Black Knight’s Andy Walden, Vice President of Market Research, Named HousingWire 2021 Rising Star
- The selective, annual list of Rising Stars recognizes the housing economy’s best young leaders, 40 years of age or younger, who make a significant impact on the industry and their businesses
- Walden is a highly regarded housing finance industry leader who gleans critical insights through in-depth and complex analyses of Black Knight’s data assets
- He is an integral contributor to Black Knight’s monthly Mortgage Monitor Report, which industry professionals and investors rely on for critical insights into a variety of mortgage-finance and housing-industry trends
Walden played a leading role in the creation of Black Knight’s McDash Flash during the COVID-19 pandemic, which leverages Black Knight’s McDash loan-level servicer-contribution framework to provide the industry with the most current forbearance, payment and delinquency data in the market
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Aug. 2, 2021 – Today, Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI), a leading provider of integrated software, data and analytics solutions to the mortgage and consumer loan, real estate and capital markets verticals, is proud to announce that Andy Walden has been selected as a 2021 Rising Star by HousingWire. In his role as vice president of market research for Black Knight’s Data & Analytics division, Walden leads the publication of Black Knight’s monthly Mortgage Monitor Report, which industry professionals rely on for critical insights into a variety of mortgage finance and housing industry trends. In producing the monthly report, Walden and his team carefully analyze vast amounts of data to create data visualizations that reflect both trends and point-in-time observations. Walden also hosts monthly webinars to discuss the findings and respond to questions. Hundreds of industry leaders participate in the monthly events.
For its annual list of Rising Stars, HousingWire selects the housing economy’s best young leaders – 40 years of age or younger – who are making a significant impact on the industry and their businesses. HousingWire, one of the nation’s most influential sources of news and information on housing and mortgage lending, chose 50 professionals out of hundreds of applicants for this prestigious recognition.
Walden is a highly regarded industry leader for his economic and market analyses. His rich expertise and insights help stakeholders across the financial services industry make informed business decisions. He gleans his expert insights through in-depth and complex analyses of Black Knight’s data assets, including the company’s industry-leading McDash loan-level mortgage performance data, Home Price Index and comprehensive property database that contains public-record data covering 99% of the U.S. population. He also analyzes and provides insights for many other data sources, such as daily loan rate-lock data from Black Knight’s Secondary Marketing Technologies division, neighborhood and demographic data covering a large segment of the U.S., and current MLS listings from Realtors Property Resource® (RPR).
“Black Knight is committed to fostering greater innovation to help clients address business challenges and improve performance, and Andy consistently helps us achieve this goal,” said Ben Graboske, president, Black Knight Data & Analytics. “His proactive nature, ability to develop innovative new data insights and improve existing ones inspires those around him, and Andy exhibits a contagious passion for deeper understanding of the mortgage industry.”
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walden played a leading role in the creation of Black Knight’s McDash Flash, which leverages Black Knight’s McDash loan-level servicer-contribution framework to provide the industry with the most current forbearance, payment and delinquency data in the market. McDash Flash is updated daily and provides data within two days – an industry first. The daily level of detail that McDash Flash delivers is essential for servicers to address current and future economic ramifications of the pandemic on their business. Additionally, McDash Flash gives industry professionals real-time visibility into their portfolios for forecasting, capacity planning, servicer advances and reserve setting. Visibility into this data is critically important, as an increasing number of homeowners are facing unemployment, delinquencies and default due to the economic impacts of the pandemic.
“I’m truly humbled by this recognition from HousingWire, and feel it reinforces the far-reaching impact of Black Knight’s leadership in data and analytics,” said Walden. “Many talented individuals contributed to the development of McDash Flash, and I am also fortunate to be accompanied by an amazing team to develop the Mortgage Monitor each month. This is truly a broader honor to be shared by many.”
About Black Knight
Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) is an award-winning software, data and analytics company that drives innovation in the mortgage lending and servicing and real estate industries, as well as the capital and secondary markets. Businesses leverage our robust, integrated solutions across the entire homeownership life cycle to help retain existing customers, gain new customers, mitigate risk and operate more effectively.
Our clients rely on our proven, comprehensive, scalable products and our unwavering commitment to delivering superior client support to achieve their strategic goals and better serve their customers. For more information on Black Knight, please visit www.blackknightinc.com.