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.
12 November 2019The traditional mortgage banking model is broken due to short-sighted strategy management of the business, underinvestment in technology relativ…
11 October 2019The past decade has been unique for financial services industry and the economy in general. The Great Recession-which in the United States began…
20 May 2019Financial institutions have many paths to grow revenues, manage costs, and improve profitability: geographic expansion, product introduction, me…
12 April 2019Celent recognizes KeyBank (USA) as the winner of the Model Bank 2019 Digital Platform Transformation Award for their initiative Building Innovat…
27 - 30 October 2019
Austin, TX, United StatesCraig Focardi will be attending this year's MBA Convention & Expo.
23 - 24 September 2019
United StatesA leading U.S. mortgage technology conference.
6 - 9 May 2019
Will Trout will be a Keynote at this year’s Fiserv Forum 2019 on 5/6/2019. Forum 2019 is the premier fintech conference that brings together the…
2 - 4 April 2019
The Hague, NetherlandsThe Temenos Community Forum explores the New Era of Banking by bringing together banking executives, industry experts, fintechs and partners tog…
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 mon…