Meet the Authors

Kyle Bensen, CMB

Kyle Bensen - MGIC Lender Insight: Director, Sales

Kyle Bensen joined MGIC in 1998 and is responsible for product strategy and business development for MGIC’s Lender Insight data analysis and lead generation solutions.

In addition, Kyle serves as MGIC's primary representative in a number of mortgage industry strategic initiatives. For instance, Kyle currently serves as the chair of the MISMO Education Committee, recently guiding the rollout of a professional and robust instructor guided online course series that has been very well attended by industry participants. Kyle is active in MBA initiatives, and has served as an educator and speaker at numerous MBA-hosted events.

Kyle holds a BA from the University of Nebraska, a Masters of Computer Information Systems from Denver University, and a Certified Mortgage Banker ("CMB") designation from the MBA.

Shelley Callaghan

Shelley Callaghan - MGIC Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Shelley joined MGIC in the mid-80s and currently serves as a Senior Marketing Program Manager. She is primarily responsible for MGIC's online and classroom technical training programs.

Through the years, she’s worn many different hats, including managing an MGIC Underwriting Service Center and working on MGIC's national Field Operations team. Her technical savvy is built on her extensive, practical experience and drives the value she places on a strong technical foundation.

Geoffrey Cooper

Geoffrey Cooper - Vice President Product Development

Geoffrey F. Cooper is Vice President Product Development at Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC).

He recently returned to MGIC after serving for six years as Director – Single Family at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), a state HFA.

Prior to leaving MGIC to join WHEDA in June 2008, Cooper held several positions over 14 years, most recently serving as Director – Emerging Markets where he oversaw MGIC’s HFA business initiatives.

Margaret Crowley

Margaret Crowley - MGIC VP Marketing and Customer Experience

Margaret Crowley is Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at MGIC. She and her team are responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies to support the field sales team and business partners nationwide. In addition, Margaret leads MGIC’s Customer Experience efforts. Margaret has been with MGIC for over 30 years and held a variety of technology and marketing positions.

Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Alverno College.

Sean Dilweg

Sean Dilweg - MGIC Sr. VP Government Relations

Sean is currently Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). In his role, he leads one of the largest mortgage insurer’s regulatory and political relations in Washington and the states. He actively works on federal legislation regarding GSE and FHA reforms. Sean joined MGIC from CUNA Mutual Group where he most recently served as the President of CMG Mortgage Insurance Company. He successfully brought the mortgage insurance business through a three-year turnaround and a sale transaction in February of 2014 to launch Arch MI.

Sean served as the Insurance Commissioner for Wisconsin from 2007 to 2011, overseeing the regulation of all insurance in the state including health, life, mortgage and bond insurers through one of the worst financial crises in U.S. history. In this role, he was the Receiver for Ambac Assurance and was responsible for overseeing the de-risking of the Ambac Assurance Corporation located in New York City, the second largest financial guarantee insurer in the nation. He was an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) serving on a variety of committees including the Financial Condition Committee and the Securities Valuation Office which is involved in a number of aspects of insurance company finances and securities.

Sean currently serves as an Independent Director for Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) in New York. He also serves as a Director, Finance Chair and Treasurer for the Physicians Plus Insurance Company in Madison.

Mr. Dilweg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is married with 2 children and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ted Durant, MBA

Ted Durant - MGIC VP Model Development & Portfolio Analytics

Ted Durant has been with MGIC for over 20 years and is currently the Vice President of Model Development & Portfolio Analytics. As the nation's largest provider of private mortgage insurance, MGIC has a considerable interest in statistical analysis and forecasting of home prices, prepayment and default risk. The analytic services group at MGIC provides those tools both to internal users and externally to MGIC's clients.

In addition to his work at MGIC, Ted has experience in oil & gas exploration, real estate development, chocolate manufacturing, and bicycle manufacturing and retailing.

Ted earned his MBA in Real Estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his BA in Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts Bay. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee, where he serves on the board of directors of the Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness and enjoys riding bicycles year round.

Vance Edwards, CMB

Vance Edwards, CMB - MGIC Marketing Program Director

Vance Edwards joined MGIC in 1999 and currently serves as MGIC's Marketing Program Director. Among Vance’s responsibilities is heading up MGIC’s Marketing Promotions Team which oversees MGIC sales training efforts, marketing of MGIC programs and co-branding efforts with MGIC customers.

In addition, Vance leads MGIC initiatives with Realtors and consumers, especially first-time homebuyers. He has spoken numerous times to Realtors® and loan originator audiences on topics including: first-time homebuyers, QM, economic overview, mortgage industry, and sales skills.

Vance lives in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin with his wife Carrie and children Hailey and Trevan.

Vance is a certified FICO professional and earned a Certified Mortgage Banker ("CMB") designation from the MBA.

David Greco, MBA

David Greco - MGIC VP of Operational Risk

Dave is Vice President of Operational Risk at Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation. He is responsible for managing the performance of MGIC's flow primary mortgage insurance book. His functional areas of responsibility include Computer Assisted Underwriting, Quality Control, Portfolio and Lender Monitoring, and Lender and Loan Program Review and Approval. Dave has been with MGIC since 1988 and held a variety of Marketing and Sales positions prior to joining Risk Management in 2003.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University.

Jim Honeck

Jim Honeck - Senior Marketing Program Manager

Jim Honeck first joined MGIC in 1989 and returned in 2017 and currently serves as MGIC’s Senior Marketing Program Manager. Among Jim’s responsibilities are heading up MGIC’s Inside Sales Team, Vendor Due Diligence, Marketing of MGIC programs and the RFP process. Jim has been in the mortgage insurance industry for 27 years and has held a variety of positions in sales and marketing.

Leighton Hunley

Leighton Hunley - MGIC Product Development: Analytics Manager

Leighton Hunley joined MGIC in 2015 and is responsible for informing senior management and the sales team of mortgage insurance activity. Focusing on the front-end of the mortgage insurance business, Leighton leads a team of analysts to provide reporting on an array of metrics including volume trends and business segmentations, market share, mortgage insurance growth opportunities, special deals, and other competitor and market intelligence. Leighton previously served as a Financial Consultant at Milliman, Inc. for 13 years providing services to lenders, insurance companies, investment banks, and start-up finance companies.

Leighton holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a focus on Financial Strategy and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Eric Klopfer

Eric Klopfer - MGIC VP Corporate Strategy

Eric Klopfer has been with MGIC for 8 years and is currently the Vice President for Corporate Strategy. Market, legislative, and regulatory changes regarding residential mortgage lending have been dramatic in recent years, and much work remains unfinished. Eric works with his colleagues to make sense of these developments for MGIC and its customers, and to suggest additional changes to policymakers to secure homeownership opportunities on a stable footing for ordinary borrowers within the U.S. housing finance system.

Eric brings to his role extensive experience in mortgage markets outside the U.S., having worked to develop mortgage insurance and mortgage lending businesses in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Eric earned his DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, a JD from Yale University, and a BA/MA in History from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Raleigh, where he enjoys running and shoveling less snow than his MGIC colleagues in Milwaukee

Andrea Kozek

Andrea Kozek - MGIC Digital Marketing Program Specialist

Andrea Kozek is a Digital Marketing Program Specialist at MGIC and works within the company to develop and execute the company’s digital and social media marketing strategies. She has worked with global organizations to launch and implement social media and digital marketing campaigns, designing playbooks, training programs and analytic tracking to measure success. Andrea has extensive digital training and education, including certifications from Google, Bing, Facebook and Acquisio.

She has more than 15 years of experience in integrated marketing, including working with field staff and customers on how to connect and communicate with their audiences.

Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in professional communications, business marketing and global studies from Alverno College and resides in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Tom Laposki

Tom Laposki - MGIC Compliance Manager

Tom has been with MGIC for 30 years and currently serves as MGIC’s Compliance Manager in Claims. Among Tom’s responsibilities is heading up corporate efforts to investigate and track fraud and misrepresentation on MGIC business.

In addition, Tom leads initiatives to train and bring awareness of fraud issues to the company through participation and attendance of MBA fraud conferences and panel discussions.

Tom received his degree from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in Business Administration and Speech Communications. He lives in Franklin Wisconsin with his wife Kris and two daughters.

Craig Lonsinger, CCUE

Craig Lonsinger - MGIC Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Craig is a Senior Marketing Program Manager at MGIC. He and his team are responsible for developing and implementing business and marketing strategies that leverage MGIC’s organizational strengths and innovation to support our field sales organization and partners nationwide.

Craig is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and over the past 23 years he has held management, sales, and marketing roles within the lending and insurance industries. Prior to becoming a Senior Program Marketing Manager, he supported our partnerships in Western New York as an MGIC Senior Account Manager.

Craig is passionate about developing solutions that support the success of our partnerships. He currently resides in Wisconsin with his wife Michelle and daughter Lauren.

Sal Miosi

Sal Miosi - MGIC EVP, Business Strategy and Operations

Sal Miosi joined MGIC in 1988 and is currently the Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and Operations. His responsibilities include leading MGIC’s policy acquisition and underwriting operations, policy servicing, marketing, product development and strategic planning.

During his career at MGIC, he has led several business and technology initiatives, including the creation and management of Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Marketing.

Sal holds an MBA from Marquette University and a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee.

Mike Mueller

Mike Mueller - MGIC Integration Services Analyst

Mike Mueller currently serves as an Integration Services Analyst in the eCommerce Services department and works to improve and optimize MGIC’s integration efforts with lenders and the service providers that lenders use. Mike currently also serves as the co-chair of the MISMO Mortgage Insurance Work Group and has been involved with data standards development for over 20 years.

He holds a BS from UW-Milwaukee, focused in Real Estate. He resides with his wife and son in Grafton, Wisconsin.

Carolyn Omelina

Carolyn Omelina - Business Analyst in Loss Mitigation

Carolyn joined MGIC in 1998 as a mortgage loan underwriter and currently holds the title of business analyst for MGIC's Loss Mitigation/Investigations Department. Carolyn's experience includes managing a team of internal investigative underwriters and external nation-wide private investigators.

One of Carolyn’s primary focuses is managing the MGIC Orchestrated Fraud Unit which aggregates information obtained through MGIC's fraud investigations and externally published fraud information. This information supports MGIC's corporate-wide efforts related to the identification of mortgage loan fraud for the Claims Department, Field Underwriting, Risk Management and Quality Control units

Tim Riemer

Tim Riemer – MGIC Product Development: Program Manager

As a member of MGIC’s Business Intelligence (BI) Team, Tim Riemer plays a lead role in mortgage market surveillance and analysis which informs product development efforts. His 16 years in the residential mortgage industry consist of 12 years with MGIC in Marketing and Product Development, plus 4 years as an originator in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. Tim holds a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Lloyd San

Lloyd San - MGIC Mortgage Market Manager

A 30-year mortgage industry veteran, Lloyd San currently serves as Mortgage Market Manager for Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). Overseeing a national effort, he’s responsible for managing all client-related capital market activities in the areas of bulk and correspondent loan referrals, investor introductions, structured products, whole loan sales, as well as product and personnel introductions.

In addition, he is chairman of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, Secondary Marketing Executive Committee and also serves on the Western Secondary Conference Committee.

A graduate of San Diego State University in California, Lloyd received his MBA in Financial Management from National University. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License.

Neil Siegel

Neil Siegel - MGIC Sr. Risk Analyst

Neil has been with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation for 35 years. His primary area of responsibility is using research, analysis and statistical data to monitor the economic and housing sectors of markets across the country for the purpose of determining acceptable risk levels for the company. This includes numerous on-site market inspections as well as meeting with local experts.

Many of these findings are found in MGIC’s quarterly Market Trend Analysis Report or special risk reports that are based on recent economic changes. He also acts as the company’s review appraiser as well as monitoring the attached housing book of business.

Prior to joining MGIC, he was an independent real estate appraiser performing appraisals and feasibility studies on commercial, industrial and residential developments. Neil received his degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics.

Patrick Sinks

Patrick Sinks - MGIC Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Sinks has been MGIC’s Chief Executive Officer since March 1, 2015. He served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2015, and held senior executive positions with MGIC for more than five years before then.

Mr. Sinks earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Mary College, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s FUQUA School of Business.

Ben Smidt, MA

Ben Smidt - MGIC Digital Marketing Program Manager

Ben Smidt serves as MGIC’s Digital Marketing Program Manager. He leads corporate development and management of MGIC's digital marketing strategy. This includes establishing a clear vision for all digital marketing initiatives and providing strategic direction for the company's social media marketing efforts. His primary goal is to increase brand awareness and improve user experience (UX). Additional responsibilities include PPC budget strategy and management of ad spend.

In addition to the insurance industry, Ben has a combined 10 years of experience in computer software, education and publishing industries. His focus has always remained in the area of education and digital marketing for media and technology.

He holds an MA from Marquette University in media channel effectiveness and digital communications, as well as a BS from UW-Madison focused in communications. He resides with his wife, daughter and son in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Gretchen Theisen

Gretchen Theisen - MGIC Marketing Program Specialist

Gretchen has spent 20 years in the Marketing field, with 10 of those at MGIC. Gretchen is currently in charge of assessing, prioritizing and promoting MGIC's vendor partner integrations. In the past, she assisted in marketing MGIC's technology subsidiaries.

Among Gretchen's passions are technology, social media and photography.

Bill Walker

Bill Walker - VP Chief Information Security Officer

Bill is the Vice President - Chief Information Security Officer at MGIC. In his role, Bill leads our Information Risk Management (IRM) and Business Continuity functions.

Bill came to MGIC in 2016 from U.S. Bancorp where he was the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Senior Director, Enterprise Information Security. He has also served as a senior leader in information security for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, the University of Colorado, and Brunswick Corporation.

He earned his Master of Science degree in Computer Science at James Madison University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from State University of New York.

Harper Wong

Harper Wong - Director, Community Lending Solutions at MGIC

Harper Wong has been in the lending industry since 1991 and joined MGIC in 1998. As Director - Community Lending Solutions, Harper is focused on affordable housing and supporting diverse trade groups. Based in Northern California, Harper has spent over twenty years focused on cultivating sustainable homeownership and educating lenders, originators and industry partners regarding low down payment options.

Mike Zimmerman, MBA

Mike Zimmerman - MGIC Sr. VP Investor Relations

Mike is the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at MGIC Investment Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for managing a comprehensive investor relations and corporate communications strategy that is designed to manage the company's reputation, as well as educate and update investors and media about the company's operating results and strategies.

Mike joined MGIC in 1995 in the Capital Markets department and has over more than 30 years of broad-based mortgage banking experience. He has authored several articles about the mortgage industry and has spoken at National MBA conferences, Regional MBA conferences, Bank Administration Institute and the Institute for International Research conferences.

He holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a degree in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.