BlackFin Group taps mortgage tech leader as a partner

He played a key role in the development of Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter

BlackFin Group taps mortgage tech leader as a partner

Management consulting firm BlackFin Group has announced that Andrew Weiss (pictured) has joined the company as a partner and will work in its technology practice.

The 25-year industry veteran started his mortgage career in 1991 when he joined Fannie Mae as senior vice president of advanced technology. During his nine-year tenure at the GSE, Weiss led the team that developed Fannie’s Desktop Underwriter. Weiss also held various leadership roles at several banks and financial firms, including Bank of America, Newbold Advisors, New Penn Financial, STRATMOR Group, and Origence.

“Andrew is one of those rare industry executives who have both a long and broad base of experience in our business,” said BlackFin Group CEO Keith Kemph. “His work has always challenged the industry to do more with technology in pursuit of worthy goals. He has been an agent for change, but with a disciplined approach that will protect BlackFin clients from chasing shiny things when they should be building their businesses according to a well-developed strategic plan.”

“I’m at the point in my career where I wanted to do something that was interesting to me,” Weiss said. “Keith has attracted a great team to BlackFin Group, and I think together we can make progress in an industry that has traditionally lagged others from a technology standpoint.”

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“I’m not a technologist, strictly speaking, and I’m not a traditional business person either,” Weiss added. “My work has largely been about creating the bridges between these groups so everyone can do their best work and reach their goals. I hope to help BlackFin clients make the best choices according to their own business strategies, managing risk while creating the future. That’s the way companies distinguish themselves in highly competitive businesses like ours.”