April 16, 2021 1,094 Views Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: CARES act Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Jay Bray Kurt Johnson Mr. Cooper Group Inc. Steve Covington The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. Peck Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Featured / Mr. Cooper Promotes Kurt Johnson to Lead Compliance Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago CARES act Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Jay Bray Kurt Johnson Mr. Cooper Group Inc. Steve Covington 2021-04-16 Eric C. Peck Print This Post Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mr. Cooper Promotes Kurt Johnson to Lead Compliance Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: FinLocker Partners with EPM on Financial Wellbeing App Next: Next Stage of Economic Recovery Will Be ‘Unprecedented’ Kurt Johnson has been promoted to EVP, and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Mr. Cooper Group Inc. Johnson has been with the company for five years, most recently serving as Chief Credit Officer, and has 20 years of experience in the industry.Most recently, he led the charge within the company and the industry on the mortgage relief options included in the CARES Act, working with government agencies to advocate for homeowners and ensure Mr. Cooper customers had solutions during the pandemic.Johnson will replace Steve Covington, who has been with the company for nearly six years and recently served as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, as he transitions into retirement in June. Johnson and Covington will work together to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.“Kurt is one of the most credible risk and policy experts in our industry, and I am confident he will continue to build upon the relationships the team has established with regulators and government officials in his expanded role,” said Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Mr. Cooper Group. “I would like to thank Steve for his leadership in building a best-in-class risk and compliance organization, which is a pillar strength for Mr. Cooper, and wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”Prior to joining Mr. Cooper Group, Johnson spent six years as EVP at OneWest Bank. Earlier in his career, Johnson helped develop a streamline modification program that served as the template for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Featured, Journal, News Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago
Port Mahon, HT 08 Week 1, 13 JanuaryThe upstairs of the Port Mahon is an unassuming venue – the stage rocks the ‘my best mate’s living room’ vibe, complete with fireplace and telly moved out of the way to fit in the drum kit. Well, almost.The humble staging, however, was actually the perfect offset for three very different musical outfits. Figment were back on stage after a couple of months away from the live scene. The Bristol three-piece unleashed their brand of snarling, brawling rock with vim and fervour. Their energy was almost uncontainable, mic stands askew and t-shirts duly stripped, delivered at ear-splitting volume. They announced themselves with Reservoir Dogs style shouts and a bass line more infectious than an outbreak of food poisoning at a picnic serving prawn cocktail for starters.Figment are clearly very tight – the illusion of spontaneity is clearly underpinned by the old formula talent versus practise. Drummer Harvey was impressive (and not just because of his pectorals), blowing out any January cobwebs with one particular drum solo that shook your very bones. The fairly subdued Sunday night crowd didn’t really know how to respond to the sweating, swaggering beast that commanded their attention. Figment don’t promise to change the world, but they do put out for a filthily good time. Look out for them live in 2008. Next up were the Will Knox Band. The difference between the two bands couldn’t have been more marked. Will Knox leads his melancholy band of boys and girls through heartbreaking acoustic folk-tinged tunes. Two things raise them above a slew of Jose-Gonzalez sound-alikes: the first is the quality of the song-writing.The lyrics are quietly well observed: “please don’t neglect me like a dress you outgrew”, “I’m as empty as the pockets of my skin tight jeans.” The second is Will Knox himself – his understated charisma asserts an irresistible pull. His clear and tender vocals are nuanced by bass-player Jeni Magana’s. The breath catching moment of the night was their stripped acoustic number. With their soft West Coast glamour, the Will Knox band put me in a position that I never thought I’d be in, thinking: “Man, that was an intense banjo solo.” No pretension, just lush strings and effortless atmosphere: lovely, lovely stuff. Finally, Mister Ginger took to the stage. What to expect with such variety preceding them? Mister Ginger are an Oxford four piece, bridging the Balliol/Trinity divide by making sweet music. They don’t have a particularly coherent look, at odds with the unity of their music, which is expressed in the verve and imagination with which they play. Once more tonight it’s the drums that that drive this operation forward – Nick Wallace with Pete Ballett on bass are a potent combination.Mr Ginger are a more complex entity than the two previous bands, and definitely show the most variety in terms of style of song-writing. I am frustrated as to pin them down generically. Shall we say ‘intelligent, layered, witty guitar rock’, and then leave you to hunt them down in Myspace monde? Good. Because you should. And join the campaign to get them to play again before Trinity Ball. All in all, Port Mahon offered an unexpectedly well balanced night of high quality, passionate and professional music. Such an eclectic mix shouldn’t have worked, but it really, truly did. Roll on Hilary Term.by Mathura Umachandran
Kumasi Asante Kotoko have pulled out of this year’s President Cup which will commemorate Ghana’s Republic Day on July 1.The Porcupine Warriors have taken this decision to register their protest at what they call unfair treatment by the Ghana Football Association.Kotoko have been handed a temporarily ban from using their traditional home ground the Baba Yara Stadium following brutal attacks by their fans on Medeama.Kotoko believe there are deliberate attempts by certain ‘cohorts’ of the Ghana FA to rob them of this year’s league title.Dr Ernest Opoku, who speaks on behalf of the club explains, “In our last game against Medeama SC everybody was a witness to how Silas Okine robbed Kotoko. After the incident, Kotoko were banned but up until now, we haven’t heard anything from the FA concerning Silas Okine.He added: “The FA is not paying any attention to whatever Kotoko have to say. So we think it’s better for us to pull out of the President’s Cup to register our protest.” Kotoko also believe that organizers of the President Cup, the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), have not been supportive since they were punished by the FA.“We know the President’s Cup is sanctioned and organised by the GHALCA but after the GFA temporarily banned Kotoko from the Baba Yara Stadium, what has the GHALCA done about it? It seems the GHALCA doesn’t understand our plight,” he added.“And it seems they are not doing anything about it that’s why we feel we don’t have to play in the President’s Cup.”The defending league champions have also told Joy Sports they will only play in the Top Four competition if they are financial demands are met.