Co-Founder & CEO
Tedd Smith began his database career helping mortgage refinance lenders through Flood Zones, Inc., which automated flood zone determination to financial institutions using geocoded FEMA flood maps. He served as vice president of marketing, helping propel the company to $10M before it was acquired in 1996 by TransUnion.
From there, Tedd served as chief executive officer of Home Equity Loan Corporation until 2000, when he co-founded FirstClose with his brother Tim. FirstClose was established with the idea to automate, improve efficiencies and accelerate processes through utilizing innovative technology.
Tedd graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing.
COO & CFO
Patrick McClain is CFO and COO of FirstClose. In this joint role, he is responsible for overseeing and leading strategic growth, as well as financial matters.
Patrick has more than three decades guiding high growth global technology companies, both public and private, with companies such as Xplore Technologies, Falconstor Software and Aurea Software, all of which he led as CFO. His areas of expertise include financial accounting, strategic business planning, mergers and acquisitions, MIS management, insurance and risk management and credit and collections.
Patrick holds a BBA in accounting from Ohio University.
Co-Founder & CRO
Tim Smith began his database career helping mortgage refinance lenders through Flood Zones, Inc., which automated flood zone determination to financial institutions using geocoded FEMA flood maps. He served as vice president, helping propel the company to $10M before it was acquired in 1996 by TransUnion.
From there, Tim co-founded FirstClose with his brother Tedd, with the idea to automate, improve efficiencies and accelerate processes through utilizing innovative technology. With over 18 years of executive level management and experience in the mortgage origination and settlement services space, as CRO Tim is responsible for managing the sales and marketing group.
Tim attended Texas Lutheran University before joining and serving in the United States Marine Corps for four years.
Pat brings more than two decades of industry experience formulating strategies and developing innovative products for the Real Estate and Title Industries. In his new position, Carney will be charged with identifying, prioritizing opportunities, and driving innovative solutions that influence FirstClose’s growth and expansion opportunities via integrations, organic automation, and strategic acquisitions. As CTO, Carney will oversee the strategy behind the company’s technology and industry partnerships and will look holistically at the customer and agent experience based on heightened needs and expectations. Carney will work closely with all players within the mortgage ecosystem—including title and settlement, real estate, mortgage, and technology partners—to drive creativity and implement forward-thinking solutions.
Corey Smith is CPO of FirstClose. As CPO, he is responsible for overseeing user experience, as well as product and vendor management.
Corey has more than 25 years of experience in business. His focus is on operations and technology, however, the scope of his experience spans sales, marketing, finance, strategic planning and risk assessment and management. He has worked with companies such as Snapwire, NextGen Solutions, Mall.com and Flood Zones, Inc.
Corey holds a degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from Austin Community College.
President, HomeScout, LLC
David Camp brings over 20 years of unique operational and sales management experience to the FirstClose team. David has exercised his management expertise in the startup company, small company and Fortune 500 company environments. Much of David’s career within real estate has focused on developing strategies to help real estate companies increase leads, lead conversion, core services revenue, lenders develop purchase business, increase portfolio retention and help both drive more settlement services revenue to their bottom lines.
A seasoned technology executive, Hammond brings over two decades of leadership, management, marketing, sales, and technical experience. Hammond now dedicates himself exclusively to helping other businesses achieve extraordinary levels of success.
Hammond is only one of 60 individuals to earn the prestigious Certified Mortgage Technologist (C.M.T.) designation, which is presented to information technology professionals in recognition of their industry experience, professional education, and knowledge of the unique technological needs of the real estate finance industry. He was also recognized as:
• Named “TECH TRENDSETTER” by Housing Wire
• Named “LENDING LUMINARY” by Progress In Lending
• Awarded “SALES, MARKETING & PR TRAILBLAZER” by Progress In Lending
• Recognized as “TOP 50 MOST CONNECTED Mortgage Professionals” by Mortgage News Network
Senior Vice President
Kathy oversees the sales unit, including direct sales, client success, and business development. Kathy has over 30 years of comprehensive background and experience in the mortgage banking and financial industry in multiple capacities that span the sales spectrum in technology and complex sales environments. Her focus is on enterprise-wide software sales providing FirstClose streamlined business growth strategies with the leadership necessary to drive revenue and realize ROI. Kathy is a driven technology pioneer acquiring and managing multi-million-dollar accounts with a skillset in reviewing current operations and procedures to identify and capitalize upon areas of improvement involving efficiency while maximizing profitability.
In addition to these executive hires, FirstClose has invested significantly in expanding its customer success, sales, technology, development, and product teams, further strengthening its ability to meet the ever-changing needs of its customer base today and well into the future.
Director of Product Development
Ramiro Castro is the Director of Product Development at FirstClose. His focus at FirstClose is to oversee customer elicitation to solution delivery and work with the product team to execute solutions to scale.
Ramiro began his career in IT managing enterprise infrastructure and network security needs. His infrastructure monitoring and observability knowledge was then augmented with SDLC tool implementation and support with his work at Atlassian as a Senior Support Engineer. There he worked with project management and SDLC management from the C-suite down to the developers and product managers who were delivering products across the software industry. He then entered the Fintech industry with FirstClose as a Technical Support Engineer and has moved through he ranks to Director of Product Development. Ramiro holds several Atlassian Certifications across the Atlassian suite as well as an Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner Certification.