Nothing sets a company apart more than its people. We are proud to have assembled a team of experienced, knowledgeable and friendly senior staff.

Scott Gordon

Founder, CEO & VP of Sales

Scott comes from a high-tech and entrepreneurial background and has over a decade of experience in the banking industry. He is an author, and the Founder, President and CEO of Open Mortgage. Prior to launching Open Mortgage, Scott started multiple companies, including C.A.R.E. Solutions, Brava Services and Credit Minders. Scott has served on the Board of Directors for Open Lending and has invested and been a board member for Integratus and Heliovolt. Scott maintains a membership in Vistage, an executive forum that focuses 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

COO & CFO

Richard, “Woody”, joined Open Mortgage in 2009, before which he spent over 25 years in financial positions for publicly traded companies, international firms and CPA firms. His practice has focused on the mortgage banking industry since 2004 and he was nominated for Austin Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year” in 2008.

Woody 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. 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.

Joe Morris

Senior VP of Reverse Lending

Joe was previously the Founder and COO of Unity Mortgage which became the major component of Financial Freedom, a market leader for seven years. In addition, he was the Founder and CEO of Generation Mortgage Company.

Before joining Open Mortgage, Joe managed a reverse mortgage call center for First National Bank, where he recruited and trained loan officers to be successful phone sales personnel. Joe holds a permanent board position on the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (N.R.M.L.A.). He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Management and maintains his residency in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Greg Block

Senior VP of Lending

Greg has over 20 years of executive and senior management positions in operations, logistics, customer service, and sales. Throughout his career, Greg has been involved in building, managing, and improving operational and sales processes. Prior to joining Open Mortgage, he was co-owner, President, and CEO of Mortex Lending, Ltd., CIO & EVP of Operations at MBI Mortgage Inc. and COO at Northland Funding Group Ltd.

In addition to the mortgage industry, Greg has held senior management positions with both start-ups and large organizations in the telecom and technology industries including: Point One Telecommunications, IPC Technologies and Dell. While at Dell, he established infrastructure and processes for their software and peripherals division, DellWare. Greg is proud to have served in the United States Air Force as Managing Crew Chief for the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Tactical Air Command.

Jim Howard

CTO

Jim joined Open Mortgage in 2009 and brought with him an emphasis on automation, open data and personalized technology. He has spearheaded cloud-based initiatives and pushed to modernize Open Mortgage’s infrastructure to provide better data for decision making.

Prior to his work at Open Mortgage, Jim created and managed web and video projects for Hollywood properties like Fox Searchlight, Jerry Springer and COPS. He also co-created the online member management and event registration portal for the National Auto Sport Association. Jim still has a love of automobiles and a garage full of tools from his racing days. A native Californian, Jim earned his degree at UCLA and lived on both coasts before settling in the middle, moving to Austin in 2007 with his wife and two children.

Peter Kallodaychsak

VP of Strategic Initiatives

Peter brings over 12 years of senior management experience leading multiple large-scale projects for lenders including: Lehman Brothers, HSBC and National City. He got his start in the mortgage industry as a project manager at ARC Systems and has been in it ever since.

Peter’s approach to operations and organizational efficiency has proven successful and, here at Open Mortgage, he will focus on generating new business through strategic partnerships. Throughout his career, Peter has served on committees for the M.B.A. and T.M.B.A., held speaking engagements and moderated industry panels. Peter spent 9 years in the United States Marine Corps and attended Southern Illinois University.

Laura Kardow

Director of Compliance

Laura has over thirteen years experience in the mortgage business which includes processing, originating and operations management. Her background as a teacher of almost 20 years, brings attention to detail and training. Because she has owned and operated her own real estate office, she can empathize with the issues Realtors and loan officers face during a transaction. Laura’s approach to compliance issues has always been that it is her job to keep loan originators and Open Mortgage in business doing loans. She researches the compliance issues that arise and consults with our compliance attorney group for insight before making decisions. Laura is a graduate of Texas A&M University/Kingsville and maintains her residence in Lakeway, Texas, which is just west of Austin. She and her husband, John, are proud to be grandparents of five “perfect” grandchildren.

Linda Claborn

Head of Human Resources and Administrative 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.

Interested in joining the Open Mortgage team?

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