PRIA Announces Recipient of 2019 Carl R. Ernst Founders Award

September 24, 2019

Mark Ladd, Simplifile’s vice president of regulatory and legal affairs, received the 2019 Carl R. Ernst Founders Award winner from the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA).

Ladd is the sixth recipient of the Founders Award, which was established by PRIA in 2005, to recognize proven, unique leadership and achievement in resolving issues in the property records industry. The award was presented during a ceremony at the PRIA 2019 Annual Conference.

“Having been a register of deeds early on in my career, I am all too aware of the challenges facing the property records industry and, as such, have been deeply committed to helping the industry address these challenges through technology,” Ladd said. “I’m truly honored to have been honored by my peers for these efforts and proudly join the ranks of the select few that have received the Founders Award.”

Given his work with PRIA, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) via MISMO, there are very few, if any, aspects of the real estate industry that haven’t benefited from Ladd’s efforts and leadership over the course of his more than 20 years of experience. Before joining Simplifile in 2011 as director of channel sales, Ladd acted as a consultant for PRIA on its Technology Committee. As part of his role with PRIA, he also worked as the vice chair of the Residential Governance Committee for the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO).

In 2014, Ladd was elected as the president of PRIA. In 2015, he received the Certified MISMO Standards Professional Designation, the only MISMO certification program available for individuals within the mortgage industry. As the immediate past president, Ladd continues to serve as an ex-officio member PRIA’s Board of Directors and is also involved in the Uniform Law Commission’s Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) Enactment Committee.

“Mark Ladd has been a tremendous asset not just to Simplifile, but to the entire real estate ecosystem. He is a tireless advocate for efficiency and innovation in real estate from both an operational and a regulatory standpoint, and his commitment to serving this industry is second to none,” Simplifile President Paul Clifford said. “Simplifile is honored to count the latest PRIA Founders Award recipient as one of our own, and we wholeheartedly congratulate Mark on this well-deserved honor.”


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