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NTC's COO Recognized by HousingWire's Vanguard Award Program

Posted by Gina Morales on Thu, Dec 01,2016 @ 10:12 AM

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COO Michael O’Connell recognized as an industry leader by prominent trade publication. This marks the second time this publication recognizes an NTC senior executive with this award.


(Palm Harbor, FL) December 1, 2016 – Nationwide Title Clearing (NTC), the leading post-closing services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, is proud to announce that the company and its Chief Operations Officer (COO), Michael O’Connell, were recognized in the December issue of HousingWire as part of the publication’s 2016 Vanguard Awards™ program. The awards recognize C-level and business unit executives who have become leaders in their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance.

 “The HW Vanguards continued to impress going into its second year; the winners are second-to-none and this list represents the finest cross section of mortgage talent available,” said Jacob Gaffney, HousingWire editor-in-chief. “These leaders from all segments of the mortgage ecosphere demonstrate that our industry is more than capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”

 HousingWire’s Vanguard program recognizes C-level and business unit executives who have become leaders in their respective fields within housing and mortgage finance. This year, the publication recognized 40 leaders from what it called a “field of entries among the most impressive we’ve ever seen.”

 O’Connell was promoted to COO from Vice President of Client Relations in 2013. He had been leading the sales and client relations teams for 8 years at that point. Since taking on the role of COO, O’Connell has been responsible for the daily operation of NTC’s production divisions totaling the majority of their 500-plus employee workforce. In addition to collaborating with and reporting to CEO John Hillman, O’Connell is accountable for ensuring that NTC operations are of the highest quality and the company remains efficient. He oversees client relations, services delivery, including all research services and document production, and overall quality control.

 “I’m honored to be recognized for this award,” O’Connell said. “We work everyday to build excellence into everything we offer our industry and it’s very much a team effort. It’s why we spend so much time training and checking our output for quality. It’s very nice to have an industry publication recognize those efforts. I’m very grateful for that and for the team I have here at NTC.”

 “HousingWire says Vanguard winners excel in a variety of skill sets, but all share the ability to energize and mobilize their employees. This is certainly true of Michael,” said John Hillman, CEO of NTC and a recipient of an inaugural Vanguard Award. “We are very fortunate to have him and we benefit from his leadership every day.”

 NTC recently celebrated its 25th year of innovative service to the mortgage industry and has also been recognized for its excellence many times over the years.

 About HousingWire:

HousingWire is by far the nation's most influential source of news and information for U.S. mortgage markets, boasting a readership that spans lending, servicing, investments and real estate market participants as well as financial market professionals. Winner of numerous awards, including a 2012 Eddie Award for national editorial excellence in the B-to-B Banking/Business/Finance, HousingWire has been recognized for excellence in journalism by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the National Association of Real Estate Editors and Trade Association Business Publications International.


HOUSINGWIRE.COM: is the leading independent source for news, commentary and analysis covering the entire mortgage banking and financial markets. Staffed by a core team of experienced journalists and editors, delivers breaking news and opinions on U.S. housing and mortgage finance. has a well-developed reputation for delivering today the news other trade outlets will be reporting on tomorrow — and our readers value the information they get from first.



HousingWire Magazine is a monthly magazine that provides in-depth context and insight spanning the people, issues and data that matter in mortgage finance and real estate. The magazine offers readers insight on U.S housing and finance from leading national columnists, as well as exclusive features that tackle hard-hitting issues in real estate finance and bring to life the people that make markets.

The publication is available in print, or in digital format across multiple devices (iPad, Kindle, and more.)


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