The New Year brings a fresh start for everyone, including those in the mortgage broker industry. 2013 saw industry players continually jockeying with the previous year’s mortgage rule changes – and the ever-present threat of further action – but it’s fair to say most endured the frustration and emerged relatively unscathed.

To be sure, 2014 will provide its own challenges but as one of our “Hot Listers” teases in the forthcoming feature, perhaps brokers – and broker networks -- won’t be forced to go it alone. We don’t want to reveal too much here but suffice to say, the industry players selected for our Hot List in 2014 will definitely have a contributing hand in shaping the mortgage broker industry this year and beyond.

Our list contains some old faces and some new; certain professionals who continue to lead and others who are keen to join their ranks. These brokers are not only leaders in their respective companies; they are leaders in the industry. Enough with the pleasantries, though; read on for 2014’s Hot List.
 
 
MBN Hot list 2014: Mark Kerzner
 Who: Mark Kerzner
 What: President
 Where: TMG The Mortgage Group
 
 Mark Kerzner’s resume comprises a number of management and executive positions at various mortgage industry companies. He brought this experience and  an  MBA from the University of Toronto to his role as President with TMG The Mortgage Group in 2009.
 
MBN Hot list 2014: Collin Bruce
 
Who:
 Collin Bruce
What: Mortgage Broker
Where: Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Mentors
 
Collin has been a mortgage broker since 2005 and has owned his own Dominion Lending brokerage since 2009. Being DLC’s No. 1 broker in terms of volume and units over the past four years helped Collin bring home CMP’s Mortgage Broker of the Year Award in 2012. Collin’s brokerage, Mortgage Mentors, is home to 30 agents and, together, the team is top five for Dominion Lending Centres in terms of both volume and units.
 
MBN Hot list 2014: Albert Collu
 Who: Albert Collu
 What: President
 Where: Mortgage Architects
 
 Albert joined Mortgage Architects as president in 2013, following a successful stint as president and CEO of Argentum Mortgage and Finance Corp., where he  was instrumental in growing the company by $2 billion and adding 500 brokers in two years.
 
 Patricia Giankis's MBN Hot list 2014 profile
 Who: Patricia Giankis
 What: President & CEO
 Where: ScoreUp
 
 Patricia has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry on both the banking and mortgage brokering side and, more recently, launched  ScoreUp – a credit analysis and education resource. Patricia has lectured at women’s shelters and the YWCA and has provided assistance to community  charities.
 
Gord Appel's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Gord Appel
 What: Vice-President
 Where: TMG The Mortgage Group
 
 With 10 years of mortgage experience and over 20 years in sales and customer service, Gord is Vice-President and broker of record for TMG Alberta. He is  also the current sitting president of the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA).
 
Martin Reid's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Martin Reid
 What: President
 Where: Home Trust
 
Martin was appointed to the position of president for Home Trust Company and its parent, Home Capital Group Inc. in January 2010. He brought 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry to the position of treasurer with Home Trust in 2007. Prior to that, he worked for Deutsche Bank Canada in a number of roles; Deutsche Bank New York as its director of market risk for the Americas; and Dundee Bank of Canada as managing director or rates and liquidity.
 
Dan  Eisner's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Dan Eisner
 What: Founder
 Where: True North Mortgage

 A former contestant on CBC’s the Dragon’s Den, Dan has since opened nine of his retail True North Mortgage stores across Canada; from Vancouver to  Halifax with a number of offices dotting most major cities in between.
 
Gordon McCallum's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Gord McCallum
 What: President
 Where: First Foundation Residential Mortgages

 A commerce graduate with distinction from the University of Alberta’s School of Business, Gord has worked hard building First Foundation into a group of  companies offering mortgage brokerage services as well as general insurance, life insurance and other financial services. Gord is a former director with the  Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association and a consecutive four-time member of CMP’s “Top 50 Brokers” list. He was also named the Accredited Mortgage  Professional of the Year in 2011 by CAAMP.
 
Brennan Wood's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Brennan Wood
 What: Regional VP
 Where: Mortgage Alliance Commercial Canada

 Brennan, who holds a J.D., left the legal world in 2008 to focus exclusively on commercial financing across Canada. For most, commercial financing can be  daunting but Wood has been around the commercial brokerage roller coaster his entire life.
 
Calum Ross's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Calum Ross
 What: Franchise Owner
 Where: Calum Ross Mortgage
 
 
 
Enza Venuto's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Enza Venuto
 What: Franchise Owner
 Where: Centum Streetwise Mortgages 
 
 
Gary Mauris's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Gary Mauris
 What: President
 Where: Dominion Lending Centres

Gary played a central role in creating three national companies from the ground up. Currently, he is active as the president of Dominion Lending Centres.
 
Phil Fiuza's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Phil Fiuza
 What: Managing director, single family mortgages
 Where: Canadian Mortgage Capital Corp. and Atrium Mortgage Investment Corp.

 
 
Ron Butler's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Ron Butler
 What: Founder/Mortgage Broker
 Where: Butler Mortgage
 
Greg Nowik's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Greg Nowik
 What: Universal Mortgage Architects
 Where: Mortgage Architects
 
Alyssa Richard's profile for Mortgage Broker News Hot list 2014
 Who: Alyssa Richard
 What: Founder
 What: RateHub.ca

 Alyssa leveraged her business degree from Queen’s University to break into the financial services industry and attain a financial consulting job in the United  States with Bain and Company. It was there that she learned about mortgage rate comparison sites and conceived the idea for RateHub.ca. Following the  success of RateHub.ca, which is Canada’s No. 1 rate comparison site, Alyssa launched ClosingCosts.ca, which helps homebuyers calculate the cost of  buying and selling a home.

To read the full feature, click on the following link CMP Hot List 2014 to download the PDF.
 

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