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CMO Paul Akinmade Recognized as 2018 HousingWire Rising Star

  • June 06, 2018

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Baltimore, MD – National mortgage media group HousingWire announced its 2018 Rising Stars of young leaders to watch in the housing industry.  CMG Financial’s Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Akinmade, was recognized among 46 other industry-leading innovators as a 2018 Rising Star. 

“This year’s Rising Stars list represents the only independent award for young professionals in the mortgage space,” said Jacob Gaffney, editor-in-chief of HousingWire. “It’s a comprehensive snapshot of who’s who in our business and the most impressive list to date.”

Paul joined CMG Financial in late 2016 as the SVP of Retail Marketing with the objective of creating the industry’s leading marketing department. In a few short months, he applied his hands-on experience to build a department with the variety of core competencies needed to create an environment where sales, marketing, and technology could operate in sync.  Due to his ability to initiate positive change and create a strategic vision that is executable Paul was promoted within one year of being hired at CMG Financial, from SVP of Marketing to Chief Marketing Officer.  He now serves on the company’s executive management team alongside industry veterans. 

“This year’s class of Rising Stars represents the best in young leadership within the mortgage finance arena,” said Caroline Basile, HousingWire’s Online Editor and member of the selection committee. “I’m impressed by the achievements of this year’s winners and look forward to seeing what each of them accomplishes in the mortgage and housing finance economy in the future.”

Paul’s versatility as a leader shone last year when he was given the opportunity to bring to life, HomeFundItTM, the down payment crowdfunding platform.  He took CEO Christopher M. George’s crowdfunding construct to solve a pervasive problem in the industry and with the assistance of senior leadership and a few key people on his team transformed it into a fully functioning program, changing people’s lives and revolutionizing lending.  He managed the development and design, program structure, and has led the team through the product launch

Rising Star Criteria:

  • 46 winners
  • 5th annual list
  • Every sector of the housing economy represented: residential mortgage lending, servicing, investing and real estate, as well as those in advocacy positions, including nonprofits and governmental agencies.
  • Chosen by HousingWire editorial staff based on tangible accomplishments in the last 12 months

 To read more about HousingWire Rising Stars click here.



About CMG Financial

CMG Financial is a well-capitalized, privately held mortgage-banking firm founded in 1993. The company makes its products and services available to the market through three distinct origination channels including Retail Lending, Wholesale Lending, and Correspondent Lending.

CMG Financial currently operates in all states, including District of Columbia, and holds federal agency lending approvals with HUD, VA, RHS, GNMA, FNMA and FHLMC. Throughout the mortgage banking and housing markets, CMG Financial is widely known for responsible lending practices, industry and consumer advocacy, product innovation, and operational efficiency

About HousingWire

HousingWire is by far the nation’s most influential source of news and information for U.S. mortgage markets, boasting a readership that spans lending, servicing, investments and real estate market participants as well as financial market professionals.

Winner of numerous awards, including a 2012 Eddie Award for national editorial excellence in the B2B Banking/Business/Finance, HousingWire has been recognized for excellence in journalism by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Trade Association Business


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