Mortgage Executive Magazine Recognizes Raveis Mortgage, Bankers Among Top in the Country

William Raveis (WR), the top family-owned real estate, mortgage and insurance company in the Northeast and South Florida announces several top national recognitions by Mortgage Executive magazine, a leading publication for mortgage originators. William Raveis Mortgage (WRM), WR’s award-winning mortgage division, was again named among the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in the United States for the fifth consecutive year. A full-service mortgage lender and broker, WRM originated a company record of nearly $1.3 billion in loans in 2021.

Mortgage Executive magazine recognized Vice President, Mortgage Banker Melissa Cohn among the nation’s Top 200 Mortgage Originators, as ranked by total yearly mortgage volume. Ranked at 66 in 2021, up from 113 in 2020, Cohn closed 301 loans with a total volume of  $276,098,415.

Mortgage Executive magazine also compiles a comprehensive, annual list of the nation’s top 1 percent of mortgage originators out of the hundreds of thousands mortgage originators in the United States. Cohn and 10 other WRM mortgage bankers were recognized in the top 1 percent, based on production volume. In order to be honored, mortgage originators must personally close at least $30 million in loans. The following WRM brokers received the Top 1% Mortgage Originator Award (in alphabetical order):

Paul Addamo – volume $32,139,249; 116 transactions; licensed in Conn.

Laurie Berger – volume $40,997,093; 125 transactions; licensed in Conn.

Christopher Blum – volume $32,609,621; 124 transactions; licensed in Conn.

Melissa Cohn – volume $276,098,415; 301 transactions; licensed in Fla., Mass., N.Y., N.J., Conn.

Robert Flynn – volume $66,490,679; 114 transactions; licensed in Mass.

Paul Hart – volume $49,488,385; 94 transactions; licensed in Conn., N.Y.

Frank Merola – volume $37,807,463; 98 transactions; licensed in Mass.

Jorge Rivera – volume $89,583,568; 192 transactions; licensed in Mass., N.J., N.Y., R.I., Conn., N.H., Vt., Fla.

James Schmidt – volume $36,460,673; 93 transactions; licensed in Mass., N.H., R.I., Fla.

Francine Silberman – volume $78,612,330; 94 transactions; licensed in Conn., N.Y.

Brian Skelly – volume $67,984,469; 197 transactions; licensed in Conn., N.Y., R.I., Vt.


Mortgage Executive Magazine recognizes and celebrates the service, dedication, and hard work that leading mortgage professionals put into servicing their clients during the home loan process.

WR is the only privately held firm offering real estate, mortgage and insurance services under one roof to its clients, thereby creating a seamless end-to-end customer experience. WRM has financed more than $15 billion of residential mortgages since inception in 1984 and offers most types of mortgage products including, but not limited to, conforming 15- and 30-year fixed rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo, super jumbo, interest only, blended loans, second mortgages, Home Equity Lines of Credit, FHA, VA, CHFA and MHFA loans. WMR is licensed to originate loans in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.


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