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Mortgage Compliance Professional of the Month for May 2017: Barb Bechtold

Congratulations, Barb Bechtold, on being selected Mortgage Compliance Magazine’s Mortgage Compliance Professional of the Month – May 2017!

Barb joined Skyline Financial Corp. (Skyline), San Diego, California, in 2015, and she serves as Compliance Specialist. Skyline is a mortgage lender licensed in 27 states, producing between $3 and $4 billion in mortgage originations. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Calabasas, California. It has additional locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Her responsibilities with Skyline include reviewing and resolving consumer complaints and developing action plans to mitigate risk; HMDA data reporting and implementing the 2018 regulation changes. She monitors regulatory compliance for corporate and branch operations, and develops policies, procedures, processes, and training to comply with regulatory requirements. She is also responsible to coordinate an effective third-party vendor management program.

“As Compliance Specialist, Barb is tasked with enforcing compliance within our branch operations and sales force,” says Caitlyn Peskind, Skyline Home Loans’ General Counsel. “She is incredibly thorough in her research and analysis related to regulatory updates and implementation of efficient practices.”

Marti Tromley, COO, Operations and Risk for Skyline added these thoughts, “Barb’s expertise is invaluable to us at Skyline.  She has the unique, yet essential, ability to balance the regulatory requirements with the business needs.”

Prior to joining Skyline, Barb held several positions that contributed to her compliance expertise. She served with The Compliance Group, Inc., Carlsbad, California, as Compliance Officer and Manager. In that position, she managed compliance projects, audits, and other tasks to assist mortgage lending clients developing and maintaining effective Compliance Management Systems. She also performed assessments and gap analyses to identify, strengthen, and manage operational compliance risk. Barb also served as Fair Lending Manager with Option One Mortgage Corporation, Irvine, California, and there she developed a fair lending monitoring program to ensure compliance with federal fair lending regulations and coordinated development of in-person and web-based training programs. Before her assignment as Fair Lending Manager, she was a Senior Compliance Analyst with Option One Mortgage.

Barb holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Since entering the industry in 1994, she has sought continuous professional growth and education opportunities through mortgage industry associations, conferences, seminars, webinars, articles, and blogs.



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