Nothing sets a company apart more than having great people. Open Mortgage, your Mortgage Banker, is proud to have assembled a corporate staff of highly experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly people. Meet our staff below, and put a face to a name.
Scott Gordon comes from a high-tech and entrepreneurial background. He is an author, and the Founder and CEO of Open Mortgage. Scott has over twelve years experience in the banking industry and oversees the Forward and Reverse banking departments of Open Mortgage, which has over $3 billion in funded loans. Open Mortgage has given Scott a platform to bring his high-tech background and interest in business efficiency to the mortgage and finance world.
Prior to launching Open Mortgage, Scott started multiple companies, including C.A.R.E. Solutions, Brava Services, Credit Minders. Scott has served on the Board of Directors for Open Lending for the last twelve years. He has also been an investor and board member for Integratus and Heliovolt. Scott maintains a membership in Vistage, an executive forum that believes in going beyond executive training programs, focusing rather on cutting-edge development and discussions for higher velocity company performance.
Scott received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State in software engineering. He is married with two children and resides in Austin, Texas.
Richard Woodruff is our CFO and COO. Richard joined Open Mortgage in April 2009. Prior to joining Open, he spent over 25 years in financial positions for publically traded companies, international firms, CPA firms, and was an Austin Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year” nominee in 2008. Richard’s practice has focused on the mortgage banking industry since 2004. He truly enjoys the mortgage banking industry. He almost always answers his cell phone. If he does not answer his cell phone, he is most likely on a cruise somewhere in the Caribbean. Richard received a Master’s degree in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He graduated from UT Austin in 1983 and was licensed as a CPA in 1987.
Greg Block, is the Senior Vice President of Lending. Greg has over 20 years of executive and senior management positions in operations, logistics, customer service, and sales. Throughout his career, Mr. Block has been involved in building, managing, and improving operational and sales processes to increase sales efficiency and profit. Prior to joining Open Mortgage, Mr. Block was co-owner, President, and CEO of Mortex Lending, Ltd., a HUD Direct Endorsement Mortgage Banking business he started after holding the positions of CIO & Executive Vice President of Operations at MBI Mortgage Inc. and Chief Operating Officer at Northland Funding Group Ltd. In addition to the mortgage industry, Mr. Block has held senior management positions with both start-ups and large organizations in the telecom and technology industries including Point One Telecommunications, CenturyTel Telecommunications, IPC Technologies, and Dell Computer. While at Dell Computer, Mr. Block created the infrastructure and processes for the creation of DellWare, the software and peripherals division of Dell Computer. Mr. Block also served in the United States Air Force for 5 years as Managing Crew Chief for the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Tactical Air Command.
Jim Howard is the Senior Software Engineer. After earning his degree at UCLA, Jim created and managed web and video projects for Hollywood properties like Fox Searchlight, Jerry Springer and COPS the TV Show culminating in crime.com, which was sold to USA Networks. Jim moved to Austin in 2007 and brings an emphasis on automation, open data and personalized technology to his role at Open Mortgage.
Laura Kardow is the Director of Compliance. Laura has spent many years in the mortgage industry in underwriting and management of the underwriting activities. Laura has an enormous task of making sure all of our Loan Originators, Branch Managers, and Subsidiaries stay on track with the latest Compliance Regulations. Laura also oversees all the audit activities.
Linda Claborn is the Head of Human Resources and Administration Services. Linda has spent many years working with the public and has an extensive background in administration in the mortgage industry as well as the insurance field. Born and raised in Texas, Linda moved to Austin in 2007 to help build “the best place for a loan officer to grow their business”. Linda brings her knowledge of the Open Mortgage system presented with a Texas twang.