Reverse Mortgage Industry Honors Steve Irwin with Service Award

The reverse mortgage industry this week awarded Steve Irwin with the Jim Mahoney Distinguished Service Award at the 16th Annual Reverse Mortgage Day conference in Dallas.

Each year, the Jim Mahoney Distinguished Service Award is granted to the individual who has contributed significant work to the reverse mortgage industry.

“This award is given to an individual who has given more to the industry than they receive,” said Scott Normal, national field retail sales vice president for Finance of America, and also the organizer of the annual Texas event. “In his many years of distinguished service to the reverse mortgage industry, Steve has exemplified this.”


Irwin currently serves as the executive vice president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). In this role, Steve provides oversight to the association’s initiatives to serve as an educational resource, policy advocate and public affairs center for consumers, lenders and retired professionals.

“I am thrilled, humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” Irwin told RMD. “This is particularly special coming from a man who I have had the pleasure of working with, and learning from, for many years, Jim Mahoney. I am very grateful to both Jim and Scott [Norman].”

Past recipients of the award include John Lunde, founder and president of Reverse Market Insight; Joe Demarkey, principal at Reverse Mortgage Funding; Jim Milano of Weiner Brodsky Kider PC; and Peter Bell, president and CEO of NRMLA.

Hosted by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, the Reverse Mortgage Day conference is a day-long event designed to give leading professionals and academic researchers important information regarding the policies that will affect reverse mortgage lending in the future.

Written by Jason Oliva

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  • The honor is well deserved.

    Mr. Irwin amazingly left one job in the industry to another serving the industry. When calling Mr. Irwin it is as if he had no other job than to care for you personally, even though it is obvious that his plate is full and overflowing. Mr. Irwin is competent, knowledgeable, and caring. He is more than qualified to fill the position he holds.

    As stated at the start of this comment, the honor is well deserved.

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