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Stanley Middleman
CEO of Freedom Mortgage


Melissa Richards
Of Councel at Buchalter


1hr Duration

A Conversation with Freedom Mortgage CEO Stan Middleman:

Risk and compliance teams need to quickly adapt to the risks and challenges created by the rapid and radical changes to the world around us.

And they'll need compliance innovation to get there.

Watch this on-demand Risk & Compliance webinar, where Melissa Richards (of Counsel, Buchalter) and Freedom Lending CEO Stan Middleman discuss insights around digital transformation and creating a culture of innovation.

You'll learn how to:

  • Maintain corporate cohesion through acquisition, pandemics and record volumes.
  • Drive results using technology.
  • Prepare for regulatory changes.
  • Ensure innovation continues even after the crisis.

about the speakers


Stanley C. Middleman is the founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest and fastest-growing non-bank lenders in the U.S. mortgage industry today. He is a nationally recognized business strategist, real estate investor and philanthropist, with over 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry.

Since founding Freedom Mortgage in 1990, Mr. Middleman has grown the company into one of the nation’s largest U.S. originators and servicers, with over 4,300 employees and contractors in more than 75 U.S. locations. Freedom Mortgage has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Indianapolis Star Tribune and, and has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for six consecutive years.

Mr. Middleman is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where he serves on both the MBA Board of Directors and the MBA Residential Board of Governors. He has also served on numerous advisory boards in the mortgage industry, including Freddie Mac and Ellie Mae. He is currently a member of the Housing Policy Executive Council and serves on the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Corporate Board of Governors. Mr. Middleman also serves on several non-profit boards, including the Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Middleman was the recipient of the 2019 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Philadelphia Award in the financial services category. A strong supporter of U.S. servicemen and veterans, he received the 2018 Liberty USO Chairman’s Award in honor of his company’s service to the military community in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Most recently, he was named the 2019 American Cancer Society of Southern New Jersey Individual Honoree of the Year. He is also recipient of the Temple University Fox School of Business Corporate Award and the Fox School of Business Centennial Award.


Melissa Richards, CMB is a California licensed attorney with a national practice specializing in federal and multistate compliance, licensing and enterprise risk management for the financial services industry. Her clients are engaged in residential and commercial mortgage, fintech, licensed non-depository and depository institution consumer and commercial lending,  either directly or in supporting vendor roles. Ms. Richards has both outside counsel experience as well as general counsel experience. From 2012-2018, Ms. Richards served as the Chief Legal & Risk Officer of a mid-size independent mortgage company ranked as one of Scotsman Guide's Top 15 Mortgage Lenders in 2018-2019. 

Ms. Richards has served in leadership for the California Mortgage Bankers Association, both as a three-term Director (1999-2008) and as its General Counsel (2002-2008). For the Mortgage Bankers Association, Ms. Richards received her CMB designation in 2009 and served as Co-Chair of the 2017 MBA RESBOG Task Force on CFPB Regulatory Clarity and Enforcement (CFPB 2.0). Ms. Richards is a frequent national speaker on federal and state compliance current events affecting the financial services industry, including implementation and enforcement of California's Consumer Privacy Act and implementing state AG regulations.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Certified Mortgage Banker designation, Mortgage Bankers Association (2009)
  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys (2012- present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2020)
  • Past President (2018-2020) and Director (2016-2020), Artemis Rowing, a California non-profit corporation located at the City of Oakland's Jack London Aquatic Center, offering competitive and recreational youth rowing programs for students in Grades 6-12.

Check out the video recording of our past Risk & Compliance Webinar:

Mortage Lending in a Post Pandemic World

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