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Optimal Blue Joins EFNT for 15th Annual Freedom Day

PLANO, TX – Optimal Blue, the premier cloud-based provider of enterprise lending services to the mortgage industry, was recently a proud participant and sponsor of the Entrepreneurs for North Texas’ (EFNT) 15th Annual Freedom Day. This amazing event, honoring the lives lost and those forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, brought together more than 750 volunteers to work on service projects across Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition, over half a dozen veteran’s organizations donated more than 1,000 hours in preparation of the event.

Volunteers spent the day working with several organizations that provide a variety of services to the DFW community, as well as working side-by-side with veteran groups to complete projects that directly support programs benefiting veterans, special needs adults and children, the environment, area wildlife, and the local community at large.

“Optimal Blue was proud to sponsor Freedom Day for the third consecutive year,” said Stuart Lodge, CFO of Optimal Blue. “We had the privilege of donating a day of service to help Texas Trees accomplish its goal of planting 3,000,000 new trees in North Texas over the next 10 years! Our service helps the local community and it ensures that the heavy sacrifices made by so many on 9/11 will never be forgotten.” Betsy Gowens, Guideline Specialist for Optimal Blue, added, “This year was really special because we were able to participate with our kids. Having them volunteer beside us was such a great way to teach them the value of doing things for others. We all enjoyed it so much!”

Entrepreneurs for North Texas is a program of Communities Foundation of Texas that serves the North Texas business community. Established in the summer of 2000, EFNT’s network of more than 100 Member Companies includes early stage, small and mid-size businesses, private equity investors, venture capitalists and a wide range of professional service providers who all have a commitment to give back to the communities in which they live and work.

“I feel honored to have participated in the Freedom Day event,” shared Steve Halicke, Optimal Blue Accounting. “It provided the opportunity to give back to our community, to reflect on the sacrifices made by all veterans, and to keep the United States of America strong and free. We were able to walk away with a sense of accomplishment, building strong character traits in our younger volunteers, and really feeling that we had honored those that lost their lives through the unfortunate events surrounding 9/11.”

Sejal Desai, Program Director with EFNT, explained, “Fifteen years ago, each one of us experienced an incredible tragedy – one of its kind – that truly changed us. We’ve channeled the tragic emotions and memories from that day into meaningful service for the past 15 years, making 9/11 a day we look forward to as it celebrates the true human spirit. Every year, we’ve brought together a group of corporate volunteers like Optimal Blue, so we could honor not only the lives lost and forever changed on September 11th, but also the countless acts of sacrifice and service from our veterans, our first responders, and everyday citizens.”

About Entrepreneurs for North Texas
A program of Communities Foundation of Texas, Entrepreneurs for North Texas facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies who want to make a beneficial impact on their communities. For more information, visit

About Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. For more information, visit

About Optimal Blue
Optimal Blue provides the mortgage industry’s leading enterprise product and pricing engine, sophisticated secondary marketing workflow tools, a real-time hedging platform, and data analytics — solutions that help lenders maximize efficiency and profitability while reducing risk. The company designs and operates the largest SaaS-based network for investors and lenders, and surrounds this network with solutions for best execution, loan quoting to 99.999+% accuracy, pricing distribution, profitability and compensation administration, pipeline risk management, and competitive analysis. Based in Plano, Texas, Optimal Blue technology connects hundreds of investors with more than 1,500 financial institutions and currently prices nearly 1 of every 4 mortgage loans originated nationally.

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Mike Maccioli
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