Craig Focardi, CMB
With a multi-disciplinary background in economics, finance, technology and marketing, Craig leverages his banking industry experience to advise and consult on business-led technology strategy and investment for financial institutions, technology providers and technology investment firms.
Craig's coverage areas include digital lending strategy, market sizing and technology selection across the credit lifecycle for all consumer credit products. Complementary coverage areas include analytics, digital content management and core system transformation. His advisory engagements have included core lending and banking system vendor selection for financial institutions, market feasibility and go-to market assessments for technology vendors, and technology provider acquisition due diligence for FinTech investors.
Craig is a frequent speaker and moderator at industry conferences, including BAI, Mortgage Bankers Association annual and technology conferences, and AFSA. He has also written dozens of bylined articles for Mortgage Banking Magazine, Lending Strategy (UK) and American Banker.
Craig began his career in economics and finance and marketing in the mortgage industry for lenders and IT vendors, including The Federal Home Loan Bank, The PMI Group, Wells Fargo, and CoreLogic. Craig then spent 16 years as a banking industry analyst at TowerGroup and CEB prior to joining Celent.
Craig received an M.A. in applied economics from the University of San Francisco and graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a B.S. in business economics. Craig also attended Schiller University in Heidelberg, where he studied international trade. Craig holds the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
23 August 2018Various types of artificial intelligence (AI) have entered everyday life and have moved past the hype cycle for use in financial services. I beli…
20 August 2018Banking as a Service holds great promise for providing community-based financial institutions with a migration path to becoming fully digital fin…
7 May 2018Digital document capture and processing will automate loan origination processes that currently get bogged down in the back office. Advances in d…
24 April 2018Celent recognizes State Bank of India as the 2018 Model Bank: Post-Merger Integration for the largest consolidation in the history of Indian bank…
1 March 2018
WebinarCraig Focardi will be a Session Speaker on Fiserv's webinar Beyond the Hype: Emerging Technology and Intelligent Automation On March 1. This web…
30 May 2018Quicken Loans' Rocket Mortgage has made waves because it promises to process a mortgage application in minutes and close the loan in under a mont…