NMP - December 2016 - 20
N A M B
P E R S P E C T I V E
The next function was our Legislative & Regulatory Conference in
Washington, D.C. This event again was very well-attended and the
conference was led by great speakers and great sessions. The
highlight of this event, besides being able to go to our congressmen
and senators was the PAC event on the roof of the hotel. This event
was one of the most successful PAC events we have had in years.
At NAMB National in Las Vegas, NAMB was again greeted by
Defining Gratitude in 2017
3,000 attendees and an exhibit hall that was full to capacity. It is hard
Experiencing the holiday season, one ought to
to believe that NAMB has continued to grow by leaps and bounds,
search for things in their life that shows and gives and its conferences continue to grow with attendees and great
Gratitude. That word evokes so many things for
information that becomes available to all those who attend the event.
me and I hope it does for you. I have used this word over so many
The speakers and information that is readily available to everyone
years as service to my state and now NAMB, for mortgage loan
provides more information on how to do your job better and to make
you a better originator. The exhibitors have gone far outside of the
norm to make this event spectacular, and a total success for
What are you thankful for and how can you show gratitude? everyone. This is a long way ahead of where we were in 2011 when
My message of "gratitude" and what it means to be part of something we had 200-plus attendees. In 2017, NAMB moves this conference to
greater with the responsibility that all of us have to give back to our
The Rio in Vegas where we will have almost twice as much room for
industry. I have spoken to about William Buckley's book Gratitude
the exhibitors. You will not want to miss this event.
over the last couple years. Buckley suggests that citizens of the
NAMB also came forward with a new program to help new brokers
United States ought to feel a debt of gratitude toward their country. A get into the business. NAMB KickStart is a program that offers up to
debt that can best be repaid by volunteer service of a charitable sort. $10,000 to launch a new broker company and the ability to open up
Given this powerful word, I challenge now each one of you to show and get started. It's a fresh start for all of those who have been
gratitude to someone or something that you truly have passion. This
thinking about opening up their own company, but need a little help
is a perfect time of the year to show this and make some
to get started. If you are thinking about starting a broker company
yourself, you can find all of the information at NAMBKickStart.com
Not just a time to show gratitude, but look at how our next year will and complete the application.
look though business and our association planning. It's one thing to
The year 2017 looks a lot better for you as members of NAMB. The
think about what 2017 will look like, but to actually put pen to paper
board continues to push for great changes to make these
and establish your vision of how your business will thrive and grow
conferences member-friendly and originator-friendly that makes your
this next coming year.
time attending responsive and informative. Many of these changes
For all of you NAMB and State Affiliate members ... how will we
are attributed to Valerie Saunders, your current vice president and
grow membership and provide more services for today's mortgage
Conference Committee chair. Valerie works tirelessly each and every
loan originators and industry partners? We all have to look at stake
day to make sure that when you attend, your get the most out of your
holders in our industry. NAMB has reached out to all industry
experience. And she is always thinking of different ways to help you,
professionals ... loan originators, lenders, appraisers, escrow, legal
the member, get the most out of your attendance.
and title servicers. If we (NAMB) and state associations are going use
So as we look forward to next year, I cannot wait to see what other
the word "Mortgage Professionals" in our names and mission, then
great things she can come up with.
we need to incorporate ALL professionals.
I hope you all take out some time now and write out and then take
Donald J. Frommeyer, CRMS is chief executive officer for
action on how you can show some form of gratitude towards your
NAMB-The Association of Mortgage Professional. He
family, friends, co-workers and the industry. I am thankful for all of
may be reached by e-mail at NAMB.CEO@NAMB.org.
you for taking the time to reach out and intentionally show your
Thank you and Namaste.
DECEMBER 2016 n National Mortgage Professional Magazine n
Fred Kreger, CMC, 2016-2017 President
NAMB-The Association of Mortgage Professionals
Fred.Kreger@APMortgage.com * JOINNAMB.com
The CEO Perspective
A Message From NAMB CEO Donald J. Frommeyer
As we look to the coming year, it is time to reflect on the past 12
months. NAMB has come a long way in the last year and this column
will be used to reflect on a few of the great things we have done.
The year 2016 for NAMB meant kicking off a new nationwide
conference called NAMB East in Hilton Head, S.C. It was the first
time we have tried to add a conference in the East in more than a
decade, and everything turned out to be very positive. We had a full
exhibitor space and the turnout of attendees was fantastic. It was so
good that we decided to do another on in 2017, but this time in
Atlanta. We are going to the Atlanta Hilton at the CNN Center with
great presentations by the CFPB, the Secret Service, speakers and a
great exhibit hall along with a great luncheon, and parties to enjoy St.
NAMB's KickStart Program
By Rocke Andrews, CMC, CRMS
NAMB's KickStart Program was
rolled out at NAMB National in
Las Vegas this past September.
After a couple months getting the committee in place and
establishing procedures, the review of applications is at full pace.
New applications will be acknowledged and reviewed within seven
days. The selection committee will meet at least twice a month to
make decisions on complete applications.
All of the information can be found at NAMBKickStart.com. NAMB
members looking to start a new mortgage broker company can apply
for a grant of up to $10,000. The selection criteria consider:
l A need for the funds;
l A likelihood of success; and
l A company that will represent the ideals of NAMB'S Code of
Qualifications include at least three years in the industry, a
comprehensive business plan and at least two professional reference
letters. Before funding, you will need to be licensed or approved to