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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NAMFS 2018 Conference of Mortgage Field Services

NAMFS 2018 conference of mortgage field servicesDenver, Colorado (September 5-7)

This September’s NAMFS mortgage field services conference at the Hilton in Denver’s city center was a key event for the mortgage field services industry. Representatives from Aspen Grove Solutions attended and found it an invaluable experience for meeting and engaging with those involved in the industry. Visitors to the Aspen booth discovered how our solutions can help them with compliance and vendor management.

Pre-launch events for the NAMFS 2018 Conference of Mortgage Field Services kicked off on the Wednesday morning with the 5th Annual John Ward Memorial Golf Outing at Park Hill Golf Club and the 6th Annual NAMFS Gives Back event.

The official start of the NAMFS mortgage field services conference was later that evening, with the launch of the welcome reception and the Opportunity Expo at 6pm. Up to 40 exhibitors had stalls at this year’s expo, with representatives from field services, technology solutions, industry supplies, insurance, and cost estimating software.

Thursday started with breakfast and an address from the NAMFS leadership.  Keynote speaker Andrew Oxley spoke about “The Three Roles of a Leader.” Attendees then participated in vendor-specific technology sessions and other meetings.  The day rounded off with a Recognition & Awards Ceremony.
Friday featured industry-specific breakout sessions, as well as sessions on the state of the industry and servicer panel general sessions. The conference wrapped up with an off-site presidential reception at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, close to the hotel.
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2018 Five Star Conference & Expo

five-star_conferenceDallas, TX (September 16-18)
The 2018 Five Star Conference and Expo was an integral source of information, collaboration, and progression for the housing and mortgage industry. The theme for the 15th annual conference was Rise Above, a theme that embodies Five Star’s mission of providing sustainable solutions in a highly competitive market. This event offered three days of events, networking, and academic opportunities designed to help mortgage servicing businesses Rise Above their most challenging obstacles for years to come.

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MBA Annual Convention & Expo 2018

mba annual conferenceWashington, DC (Oct 14 – 17)
If you had to pick one convention that every real estate finance professional should attend, it would be the MBA’s Annual Convention and Expo. This is the industry event that brings together the widest range and highest level of speakers, industry information, and networking opportunities. Industry leaders who need to know what is happening in the real estate finance industry and want to be on the winning side in its future make a point of being in Washington for the MBA’s annual convention in October.

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Elevate 2018 Highlighted Default Servicing

Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

February 13 – February 15, 2018

elevate_2018One of the main events of the year for the field services industry in 2018 is the Elevate conference. This is the first time the Elevate conference has offered a full schedule of key sessions specifically for the default servicing industry. These sessions focus on important technological developments in the sector and how participants can benefit from them.

Aspen Grove Solutions president, Ed Buckley, was asked to participate in a panel discussion on emerging technology trends on Wednesday, February 14. This group of industry thought leaders also included Xactware product marketing coordinator Kevin Gulbransen, Miles Preservation president and Professional Field Solutions principle Scott Gilbert, and NAMFS executive director Eric Miller.

Ed was asked for his views on the role of technology in regulation and compliance and the ways it could improve the flow of data to servicers in the future.

Industry Standard Background Check & Proof of Service

Ed’s presentation focuses on the tools Aspen has created to control and manage field service professionals and work orders. Aspen created the industry standard background check, which allows service providers to manage cost control & recovery, vendor oversight, reputation and compliance risk, quality, and community safety. Field service professionals now need just one background check to work for multiple vendors. When they are submitted for the background check, they receive a unique ABC# that identifies them without sharing personally identifiable information. Their compliance level is adjudicated from a level of IC01 to IC04 to accommodate varying client tolerance levels. They can then use Aspen’s mobile API technology to sign in with their ABC# at the property.

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The system offers full network visibility for service providers, with a clear line of sight from the institution to the individual who completes the work. This clearly documented format makes answering audit questions a breeze. Aspen also enables field service professionals to share their marketing profiles. Using Aspen iRecord’s private, cloud-based platform, service providers gain control over the costs of remaining compliant in a challenging regulatory environment.

Transformative technology is an area of key interest to Aspen, so we are delighted to participate in Elevate 2018. We strive to deliver solutions for service providers that integrate smoothly with field service models. We demonstrate how streamlined, technologically driven quality control allows service providers to establish real-time oversight and control over all of the assets and work orders they manage.

Elevate 2018 Contributors

The conference is organized by Xactware Solutions, which provides computer software solutions for building and repair estimation. Its flagship estimating system is Xactimate. The company also creates tools to estimate personal property and emergency repairs. Xactware president, Mike Fulton, will deliver the keynote address at the Elevate conference. “Elevating to the Latest InsurTech and EstimatingTech” will cover the ways in which his company is using the latest technology to transform insurance claims and property repair. Other speakers at the conference include organizational consultant Joseph A. Michelli, Spectrum Field Services’ Melissa Bunker, Professional Field Solutions’ Scott Gilbert, and Property Pres Wizard’s Bob Whelan and Matt Zoldowski.


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National Property Preservation Conference – Washington, D.C.

national property preservation conferenceBaltimore, MD (November 5 – 7)

For the past 13 years, leaders, servicers and investors from across the mortgage industry have gathered for the National Property Preservation Conference to focus on the issues affecting the industry and formulate solutions. This year’s event takes place November 5-7 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, and Aspen Grove Solutions was there. Participants were central to a forum that encourages partnership, support, and cooperation across the industry—something that is pivotal to the ongoing success of everybody engaged in mortgage servicing.

About the NPPC

The first National Property Preservation Conference was organized by Safeguard Properties founder Robert Klein in 2004 in Washington, DC.  The two-day conference attracted leaders from HUD, the GSEs, mortgage servicing, and national property preservation companies. It secured support required to sustain its success throughout the years. Since that first event in 2004, the industry has seen some huge changes. Disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy razed entire communities, forcing the nation to join forces to help those worst affected. Then the economy and housing market imploded, before launching a path to recovery. Add to that the changes in municipal, state, and federal laws and regulations, and you have an industry that has been completely transformed.

NPPC 2018

As the industry continues to negotiate its way in this changed landscape, the NPPC remains the only platform for all facets of the industry to work together on the best ways to preserve and protect vacant and abandoned properties. This year’s sessions focused on the state of the preservation industry, submitting the perfect bid, mitigating blight, Fannie Mae’s pre-sale initiative with Mr. Cooper, and HUD’s recommendations for handling common property issues.

Environmental activist and best-selling author Erin Brockovich delivered a speech and Q&A session on November 6.