JUNE 7 – 9, 2017 | SAN ANTONIO, TX

2017 October Research Award Nominations

Established in 2012, the October Research awards program honors men and women in the title, underwriting, lending and settlement services industries for exemplary accomplishment in the areas of Leadership, Innovation and Philanthropy.

The awards are presented to the winners each year during the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3).


Nominations are open to anyone with a track record of accomplishment in the title, underwriting, legal, settlement services, mortgage lending and technology industries.

Nomination process

Click here to enter a nomination. For further information, contact Tara Quinn, Webinars & Seminars Director, at tquinn@octoberresearch.com or by calling (330) 659-6101 x 314.

2017 Nomination Timeline

December 1, 2016 Nominations open
February 28, 2017 Nominations closed
June 8, 2017 Winners announced at the National Settlement Services Summit

Awards Criteria

October Research will assess each entry based on the following criteria. Thoroughness of responses also will be considered as part of the selection process.


Judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating entries:

  • How long has the nominee worked in the settlement services industry, and what positions has the nominee held?
  • In what ways has the nominee demonstrated leadership within his or her company or organization over the course of his or her career?
  • How has the settlement services industry benefitted from the leadership the nominee has exhibited over the course of his or her career?


Judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating entries:

  • How significant has the nominee’s development and implementation of resources or programs been in advancing industry standards or best practices?
  • Has the nominee adopted these best practices or standards within his or her own business or organization, and how successful has that effort been?
  • Is the nominee helping to further collaboration and thought leadership within the settlement services industry?


Judges will consider the following criteria when evaluating entries:

  • How does the nominee exemplify a strong commitment to philanthropy, a positive impact on society, or to community or faith-based organizations?
  • What specific programs or projects has the nominee initiated or supported through his or her philanthropic efforts?

2016 Award Winners


Tali Raphaely

Armour Settlement Services


Dan Sogorka

RealEC Technologies


Mary Schuster

Chief Product Officer and EVP of Regulatory Affairs

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners