Recent Aspen Events

Aspen values relevant events for mortgage servicing, field services, and fintech. Read about some recent Aspen events we have attended. These include conferences, summits, and forums.

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Five Star Fintech Summit 2018

five star fintech 2018Nashville, Tennessee (March 21-22)
The inaugural Five Start Fintech Summit heralded a new approach for the industry, covering all aspects of fintech and its future applications. At the inaugural event, speakers from the technology, operations, and mortgage industries discussed the latest approaches to bringing financial technology into the forefront of consumers’ experience. Transparency, accessibility, and ease of use were all discussed during this two-day meeting.

Based at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, the summit gathered together professionals from two different worlds that are intersecting more and more. Representatives from the housing industry and the tech world immersed themselves in a full day of curriculum involving the technologies that are set to transform numerous industries. Their discussions centered on how those technologies can bring mortgage and housing to the next level.

Aspen CEO Sean Ryan discussed the case for blockchain in innovation strategies. Other topics included cryptocurrencies, big data, and machine learning. The summit combined TED Talk-style presentations with smaller panels encouraging audience participation to progress discussions of how the industry is changing, and how companies can leverage the changes successfully.

Five Star Institute  president and CEO Ed Delgado emphasized the importance of seizing the current opportunity to deepen the industry’s understanding of emerging technology capabilities and incorporate them into procedures and products that will serve and and educate its customers better.

FiveStar Fintech Summit The summit kicked off on the Thursday with panels on cryptocurrency, its potential, and its implications for the future of the industry. Then discussion turned to the technology that drives cryptocurrencies—blockchain. The focus was on how the concept of distributed ledgers could transform processes such as record-keeping and title. Afternoon topics included big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The panels discussed how automating asset management,risk assessment, and data analysis could make processes more efficient, reduce costs, and improve accuracy.

The Five Star Fintech Summit concluded on a high note, with the general consensus that this should be an annual event.

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NAMFS Leadership Summit & Open Forum

namfs Dallas, TX (March 6-8)
The annual NAMFS Leadership Summit and Open Forum focused on the direction and opportunities available to the National Association of Mortgage Field Services. It involved two separate events—an invitation-only leadership summit and a forum that was open to all members.

Summit and Forum

The NAMFS Leadership Summit took place the day after the open forum on March 8 and featured discussion of the open forum topics, as well as a review of strategic initiatives for NAMFS. The Open Forum (March 7) was available to all NAMFS members and gave members an opportunity to bring their questions, feedback, and ideas to the NAMFS officers and board of directors. Aspen attended this event and contributed to the open discussion regarding industry-related issues. The main focus of the event was on working toward solutions rather than simply airing grievances.

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SFIG Vegas 2018

SFIG_vegas_2018Las Vegas, NV (February 25-28)
SFIG and co-host IMN hosted the largest capital markets conference in the world at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this February. The three-and-a-half day program was designed by leaders within the structured finance industry representing the full spectrum of industry participants, including investors, issuers, financial intermediaries, regulators, law firms, accounting firms, technology firms, rating agencies, servicers and trustees. Aspen executives were in attendance.

Some fascinating insights emerged from the conference, with Michael Bright, acting president of Ginnie Mae revealing that risk-sharing transactions could involve the private market taking credit risk on FHA loans in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) guaranteed by Ginnie. He noted that he would welcome the issue of at least one pilot transaction this year. One option he suggested for risk sharing on Ginnie Mae MBS might involve re-insurance on FHA mortgages, with substantially reduced mortgage insurance premiums for the loans with private-capital risk sharing.

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The 2018 Five Star Government Forum

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Five Star CEO Ed Delgado, Aspen President Ed Buckley, Aspen Senior Vice President Business Development Ron Briggs, Rushmore/Roosevelt CEO Terry Smith, Brig. Gen. (Retired) USAF CEO Operation Homefront John Pray at the Five Star Government Forum in Washington, D.C.

The 9th Annual Five Star Government Forum brought together leaders in mortgage servicing and the federal government for a full day of open dialogue about the industry’s most important issues.

Officials who make vital decisions on the direction of the housing economy work with the mortgage industry to ensure that the regulations protecting the industry and its customers are sensible. Among the groups represented at the 2018 Five Star Government Forum were the CFPB, HUD, FHFA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae.

Aspen Hosts 2018 NMSA Member Reception

The forum itself took place at the iconic Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 3. That evening, Aspen Grove Solutions hosted a National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) members’ reception at the Bibiana Osteria Enoteca.

The NMSA is a nonpartisan organization designed to drive progress and change on the main issues facing the mortgage servicing industry. NMSA members were invited to join us for a private dinner and reception. What better way to round off the day’s proceedings?

A More Perfect Union – The Agenda

After the morning’s keynote speech, thoughts turned to developments in policy and regulation. Attendees heard from a panel  of experts on what is happening in the areas of laws and regulations and what their companies should be doing to remain in the loop.
The industry’s leading economists then discussed the economic conditions driving homeownership and the prospects of another housing bubble.

After lunch, attention focused on the change of leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its implications for the CFPB’s priorities in 2018. Then, a panel examined the issue of responsibly extending access to credit across the current and future mortgage markets.
The final discussion in the packed schedule centered on the implications of the changes within HUD for the future of housing.

2018 five star government forumSpeakers

The 2018 Five Star Government Forum was addressed by some of the industry’s most impressive thought leaders. These compelling contributors are highly influential among their peers and other representatives of the mortgage industry. Collectively, they have built decades of experience and played key roles in leading the federal government and the mortgage industry. They included Mark McArdle, assistant director of mortgage markets at the CFPB; Yvette Gilmore, vice president of servicing performance management at Freddie Mac; Mark Palim, deputy chief economist at Fannie Mae; and Ed Delgado, president & CEO of the Five Star Institute.

Did you attend the 2018 Five Star Government Forum? What did you think?

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Altisource Field Services Vendor Summit

Philadelphia, PA (June 12-15)

Altisource will be hosting its annual field services vendor summit in June in Philadelphia. Each year, this event fosters training, collaboration and partnership with Altisource’s clients, vendors, industry partners and employees. As one of the industry’s key technology providers, Aspen Grove Solutions islooking forward to attending the summit and meeting a range of field services vendors.