VeriFast Names Rob Strickland, CRO, Chris Pornaras, Chief Commercial Officer

October 5, 2022

VeriFast, the AI-powered Verification-as-a-Service platform that automates financial analysis and decision making for tenant screening, mortgage underwriting and business lending, today announced the appointment of New York-based FinTech veteran Rob Strickland, CRO and Canadian banking veteran Chris Pornaras, Chief Commercial Officer to its leadership team.

VeriFast Co-Founder and COO Chad Guziewicz said, “VeriFast’s solution adoption within the U.S. and Canadian mortgage markets has greatly increased over the past year. We have seen an explosive demand for our holistic verification platform. Adding industry experts with enterprise go-to-market skills takes us to the next level for continued growth.”

Strickland joins VeriFast from Brimma, a mortgage tech provider specializing in delivering modern technology integration and innovation. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Capco, Blue Sage Solutions and IBM. Pornaras has 30+ years experience working in the Canadian Financial Services and has led Canada’s largest mortgage origination utilities as well as having worked with several start-up companies to develop long term success strategies.

“Rob’s track record in growing businesses and delivering market strategies, and Chris’ demonstrated history in financial services will be instrumental as we move forward,” Guziewicz added. “Both quickly accelerated VeriFast’s adoption with mortgage lenders to digitize and streamline their pre-approval and underwriting processes, shaving labor costs and compressing approval cycles by up to 90%.”

VeriFast empowers companies to seamlessly integrate banking data, payroll insights, tax transcript data and biometric identity verification, to existing process flows using a single-source configurable API. It securely automates the end-to-end verification process from hours/days to minutes, at a fraction of the cost.

Strickland said, “I joined VeriFast because the company has the only complete platform solution leveraging multiple verification data sources plus bank statement ingestion, with a superior data categorization enrichment strategy.”

About VeriFast

VeriFast provides a single-source configurable API platform that allows companies to immediately validate customers’ ability to pay while eliminating fraud. Delivering deep analytics in minutes, VeriFast provides powerful consumer – borrower insights far beyond conventional credit checks. Based in Toronto and privately-held, the company has customers throughout North America.

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