Ed Delgado Returns to the Five Star Institute as CEO and President

Mortgage Leader to Solidify Organization's Role as a Facilitator of Progress and Catalyst for Industry Cohesion; Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Will Continue to Partner With Five Star

DALLAS, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Five Star Institute and Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, LLC, jointly announced today that Ed Delgado will rejoin the Five Star organization as CEO and president, effective January 1, 2013. Delgado was the Institute's chief executive from April 2010 to March 2012. He has served as COO of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors since April 2012. During his time with Wingspan, Delgado has remained affiliated with Five Star as chairman of its National Servicing Association (NSA), a nonprofit trade group representing more than 90 percent of mortgage banks in the U.S. He will continue as NSA chairman in addition to his role as the Five Star's CEO and president.

Mark Hulme, chairman of the Five Star Institute, said, "We thoroughly respect the Wingspan brand and what it stands for, and though Ed's tenure with Wingspan has been successful, we look forward to his return to take on a role that's analogous with that of an ambassador for the entire industry—an industry which faces certain transformation and unique challenges. Ed's return to the Five Star Institute is indeed a phenomenal development for our organization."

"We are excited for Ed and look forward to continuing a fruitful relationship with him and Five Star," added Steven Horne, CEO and president of Wingspan. "As anyone who has attended the Five Star Conference can attest, Ed possesses a unique talent as coordinator and host. As a major sponsor of Five Star, we are delighted to get the best of both worlds."

As a life-long mortgage servicing executive and one who easily transcends the boundaries between government and housing, Delgado lends a timely and balanced perspective to the Five Star Institute and its work. In September, as chairman of NSA and COO of Wingspan, Delgado hosted two former U.S. presidents and a former first lady as they spoke to the largest gathering of mortgage professionals in the country at the 2012 Five Star Conference. Prior to joining the Five Star Institute in 2010, Delgado was SVP of government and industry relations at Wells Fargo and was the bank's key representative to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In conjunction with other industry leaders, he played a pivotal role in the Obama and Bush administrations' efforts to develop mortgage solutions in response to the housing crisis.

"My more than 20 years in the industry have again brought me to the Five Star Institute, and with marketplace conditions as they are and the industry at the threshold of a new era of opportunity, the timing couldn't be more appropriate," Delgado said. "I'm looking forward to continuing what we started at the Five Star and positioning the organization as a pillar of support for the mortgage industry and a productive intermediary bridging the gap between market participants, industry stakeholders, and policymakers."

About the Five Star Institute

The Five Star Institute is a publishing, communications, marketing, event planning, and feature film production company. The Institute hosts the largest mortgage-related event in the United States—the Five Star Conference and Expo. Among its many publications are DS News, the only professional journal in the country dedicated solely to default servicing, and MReport, a B2B trade publication serving the broader mortgage field. Additional information about the Five Star Institute's many business-building opportunities can be found at www.TheFiveStar.com.

About Wingspan Portfolio Advisors

Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, LLC, is an award-winning, diversified servicing company, partnering with banks, investors, mortgage insurers, attorneys and real estate agents throughout the U.S. By utilizing a highly effective, proprietary, detail-oriented approach, Wingspan applies advanced servicing techniques to turn non-performing loans into reperforming assets. Based in Dallas, Carrollton, Jacksonville and Frisco, Wingspan's team of experienced professionals offers a wide range of services to assist the mortgage industry in virtually every aspect of loan servicing. Founded in 2008, the company offers services in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information on Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, please visit www.WingspanPortfolioAdvisors.com.


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