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Leadership

Jason Smith , Executive Chairman

Mr. Smith was appointed Executive Chairman in November 2020 after serving as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since founding Real Matters in 2004. Under his leadership, Real Matters disrupted the North American appraisal industry and became the largest provider of residential real estate appraisals in the United States. Mr. Smith raised more than $200 million as a private company and completed five acquisitions leading up to Real Matters’ initial public offering in May 2017. Prior to founding Real Matters, Mr. Smith was a founder, director and executive of Basis100, which was one of the largest publicly-traded technology providers within the mortgage banking industry at that time. With more than 25 years of experience building and leading companies in North America, Mr. Smith is a highly-regarded technology entrepreneur. He was named CIX Innovator of the Year in 2017 and was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by E&Y in 2016. Mr. Smith was also inducted into the Canadian Mortgage Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Smith is a member of the advisory board of VERTU Capital and Whitecap Venture Partners. He is also Chairman of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

Brian Lang , Chief Executive Officer

Brian Lang was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Real Matters and joined its Board of Directors in November 2020. Mr. Lang joined Real Matters as President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2019. Prior to joining Real Matters, Mr. Lang was President of MasterCard Canada. Lang’s career with MasterCard spanned more than 13 years during which he held a number of senior executive positions in various geographies including Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. Prior to MasterCard, Lang held key management roles with CIBC and Aeroplan. Mr. Lang is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has served on Junior Achievement Boards in three regions. He is also on the Boards of Crescent School and Brock University, and is an active United Way MIG member.

Bill Herman , Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Herman has more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, and a proven track record of leadership in a public company environment. Mr. Herman joined Real Matters as Chief Accounting Officer in September 2016.

Prior to joining Real Matters, Mr. Herman was Executive Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer at Progressive Waste Solutions, a multi-billion dollar North American full-service waste management company, where he held various progressively senior management positions from 2002 to 2016. Prior to Progressive Waste, Mr. Herman held various positions with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Herman is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has an M.B.A. from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He also holds a Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Loren Cooke , Executive Vice President and President of Solidifi

Mr. Cooke has 20 years of industry-related experience in promoting and deploying business solutions to the financial services market with an extensive focus on real estate valuation services, mortgage and loan origination technologies and data management. He joined Real Matters in 2008. Prior to joining Real Matters, Mr. Cooke held several senior management positions at Filogix Limited Partnership (a division of Davis & Henderson) and Equifax Inc. in the areas of sales and marketing, operations, client delivery and professional services.

Victoria MacDonald , Chief People Officer

Ms. MacDonald joined Solidifi in 2020 from WE.org, an international not-for-profit and a social enterprise, where she was Chief People Officer and led the transformation of their human resources team. Ms. MacDonald is an active member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience and a proven track record of creating effective and impactful people programs and processes, including spearheading culture development, talent acquisition and talent management programs.

Kim Montgomery , Executive Vice President

Ms. Montgomery leads the team responsible for extending Real Matters’ core network operations management capabilities across new product verticals and aligning acquisitions. She joined the Company in 2008 and has been instrumental in building Solidifi’s U.S. operations. With more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry, Ms. Montgomery has a proven track record of identifying and implementing new business practices and delivering high growth. Her diverse background includes leadership positions in sales, operations and compliance, and managing large teams across multiple geographies. Prior to joining Real Matters, Ms. Montgomery held a number of progressively senior roles at HSBC Financial Corp., including leading the virtual mortgage lending channel in Canada.

Robert J. (Bob) Smith , Executive Vice President

Robert J. (Bob) Smith has more than 25 years of experience financial services, focused on the strategic and operational leadership of banks and mortgage banks.

Prior to joining Real Matters, Mr. Smith served as President of AmeriSave Mortgage. Previously, he was head of mortgage operations for BNY Mellon, and President of Discover Home Loans. Before Discover, he spent nearly two decades with PHH Mortgage and Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation where he held a number of senior positions including Head of Capital Markets, Chief Credit Officer, Head of Correspondent Lending and Co-Head of PHH Home Loans, the largest mortgage joint venture in the country. Mr. Smith began his career in public accounting with Deloitte, where he was recognized as a National Industry Specialist in the bank/thrift and real estate industries.

Mr. Smith is board member of the Gator Bowl Association, and AS Direct Mortgage Capital, a European mortgage bank and services company.

Ryan Smith , Executive Vice President and
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Smith has more than 18 years of experience in mortgage technologies and a wealth of experience in driving high-growth, cross-company engineering initiatives and collaboration strategies that deliver mission critical business solutions. He joined Real Matters in 2006. Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has demonstrated experience in building solutions for the Canadian and U.S. mortgage industries and has gained extensive knowledge and involvement in real estate collateral assessment and mortgage processing. Mr. Smith has held various executive positions at multiple organizations within the industry. As Vice President at Basis100, Mr. Smith led business units responsible for point-of-sale applications designed for mortgage brokers as well as managed the development and implementation of an automated underwriting system for lending institutions. Mr. Smith also led the market requirements and delivery of a U.S. collateral assessment solution, which brought the leading automated valuation model (“AVM”) and appraisal companies onto a single transaction platform.