Rising Stars 2016

Digital Risk’s Leo Loomie & Jonathan Sparks named to HousingWire’s 2016 Rising Stars


Digital Risk’s VP, Client Services Leo Loomie and Assistant General Counsel Jonathan Sparks have been named winners of HousingWire Magazine’s third annual Rising Stars award.

Each year, the HousingWire editorial staff selects 50 professionals representing the best young leaders in the mortgage industry — in lending, servicing, investing and real estate. Each winner is 40 years of age or younger.

According to the magazine, many of these 50 winners are leading their companies from the C-Suite, deciding overall strategy for their organizations and staking out new territory. Others are contributing through innovation, product development, process enhancements and big data analysis. Across the board, their efforts are energizing not only their individual companies but also animating the entire housing economy.

“We are proud to have two of our team members featured in HousingWire’s 2016 Rising Stars,” said Digital Risk’s Co-Founder & Managing Director Jeffrey Taylor. “Leo’s and Jonathan’s accomplishments for both the company and the industry demonstrate Digital Risk’s commitment to offer our clients the very best solutions and to further the industry with innovative business practices and value adds.”

Leo was selected as a Rising Star for his role in securing a strategic end-to-end mortgage loan fulfillment partnership with one of Digital Risk’s largest clients, a top three U.S. mortgage loan originator, and then going on to win another sector of the client’s business, Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), thereby marking the first time that any HELOC business had been outsourced to a third-party provider. Leo has won several other awards, including Mortgage Professional America Magazine’s HOT 100, a Gold Stevie for Business Development Achievement of the Year, and a Bronze Stevie for Business Development Executive of the Year and at the 2015 and 2016 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, respectively.

Jonathan was chosen as a winner for founding and developing a mortgage licensing department at Digital Risk Mortgage Services (DRMS), LLC and leading the efforts to obtain business and mortgage licenses in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. Jonathan also serves as the lead licensing and compliance attorney for DRMS, wherein he spearheads the efforts to obtain and maintain hundreds of company and individual employee licenses required by state and federal law. He also works with Digital Risk’s internal software developers to create business-friendly mortgage licensing compliance software and a proprietary RMBS database, both of which are tremendous value adds for the company’s clients.

“This year’s Rising Stars award winners impressed us with the depth of their experience and the innovation they bring to their workplaces,” Sarah Wheeler, HousingWire Magazine Editor, said. “Their accomplishments contribute directly to the success of their companies, whether they work in compliance, sales, legal, technology or any other part of the housing industry.”

Despite their diverse backgrounds, the 2016 Rising Stars share some common traits. Many noted that they push themselves to be uncomfortable, take risks and learn from failure. They also recognize the importance of working within teams to achieve growth and find solutions. For many, really taking the time to listen, whether to customers or co-workers, is important to their success.

“It was inspiring to read the nominations for this group, because they are open to new experiences and new ideas, while still trusting their own instincts,” Wheeler said.

About Digital Risk, LLC:
Digital Risk, LLC is a leading risk, compliance, and technology services company that offers differentiated solutions to the mortgage, consumer lending, and other regulated industries. The individual talents of Digital Risk’s thousands of analysts are amplified by the company’s proprietary technology and advanced analytics performed using the Making Mortgages Safe™ solutions suite. Digital Risk, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mphasis Ltd. To learn more, visit www.DigitalRisk.com.

About HousingWire:
HousingWire is by far the nation’s most influential source of news and information for U.S. mortgage markets, boasting a readership that spans lending, servicing, investments and real estate market participants as well as financial market professionals.
Winner of numerous awards, including a 2012 Eddie Award for national editorial excellence in the B-to-B Banking/Business/Finance, HousingWire has been recognized for excellence in journalism by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Trade Association Business Publications International.


HousingWire.com is the leading independent source for news, commentary and analysis covering the entire mortgage banking and housing economy. Staffed by a core team of experienced journalists and editors, HousingWire.com delivers breaking news and opinions on U.S. housing and mortgage finance. HousingWire.com has a well-developed reputation for delivering today the news other trade outlets will be reporting on tomorrow — and our readers value the information they get from HousingWire.com first.

HousingWire Magazine is a monthly magazine that provides in-depth context and insight spanning the people, issues and data that matter in mortgage finance and real estate. The magazine offers readers insight on U.S housing and finance from leading national columnists, as well as exclusive features that tackle hard-hitting issues in real estate finance and bring to life the people that make markets.
The publication is available in print, or in digital format across multiple devices (iPad, Kindle, and more.)

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