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OpenClose’s, JP Kelly, Named a 2020 Lending Luminary PROGRESS in Lending Association’s Award Honors Leaders in Technology and Innovation

OpenClose’s, JP Kelly, Named a 2020 Lending Luminary PROGRESS in Lending Association’s Award Honors Leaders in Technology and Innovation


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Nov. 18, 2020OpenClose®, the industry-leading mortgage fintech provider and omni-channel loan origination system (LOS), announced that its president and co-founder, JP Kelly, was recognized as a Lending Luminary award winner in PROGRESS in Lending’s second annual list of honorees. The winners were revealed at the 10th annual ENGAGE event, which the association held virtually this year.

The Lending Luminary award is based on a period of the last 12 months and how individuals led the industry and their companies to success over during that time. It also evaluates how they plan to navigate the current changes in the mortgage industry moving forward to ensure future success for their companies and the industry as a whole.

Judges at PROGRESS in Lending cited several reasons that Kelly was named a 2020 Lending Luminary. Among those were how he assisted lender customers in smoothly transitioning to work-from-home (WFH) orders throughout the pandemic. Lenders had an immediate need to relocate their staff to a telecommute environments situated in their homes virtually overnight.  Because OpenClose’s entire platform has been 100 percent web-based since Kelly’s involvement with the company dating back to 1999, users of the software were able to swiftly begin leveraging a WFH arrangement via only a simple web browser or mobile device.

“I am honored to be selected by PROGRESS in Lending as a 2020 Lending Luminary winner,” said Kelly. “OpenClose has been making great strides in recent years helping lenders modernize mortgage processes and realize newfound efficiencies. As a company, we’ve accomplished a lot in the past couple years and recently turned a major corner — entering into an exciting growth mode.”

Regarding the growth mode Kelly referenced, OpenClose has been onboarding new LOS customers at a rapid rate, and successfully doing it using a well-planned and efficient remote implementation model to take lenders live. That accomplishment is of particular importance since lenders have been working at maximum capacity throughout a re-fi boom that had mortgage applications being processed at an unprecedented rate. Notable is that this success all also goes back to Kelly fundamentally ensuring that all of OpenClose’s solutions are fully browser-based and do not require any kind of install, as most other LOSs do.

Additionally, Kelly told PROGRESS in Lending that he plans to continue aggressively promoting the numerous benefits of OpenClose’s single-source, consolidated POS and LOS platform that provides omni-channel automation.  The company has grown significantly in the last couple of years with independent mortgage bankers, banks and credit unions becoming new customers. In addition, Kelly plans to ensure OpenClose’s customer implementation teams remain very hands-on and responsive during implementations and post-implementation support, something the company has become known for over the years.

A complete list of this year’s 2020 Lending Luminary winners can be found on PROGRESS in Lending’s website

About OpenClose:
Founded in 1999, OpenClose is the preeminent fintech provider that developed the mortgage banking industry’s first SaaS-based lending automation software platform. Today, the company has expanded to become an award-winning, comprehensive loan origination software suite that slashes the cost to manufacture loans by up to 40 percent, reduces processing and underwriting cycle times by up to 50 percent, and requires minimal support to install and manage. OpenClose is the only vendor in the industry able to offer a true end-to-end, omni-channel, 100 percent browser-based, workflow-driven platform that effectively consolidates the digital POS, LOS, PPE and BI functions via a single provider, with easy access from any browser or mobile device. For more information, visit or call (561) 655-6418.

Media Contact:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.