Gorkem Kuterdem, Chief Technology Officer for WEST, was honored by Inman as Innovator of the Year at its recent Inman Connect conference. WEST, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williston Financial Group, is a real estate services provider focused on streamlining and enhancing the entirety of the mortgage and real estate transaction through technology-enabled services and processes. The Williston Financial Group family is one of the nation’s fastest growing real estate service providers.
Kuterdem was among several honorees announced at the Inman Connect conference in San Francisco, August 10. According to the company’s website, “Inman Connect challenges the industry’s top real estate agents and brokers to attack their biggest threats and create their brightest future. We also honor and celebrate the most innovative companies in real estate that are shattering the status quo.”
“We are honored to celebrate so much creativity and invention,” said Inman publisher Brad Inman. “Never in the history of the Innovator Awards has there been so much innovation and, therefore, never has our list of finalists been so large — these are exciting times.”
“Gorkem is never satisfied with the status quo, which is part of what makes him a driver and a leader for WEST,” said Patrick Stone, Chairman and CEO of parent company WFG. “Perhaps more than ever before, the mortgage and real estate industry is ripe for significant integration and enhanced connectivity. Gorkem embraces those possibilities on a daily basis and is focused on eliminating the rekeying of data; the mistakes that come from that and the possibilities that arise from making the real estate process a single continuum; resulting in money saved and increased efficiency.”
Kuterdem has been the CTO for WEST since 2016. He came to WFG in 2011 as part of its acquisition of an independent title company in Seattle, Washington. After obtaining his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, he worked with a startup that was one of the first participants in electronic delivery of title market share data via the Internet. He has since been involved in developing and implementing platforms for title and escrow production, integration, business intelligence and workflow management. He is currently the technical lead and architect for WFG’s transformation to a single operating platform.
About Williston Financial Group
Williston Financial Group is the Portland, Oregon-based parent company of several real estate services and national settlement services providers, including WFG Lender Services, Valutrust Solutions, LLC and WFG National Title Insurance Company. It is one of the fastest growing and unique real estate services providers in the mortgage industry. Built around the directive to “communicate, collaborate, coexist,” Williston Financial Group is committed to applying a new philosophy to the traditional mortgage and real estate industry, working to meet the changing needs of its clients, agents and associates. For more information, please go to www.WFGNationalTitle.com or www.WFGLS.com.
WEST, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williston Financial Group, is a network of technology and service groups designed to streamline and enhance the entirety of the mortgage and real estate transaction through technology-enabled services and processes.