Author Archive

Blaine Rada

Senior National Trainer and Instructional Designer
Blaine Rada is an accomplished training professional with a unique ability to explain, coach and inspire, no matter how complex the topic. He develops and conducts versatile training sessions that teach key industry skills.

With more than 25 years of experience, Blaine developed and managed a multiformat program of webinars and live training at CMG Mortgage Insurance Company, which Arch MI’s parent company acquired in 2014. He holds a Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University and is a member of the National Speakers Association. He has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, a recognition held by fewer than 15% of professional speakers worldwide.

Carl Tyree

Executive Vice President, Chief Sales Officer
As Chief Sales Officer, Carl Tyree oversees Arch MI’s sales teams and manages customer relationship strategies. He was promoted to his current position in 2018. Mr. Tyree joined the company in 2013 as Vice President for National Accounts, where he managed the company’s relationships with the top 50 lenders, and became Senior Vice President for National Accounts in 2016.

Jim Jumpe

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Jim Jumpe oversees a long-term strategy to steward the Arch MI brand, help drive sales through effective customer communication, events, advertising and marketing collateral, and develop and execute innovative marketing strategies.

Jo Fleischer

Senior Writer
Jo Fleischer, a senior writer in Marketing, has been with the company for seven years, tackling writing projects ranging from press releases to materials for new product rollouts and website updates. A graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, he began his career as a newspaper reporter and then worked for several trade magazines and public relations agencies as a writer/editor, in both New York and North Carolina.

Manhong Feng

Senior Housing Economist, Arch Capital Services Inc., Mortgage Group
Manhong Feng uses statistical tools, econometric analysis and advanced programming skills to forecast regional housing prices and conduct research on housing markets, mortgage markets and regional and international economies. Prior to joining Arch Capital Services Inc., she was a Senior Economist at Fannie Mae. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in international finance from Peking University.

Michael Hitt

SVP, Insurance Operations
Michael Hitt oversees Arch MI’s underwriting, claims, servicing and customer service teams, including the ASK Center. Previously with United Guaranty Corporation (UGC), he joined Arch MI in 2017 when the two companies merged. Michael has more than two decades of experience in the mortgage insurance industry, including positions in analytics and finance. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clemson University.

Ralph DeFranco

Global Chief Economist, Arch Capital Services, Mortgage Group
Ralph DeFranco is the author of The Housing and Mortgage Market Review® (HaMMR℠), Arch MI’s quarterly report on the nation’s housing sector and the economic issues that affect it. His complementary housing webinars are popular, as are his charts and maps of local housing market conditions at

He leads the company’s internal forecasting of regional housing prices, stress scenarios and regional housing market risk. Ralph has both a Ph.D. in economics and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as experience in mortgage risk management at Chase and Freddie Mac.