Greater Indianapolis Chapter (GIMBA)

Indianapolis IMBA Chapter

Chapter History

In July of 1989, GIMBA merged with the state association in order to create a united voice in promoting Indiana housing through legislative efforts and other programs directly impacting mortgage banking and the real estate finance industry. The geographical area served by GIMBA include all counties within the Indianapolis MSA and Lafayette.

Community Service and Special Projects

For many years, GIMBA has contributed thousands of dollars and supplied many volunteer teams to assist in the construction of affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis (HfHGI).

Other community service projects that GIMBA has supported include Toys for Tots, Rebuilding Together Indianapolis, and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. Funds for these contributions are raised by various fundraising activities over the years.

Chapter Meetings

GIMBA holds educational meetings throughout the year. The purpose of these meetings is to provide members with opportunities to meet, learn, and participate in shared experiences with others who have common goals and concerns related to real estate finance. Most of these meetings have a strong educational component, related to a topic of interest and need as the mortgage industry changes with regulations, legislation, and the economic climate. However, GIMBA also has meetings that are strictly for fun and networking, including  an annual 'Toys-for-Tots' event in December and an annual event in March on the 1st Thursday of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.


Recent Meetings/Events

Below, Shelley Specchio, CEO of MIBOR, and Steve Lains, CEO of BAGI, provide attendees at the
December 7th meeting their forecasts for sales in 2018.




Next Chapter Event


Date: Wednesday, January 24th


Topic/Speaker: GIMBA's Night at the Pacers: (vs. Phoenix Suns)


Time: 6:00PM, Tipoff 7:00PM


Location: Legends in Bankers Life Fieldhouse @ 125 S. Pennsylvania St.  Indianapolis, IN 46204


Registration Cost: $80/person, Dinner included


On-Line Registration Site:



Next Chapter Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 8th

Topic/Speaker: Kristine Clark, IHCDA Programs and Benefits

Time: 11:30AM Registration, 12:00PM - 1:00PM presentation

Location: George's Neighborhood Grill @ 6935 Lake Plaza Drive.  Indianapolis, IN 46220

Registration Cost: $20/person, Lunch included

On-Line Registration Site:


Upcoming Chapter Meetings/Events


Date: March 8th, April 12th, May 10th

Event: Rural Housing, Fair Housing, Top Producers Panel

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00pm

Location: George's Neighborhood Grill @ 6935 Lake Plaza Drive.  Indianapolis, IN 46220

Registration Cost: TBD

On-Line Registration Site:


For more information on chapter events, please contact GIMBA Executive Director, Alan Thorup at 317-773-7344.


Chapter Leaders

President - Kelly Wensel/Freedom Mortgage

Vice President - Rob Green/GVC Mortgage

Secretary/Treasurer - open

Past President - Palak Effinger/Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

Director - Ann Block/Franklin American Mortgage

Director - Michelle Collins/Fidelity National Title

Director - Greg Dugger/FORUM Credit Union

Director - Albert Gonzalez/Citizens One

Director - Charisse Johnson/First Merchants Bank

Director - Barry Lux/Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.


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