2004-11-05 / Business

Partners in Business – Partners in Life

By Ellen Fortson

Mark and Judy Phlieger 
Mark and Judy Phlieger

“My wife and I have been business partners for about three–and–half years,” smiled CEO president and co–founder of Avista Solutions, Mark Phlieger, “and we have been married for two.”

“We work hand in hand,” the Columbia businessman explained at the San Francisco MBA convention October 24–27. “Judy brings a broad knowledge base to our program. She has 16 years of mortgage experience. I rely on her organizational skills.”

Judy B. Phlieger serves as the chief operating officer and co–founder of Avista Solutions. Mark and Judy joined with Gart D. Davis, a customized program developer, to co– found the company. Before her business marriage with Avista Solutions, Judy’s “dowry” consisted of co–leading Dexma’s private label web development program with Fannie Mae, directing loan operations with Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group, including management responsibilities such as underwriting, funding, loan review, business development, product development and e– Business. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administra-tion/Management from Winthrop University and has served on several advisory boards for Fannie Mae.

“Mark is our sales expert,” Judy beamed. “He’s the bridge of bringing dreams into reality. He has such a passion for our product. Mortgage lenders know his impeccable reputation for providing the best innovated technology to assist lenders and families to achieve the American dream of home ownership.”

Mark had also co–led Dexma’s private label web development program with Fannie Mae. Mark was director of e–Business for Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group. He was responsible for the company’s e–Business strategy envisioning and leading the creation and operation of e–RBMG, a B2B transaction website. Prior to RBMG, Mark spent more than seven years at Fannie Mae. Mark was responsible for the sale and implementation of Desktop Originator (DO) and Desktop Underwriter (DU) with national and major lenders in the Southeast. Prior to this, Mark was a member of the team that developed DO and DU. Mark holds a BS in business administration from the University of Central Florida. Interested people may visit Avista Solutions online at www.avistasolutions.com.

When not at the 115 Atrium Way office, the couple can be found at their Blythewood home in Crescent Lake or on the Spring Valley Golf Course. Whether at the office or home, Mark and Judy seem to make it a point to mix business with pleasure.

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