Client First Settlement Funding Hires Lisa Rae Donato as Chief Marketing Officer and Dan Fischer as Chief Financial Officer

Boca Raton, FL (Vocus) December 15, 2009

Client First Settlement Funding, a growing structured settlement funding company offering lump sum payments to structured settlements and annuities owners, has hired Lisa Rae Donato as chief marketing officer and Dan Fischer as chief financial officer.

“I’m looking forward to creating a dynamic marketing program for Client First,” Donato said. “I am already at work on building a new Client First website and creating a structured settlement guide for our clients. I am dedicated to getting into our clients hands the information they need to make the wisest financial decisions possible.”

Lisa Rae Donato has more than 20 years of experience in the field of marketing. She founded Internet Marketing Press, a marketing consulting company, and co-authored 26 eBooks on the subject of Internet marketing. Donato has created and managed marketing strategies for several domestic and international companies. With a background in graphic design, she has designed and implemented numerous print and online marketing campaigns.

“I’m glad to have joined Client First during this exciting time of growth. I believe this company is committed to helping each client find that brighter financial future and I intend to contribute all the expertise I have towards that,” Fischer said.

Fischer has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector. During his 14-year tenure with ABN AMRO Bank, he helped create and manage the residential and commercial real estate capital markets divisions. Fischer has extensive experience in securitization and whole loan sales and structuring, completing more than 50 domestic and international public and private securitizations, totaling over 20 billion dollars in issuance.

About Client First Settlement Funding, LLC:

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Client First Settlement Funding specializes in purchasing and selling structured settlements and annuities nationwide. Since Client First is a direct funder, it can get clients the most money for their structured settlement or annuity based on individual needs and circumstances.


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Former Freddie Mac Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer Joins the Collingwood Group as Senior Advisor

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

The Collingwood Group announced today that it has retained Ray Romano as Senior Advisor, working with the Collingwood Group to bring his unique expertise and executive leadership in the areas of risk management for consumer and multi-family mortgage products. Romano is a mortgage finance industry veteran with more than 26 years of wide-ranging experience in the areas of credit risk, operations risk, mortgage servicing, financial management, strategic planning, and capital markets. In his new role, Romano will work with The Collingwood Group to further help clients navigate the business opportunities that exist in Washington as a result of the housing crisis.

Romano has a lengthy and distinguished background in Financial Services. Most recently he served as executive vice president and chief credit officer at Freddie Mac. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, where he began as senior vice president of Credit Risk Oversight, Romano held executive level positions with Washington Mutual (SVP chief credit and risk management officer Home Loans Group), North American Mortgage Company (SVP chief credit & compliance officer, Mortgage Banking), and Dime Savings Bank of New York, FSB (VP director of Underwriting Operations). Early in his career, he was assistant manager of CitiCorps North American Investment Bank in New York and Assistant Supervisor, Residential Lending Operations with The Dime Savings Bank of New York, FSB.

Ray brings strong leadership and valued expertise in an area that is highly needed in todays mortgage market, said Brian Montgomery, vice chairman of The Collingwood Group. His involvement with our firm will supplement our already wide range of proficiencies in assisting our financial services clientele.

Tim Rood, a partner with The Collingwood Group, agrees. We are delighted to welcome Ray to The Collingwood Group team. His vast experience in risk and credit management will help us to even further enhance the benefits that The Collingwood Group brings to our clients.

Romano received his Bachelors Degree in finance and economics from Long Island University.

About The Collingwood Group

The Collingwood Group ( is a Washington, DC-based business advisory firm focused on growing clients businesses, promoting revenue growth and increasing investment returns. The firm is led by Joe Murin, former President and CEO of Ginnie Mae, and Brian Montgomery, former Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner. Both played major roles in the federal governments efforts to address the nations financial crisis and restore stability and liquidity to financial markets. The firms expertise spans all aspects of Agency, non-Agency and FHA/VA housing financing programs; Ginnie Mae securitization activities; domestic and international secondary market activities and issues; primary and special servicing; full asset lifecycle vendor and talent management; and all elements of portfolio due diligence, acquisition, property management and asset disposition.


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