Press Release

Ellie Mae's Brian Brown and Vikas Rao Named HousingWire Rising Stars

Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Vice President of Product Management were recognized for impact in shaping mortgage industry

PLEASANTON, Calif. – June 4, 2018Ellie Mae® the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced today that Brian Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Vikas Rao, Vice President of Product Management, have been selected as Rising Stars by HousingWire Magazine. Brown, Rao and other accomplished housing industry leaders named to the list were profiled in the June 2018 issue of the publication. 

In its fifth year, HousingWire’s Rising Stars program recognizes young mortgage and housing professionals under the age of 40 who have become leaders in their respective fields. The 2018 Rising Stars come from all areas of the housing industry including residential mortgage lending, servicing, investing and real estate, as well as those in advocacy positions, including nonprofits and governmental agencies. 

“This year’s class of Rising Stars represents the best in young leadership within the mortgage finance arena,” said Caroline Basile, HousingWire’s Online Editor and member of the selection committee. “I’m impressed by the achievements of this year’s winners and look forward to seeing what each of them accomplishes in the mortgage and housing finance economy in the future.” 

Brown was recognized for bringing strong business acumen and strategic insight to Ellie Mae since joining the company in 2014. He has been instrumental in supporting recent acquisitions including AllRegs, Mortgage Returns and Velocify and has been involved in negotiating many of Ellie Mae’s most strategic commercial deals. As the company has grown, Brown has built a team to effectively navigate the increasing security, privacy and regulatory needs impacting the mortgage industry. 

Rao was recognized for his leadership in defining the product strategy for Ellie Mae’s next generation of technology that powers the Encompass NG Lending Platform™. He led the design and release of Encompass Developer Connect solution, the portal into the Encompass NG Lending Platform that provides developers with documentation and tools to support Ellie Mae’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to extend Ellie Mae’s Encompass. Rao is currently focused on the development of Encompass Loan Officer Connect, an intuitive solution for loan officers to access Ellie Mae’s Encompass® digital mortgage solution on any device at any time. Rao is also leading the product strategy for Encompass Partner Connect, which will significantly enhance our market-leading Ellie Mae Network by allowing lenders and partners to seamlessly and securely share information. 

“Brian and Vikas are true assets to our growing organization,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Whether providing strong business acumen and legal counsel or developing the strategies for our next generation digital mortgage solutions, they are dedicated to the success of this company and to helping us further our mission to automate everything automatable for the residential mortgage industry. We look forward to their continued success here at Ellie Mae.” 

For more information on the HousingWire Rising Stars Program, see the June 2018 issue of HousingWire or visit:

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.

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is by far the nation's most influential source of news and information for U.S. mortgage markets, boasting a readership that spans lending, servicing, investments and real estate market participants as well as financial market professionals.

Winner of numerous awards, including a 2012 Eddie Award for national editorial excellence in the B2B Banking/Business/Finance, HousingWire has been recognized for excellence in journalism by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Trade Association Business Publications International.


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

Alexandra Gardell Kreuter
(646) 428-0618

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