President's Message

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  • October 26, 2022 10:40 AM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Happy fall everyone, I hope you had an enjoyable summer! Your IMBA Directors are hard at work planning many events and activities this year through the different committees. Some of these events are part of our long standing annual strategy that we have done for many years, i.e. our upcoming Production Conference in November, and of course, the Al Thorup Future Leaders Program starting here again in the fall with in-person sessions and continuing in the spring of next year with virtual sessions. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, some of the new initiatives we are working on this year are the creation of an Affordable Housing Committee, which will be highlighted at our Production conference, and “IMBA Gives Back Week” in the spring of 2023. We have also added Instagram to our social media platform. Furthermore, we are continuing our commitment to the next generation of mortgage lending with IMBA members attending events on college campuses, as Lili Del Toro (Centier Bank), and Kristine Clark (Purdue Federal Credit Union) represented us at the Purdue NW Career Day just this past Friday, September 30th. I sincerely thank you for your continued support of IMBA.

    Sincerely,

    Joel Scheer
    IMBA President 2022/2023

    Ruoff Mortgage

    jscheer@ruoff.com

  • September 08, 2022 1:54 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    I would like to start by sending a sincere thank you to all Board members in attendance at our annual planning meeting, held on 08/10/22. It is a full day, no doubt, but we successfully completed all items on the agenda, thus setting ourselves up for a fantastic year to come. Therefore, I am grateful for your participation and dedication in collectively achieving the goals we have set for our association in the coming 12 months. I would also like to thank the gentlemen in attendance from MBA, including William ‘“Koop” Kooper, Kobie Pruitt, and Anthony Stiller for their time and insight provided to the Board. It is encouraging to know that we have this type of partnership and support on a national level. A few new action items for this year include the creation of an Affordable Housing Committee and a state-wide charity initiative, both of which will allow us to come together in a more engaging and meaningful way. The introduction and implementation of our new Annual Partnership Program (APP) offered to our membership last year is off to a great start. There was great deal of preparation by the Board in rolling this out to be a value add to our members. Therefore, thank you to the companies that have embraced this to date in seeing the additional benefits it provides. Based upon the initial success of the APP, my hope is that it will continue to gain momentum in the coming months and years as the mutual benefits are realized. IMBA will continue to focus our efforts on our PAC, along with encouraging our local chapters to hold events in support of this. As is customary, and upon reasoned consideration, contributions are determined on a bipartisan basis and will be delivered to representatives. And last but certainly not least, we will continue our commitment to the Al Thorup Future Leaders Program, an initiative that has quickly become recognized (and copied, to one degree or another) by surrounding states due to the success achieved from it in here in Indiana.

    Sincerely,

    Joel Scheer
    IMBA President 2022/2023

    Ruoff Mortgage

    jscheer@ruoff.com

  • July 27, 2022 12:25 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Good day my fellow Members! 

    I cannot express in words how proud I am of our Board for the annual convention held in Fort Wayne last month.  Perhaps everyone was just playing nice shortly after the conclusion, but the feedback I received personally was overwhelmingly positive.  Some had even stated “the best one ever”!   

    As shared earlier this month, the PAC Golf Scramble and reception, followed by the President’s Dinner and a full day of presentations and networking received very good reviews from those attending, and while there I shared some of my goals as your President, which are listed below. 

    Committees: As I write this, we are working to get our committees in place prior to our August 10th Board planning meeting, and we can use member help. If you would be interested in joining one of the following committees; Communication/Technology, Education, Membership, Internship, or PAC please go to our website page (https://indianamba.org/Volunteer-Committees) for more information and a form to fill out and send to: execdir@indianamba.org.  

    Charity: I would like to focus a little more attention on our charitable activities on the state level.  I realize our chapters have done a very good job over the years in doing so, but feel we can and should lead by example on a larger scale with our State Board.

    Diversity and Engagement: We should always be searching out individuals who bring new and fresh ideas, are passionate about who they are and what they bring to the table, regardless of skin color or gender.  This includes our younger generation, which will be to ones seeing us into the future. In my view this is not necessarily all about the number, but rather the learning, sharing, listening, and growing as individuals guiding us to a stronger collective.

    Shared Vision: The Board shares the same goals in providing value to our membership.  How we provide that value and the path we take to get there however could be different for each leader, and a healthy discussion is encouraged among the Board and our members.  Therefore, if there are ever any concerns about the direction we are taking, I encourage you to reach out to myself or anyone else on the Board. 

    Transition to New Management in 2023: As announced at the convention, our long-time Executive Director Al Thorup, is retiring from his position on March 31st, and on April 1st IMBA will be managed by personnel at the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA), led by their Director of Policy, Dax Denton. This is NOT a merger of our associations. Rather, it is a 3-year management agreement with IBA to assume the responsibilities that Al and his assistants have been taking care of. I am as confident as I can be that our Board has made a fantastic decision about the future of the IMBA in hiring IBA, and while I do not know exactly what IMBA looked like 14 years ago, prior to Al taking the helm, I have heard enough stories to know we are far better off now than we were before him. 

    The Board looks forward to supporting Dax and his team, and we owe it to Al, ourselves, and our entire membership to make sure our Association continues to thrive going into 2023 and beyond.

    Sincerely,

    Joel Scheer
    IMBA President 2022/2023

    Ruoff Mortgage

    jscheer@ruoff.com

  • May 26, 2022 2:03 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Hello, Indiana MBA members – as I’m wrapping up my final month as President, I’d like to thank all of our members for their support and the engagement of our board. What a fun ride it’s been! Over the last year, we gently rolled back into in-person events with our 63rd State Convention, held two Future Leaders programs, a Production Conference, a Compliance Seminar, created a Secondary Marketing and Compliance virtual roundtable, kicked off a mutually beneficial Annual Partnership Program, revamped our newsletter (NKA - INgage), and are putting the finishing touches on the 64th State Convention happening in a few weeks! Lots to look forward to in Fort Wayne - networking, learning from engaging speakers, hearing about new products and efficiencies put in place by our fellow mortgage bankers, the rooftop bar, and catching a TinCaps baseball game to celebrate Al’s retirement! Last month, your dream team (me, Executive Director Al Thorup, Legal Counsel and Lobbyist Tom Dinwiddie, and member Christian Weghorst with Diehl Mortgage Training and Compliance), participated in the MBA State and Local Workshop as well as the MBA National Advocacy Conference in DC. On behalf of the Indiana MBA, we met and discussed current legislative and regulatory issues with Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young and Representatives Victoria Spartz and Greg Pence. This was an awesome experience and something that should be on everyone’s conference list next year. Education, advocacy and networking at its best, with the best – thanks for a great year and I’ll see you at the convention next month! 

    Lynne Tamanini
    IMBA President 2021/2022
    First Vice President and Manager

    Residential Mortgage Banking

    The National Bank of Indianapolis

    lynnetamanini@nbofi.com

  • April 11, 2022 3:55 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Hello,

    Indiana MBA members – with spring right around the corner, optimism abounds, and your Board has been hard at work! IN-gaging projects include: Annual Partnership Program - we’ve developed a great program providing additional financial support to our association while offering exposure and marketing opportunities for our partners. This single fee approach simplifies event sponsorships, advertising, education, and recognition throughout the year. Reach out to Al Thorup for more information and become a partner today! The 64th annual State Convention is now open for registration! Network with your tribe, learn from engaging speakers, learn about new products from our vendors at the trade show, catch a TinCaps game and explore Ft. Wayne! Later this month, Al and I will be participating in the MBA’s State and Local Workshop in Washington D.C. with leaders from across the county. Later in the week, we’ll be joined by Tom Dinwiddie to attend the MBA’s National Advocacy Conference. This is the only advocacy event focused on real estate finance issues with one collective voice to influence positive change. Reach out if we can find you there too! With our new fiscal year starting on June 1st, we are beginning the nomination process for excellent Board Members for 2022/2023. If you are looking to contribute, expand your network, and do good for our industry, reach out and let us know!

    Lynne Tamanini
    IMBA President 2021/2022
    First Vice President and Manager

    Residential Mortgage Banking

    The National Bank of Indianapolis

    lynnetamanini@nbofi.com

  • February 28, 2022 11:59 AM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Hello, Indiana MBA members – welcome to our new newsletter, INgage. With a fresh approach, and a catchy new name, we’ll engage you with valuable and timely information on the goings-on in the mortgage industry, as well as our Indiana association. Take a look and let us know - your feedback is accepted and appreciated.

    Big news – the Annual Partnership Program is almost ready to roll! This mutually beneficial program nicely packages a variety of sponsorship opportunities into distinct levels. We are excited to have an organized annual program allowing our important partners to show their support for, and be supported by, Indiana MBA members.

    More big news – we’ve got several events and initiatives on the horizon for 2022! More below from Al Thorup, and Rob Green.

    Bigger news - three new members have recently joined our association: First Savings Bank out of Clarksville (South Central Chapter), Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions out of Atlanta, GA (Greater Indianapolis Chapter), and American Pacific Mortgage out of Turlock, CA (Northeast Chapter). Thank you for your support and welcome to our association! 

    Lynne Tamanini
    IMBA President 2021/2022
    First Vice President and Manager

    Residential Mortgage Banking

    The National Bank of Indianapolis

    lynnetamanini@nbofi.com

  • December 16, 2021 9:57 AM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Happy holidays, Indiana MBA!

    Throughout 2021, the Indiana MBA has delivered timely and relevant industry information, important training, engaging speakers, great networking opportunities, and has continued to advocate locally and nationally for you, our members.

    The in-person events we’ve shared this year have given us all a renewed sense of focus, energy, and resolve. With the momentum rolling, we have big plans for 2022: create virtual Compliance and Secondary Marketing meetings, announcing an Annual Sponsor Program, and developing a fresh format for our Newsletter.

    We are thankful for our dedicated Board members and especially to our Executive Director, Al Thorup, for his unwavering commitment and passion for the mortgage banking industry. Reminder - if you have not already renewed your 2022 membership, please do so today! Your support is key to our success and we appreciate your partnership.

    While it’s been great, adios 2021 and cheers to 2022. As the great Benjamin Franklin said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

    Lynne Tamanini
    IMBA President 2021/2022
    First Vice President and Manager

    Residential Mortgage Banking

    The National Bank of Indianapolis

    lynnetamanini@nbofi.com

  • August 11, 2021 4:08 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    Hello, Indiana MBA – I’m pleased to be your incoming President and want to thank Bryan Traylor for his leadership over the past year. Bryan was the best virtual leader in our history, hopefully our only one too!

    For over 60 years, the Indiana MBA has served as a valuable resource providing service, support, and information to our members. Our goal is to educate, advocate and provide networking opportunities for our members.

    As your new Board, our first act is an annual strategic planning meeting early August. We’d love your input: what are we missing, where should we focus? Have time to volunteer? Join a committee where you can collaborate and communicate with your Indiana MBA friends by filling out and forwarding the volunteer form here.

    We’ve been working hard to bring you several in-person opportunities and are excited to host an MBA mPower event with four amazing panelists (and champagne) at our State Convention on September 14th.

      Be Inspired. Be Informed. Be mPowered!


    Upcoming events – REGISTER TODAY!

    PAC Golf Scramble – September 13thRiver Glen County Club in Fishers

    63rd Annual State Convention – September 13th and 14th, Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel that features four successful industry women discussing 'Leading with Resiliency' the morning of the 14th.

    Production Conference – November 9th, Ritz Charles in Carmel (registration opens in mid-September)

    Thank you for your support - I look forward to what’s ahead!

    Lynne Tamanini
    IMBA President 2021/2022
    First Vice President and Manager

    Residential Mortgage Banking

    The National Bank of Indianapolis

    lynnetamanini@nbofi.com

  • June 23, 2021 11:30 AM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    IMBA Membership,

    This is my last letter as President of the IMBA Board of Directors and I want to start with a big Thank You to all of you for allowing me the opportunity to lead this great organization for the last year.  Over the last 12 months we faced and are in process of overcoming a worldwide pandemic.  Through these trying times when we could not get together in person we still managed to accomplish some pretty amazing things as an organization. 

    We had record production, while largely working remotely or under altered work conditions.

    The IMBA hosted two spectacular Future Leaders classes remotely, with participants from multiple states and backgrounds.

    We continued to support our local charities at the Chapter level.

    We lobbied and managed to get the “Witness Requirement” repealed locally, while also participating in the National Advocacy Day at the Federal level to represent our industry’s interests.

    We continued to offer educational webinars on multiple topics. 

    While we did not host a single in-person meeting, we managed to have a great year and learned to get through by any means necessary.  We did all of this and are coming out of this pandemic even stronger than we went into it. 

    Again, I thank you for your confidence and support over the last 12 months and I welcome Lynne Tamanini as the new President of the Board.  I’ve gotten to know Lynne well over the last few years and am confident that she will lead this organization back to a more normal and brighter year as president.

    Best regards,

    Bryan Traylor, CMB, AMP
    Centier Bank
    2020/2021 IMBA President
    btraylor@centier.com

  • May 17, 2021 3:34 PM | Wendy Bayley (Administrator)

    IMBA Advocates for YOU!

    IMBA members, a pillar of IMBA's mission is to advocate for YOU. While we focus much of our attention on state legislation and regulation, we also represent your interests in Washington D.C. throughout the year, and specifically at the national MBA's annual Advocacy Conference. This year, unlike previous years, it was virtual, with MBA providing multiple sessions last Tuesday to prepare attendees for meetings with legislators on the following Wednesday.

    Last Wednesday, myself, IMBA Legal Counsel and Lobbyist Tom Dinwiddie (Dinsmore & Shohl), IMBA Secretary/Treasurer Joel Scheer (Ruoff Mortgage), and our Executive Director Al Thorup, met with the following Congressional Representatives; Greg Pence, Jackie Walorski, Frank Myrvan, as well as the Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Jim Banks, Tanner Spencer. Additionally, we met with Senator Mike Braun, and, Senator Todd Young's Legislative Aide, Burke Miller.

    In these meetings we addressed multiple legislative bills and regulatory issues that included:

    - House Resolution 2143, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act that provides a tax credit to rehabilitate blighted homes and increase the supply of affordable housing (A companion bill in the Senate (98) was also discussed

    - the Qualified Mortgage challenges the industry is dealing with today with regard to the finalized rule the CFPB approved in December of 2020, and the delay of the mandatory compliance date

    - the great job our industry has done with regard to servicing issues during the pandemic in regard to forbearance management and taking care of homeowners

    - the re-introduction of the Secure Notarization Act of 2021 to provide uniform standards across the country

    At the end of the event, Tom Dinwiddie commented, “A great job by MBA to organize  a remote conference during which we were able to spend quality time with six Indiana legislators and their staff”.

    Joel Scheer added, "Although this was a new experience for me, I was thrilled to be part of a process that afforded myself and our fantastic IMBA team the opportunity to communicate directly with our state representatives advocating national legislative measures that support or industry and ultimately the borrowers for which we serve".

    Al Thorup included, "We appreciate the opportunity MBA provides us to speak on behalf of our members, and these discussions, along with those in past years, gives our association the chance to both educate members of Congress, as well as share with them some of the concerns we have in serving the housing finance needs of Hoosiers across the state."

    Finally, we were encouraged throughout the day to provide information and feedback to each of the legislators, as well as set up meetings with them both virtually and in-person when they are in Indiana. We will be following up with them in regard to this later this year.

    Bryan Traylor, CMB, AMP
    Centier Bank
    2020/2021 IMBA President
    btraylor@centier.com


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