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M R EP O RT | 17 MCROWD consumer intelligence company, and held leadership roles at OneSpan, Accelrys, and Actuate. Trusted with millions in venture capital funding over her career, Martin has a history of differentiat- ing entrepreneurial brands and building marketing funnels through strong communications and demand creation strategies. At Total Expert, Martin is responsible for driving fast growth by developing and launch- ing a differentiated position in the marketplace; creating demand, late-stage pipeline and revenue; and establishing a customer engage- ment and advocacy program that builds on the company's customer- first mantra. Most recently, she was Chief Marketing Officer at Calabrio, a customer experience intelligence company, and prior, served in a variety of marketing roles at Code42, Oracle, and Stellent. "Rebecca and Ilene will undoubt- edly lead our teams in breaking growth barriers and building market share with the world's leading banks, lenders, and credit unions," said Joe Welu, founder and CEO of Total Expert. "As we continue to deliver an innovative customer experience platform that drives retention and loyalty, our growth has skyrocketed. We are confident that trajectory will continue in 2021 and beyond as we welcome these world-class leaders to our team." JEFF STEIN Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position, announces the promotion of Jeff Stein to the position of Chief Underwriting Counsel and SVP. Stein is a highly skilled attorney who has been representing indi- viduals and organizations in the real estate field for more than 40 years. He has extensive experience in title insurance and real estate litigation, as well as claims, underwriting, contracts, and estate planning. Jeff is board certified in real estate law by the Florida Bar and is a Florida civil law notary. In his new role with Alliant National, Stein will continue leading the company's legal team in Florida and the Southeast, while also support- ing the entirety of Alliant National's underwriting operations throughout the country. "I am excited to have been given the opportunity to work with our entire legal team," Stein said. "I look forward to continuing and expand- ing the amazing partnership that exists between our agents and Alliant National on a national basis." ANA VILLELA-MURILLO Stewart Information Services Corporation announced that Ana Villela-Murillo has been hired as the new Group VP for the Southeast, respon- sible for overseeing Direct Operations in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Prior to joining Stewart, Villela-Murillo worked at First American Title for 24 years, serving as VP of Operations since 2014 and spending the last two years managing operations in the state of Florida. "Ana brings with her an im- measurable amount of operational experience and leadership managing multiple states and people across the world," said Steve Lessack, Group President, Direct Operations. "As we realign a new Southeast operation, Ana will be instrumental in maximiz- ing and growing our presence in these important markets. Her title and management experience make her the perfect leader for this team." "Stewart is building something special, and the passion, excitement and dedication I've seen from the leadership at all levels made me want to be a part of their journey," Villela- Murillo said. "I know what it takes to drive operations toward strong financial results, and I'm excited to bring my experience in creating and leading strong, innovative teams to Stewart as we look to grow and invest in our people and our customers in the Southeast." Know someone moving up in the industry? Email us at FROM THE SOURCE SHARE THIS REPORT—"World's Best Cities—A Ranking of Global Place Equity" By Resonance Consultancy Now in its sixth year, Resonance's "Best Cities" list contains a ranking of 100 cities around the world and profiles about why each locale made the list. The 2021 edition also looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic challenged cit- ies as never before, factoring in the number of COVID-19 cases per million (as of July 31) into its rankings. Other new ranking factors include a city's unem- ployment rate and the Gini Index of Income inequality. Other long-standing factors include weather, crime, household incomes, shops, and nightlife. All of these factors are grouped into Resonance's six core categories—Place, Product, People, Prosperity, Programming, and Promotion. READ THIS Diversity and Inclusion in the Organizations: How to promote equality in the workplace and benefit from it by David F. George April is Celebrate Diversity Month—dive in by brushing up how your company approaches inclusiveness. Employees who feel valued contribute new ideas and perspectives to their workplaces, and Diversity and inclu- sion in the Organizations by David F. George seeks to provide real world examples that workplaces can follow from several case studies. George also identifies the main causes of diversity and inclusion problems in the workplace and how to overcome them. "All over the world, companies rec- ognizing, various diverse groups as important as its building blocks strive to be reaching higher zeniths than those who do note," George writes. WATCH THIS YouTube—Blackstone Keep up with the global leader in real estate investing, Blackstone, on their YouTube channel of the same name. With more than 17,000 subscribers, Blackstone separates its videos into playlists dedicated to such topics as Social Responsibility, Sustainability ESG, Market Views, Portfolio Insights, Media Appearances, Annual Reports, and more. Recent videos posted to these playlists have included those on Blackstone's Future Women Leaders Program, Blackstone's Quarterly Webcast, and Blackstone's Tactical Opportunities. Search on Blackstone's channel for their videos just on real estate for industry targeted news updates. TWEET THIS @SecFudge or @mlfudge The newly created—and verified Twitter—account of HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, @SecFudge provides updates and an inside look into Fudge's initiatives and day-to-day in office. Recently, Fudge took the time to break down how the American Rescue Plan will stabilize households impacted by COVID-19 by providing $21.5 billion in emergency rental assistance, $10 billion in homeowner assistance, and $5 billion for homelessness assistance and supportive services. You can also catch up with Secretary Fudge at her other verified account @mlfudge or with HUD activities at @HUDgov.

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