Leadership

Tedd Smith

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.

Patrick McClain

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.

Tim Smith

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 Downing

CTO

Pat Downing is CTO of FirstClose. As CTO, he is responsible for overseeing the development of all technical efforts at FirstClose.

Pat has more than 20 years of experience in technology operations, infrastructure, development and customer support. Most recently, he held a position as CTO at the Texas-based company Mozido, a global mobile financial services company.

Pat holds a degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University as well as a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Northeastern University.

Corey Smith

CPO

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.

David Camp

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.

Joe Dahleen

Head of Strategy, HomeScout, LLC

Joe is a 25-year veteran of the mortgage industry who specializes in executive management, FinTech and strategic marketing. He is known for being a strong advocate of technology and an expert in leveraging the latest tech stack and automation to ensure the success of his endeavors.

Mr. Dahleen has developed his skills in every aspect of modern strategic business management, including sales, software and project management, business process analysis, system design and system implementation. In regard to the mortgage lending space, he has strong in-depth knowledge of secondary marketing, loan production, and quality control procedures, including automated origination and compliance, e-signatures and e-vendor management, pre-emptive quality control and post-closing secondary fulfillment. He also has experience in appraisal management portals, digital vaulting and private label, cloud-based business models. He is uniquely qualified to lead financial services companies in efforts to radically revamp their business strategies.

Sara Nakae

Vice President of Sales & Business Development

Sara has over 15 years of experience in FinTech serving the financial services sector in realtor and agency marketing for banks and credit unions, and extensive experience in the mortgage industry working with banks, credit unions and mortgage companies to deliver award winning technology solutions and services.

She has been a keynote presenter at leading industry events and conferences discussing FinTech and its impact on lenders businesses. Named one of 2020 and 2019’s Most Powerful Women in FinTech and Marketing Trailblazer, Sara has deep industry knowledge in the financial digital space. Sara is responsible for marketing execution, driving sales strategy and enterprise sales relationships.

Jorge Ponce

Director of Product and Vendor Management

Jorge Ponce brings more than 15 years of experience in bank operations, mortgage and risk-based consumer lending to FirstClose, giving him valuable knowledge of the refinance and home equity industry. Jorge played a major role in helping to produce the first version of the FirstClose Report, a comprehensive refinance and home equity loan solution with capabilities to deliver title, flood, valuation and other important data elements in one report. In his role as director of product and vendor management, Jorge is responsible for driving adoption, client communication and product development.