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Hi Everyone,

My name is Chelsea and I have been with Blend since March ‘22.  I’m here to help manage Blend Community and help build it to be your favorite resource. We created this community for you to be a place to connect, learn and share knowledge with each other.

 

I would love for you to introduce yourself in the thread below - share where you work, your role and how you use Blend today.

Feel free to share anything else that fun that you feel comfortable sharing! Any fur friends?

Fun fact, Blend offices allows dogs, at any given time we had ~20 dogs hanging around (this was pre-covid, before we went remote).

 

I am looking forward to meeting all of you here!


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Hey everyone, my name is Kevin Chew and I am a Sr. Strategy Analyst at Land Home Financial Services. I would love to connect with other Mortgage Director<>Blend users. Please reach out!

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Hello everyone!!  Thanks for the invitation and acceptance for me to join.  I’m Judy Garner and I am one of the Mortgage System Admins with First Bank in North Carolina.  I’ve been in the mortgage industry for a little over 30 years and worked in many many roles and aspects with mortgages.  I’ve had my hands in the computer part of it since they were first introduced into our industry along with several LOS types from Dynatek on up to currently Encompass.  I enjoy working with them and the systems.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the information provided here by everyone.

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Hello! 

I am Myriah Conyers I am the Mortgage Production Engineer at Sound Community Bank in Seattle. We are using Blend for apps into Encompass. We are also bringing on opening of deposit accounts this year. This year our goal is to get eMortgages moving and the LO Toolkit running. 

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Hi everyone!

My name is Kim and I lead the Support Operations team at Blend. I have a cat named Mona Lisa who loves to curl up next to me for a nap whenever she can. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all through our Blend Community!

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Hi everyone,

 

My name is Britt Stenstrom, Digital Lending Manager at PRMG. I have 2 huskies and am totally obsessed with dogs. They think I spend too much time on Blend. :wink:

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Hi everyone!

 

This is Ivan with the Client Support Operations team at Blend. I’ve been with Blend Support for about a year and 3 months now. You’ll see me around here writing and posting content in the Community. I have a 5-year-old German Shepherd Dog that is 110 lbs but still thinks he is a lap dog. :sweat_smile:

Looking forward to connecting with you all!

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Hey folks, Ryan here. SO SO SO excited to have this community kicked off and to see the continuation of what has been built over the past two years! You are all what makes the community so great already, and I am looking forward to the future.

Loving the posts about everyone’s pets..I’ve two of my own, Leo and Luna. Both mixed pups, both well loved (and spoiled). They tend to lay at my feet and act like socks most of the day so my feet NEVER get cold :blush:

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Hi all :hand_splayed_tone1:  My name is Susan and I manage the awesome Customer Enablement team at Blend! :sunglasses: I am very excited that we have this Community platform and am looking forward to connecting with everyone. 

I will pile on with the pets. I have two dogs of my own as well and they have been the best addition to my little family :feet::feet:

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Hi everyone. I’m Kandace Klumper, Mortgage Systems Admin for Alerus Mortgage. I’m just getting back from ICE Experience22! Was a great conference. Met several people I know from online and ran into a couple former co-workers! Good conference!

So, I’ve been in IT pretty much my entire career (I have a “fancy” computer degree, which barely gets used). Started out writing custom programs in lowly Access (2.0) for my employers, and switching over to VB.Net and Visual Studio was a struggle, but once there, I loved it. About 18 years ago I fell into a mortgage company as their custom programmer (I wrote a few custom integrations for extracting data from the LOS so it could be ingested into something else. I wrote their custom Secondary Marketing system (all in Access) back in 2003). When that company switched over to Encompass in 2014/2015 they eventually realized they had a coder in the house and tapped me to join their Encompass Admin team. I’ve been working with Encompass ever since, and I’m now a Certified Admin in Encompass. The only coding I do these days is what I get to do inside business rules and behind input forms.

I’m fond of saying what I know about mortgage I’ve learned through osmosis. Listening and watching and solving software issues for the production teams.

I/we have two Mini Schnauzers in our house. Our old lady, Elke (12), and an 8-mos-old, Ava. Ava absolutely loves Elke, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Elke was an only dog until last year, and she’s not particularly happy sharing her humans with the rambunctious pup. (Our grown daughter wanted a puppy and had been working on it for a couple of years. I would have preferred to wait.)

 

 

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Hello Blend Community!

My name is Christian Walter and I’m a member of the Customer Enablement Team here at Blend. I spend most of my working days training/teaching Mortgage Professionals the power of the Blend Platform in a live virtual setting. 

In my free time, I enjoy getting outside for a nice hike or bike ride, following my Cleveland Sports teams (any ‘Clevelanders’ out there!?) and hanging out with my wife, daughter and 2 yellow labs, Leo and Mac.

It’s been incredibly exciting to see this Community come to life and I’m looking forward to its continued growth and development. Looking forward to connecting with you all! 

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Hi everyone! 

My name is Nick C and I am a Customer Enablement Manager with Blend. I am one of the people who helps introduce new users to Blend and often will work with your organization’s training team during and after deployment. I joined Blend a little over a year ago after spending the previous 17 years in financial services. (If you also started out as a Teller, feel free to reach out and we can swap stories! :slight_smile: ) 

I don’t have any pets myself but I love everyone else’s dogs. I am really looking forward to seeing this community grow and hope to connect with you! 

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Hi, I am Trang and the Systems Manager at BankNewport in RI. I have been working in mortgage now for over 15 years in various positions, from processing, uw, sale to helpdesk. We are just rolling out with Blend. Our mortgage department rolled out in December and we are now working on rolling out Home Equity with our branches next month (fingers crossed). I have 3 boys: 10, 9, and 5. They keep me busy when I’m not working. I’m excited to be a part of this community and hope a lot of the unknowns can be answered here for me. 

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Greetings and salutations 😊

I am Ruth Clanton.  I’m the mortgage systems admin at United Federal Credit Union (based in Michigan, but branches in MI, IN, OH, NC, AR, NV).  I’ve been our Encompass admin at UFCU for 11 years.  We launched Blend as our POS two-ish years ago (not long before the WebCenter sunset with Ellie Mae/ICE).  

We currently use the Toolkit (so we can order credit, run DU, issue pre-qual letters within Blend).  We do not trigger TRID in Blend.  We do not use auto-export (because then our people can’t edit/revise pre-quals).  We have not yet jumped to the new integration...and have been discussing eClose but not jumped into that either.

No pets here...just a husband and two energetic boys (ages 8 and 9) 🤣

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Hello Blend Community!

 

My Name is Denise Salzstein, and I am a Customer Enablement Manager at Blend. I do training on Blend's Platform to all new users, as well as Train the Trainer, and refresh sessions.

 

I was a Personal Chef until I realized my true calling of Training and helping others! (I also spent 5 years working at HSBC and Key Bank). I am a born and raised New Yorker that is obsessed with pizza. I also do Animal Rescue as needed, and have a couple of foster fails that love to be on Zoom when I have a team call!

 

I LOVE that Blend has created this community! It gives me the chance to help others in so many different ways, while bringing us all together for sharing! I'm looking forward to helping everyone out, and learning from the people in this community as well.

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Hey everybody!

My name is Mark Amantea and I’m a Customer Enablement Manager here at Blend. I work with our clients (you!) to teach the functionality of Blend’s Platform in live sessions.  All on zoom for now, but can’t wait to get out and meet y’all in person one day (hopefully soon)! 

I joined Blend last year after 10 years in commercial real estate banking.  Like Christian, I’m a fellow Clevelander and I follow my hometown teams religiously - for better or worse, and the Browns are always my Super Bowl pick (it’s a sickness, I know...).

Very excited to see this Community come to life and truly looking forward to working everyone!

Mark

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Hey everyone! 

My name is Chelsea Roberts, and I am the new Community Manager here at Blend. While I am newer to Blend, I’ve been in the Tech space as a Community Manager overseeing several Customer Communities and previously worked for a large financial institution.

I am so excited to help you all find the resources you need to feel confident in your work while connecting with others to ask and answer questions and share ideas and inspiration. 

I’m based out of beautiful South Carolina and have a cat named Pacha, short for Pachacutec, an Incan emperor.

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Hi Everyone! My name is Ali and I am the Sr Product Analyst for our RE Lending department at Amplify Credit Union. Currently, we only lend in the state of Texas but we have tripled our business year over year in the last 3 years.

My role means I wear a few hats, being the PM on most of our projects, the BA scoping all new projects and changes, and the Sys Admin for Blend, Encompass, FNMA, and Lenderlink. I’ve been in the mortgage business for 24 years and moved from Operations Mgmt to IT about 3 years ago. I have to admit it’s where my real passion & niche is. There’s nothing better to me than seeing the landscape of the industry changing into an experience that is much more cohesive for borrowers, but that can really only be achieved when we’re able to collaborate with our vendor partners so I am SO stoked to see this community coming together in a forum like this! 

PS since we’re all sharing, I have a chaweenie named lola who is 9 and is the cutest. :)

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Hi Everyone! My name is Luba I am a Business System Analyst at Key Mortgage Services out of Chicagoland Area.  Our company has been using blend since 2019.

 

I’m looking forward to working with everyone 

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Hello! My name is Alex Cohick and I manage our Blend system at Jersey Shore State Bank in Williamsport, PA. Our claim to fame is Williamsport is the home of the Little League World Series! We have been using Blend since 2019. Look forward to learning much more about the Blend system and working with everyone.

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Hello, Everyone!
My name is Derek Tholt, and I am a GTM Product Enablement Specialist focusing on our mortgage suite. I have several years of mortgage lending and consumer banking experience, so I love to keep tabs on our customers, their uses cases, and how they’re implementing/utilizing Blend in their day-to-day. 


While most of my duties at Blend are to support the internal teams, it’s always great to catch up with our customers and see what kinds of questions and suggestions you all have! I look forward to seeing how our community can make an impact!


I live in Akron, OH - home of LeBron James, Goodyear Tires, and FirstEnergy! 

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Hi! I’m Jenna the Corporate Training Coordinator at First Centennial Mortgage. We’re based in IL, but I live in WI (near New Glarus Brewing Company for all the Midwesterners). I manage Blend for our teams and provide training on other new features we adopt in Encompass and some other vendor services. I recognize a few of you from The Admin Portal and am looking forward to having a similar space for Blend discussions! 

Happy Tuesday!

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Hey Everyone!  I’m Andrew Thompson a Channel Delivery Manager at BOK Financial. We’re based in Tulsa, OK but I live in Denver, CO. I manage Business Digital Origination for the consumer bank and we partner with Blend for our Business Digital Account opening, as well as other products.  I also have a 5 year old 103 pound German Shepherd that believe his place is on my lap.  My wife and I are also expecting our first child in early October! 

 

I’m excited to be a part of the community and get to know you all! 

 

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Joe Wojtysiak, I am the Mortgage Lending Support and Systems Analyst for Credit Union 1. We are based in Lombard, Illinois and licensed to do business in IL, IN and NV with anticipation to expand to additional states within the year. We have been using Blend for a few years now and just recently transitioned to Encompass about a year ago with Blend as the POS. I am the credit union’s Encompass Admin but work very heavily with Blend to correlate the Blend and Encompass integration. 

 

I look forward to getting to know everyone more and hopefully use this platform to gain some additional knowledge about Blend and how everyone is using it to their advantage. 

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Hey everyone!  My name’s Sam Quilter and I’m the AVP of Lending Systems and Quality Control at Utah Community Federal Credit Union.  I’m excited to collaborate with the community and build new solutions. Our system specs are below.  Please reach out and connect!

 

LOS: FiServ Mortgage Director

Banking Core: FiServ DNA

Doc Vendor: DocMagic

CRM: Sales Force

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Hi! I’m Jenna the Corporate Training Coordinator at First Centennial Mortgage. We’re based in IL, but I live in WI (near New Glarus Brewing Company for all the Midwesterners). I manage Blend for our teams and provide training on other new features we adopt in Encompass and some other vendor services. I recognize a few of you from The Admin Portal and am looking forward to having a similar space for Blend discussions! 

Happy Tuesday!

Love me some Spotted Cow!!  I went to school in Milwaukee-  really miss New Glarus’s local-only beers!

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