Press Release

Dave Ard Joins Ellie Mae as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales

Mortgage Industry Veteran Will Drive Digital Mortgage Adoption for Nation’s Top Lenders

PLEASANTON, Calif. – December 17, 2018Ellie Mae® (NYSE: ELLI), the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced today that Dave Ard has joined the organization as senior vice president of enterprise sales. In this role, Dave will manage the enterprise team of account executives and relationship managers responsible for providing digital mortgage technology to the largest lenders across the United States.

Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Dave held various leadership and management roles at First American Mortgage Solutions. Most recently he served as senior vice president, sales and business development where he led the client executive team of representatives across top clients and designed and implemented the “Solution Executive” framework where he hired and led a team of solution and business development representatives to drive solution-level focus and accountability. He also led and integrated the partner and channel sales effort across multiple product lines and acquisitions. Before First American Mortgage Solutions, Dave held roles at CoreLogic, including senior vice president of Business Development, Client Executive and Senior Vice President of Mortgage Analytics. Dave began his career at Intel Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.

“Dave has a proven history of leading successful sales teams and knows the mortgage market well,” said Jeff Benjamin, senior vice president of sales and client management, Ellie Mae. “Going forward, Dave will be responsible for driving the sales and relationship management strategy with a focus on the largest lenders as Ellie Mae drives toward our North Star of automating everything automatable for the residential mortgage industry. It is an opportunity to help these lenders succeed and grow Ellie Mae’s market share.”

“This is an exciting time to join Ellie Mae,” said Dave Ard. “The digital mortgage is a game-changer for all lenders as they strive to compete in today’s changing market. The Enterprise segment has so much to gain from the efficiencies, cost savings and fast return on their technology investment as they turn to Encompass to close more loans, close loans faster and reduce their cost of origination. I look forward to working alongside a great team to bring the promise of Ellie Mae’s true digital mortgage to the country’s largest lenders.”

Ellie Mae’s digital mortgage solution enables banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders to originate more loans, lower origination costs and reduce the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Ellie Mae serves over 2,400 lenders and mortgage brokers who originate approximately 40 percent of all residential mortgages and more than 26 million transactions per month. Ellie Mae was recognized as a 2017 Bay Area Best Place to Work by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal and was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the company as a best place to work in 2018. Additionally, the company was recognized as one of Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies in 2017 and has been a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 award winner for six consecutive years.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) is the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry. Ellie Mae’s technology solutions enable lenders to originate more loans, reduce origination costs, and shorten the time to close, all while ensuring the highest levels of compliance, quality and efficiency. Visit or call 877.355.4362 to learn more.


Erica Harvill
Ellie Mae, Inc.
(925) 227-5913

Caitlin Coffee
(312) 635-8204

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