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MortgagePoint September 2023

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MortgagePoint » Your Trusted Source for Mortgage Banking and Servicing News 64 2 0 2 3 W O M E N I N H O U S I N G A W A R D S Nickalene Badalamenti-Kalas President and CEO, Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions What People Are Saying: "Nickalene Badalamenti-Kalas (Nickie) has served as Five Brothers' President and CEO for eight years, driving the company's continuous growth and prosperity. Nickie's unwavering support of women and minorities has been instrumental in the company's remarkable achievements. Currently, 72% of the company's staff are women, while the executive team comprises 77% women and minorities. Nickie's dedication to diversity and inclusion extends to the highest levels of decision-making. Five Brothers is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise, distinguishing it as a solely women- owned and privately-owned field services company in the servicing industry." What This Nomination Means to Her: "I am honored to be recognized as a 2023 Wom- en in Housing Leadership Award finalist. Over the span of my 34-year professional career, I have been privileged to receive guidance from accomplished women who skillfully melded technical expertise with impactful communi- cation. I take immense pride in upholding this legacy by championing the cause of women and minorities in an industry largely domi- nated by men. I firmly believe in the incredible power of diversity, which brings forth a tapestry of strengths that fuel innovation and collabora- tion. These qualities remain at the forefront of my efforts within my own organization, as I continuously strive to nurture an environment that embraces and celebrates diversity." Jane Mason CEO, Clarifire What People Are Saying: "Clarifire, a 100% owned, WBENC, MBE corporation named for its pioneering mortgage fintech application CLARIFIRE, is an oasis of diversity in a heavily male-dominated tech in- dustry. Founded by Jane Mason, who overcame her own hurdles to become a mortgage servic- ing fintech leader, Clarifire boasts a staff that is 40% female—almost unheard of for a tech company. Jane also spends countless hours serving as a mentor, role model, and promoter for women's advancement in housing." What This Nomination Means to Her: "As the founder and CEO of Clarifire, being named a finalist resonates deeply with the foundational values of Clarifire and my pas- sionate belief in fostering a more diverse and inclusive environment within the mortgage technology sector. My own journey in the industry included challenges, self-doubt, and uncertainty. Yet I held fast to the conviction that diversity is not just a box to be checked but essential for innovation and growth. When I founded Clarifire, I envisioned and created a culture where every voice mattered and every idea was valued, irrespective of one's gender or background. Calling every employee at Clari- fire an 'innovator' symbolizes our collective commitment to pushing boundaries, question- ing norms, and creating solutions that make a meaningful difference in other people's lives. Being named a finalist for this award is valida- tion that we're pursuing kindness, openness, and innovation the right way and reaffirms my commitment to championing women's advancement in housing and beyond. It's also a reminder that our work is far from over." Leadership Award The Leadership Award recognizes transformative women leaders who have built diverse, high-performing teams; developed business solutions that impact homeownership across the industry and nation; and worked to empower and promote women in leadership positions.

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