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Dong Lee, MBA, AMP
President

As recently appointed President of Mortgage Architects, Dong Lee brings over 15 years expertise in both residential mortgage financing and financial services. Dong has held senior positions at another mortgage brokerage, chartered banks and a mortgage insurer. In these roles, Dong has overseen the strategic development of alternate mortgage delivery channels, played a critical role in acquisitions, led the integration of brokerage operations and launched the Korean Banking Centre for a major bank.

Mr. Lee holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen's University and his MBA through Dalhousie University.

Scott Musselman
V.P. of Operations & Network Development

With over 17 years of mortgage brokerage experience Scott has held progressive roles in finance, business development and operations. Having championed many strategic initiatives he has successfully overseen the deployment of proprietary technology projects, mortgage life and P&C insurance programs and operational mergers. His experience and leadership with lender partners, financial planner affiliate programs and broker centric business development drives his passion for bringing top level full-service value to the Mortgage Architects network.

Meini Ickert, AMP
V.P. Western Canada

Meini Ickert has more than 30 years of financial industry experience, much of which was spent fostering mortgage brokerage channel growth for a major Canadian bank. His unparalleled expertise, integrity, commitment and standard of excellence are ideally suited to establish Mortgage Architects as a frontrunner in the Canadian mortgage market. Mr. Ickert has considerable success developing strong broker relationships through exceptional and value-added service, and by partnering with key industry groups.

In 2007, the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC (MBABC) presented Mr. Ickert with an Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of his involvement with the association, particularly for his dedication to industry education. In 2008, the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Planners (CAAMP) presented him with an Outstanding Contribution Award to celebrate his work with the mortgage industry in Western Canada.

Michele Steko
V.P. Ontario

Michele brings over 12 years of financial industry experience both in the broker and lender channels. Michele’s experience in both sales and mentoring have contributed to the success and growth of brokers in her prior role as Senior Account Manager. She has also raised the bar for service that is unparalleled and earned her the respect of others in the industry.

Michele’s strong leadership skills coupled with her integrity and superior interpersonal skills have allowed her to grow strong relationships and foster key partnerships spanning various industry groups.

Lisa Valade
V.P. Ontario

Lisa has held key management and executive roles over her long career in the mortgage industry. She has been an integral part of growth strategies in mortgage origination, underwriting, business planning, training, sales, recruitment and network development. Having spent a number of years in the lender space, and over 7 years as a broker herself, she understands the challenges that brokers face and continually strives to add value to our planners’ businesses. Relationship focused, Lisa starts her day by asking “What can I do to help you in your business?” In 2014 Lisa was named the distinguished “Woman of Influence” title by Canadian Mortgage Professional magazine.

Riadh Trigui
V.P. Eastern Canada

Riadh graduated from the University of Sfax in Tunisia with a focus on Financial Management. He started his career at CITI GROUP, Tunisian Branch, as a Financial Advisor, eventually being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager where he held the role for nine years.

Riadh has been an Accredited Mortgage Professional for more than 13 years in Canada, worked as a mortgage broker for three years and more than 10 years as a Regional Director and Director of Sales and Development at Multi Prêts Hypotheques. Throughout his career, Riadh recruited, trained and coached hundreds of mortgage brokers and participated in the implementation of dozens of mortgage offices.

Dustan Woodhouse
Strategic Consultant

Dustan has been running his own businesses for 30 years. He entered the mortgage business in June of 2008, just in time for the economic crises, yet still managed to fund 95 files in 2009. In 2010 Dustan hired a truly amazing associate, and together they pushed the numbers as high as 237 files in a single year. 1,683 mortgages later, having written three books (Be The Better Broker Volumes 1,2 &3), as well as delivering dozens of presentations, all day workshops, small mastermind sessions, and hundreds of 1:1 coaching calls with Brokers and Agents alike Dustan has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive in this industry.

   

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