Scott Cooley is an independent consultant with a client roster
that includes many of the mortgage industry’s leading
companies. He is an expert in a wide range of topics
surrounding mortgage origination technology, from point of sale
solutions to eMortgages and on through post-closing
Scott’s extensive experience in the mortgage industry began in
1982 when he founded Contour Software, the first company to
ever produce desktop mortgage loan origination software
(LOS). The invention of the desktop LOS was the start of a
string of innovations and industry firsts which would shape the
future of the mortgage industry.
By 1995, Contour Software had an established base of several
thousand firms and was the leading provider of LOS solutions
for the mortgage banking industry. Scott led the company as
President and CEO of Contour Software for 16 years, during
which time he worked with thousands of mortgage company
clients to understand their unique needs and produce
technology solutions to meet them.
In April 1998, Scott successfully sold Contour Software to First
American Financial. As part of the agreement, he remained
active as President of Contour. In February 2001, Scott
engineered a spin-out of Contour from First American to Ellie
Mae, a Pleasanton, California-based provider of Internet
solutions for the mortgage industry. In so doing, he successfully
sold Contour Software twice in a matter of three years.
At Ellie Mae, Scott served as Chief Strategy Officer, setting
direction and defining strategy for the most successful
transaction platform in the mortgage industry.
As a nationally recognized expert in mortgage technology, Scott
has presented before Capitol Hill and has been a featured
speaker at most industry conferences. He regularly authors
articles for industry publications such as Mortgage Originator
and Mortgage Technology magazines, and writes a regular
column for Mortgage Banking magazine, which is distributed to
more than 10,000 subscribers. Scott is also frequently quoted
in American Banker, National Mortgage News, National Mortgage
Broker, Origination News and Secondary Marketing Executive
among many others. In addition, he has been a frequent
keynote speaker at industry conferences across the nation.
Scott graduated from San Jose State University with a double
concentration in management and marketing and a minor in
computer science. He enjoys running, biking, swimming, skiing,
racing and boating.