Team

Insight grows from Experience

In the wake of the global financial crisis, Washington, Wall Street and world markets have merged.  Financial services firms need the right blend of knowledge, judgment and reach from their partners.

The Collingwood Group is a team of seasoned professionals who have been deeply engaged in business and financial management, domestic and international secondary markets, federal procurement, risk and loss management, mortgage origination and servicing, property management and disposition, technology development and marketing, capital markets and capital raising activities, and communications and public policy.

The range of the team’s experience is extraordinary.

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Tim Rood is Chairman of The Collingwood Group, which he co-founded in 2009. Rood was co-founder and managing director of the firm’s predecessor company, Capital Financial Solutions. Earlier he was Vice President of First American, where he successfully led the company’s professional services group tasked with creating business solutions for the top ten lenders in the country. Rood served as Director and Principal of Fannie Mae’s eBusiness Division. He has more than two decades of mortgage industry experience.


Brian Montgomery is Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group, which he co-founded in 2009. From 2005 to mid-2009, Montgomery served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and FHA Commissioner. He was responsible for the oversight and modernization of the insurance fund’s $600 billion portfolio, HUD’s regulatory responsibilities to the housing mission of the GSEs, and the manufactured housing industry. Montgomery came to HUD and FHA from the Executive Office of the President of the United States.


Brian O'Reilly is President of The Collingwood Group, which he co-founded in 2009. O’Reilly was co-founder and managing director of the firm’s predecessor, Capital Financial Solutions. Earlier he was Fannie Mae’s Director of Automated Underwriting and Risk Management Solutions, where he managed several customer-facing technologies and the development and launch of the company’s anti-fraud solution. Before joining Fannie Mae, O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Mortgage Capital Investors and practiced law with several international law firms.


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Thomas P. Cronin, CMB is Partner and Managing Director of The Collingwood Group. Most recently, he served as Senior Managing Director of Clayton Holdings, Inc., responsible for the areas of industry, corporate and government relations. Cronin has more than 35 years of mortgage banking experience. At Clayton Holdings, Cronin focused on the performance and oversight of mortgage products and securities focusing on benefiting investors, private issuers, mortgage servicers and all effected government sponsored enterprises and regulators. Prior to joining Clayton, Mr. Cronin was a managing member of Interactive Mortgage Advisors, LLC (IMA), a company he helped launch in 2001. Cronin also served as vice chairman at Matrix Bancorp.

For over twenty years, Cronin has held leadership posts with the Mortgage Banker’s Association (MBA), the country’s leading trade organization for the mortgage banking industry on who’s Board of Directors and Residential Board of Governors he has served. Most recently he was named Fellow of the Society of Certified Mortgage Bankers. From 1999 to 2001, he served as vice president and treasurer for the MBA. Cronin was most recently a member of MBA’s Audit Committee.

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Tom Booker, III  is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group. Mr. Booker supports the firm’s Business Advisory and Development practice. He has 30 years of experience in securities, technology, product development, solution delivery and outsourcing. Prior to Joining Collingwood, Mr. Booker oversaw the marketing, delivery, policy and teaming activities which involve the Government Sponsored Entities for Corelogic.   Mr. Booker has served as an executive at Fannie Mae and a general Manager at the IBM Company during his career. He has a keen sense for where the markets, lenders, investors, analytics and technology meet to address the business realities and evolving demands of the real estate finance industry.


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Meg Burns is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group which she joined in 2014. Burns supports the firm’s Business Advisory and Business Development practices. Prior to Collingwood, Burns served as the Senior Associate Director of the Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). There, she managed various policy and regulatory initiatives involving single-family and multifamily finance and loss mitigation strategies, as well as insurance-related activities of the government-sponsored enterprises. As such, she was actively involved in industry-wide discussions regarding the role of the federal government in addressing the mortgage crisis. Burns previously lead FHFA’s Office of Congressional Affairs and Communications, where she was responsible for handling external relations for the agency.

Before joining FHFA, Meg was the Director of the Office of Single Family Program Development for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA). She oversaw all origination policies related to FHA’s single-family programs. Meg managed three divisions, handling valuation, credit policy, and counseling services.

Meg holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in philosophy and public policy from The George Washington University.


Jeffrey Cravath is Senior Advisor to The Collingwood Group. In this role he is a key advisor on GSE matters, including business and regulatory issues, as well as potential directions for GSE reform. His primary responsibilities include Collingwood’s Risk Management, Vendor Management and Oversight, and Litigation Support Services practice areas. He is tasked with expanding the firm’s capabilities, as well as advising clients on risk management, compliance, crisis management, business development and strategic planning.

Mr. Cravath is a senior operational, strategic and legal leader, with a diverse career background in all aspects of mortgage finance and real estate development, including 18 years at Fannie Mae, as well as with private real estate and financial services consulting firms. He has extensive experience in creating and developing high functioning teams, setting the strategic direction of business and legal department units, and playing leadership roles in compliance, organizational design, governance, regulatory matters and providing strategic advice. He has extensive expertise handling high profile positions in crises management projects at Fannie Mae, including the company’s response to the sub-prime mortgage disaster, the restatement of its financials, and the Treasury’s Making Home Affordable program.


Brideen Gallagher is Managing Director with The Collingwood Group. In her role, Gallagher oversees the firm’s Risk Management and Compliance Division. The division is focused on mitigating the risk of enforcement actions and ensuring operational readiness and compliance with the rigorous requirements of Government lending.

Gallagher joined the Collingwood Group in February 2011 as Vice President of Business Development. Since joining the firm, Gallagher has contributed her invaluable industry experience in origination, operations, capital markets and third party correspondent business to support the expansion of the firm’s services and lead the firm’s critically important risk management services.

Prior to joining Collingwood, Gallagher held senior level account management positions with several top tier Correspondent lenders, and was also a senior staff member at a hedge fund focused on the acquisition and disposition of distressed assets. This knowledge of the industry, coupled with the many relationships she has built, also enables Brideen to connect clients with relevant and appropriate potential alliance partners.

Gallagher holds a Bachelors Degree as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Villanova University, and a Juris Doctor from Temple University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and a graduate of the Association’s Future Leader’s Program.


Karen Garner is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, which she joined on January 1, 2012, following Collingwood’s acquisition of her firm, GWN Consulting.  Her areas of expertise include risk analysis, FHA lender approval, project management and lender monitoring, and she is adept at conducting training for a variety of private and public sectors, completing studies and writing technical reports based on her knowledge and experience.

Prior to founding GWN Consulting, Garner was a Partner and Project Director at Walker & Co., LLC, where she led the Government Services Practice.  The firm had contracts with the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) which included compliance reviews of FHA’s Single Family claims and Ginnie Mae (as a subcontractor), single family supplemental claims processing, the MIP call center and the FHA Lender Approval’s LASS contract. She also conducted research and prepared studies and procedures for USDA’s Rural Development Single Family Loan Guarantee Program.

Before joining Walker & Co., Garner was a federal government employee, serving 23 years at HUD where she held various management positions in the Quality Assurance Division and the Office of Lender Activities and Program Compliance, and was Director of the Lender Approval Division. During her public and private sector career she has planned and completed on-site compliance reviews covering loan origination, servicing, loss mitigation, claims and Ginnie Mae.  At HUD she also served as the Director of Loan Guarantee for the Office of Native American Programs.


Keith Pedigo is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group. Prior to joining the firm, Pedigo retired from a 38 year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, having served the last 22 years of that career in senior executive positions in the Veterans Benefits Administration. Most of Pedigo’s VA career was devoted to the VA Home Loan Program where he served in various positions of responsibility, including 21 years as the National Director of the Loan Guaranty Service. During the last year and a half of his VA career he served as the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Policy and Program Management in the Veterans Benefits Administration, where he had nationwide responsibility for policy and program management of VA’ benefit programs. Pedigo possesses broad technical knowledge of VA’s benefit programs, with significant knowledge of VA’s Home Loan Program and substantial expertise in the broader housing industry. During his VA career he was the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards, two Department of Treasury awards for Distinction in Financial Management and the VA Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and a veteran of the US Army.

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Barney Brasseux is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, which he joined in 2012. In his role as Managing Director, Brasseux supports the firm’s client’s government contracting work. Brasseux also supports diverse supplier efforts, which focus on promoting small and diverse businesses seeking to grow their business within the financial services industry in both the government and private sectors.

Brasseux brings his experience from a long and distinguished career with various federal agencies, including two decades with the General Services Administration (GSA), to The Collingwood Group.

Prior to joining the firm, Brasseux served as Deputy Administrator at GSA. Before that, Brasseux held Deputy and Assistant Commissioner postings with GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, and was the Federal Supply Service’s Chief of Staff. Brasseux also worked with the White House Press Corps in the White House Travel Office. Notably, Brasseux received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2007.


Mark DeGennaro is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, responsible for helping  to build the firm’s hedge fund advisory and principal investment businesses. Prior to joining The Collingwood Group, DeGennaro was a Managing Director of a privately held boutique investment-banking firm based in New York, where he held a variety of positions both on the investment banking side and in executive management, including Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and head of the firm’s Restructuring Advisory Group.   Earlier in his career, DeGennaro was an attorney with White & Case in New York where he worked on commercial litigation, corporate control, mergers and acquisitions, securities, bankruptcy and restructuring matters for fortune 500 companies, financial sponsors and lenders.


Joe Murin is Co-Founder of The Collingwood Group. In 2008, Murin was appointed by the Bush Administration as President of Ginnie Mae, a post he remained in for eight months at the request of  the Obama Administration, until a new president was appointed. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Lender Services, Inc., as well as Chief Executive Officer for Basis100, a Toronto-based publicly-traded technology company. Earlier he served as President of Century Mortgage Company.