Meet our Speakers:

Blaine Rada, CSP
Senior National Trainer & Instructional Designer
Arch Mortgage Insurance Company

Blaine is an accomplished training professional with a unique ability to explain, coach and inspire, no matter how complex the topic. He develops and conducts versatile training sessions that teach key industry skills.

Previously, Blaine developed and managed a multi-format program of webinars and live training acclaimed throughout the industry at CMG Mortgage Insurance Company. He holds a Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University and is a member of the National Speakers Association. Blaine has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, a recognition held by fewer than 15% of professional speakers worldwide.


Phil Rasori
COO & Hedge Advisory Lead 
Mortgage Capital Trading

Mr. Rasori is a recognized thought-leader in capital markets operations within the mortgage banking community. His areas of expertise include complex financial modeling, computational dynamics, and linear programming for operational optimization. He developed the ground-breaking mortgage pipeline hedging algorithms that form the foundation of MCT’s HALO Program today. He has also pioneered several metrics that have become standard industry parlance, including “beta pull-through” factors. In addition to banking clients, Mr. Rasori has consulted with GSE agencies and the US Government on hedging best practices for community banks. Mr. Rasori has functionally led MCT operations since 2005 and ascended to his current role as COO in 2007.

Mr. Rasori is a graduate of University of California, San Diego, and holds a B.S. in Management Science.


Maria Vergara
President
NAHREP Consulting Services

Luz Maria (Maria) Vergara is President of NAHREP Consulting Services (NCS), a marketing consulting firm specializing in the Hispanic segment and housing industry. Prior to joining NCS Maria held senior management roles at Citibank, most recently as National Director of Strategic Markets. In this role, she led a team responsible for Diverse Markets, Community Reinvestment (CRA) and Fair Lending efforts for over 1200 bank branches nationally.

 With over twenty years of financial industry experience, she has a broad knowledge of the financial industry while serving large institutions such as Citi, Prudential/Wachovia, and Edward Jones. Her expertise in how cultural nuances factor into buying decisions and consumer behaviors has been a critical factor to successful strategies for financial service companies reaching diverse markets. Her bilingual and bicultural background has contributed to success in both the Anglo and Hispanic markets and in understanding the needs of underserved populations.

Maria holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Marketing and has received many industry accolades and recognitions for her expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Maria is a native of Chicago and currently resides in St. Charles, MO.


Sue Woodard
Chief Customer Officer
Total Expert

Sue Woodard brings over 25 years of mortgage industry experience, strategic vision and leadership to her role as Chief Customer Officer. Her focus is on helping clients achieve greater productivity and long-term success. Sue started her career as a top originator, and then leveraged her knowledge to become a highly acclaimed industry speaker, subject matter expert and technology executive.

In addition to having hosted a successful financial radio program and making guest appearances on CNBC, Sue has been awarded numerous industry honors, including the Mortgage Professional America HOT 100 list, the Housing Wire Vanguard Award, and the National Mortgage Professional Most Innovative Award. She also serves on the board of HOPE4Youth, a local non-profit working to end youth homelessness.

As a big of a thrill seeker, she has sky-dived over Vegas, fire walked on hot coals, Harleyed down Route 66 and cage dived with great white sharks – but claims nothing is more exciting than parenting her college age daughter in Minneapolis.

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