People in the News: Former MBA Chairman Gourley Passes Away

Former MBA President Willard Gourley Jr. Passes Away

Willard Gourley Jr., CMB, AMP, who served as president (chairman) of the Mortgage Bankers Association in 1989, died on Nov. 13. He was 87.  

Mr. Gourley served with MBA for a number of years, becoming president in 1989 (prior to 2002 the MBA chairman position was referred to as “president”). During his tenure, MBA donated $100,000 to Jubilee Housing in Washington, D.C., to purchase and renovate a house that operated as a transitional housing shelter for homeless pregnant women and children.  

Following his leadership stint, Mr. Gourley remained active with MBA, chairing MBA’s Affordable Housing Committee. He earned his Certified Mortgage Banker and Accredited Mortgage Professional designations from MBA.  

“It was a cause that he believed in strongly and that occupied much of his time after he retired from the mortgage banking industry,” said Cheryl Malloy, CEO of Malloy Associates LLC, Alexandria, Va., and a former senior vice president with MBA. “Willard was the best, not only because he was extremely knowledgeable about the mortgage banking industry and all aspects of the business, but he was a truly compassionate and caring individual. He always remembered that mortgage banking is not just about running a profitable company but it’s also about the families we help buy their first home or secure an affordable apartment.”  

Mr. Gourley was born Mar. 20, 1928 near Greensboro, N.C., the son of Willard Gourley Sr. and Beatrice Gourley. After graduating from Greensboro High School, he worked for Charles Routh Realty and joined Tysor Realty and Mortgage in 1951. He moved to Charlotte when the firm merged with NCNB Mortgage in 1968. He retired from banking in 1992. He was active with the Greensboro Jaycees, the Greensboro Better Business Bureau and was elected to the Guilford County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners in 1966. He was also active with Habitat for Humanity.  

Mr. Gourley married Virginia McDade in 1959, who survives him. He is also survived daughters, Lisa Warren and her husband, Dean; Martha Jubera and husband Rob; and six grandchildren. A memorial service took place Nov. 14. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 220287, Charlotte, 28222, Myers Park Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd, Charlotte, 28207 or a charity of the donor’s choice.  

Aikin Tapped as CEO of Synergy Appraisal

Synergy Appraisal Services, Troy, Mich., appointed Terry Aikin, CMB, AMP, as CEO.  

Aikin comes to Synergy from Accenture Mortgage Cadence, where he led the software sales division. Prior to Accenture, he held executive roles with Solidifi. He earned his Accredited Mortgage Professional designation from MBA in 2006 and his Certified Mortgage Banker designation in 2008. He is 2016 chairman of the MBA CMB Society and is a former board member of the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association.  

The Compliance Group Hires Doyle as Director of Quality Control

The Compliance Group Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., hired Michelle Doyle as director of quality control, responsible for overseeing TCG’s quality control reviews on behalf of clients and directing the firm’s QC service efforts.  

Doyle brings more than two decades of experience in mortgage underwriting, quality control, risk mitigation and compliance. Prior to joining The Compliance Group, she was responsible for building out and overseeing the internal QC platforms for both Heritage Bank Mortgage (now Renasant Bank) and the Mortgage Solutions Practice for Warbird Consulting Partners. She has also held several QC and underwriting positions with The Stonehill Group, RR Donnelley, Option One Mortgage and Accredited Home Lenders.  

RoundPoint Taps Purser as Chief Risk Officer

RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp., Charlotte, N.C., hired Ben Purser to serve as the company’s chief risk officer, responsible for regulatory and investor compliance and risk mitigation.  

Purser comes to RoundPoint from Ocwen, where he served as vice president of compliance. Prior to that, he worked for the Treasury Department, where he managed compliance issues for the Troubled Asset Relief Program for the federal government. Before that, he held key roles with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., FBR Capital Markets, Maryland National Bank and Riggs Bank.