Linda Erkkila Named a 2017 Woman of Influence by HousingWire Magazine

News Release
August 2, 2017

Valley View, Ohio, August 2, 2017 – Safeguard Properties, the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Linda Erkkila, general counsel and executive vice president of human resources, has been named a 2017 Woman of Influence by HousingWire magazine.

“We congratulate Linda on being recognized for the significant role she plays on Safeguard’s executive team and ensuring we remain the leader in the mortgage field services industry,” said Alan Jaffa, Safeguard’s CEO. “Her strategic leadership has allowed her to effectively streamline our legal department and enable Safeguard to create innovative ways to continue to make the company a destination workplace.” 

Linda serves as general counsel and executive vice president of human resources for Safeguard. Her broad scope of oversight covers regulatory issues that impact Safeguard’s operations, pro-active risk mitigation, enterprise strategic planning, human capital and training initiatives, litigation and claims management, and counsel related to mergers, acquisition and joint ventures.

As a key member of the executive team at Safeguard, Linda has made a huge impact on the company as a strategic leader in both the legal and human resources departments. She also has influenced the mortgage servicing industry via partnerships with government regulators and offering her expertise through published articles and conference panels. Her extensive legal knowledge and experience, combined with a broad understanding of the industry makes Linda a woman of influence.

HousingWire’s Women of Influence is an annual program launched to recognize the significant contributions of women to both mortgage banking and real estate. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to both their businesses and to the industry at-large – with a specific focus on contributions made in the most recent 12 months. Their energy, ideas, achievements, as well as commitment to excellence and progress give us a look at the future of the industry.

About Safeguard Properties: Safeguard Properties is the mortgage field services industry leader, preserving vacant and foreclosed properties across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam. Founded in 1990 by Robert Klein and headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, Safeguard provides the highest quality service to our clients by leveraging innovative technologies and proactively developing industry best practices and quality control procedures. Consistent with Safeguard’s values and mission, we are an active supporter of hundreds of charitable efforts across the country. Annually, Safeguard gives back to communities in partnership with our employees, vendors and clients. We also are dedicated to working with community leaders and officials to eliminate blight and stabilize neighborhoods. Safeguard is dedicated to preserving today and protecting tomorrow. Learn more at

About HousingWire Magazine: HousingWire Magazine is a monthly magazine that provides in-depth context and insight spanning the people, issues and data that matter in mortgage finance and real estate. The magazine offers readers insight on U.S housing and finance from leading national columnists, as well as exclusive features that tackle hard-hitting issues in real estate finance and bring to life the people that make markets. HousingWire’s editorial coverage can be found at

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