National Mortgage Professional Recognizes Black Knight Surefire’s John Hardesty with ‘40 Under 40’ Award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2021 – Today, Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI) announced that John Hardesty, manager, Inside Sales and Strategic Partnerships for the Black Knight Surefire platform, was selected by National Mortgage Professional (NMP) magazine as a “40 Under 40” award winner. The annual NMP awards program honors 40 young professionals whose unique perspectives and innovative strategies have made an impact on the mortgage industry.

Hardesty is a brand ambassador and primary business partnership contact for the Black Knight Surefire technology, one of the mortgage industry’s most widely used software platforms for customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation. During his tenure, Hardesty has helped enhance the Surefire platform by facilitating partnerships with more than two dozen companies. He drives significant revenue growth by increasing sales and retention initiatives and helping lenders of all sizes supplement their tech stack with the best integration strategies for their specific needs.

“As the sole point of contact for our strategic partnerships division, John has made a huge impact by facilitating numerous business relationships to drive revenue growth,” said Rich Gagliano, president, Black Knight Origination Technologies. “John’s enthusiasm for innovative mortgage technology and his experience scaling business-to-business startups have made him a valued member of the Surefire team.”

The “40 Under 40” award honorees were nominated by their employers and chosen by NMP editors based on their contributions and positive impact on the mortgage industry. To view the complete list of 2021 NMP “40 Under 40” winners, read the November issue of National Mortgage Professional magazine or visit

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


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