AUSTIN, Texas (November 10, 2022) — FirstClose, Inc., a leading fintech provider of data and workflow solutions for mortgage and home equity lenders nationwide, announced today that Ramiro Castro has been promoted to Chief Product Officer (CPO). In this role, Castro will be responsible for defining and executing the company’s product vision and strategy as well as leading the product development and implementation efforts. Corey Smith, FirstClose’s previous CPO, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Castro is a well-respected information technology and product development professional with more than two decades of experience. He joined FirstClose in late 2017 as a Senior Engineer and was promoted to Director of Product Development in early 2022. Prior to joining FirstClose, Castro held several leadership positions with Atlassian, a premier software development firm, excelling in project management and the implementation and support of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) tools. Earlier in his career, Castro served as a Technical Support Engineer for LogicMonitor playing a key role in the company’s success in the observability market.

“Over the past five years, Ramiro has played a critical role in the development of our one-of-a-kind home equity solutions. His diverse background, expertise and wealth of knowledge complement the FirstClose leadership team and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving for this position,” said Tedd Smith, Chief Executive Officer at FirstClose. “Ramiro’s customer-centric approach and product leadership skills will be crucial to our continued growth and expansion.”

About FirstClose

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, FirstClose provides technology solutions to HELOC and home equity lenders nationwide. The company’s mission is to help lenders increase profitability and reduce cost. FirstClose makes this possible through offering systems and relationships that enable lenders to more effectively assist the lender’s borrowers, reduce closing costs, and ultimately shorten closing times. For more information, visit