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  • Dr. Andy Schell, Ph.D., DBA/MBA, CPA, CMB

Compliance and Risk Management for Mortgage Bankers


The importance of robust compliance and risk management cannot be overstated in the world of mortgage banking, where each transaction experiences a delicate balance between financial feasibility and regulatory adherence. Let's delve into the critical strategies and insights mortgage bankers must embrace to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape effectively.


The regulatory landscape for Mortgage Banking is a constantly evolving puzzle. Laws change, compliance requirements shift, and staying ahead in this dynamic environment demands vigilance and adaptability.


The Core of Compliance

Regulatory Adherence:

Understanding and staying current with federal and state regulations is non-negotiable. A proactive approach to compliance ensures that your operations align with the latest legal standards.


Robust Internal Controls:

Establishing and maintaining strong internal controls is crucial. This includes processes for documentation, audits, and quality checks, forming the backbone of a compliant system. Internal audit plays a critical role here. FYI - MBS offers Internal Audit services.


Employee Training:

Your team is your first line of defense. Regular and comprehensive training programs ensure that every member of your organization is well-versed in compliance protocols. How is your training program implemented and documented?


Effective Risk Management

Risk Identification:

Identifying potential risks is the first step. Conduct thorough risk assessments to pinpoint vulnerabilities in your processes, allowing for targeted risk management strategies.


Mitigation Strategies:

Once risks are identified, develop and implement effective mitigation strategies. This could involve process adjustments, technological enhancements, or even strategic partnerships.


Continuous Monitoring:

Risk management is an ongoing process. Regular monitoring ensures that your strategies are effective and that new risks are identified and addressed promptly.


As the captain of the ship, the CEO plays a pivotal role in setting the tone for a culture of compliance and risk management. Prioritizing these aspects at the leadership level filters down, creating a resilient organization ready to face the challenges of the regulatory landscape.


In an era where regulatory changes are a constant, Mortgage Banking CEOs must view compliance not just as a checkbox but as a strategic advantage. Adhering to the highest compliance standards not only protects your organization from legal ramifications but also enhances trust and credibility in the eyes of clients and stakeholders.


Dr. Schell and the MBS Financial Services team help firms implement an effective Risk Management process.


MBS Financial Services supports the following areas:

  • Growth Strategy – We can help you plan and execute a growth strategy.

  • Hedging & Pipeline Risk Management - Dr. Schell can help explain how hedging functions, the benefits of hedging, and the risks associated with the activity. See blog posts.

  • Technology must align with a firm's strategic objective. Every mortgage lender's technology infrastructure significantly impacts its customer experience and employee workflow. MBS will help select, configure, and deploy the best technology solution.

  • Executive Development - Leadership is a learned skill. Dr. Schell can teach you to be an amazing leader, an effective manager, and an inspiring coach who can foster a vibrant culture.

  • Accounting Services – Dr. Schell, CPA, leads the accounting services team to become your outsourced accounting department. This alternative makes more and more sense for companies wishing to focus on their core business and also want trustworthy accounting and financial reporting support.


About Dr. Schell:


Dr. Andy Schell, Ph.D., DBA/MBA, MSML, CPA/CFF, CMB


Dr. Schell is CEO, Managing Partner, and Co-Founder of Mortgage Banking Solutions and the Founder of MBS Financial Services ("MBS"), based in Austin, Texas. Dr. Schell is known for his ability to turn "vision into reality" and "chaos into order" as he finds creative solutions to the challenges his clients face addressing Revenue Stability, Technology Enhancement, Financial Management, and Workflow Efficiency.


He has 4 decades of experience as a strategist, where he has directed the activity of both small and large groups of employees, including mortgage lending activity at Bank of America. His leadership knowledge extends from his hands-on experience and his professional designations as a CPA and a CMB and from his doctoral examination of employee dynamics given leader stimulus and strategic communication.


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