ST. PETERSBURG — The housing crisis triggered such a mountain of loan modifications that one company specializing in software to speed up processing is doubling the size of its offices and hiring 25 employees.
Currently, eMason is leasing 40,647 square feet at the Roosevelt Technology Center at 11399 16th Court N. It's looking to fill a variety of positions that pay $50,000 and up including software developers, coders and quality analysts.
"In five years we've ramped up from 25 to 175 employees," said Mark Goldman, eMason's chief operating officer. "We've been pretty much solid into the financial services industry in the past few years. Now we're branching more into insurance and health care."
As the federal government has mandated more visibility and accountability in the way lenders deal with past and new real estate loans, banks need more streamlined and automated systems. EMason has built them. It has even developed iPhone and iPad apps that enable an appraiser in the field to take a photo of a house and upload it to a secure file within the lender's system.
"We're very excited about being able to make a positive contribution into a rather dismal part of the economy," Goldman said.
Colliers International Tampa Bay represented eMason in the real estate transaction. The mid-Pinellas location and the office's backup generators were important to the company, which will move at the end of July.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer