I am honored and humbled to be the President of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association for 2019/2020. I am excited to get to work with our newly installed board (here) to make your membership in the association the best it can be!
I want to take a moment to thank our Past President, Chrissy Buchanan of Hallmark Mortgage for the remarkable job she did last year. The mPower Event, getting the new website (announced at the convention) ready to launch in July, and the new logo (above and below), were among the many accomplishments during her term. The high standards she has set for me are a challenge and I will do my best to follow in her footsteps.
Goals for this year include expanding membership by taking a look at different market segments that are related to our industry that include; appraisers, CPA’s, Wealth Management Companies, Home Inspectors to name a few. Also, continuation of the Future Leaders Program and pursuing the internship program are things we will be working on. Also, in order to accomplish this, we will be sending out a request for volunteers shortly and appreciate your consideration in helping!
The feedback we have received about the convention in Michigan City at the Blue Chip Casino and Hotel has been very good as attendees found value in the presentations and networking, as well as enjoyed the social events! Our convention committee really did a great job of having some new experiences, including; the comedian at the President’s Dinner, the sunset cruise on Lake Michigan (thank you to Horizon Bank for sponsoring!) and the Black Jack Tournament (Essent Guaranty thank you for your sponsorship!)
I also appreciated the opportunity and privilege to interview the current MBA Chairman Chris George to open the convention. He shared quite a bit of information on what’s currently going on in the country as it pertains to the mortgage industry. He was followed by great presentations by Sue Woodard of Total Expert, Hamilton Fout from Fannie Mae, the breakout sessions on Servicing with Les Acree from Freedom Mortgage, Operations Panel led by Debbie Pedsinski of Horizon Bank and Kaye Flanagan from Hallmark Home Mortgage and the ICHDA session with Kim Harris. Rick Wajda closed out the day from the Indiana Builders Association with great information on the state of housing in Indiana!
The Wednesday morning presentations were great as well. Kristin Messeril from Cultural Outreach detailed valuable information with regard to working with millennials. She was followed by the best voice on real estate lending to the IN General Assembly, our own Tom Dinwiddie, who let us know what’s going in the legislature, with Denyette DePierro from the American Banker’s Association closing out the convention with a discussion on Cyber Security.
Once again thank you to all our sponsors for their support and generosity, and I hope everyone has a very successful year!!
Senior Account Manager
Meridian Title Corporation
2019/2020 IMBA Presidentpmyers@meridiantitle.com