HousingWire’s Finance Leaders award honors the top finance executives who are driving financial performance, expanding margins, improving liquidity and helping their businesses access the capital markets. This award will recognize the senior executives who drive growth and move the housing economy forward.

Over the last two years, mortgage banks have entered the public markets at a rapid pace, lenders developed new capital markets relationships, real estate brokerages are doing deals and investing in technology, and everyone in the housing landscape has been focused on solidifying their position in this exhilarating purchase market. The HousingWire Finance Leaders are the strategic finance executives who are enabling, supporting and navigating this growth and innovation.

Who is eligible for this award? 

Nominees must be corporate finance, secondary marketing, capital markets or strategic finance executives within mortgage banking or a real estate brokerage. Winners will be selected based on their personal contribution to company success and industry impact.

Eligible nominees must hold a CFO, Head of Secondary Marketing, EVP of Capital Markets, Head of Corporate Development or equivalent title.

Take a look through last year’s list of honorees.


2021 Finance Leaders

Eligibility & Criteria:

Nominees must be corporate finance, hedging or capital markets executives within mortgage origination or a real estate brokerage and will be selected based off of financial management, strategic thinking and contribution to the company. Eligible nominees must hold a CFO, Head of Secondary Marketing, EVP of Capital Markets or equivalent title.

Submissions are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Program Information:

  • 2022 Finance Leader honorees will be featured in the May issue of HousingWire magazine and online at
  • The 2022 nomination period is currently closed. Check back next year for the 2023 nomination dates!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I see the submission questions ahead of time?

The submission questions are similar to other HousingWire awards and, while there is no word count requirement or limit, we ask that you provide enough information to allow the HousingWire selection committee to make informed selections.

  • Elevator pitch: Give us the elevator pitch on why you think this nominee should be a Finance Leader award recipient. No more than three sentences.
  • Contribution to your organization: Give the reasons this person is so valuable to your organization, focusing particularly on the last 12 months as applicable. One or two paragraphs recommended.
  • Leadership and excellence: Describe how the nominee has actively demonstrated excellence and reflected the values of your company. One or two paragraphs recommended.

2. When do nominations begin?

Nominations open in January 10, 2022 and will close January 28, 2022.

3. How can I nominate someone?  Can I just call you or send you an email with the name of the person I’d like to nominate?

Nominations must be submitted through our online portal. See the link above during the nomination period to submit a nomination.

4. Why is there a nomination fee?

The nomination fee ensures award program integrity by supporting a diligent selection process by HousingWire’s selection committee. The fee also supports the production and distribution of winner profiles to recognize these truly exceptional finance leaders.

5. I want to nominate my boss, but would it be better if someone higher up nominated him? Can I nominate a family member?

You can nominate yourself, a client, a family member, your boss, an employee, or an acquaintance. The most important thing is that you state a clear, business-oriented reason for the nomination.

6. How does the process work?

After the nomination period closes, the HousingWire selection committee begins an extensive process of reviewing all nominations, evaluating accomplishments and applying industry knowledge to determine the impact each nominee has on their organization and the industry. Following review, the editorial selection committee holds a series of meetings to determine which candidates will be chosen. We strive to select the most impressive and impactful leaders leveraging the nomination information and industry knowledge of organizations, accomplishments and trajectory. The process takes a significant amount of time over a compressed schedule.

7. Can I contact you to see how my nominee is doing in the judging process?

Unfortunately, we don’t provide status reports. If we need any further information, we will contact you and if you or your nominee is an award recipient you will be hearing from us closer to the time of the announcement.

8. I want to be picked for the Finance Leaders program. Will it help to hire a public relations firm?

No. Publicists often submit candidates, but they do not influence the judging.

9. I was not picked for Finance Leaders. Can you tell me why?

With hundreds of candidates and only a few spots available, many nominations will not be chosen.

Award Materials, Licensing, Permissions, and Reprints

For additional award materials, like plaques and trophies, please visit our online store here or via the link below. 

For award logos, permissions, and reprints, please reach out to Lesley Collins.  All winners will now be provided the award logo to use as they wish to promote their win.

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