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Based in Chicago, we are a group of dedicated professionals from various disciplines – from mortgage origination and processing to technology development and product management – who are constantly challenging and inspiring each other to be better, to strive for excellence and to be passionate about what we do. We hope that when you partner with MortgageHippo you can tell how proud we are of the work we do to move the mortgage industry forward.

Leadership Team

  • Valentin Saportas

    Valentin Saportas


    Valentin started his career advising businesses and high net worth individuals on financial matters and employee retention strategies. Prior to founding MortgageHippo, Valentin worked as a banking lawyer at a large Chicago-based law firm. Valentin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Michael Salichs

    Michael Salichs

    President & COO

    Prior to founding MortgageHippo, Michael represented major lending institutions as a corporate lawyer specializing in residential and commercial real estate financing. Michael also worked as a consultant to several asset management firms analyzing bank portfolios of commercial and real estate loans to assess their value and risk. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.

  • Andrew Dailey

    Andrew Dailey


    Andrew leads MortgageHippo's long-term technology vision and oversees all technology development. Prior to joining MortgageHippo, Andrew held technology and management consulting positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cisco Systems. Andrew holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from NYU Stern.

  • Joe Dahleen

    Joe Dahleen

    EVP & Chief Strategy Officer

    Joe is a 22-year veteran of the mortgage industry who specializes in executive management and strategic marketing. He is known for being a strong advocate of technology and an expert in leveraging the latest communication methods to ensure the success of his endeavors. In his role at MortgageHippo, Joe works with internal and external clients in developing, communicating, executing and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives, marketplaces and new verticals.

  • Deborah Hill

    Deborah Hill

    VP Client Success and Operations

    A Chicago native who enjoys non-technical climbing and blues music, Deborah leads our Client Success and Operations team. She brings over ten years of experience helping Financial Services customers gain efficiencies through their implementation and use of software. Before joining MortgageHippo, Deborah consulted and had board positions with several early-stage FinTech firms. Prior to that she was a Managing Director at Backstop Solutions Group. Deborah holds a BA in Economic Theory, an MBA and is a CAIA Level 2 candidate.

  • Eric Bingen

    Eric Bingen

    VP of Product

    Eric has a successful track record taking B2B cloud-based platforms from early stage to scaling cash flow. This made him a natural to head up MortgageHippo’s Product function. Eric is a builder, a hacker, a tester of limits, a challenger of assumptions and a business problem’s worst enemy. In his spare time, Eric leads the Chicago Product Management Association, is an avid traveler, hiker, and biker and loves exploring the many restaurants in his Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago.