Mark Ladd and Liz Kelly

PROVO, Utah, Sep 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents and counties, today announced that its Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Affairs Mark Ladd was named the 2019 Carl R. Ernst Founders Award winner by 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, which was held August 26-29 in Colorado Springs.

“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 the 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 and in 2015, he received the Certified MISMO(R) 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.”

To view the complete list of Founders Award winners, visit

About Simplifile:

Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording network, was founded in 2000 to connect settlement agents and county recorders via its e-recording service. Today Simplifile has broadened its services to include collaboration tools and post-closing visibility for mortgage lenders and settlement agents working together on real estate documents. Through Simplifile, users can securely record, share and track documents, data and fees with ease.

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CAPTION: Liz Kelly, director of the research department at Ernst Publishing Co. (R), poses with 2019 Carl R. Ernst Founders Award winner Mark Ladd (L) after the presentation ceremony on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at PRIA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Colorado Springs. (Photo courtesy of PRIA).

CAPTION: 2019 Carl R. Ernst Founders Award winner Mark Ladd.

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