The 2022 Awards Calendar

This year PROGRESS in Lending will continue its rich tradition of recognizing true excellence in mortgage lending. This industry is filled with people and companies dedicated to making the process better, faster and cheaper for all involved. To honor their hard work, we will be offering six prestigious awards as follows …

In today’s hyper-connected world, organizations must constantly evolve to offer quick, convenient, and reliable service. The financial services industry is no exception. The rise of Innovative Fintech is a perfect example of how this new reality is reshaping the way we think. And women are playing a pivotal role. Women are not just influencers, they are leading the way. To celebrate these executives, for the fourth year, PROGRESS in Lending is honoring The Most Powerful Women in Fintech today.

Applications will be accepted from January 21, 2022 to February 18, 2022.

Winners will be announced in April 2022.


Sales, marketing and public relations executives are blazing a trail that is determining the biggest winners in financial services. On the sales side, research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that more than 50% of buyers still seek advice from sales, marketing and public relations executives when making a purchase. These executives work tirelessly to ensure their company/client is a true leader, but they themselves don’t always get recognized. That ends today. For the third year in a row, PROGRESS in Lending is recognizing the Top Sales, Marketing and Public Relations Executives that are making the biggest impact.

Applications will be accepted from February 21, 2022 to March 25, 2022.

Winners will be announced in May 2022.


Our other awards all acknowledge the good work that executives are doing now, but we think it’s critically important to expand to recognize those people that are making a difference that have been in the business 15 years or less. We need new leaders that are not afraid to step forward and blaze a new trail. We need creativity. We need bold new ideas. As such, for the second year PROGRESS in Lending is honoring the NextGen Leaders.

Applications will be accepted from May 2, 2022 to May 27, 2022.

Winners will be announced in June 2022.


A luminary is defined as “a person who inspires or influences others.” And that type of person is exactly who PROGRESS in Lending is honoring. Right now the market is filled with uncertainty but these true Lending Luminaries are handling and navigating the constantly fluctuating market conditions.  These mortgage bankers, lenders, servicers, technology executives, consultants, etc. are helping their companies and this industry thrive. These executives deserve to be recognized for their industry vision and leadership with the 4rd Annual 2022 Lending Luminary Award.

Applications will be accepted from August 22, 2022 to September 16, 2022.

Winners will be announced in October 2022.


Our existing awards all acknowledge the good work that executives are doing now, but we think it’s time to reward future work and initiatives. We need thought leaders that are not afraid to step forward and share new ideas. The mortgage industry can’t advance without the efforts of these executives. As a result, for the third year in a row PROGRESS in Lending is honoring industry thought leaders.

Applications will be accepted from October 24, 2022 to November 18, 2022.

Winners will be announced in December 2022.


The Innovations Award is the Gold Seal when it comes to recognizing true industry innovation. This is the 13th year that PROGRESS in Lending will be offering this award. All applications are scored on a weighted scale. We looked for the innovation’s overall industry significance, the originality of the innovation, the positive change the innovation made possible, the intangible efficiencies gained as a result of the innovation, and the hard cost and time savings that the innovation enables industry participants to achieve. These technologies are reshaping mortgage lending.

Applications will be accepted from October 24, 2022 to December 9, 2022.

Winners will be announced March 2023.