

Jeff Allen
President
CubiCasa

Jennifer Hedgepeth
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
DHI Mortgage

Jimmy Kelly
CEO
Lone Wolf Technologies

Joe Skousen
Founder and CEO
Inside Real Estate

Joe Cutrona
Chief Business Officer
Auction.com

Joe Welu
Founder and CEO
Total Expert

John Wines
Chief Strategy Officer
Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

Joseph Restivo
CEO
American Mortgage Network

Josh Harley
CEO
Fathom Holdings

Joshua Bishop
Chief Operating Officer of Servicing
Newrez

Julian Grey
Executive Vice President of Mortgage and Capital Markets, Data and Analytics Divison
Black Knight

Kamini Lane
President and CEO
Coldwell Banker Realty

Karen Kreutziger
CEO
Flat Branch Home Loans

Katie Sweeney
Chairman and CEO
Association of Independent Mortgage Brokers

Kurt Johnson
Chief FInancial Officer
Mr. Cooper

Laura Brandao
Chief Strategy Officer and Partner
Equity Prime Mortgage

Lee Jelenic
Chief Innovation Officer
United Wholesale Mortgage

Luke Babich
CEO and Co-Founder
Clever Real Estate

Margy Grant
CEO
Florida Realtors

Mat Ishbia
CEO and Chairman
United Wholesale Mortgage

Mewael Ghebremichael
CEO
NRL Mortgage

Michael Dubeck
CEO and President
Planet Home Lending

Michael Sachdev
CEO
Snapdocs

Michael Valdes
Chief Growth Officer
eXp Realty

Michael Middleman
Senior Executive Vice President
Freedom Mortgage

Nick Bailey
President and CEO
RE/MAX

Nicole Booth
CEO
Synergos Strategy

Nima Ghamsari
Head and Co-Founder
Blend

Patrick Dodd
President and CEO
CoreLogic

Pavan Agarwal
CEO
Celligence and Sun West Mortgage Company

Phil McCall
President and Chief Operating Officer
ACES Quality Management

Randell Gillespie
Executive Vice President and National Sales Director
Thrive Mortgage

Rene Galicia
Executive Vice President of Customer Advocacy
Bright MLS

Richard Steinberg
Founder
Nationwide Mortgage Bankers

Rob Barber
CEO
ATTOM

Robert Reffkin
Founder and CEO
Compass

Ronald Leonhardt Jr.
Founder and CEO
CrossCountry Mortgage

Ross Diedrich
CEO
Covered Insurance

Ruth Johnson
Founder and CEO
Homes for Heroes

Rutul Davé
Co-Founder and Chief Transformational Officer
Maxwell

Ryan Peterson
President
Grid151

Sajag Patel
Chief Operating Officer
Keller Williams Realty International

Sam Sawyer
CEO and Founder
Pinnacle Realty Advisors

Santhosh Ananthakrishnan
Global Head of Mortgage Practice
Tata Consultancy Services

Scot Rose
Chief Innovation Officer
Class Valuation

Sherry Chris
Executive Advisor
Anywhere Real Estate

Sheryl Palmer
CEO
Taylor Morrison

Steve Jacobson
CEO
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Steve Thompson
President and CEO
PrimeLending

Steve Ozonian
CEO
Williston Financial Group

Sue Yannaccone
President and CEO
Anywhere Real Estate

Suzy Lindblom
Chief Operating Officer
Arc Home

Tamir Poleg
CEO
The Real Brokerage

Timothy Bowler
President
ICE Mortgage Technology

Tom Cronkright
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder
CertifID

Uday Devalla
Chief Technology Officer
Sagent

Varun Krishna
CEO
Rocket Companies

Venkatesh Ganapathy
CEO
LiveEasy

Wendell Chambliss
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Freddie Mac

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