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USFN Recognizes Members at Annual Meeting

Tustin, CA-USFN here honored several members for their service throughout 2009 at the USFN Member Education Retreat Annual Meeting in Key Largo, Fla.

The USFN Member of the Year award went to Cynthia Nierer, the directing partner of closings and evictions at Plainview, N.Y.-based Rosicki Rosicki & Associates. Ms. Nierer "could not better embody the spirit of a fully committed and devoted volunteer," said USFN executive director and CEO Alberta Hultman.

"In addition to authoring articles for many industry publications, Cynthia extensively participates on several industry panels and has readily devoted herself to the facilitation of virtually every USFN seminar since the firm has been a member," she said.

Tom Dore was named USFN Committee Chair of the Year. Mr. Dore is a partner at his own Towson, Md.-based firm, Covahey, Boozer, Devan & Dore.

This award was established to recognize outstanding individual service to USFN as the chair of a standing or special committee or task force.

"The award is given to a committee or task force chair who has shown dedication, ability and high accomplishments in meeting the goals established by the board and the committee. This is a person who collaborates diligently with the USFN staff and the members of his or her committee to work on behalf of the members and the board in a timely fashion, with creativity, professionalism and accuracy," said Ms. Hultman.

USFN gave the Associate Member of the Year award to Robert Klein, CEO of the Cleveland-based Safeguard Properties. This award honors an associate member firm that has gone beyond the norm in actively contributing to USFN and its activities on every level, including financial and program support.

"The company specializes in REO services, valuations, title services insurance loss inspection and hazard claims administration," said Ms. Hultman.

"Especially valuable to USFN, Robert and his staff have been instrumental in their contributions to seminars, committees and task forces. Specifically with regard to the area of vacant property registration, Safeguard has been a unifier and innovator, working towards developing lasting industry solutions."

The Michael C. Barrett Industry Innovator Award was presented to Mike Echevarria.

The inaugural recipient, Mr. Echevarria is a managing partner at Florida Default Law Group, a Tampa, Fla.-based full-service real estate and mortgage banking law firm. The award was developed this year to commemorate industry legend Michael C. Barrett, who was an innovator in the default servicing industry.

Recipients of the award must inhabit the characteristics he was known for throughout his career: innovative thinking and performance, client advocacy, leadership in the industry or organization, strategic thinking and accomplishments, and significance and impact on the industry.

USFN has some exciting events planned for 2010.

The national not-for-profit association of mortgage banking law firms and trustee companies will hold two separate Loan Management & Servicing Seminars this spring.

One will be March 17-19 in Dallas and the other June 9-11 in Charlotte, N.C.

"This unique seminar offers two distinct and timely educational opportunities for 2010," said Ms. Hultman. "Each seminar is designed to respond to the evolving needs of the loan management and servicing industry and allows attendees to delve deeper into the topics affecting their business."

The organization's trademark and interactive format gives attendees the advantage of dialoguing with other leaders in the industry, she said, while benefiting from the knowledge of learning how colleagues are handling today's increasing challenges. Each seminar provides a variety of topics including foreclosure, bankruptcy, REO matters and evictions, as well as up-to-date sessions with HUD, VA, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

USFN will hold its Legal Issues in Mortgage Servicing Seminar July 8-9 in Chicago. This interactive and educational event is designed to discuss current legal issues in the servicing industry. "It facilitates open communication on the complex and potentially costly issues that in-house counsel deals with on a daily basis," she said.

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