Network Funding Loan Officers Rank Among the Best in the Nation By Mortgage Lending Publications

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Scotsman Guide, Mortgage Executive Magazine and National Mortgage News Announce Top Originators Based on Production Volume and Closed Loans

Several of Network Funding, LP’s Loan Officers have been named by various publications as Top Producers in the mortgage lending industry. The publications Scotsman Guide, Mortgage Executive Magazine and National Mortgage News all ranked Network Funding Loan Officers among the best in the nation.

“Our loan officers strive to make the mortgage process the best experience for their clients and referral partners. They are successful at it and these awards are a reflection of their hard work,” said Network Funding Vice President of Sales Richard Jefferson.

Scotsman Guide ranked the following Loan Officers as Top Originators in various categories: Russell Laing was ranked for Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed and Top Purchase Volume; Mark Labouchardiere for Top Dollar Volume and Most Loans Closed; Wes Cohen for Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed and Top Refi Volume; Kathleen Kassel for Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed, and Top FHA Volume; Julie Velasco for Top Dollar Volume, Most Loans Closed, Top Purchase Volume, Top FHA Volume and Top VA Volume; Matt Hawkes for Most Loans Closed; Mark Smith for Most Loans Closed; Torrey Jacoby for Most Loans Closed; Ania Kozera for Top FHA Volume; and Sonya Valia for Most Loans Closed. Additionally, Julie Velasco and Kathy Kassel were ranked in the publication’s Top Women Originators at #485 and 555, respectively. To view Scotsman Guide’s “Top Producers,” visit

Mortgage Executive Magazine ranked the following Network Funding Loan Officers in the Top 1% for Production Volume: Russell Laing, Mark Labouchardiere, Wes Cohen, Kathleen Kassel, Julie Velasco, Matt Hawkes, Mark Smith, Torrey Jacoby, Ania Kozera, Sonya Valia and Shawn Andrew. To view Mortgage Executive Magazine’s “Top Originators,” visit

National Mortgage News ranked Russ Laing at #80 in “Top Producers.” To view National Mortgage News Top Producers, visit

About Network Funding
Network Funding, LP, NMLS #2297, is a private residential mortgage lending company that operates branches across the country. Since it was founded in 1998, Network Funding has financed more than 121,500 homes at more than $22.6 billion, making the American Dream a reality for its customers. Network Funding’s key standards are based on integrity, reliability and simplicity and aims to empower its customers through educating and equipping them for the home-buying process. Network Funding consistently ranks as a “Top 50 Mortgage Companies to Work For” by Mortgage Executive Magazine and a “Top Mortgage Lender” by Scotsman Guide. To learn more about Network Funding, visit or for career opportunities, visit

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