Jan/Feb 2022 RMM

Member Profiles Who’s Who in Reverse Mortgages Member News PRMI Expands Midwest Footprint Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) expanded its reverse mortgage footprint with the hires of Gabrielle Welter and Matthew Bowman in its Indianapolis branch. Eleven years ago, Welter began her career in life and property insurance. She owned and operated an Allstate® insurance agency before moving to the reverse mortgage sector working at Fairway Independent Mortgage. Bowman spent the past six years at Finance of America Reverse, where he consistently was a top producer. “The reverse division here at PRMI continues to get stronger as our regional principals and stakeholders invest in top reverse mortgage talent,” says Division President Steven J. Sless, CLTC®. “Matthew Bowman and Gabrielle Welter will further strengthen our reverse footprint in the Midwest and play big roles in our organization becoming the top reverse lender in the nation.” RIP Ken Wieland NRMLA extends our condolences to the family of KenWieland, CRMP, of Mortgage South of Tennessee, Loudon, TN, on his recent passing from COVID-19. Wieland flew commercial airliners for several years before getting into the mortgage business. He started originating reverse mortgages for Wells Fargo in 2006 and would later work for First Bank, Peoples Home Equity, TNBANK and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. before joining Mortgage South of Tennessee in July 2020. He earned his Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional designation in April 2016 and actively attended NRMLA events. He will be missed. RMF Promotes Mills to Financial Planner Channel Lead Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF) promoted Christian Mills to financial planner channel lead. As part of this new role, Mills will host the Retirement Expert Network (REN) weekly webinars, designed to inform financial planners about retirement resources, such as reverse mortgage loans. Mills joined RMF in 2017 as a HECM loan specialist. He has 25 years of experience in financial services, mainly in the retirement planning space. His background includes roles at Fiserv Trust Co. and the Financial Planning Association. “The demise of traditional pensions, rising healthcare costs, longer life expectancies and concerns regarding inflation have left many Americans unsure how stable their golden years will be,” says Mills. “I am excited for the opportunity to reach financial professionals throughout the country and show them how to help their clients achieve successful retirement outcomes using the home.” Milano Appointed Vice Chair of Programs for ABA Committee Jim Milano, member of Weiner Brodsky Kider PC, which serves as outside general counsel to NRMLA, has been appointed to serve as vice chair of programs for the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association (CFSC). Milano will be moving to this new position from his position as chair of the Housing Finance Subcommittee of the CFSC. In his position as vice chair of programs for the CFSC, Milano will be responsible for organizing programs on consumer finance issues at the CFSC meetings, held three times a year, as well as various webinars throughout the year. In addition to the above, Milano also serves as president of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law (CCFL) and will assume the position of chair of the CCFL later this month. Milano also is a regent of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. AAG Launches Online Loan Portal American Advisors Group (AAG), Irvine, CA, unveiled a new online loan portal, My AAG Loan, to streamline the mortgage loan application process. The portal is part of AAG’s broader strategy of reimagining its consumer- facing infrastructure to meet the needs of a changing demographic. Features include automated loan status updates, notifications when a document is needed, the ability to view documents required to clear the loan and the ability to electronically upload loan documentation. “We’re always looking for ways to make our products more convenient for seniors and that now means providing more online capabilities,” says Martin Lenoir, AAG’s chief marketing officer. “The pandemic pushed older Americans into the digital world and that prompted us to make some improvements. Now many of our customers expect to handle their paperwork digitally and prefer the flexibility that the online portal gives them.” Ken Wieland 34 REVERSE MORTGAGE / JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022