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MISMO® Presents Leendert Bijnagte with Staff Appreciation Award

Washington, DC – September 30, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — MISMO, the not-for-profit data standards subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), presented its Staff Appreciation Award to Leendert (Leo) Bijnagte, Business Systems Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The award, which was announced on September 12th at the MISMO September Trimester Meeting in Broomfield, Colorado, was presented to Bijnagte for his outstanding commitment and service to MISMO.

“MISMO is very fortunate to have so many hard working and dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise year after year,” said Greg Alvord, Chief Architect of MISMO. “Leo’s innovative ideas and contributions have provided guidance in implementing electronic commerce for the mortgage industry and his solutions have saved many hours of manual labor in the evolution of the data models as MISMO’s Version 3 came to fruition.”

An active participant with MISMO since 2003, Bijnagte has been deeply involved in the development of the SMART Doc® specification, is co-chair of the Interface Architecture Workgroup (IAWG), and was recently elected as co-chair of the eMortgage Workgroup.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Bijnagte was an early pioneer of computerized automation of typesetting and the conversion of word processing data files to typeset copy in the publishing industry. He began his association with the mortgage industry while working for the MLS division of Moore Business Forms where he automated information capture for online multiple listing services, and developed and patented a system for delivery of images across a private network.

The Staff Appreciation Award recipient is selected by MISMO to recognize individuals for their ongoing dedication to the organization. MISMO presents two of these awards annually, one to a residential participant at the Fall Trimester Meeting in September and one to a commercial participant at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Convention in May.


The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,200 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. For additional information, visit MBA’s Web site: