NMP - April 2017 - 20
N A M B
P E R S P E C T I V E
I am writing this article in two parts. This
allows me and you to experience NAMB East
2017 and pre and post. I am writing this first
part at 30,000 feet as a I fly to Atlanta.
The flight in
As I anticipate our NAMB East conference in Atlanta, I am struck
with so many emotions ... excitement, nervousness, elation and
pride. Each one of those emotions were built up over the last
couple of months as the Convention Committee made
preparations, signed contracts (ok, I signed them) and promoted
the heck out of this event. This is our second annual NAMB East
Conference and there is so much anticipation within all of us in
looking forward seeing old friends and makes some new ones.
This lineup of speakers and events is bar none, an incredible
event not be missed by anyone in the origination business today. I
know that sounds cliché, but I have seen our presenters and know
what they are capable of in this setting. Just coming off of our
NAMB on the Road event in Walnut Creek, Calif., I can tell you that
we have dialed in some great speakers and events coming to
everyone this year.
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The flight home
The fight home from Atlanta is filled with such pride of how your
NAMB board and volunteers pulled off a successful conference
once again. It did not disappoint and I am so happy for the
members and vendors who attended this year's NAMB East event
Our Industry Council was able to dialog with our board and
other industry stakeholders on a number of issues such as keeping
the mortgage loan originator compliant; how to hire and train new
loan originators; appraisal concerns; etc.
A representative from the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau's (CFPB) Ombudsman Office met with us to review how the
Bureau can be more effective in communicating and regulating our
industry. Even though we cannot disclose the exact questions that
were asked, I can share that we went over items such as the exam
process, regulatory compliance, consumer complaints and
engaging with the CFPB.
We did celebrate and blow off some steam with our St Patrick's
Day celebration with some of us wearing a Celtic Kilt ... including
yours truly. It was so great to have industry professionals network
together and enjoy an evening together.
I want to thank all of our vendors, speakers and volunteers for
putting on such a successful show.
Thank you and Namaste'
Fred Kreger, CMC, 2016-2017 President
NAMB-The Association of Mortgage Professionals
Fred.Kreger@APMortgage.com * JOINNAMB.com
NAMB Education Corner:
NAMB East ...WOW!
By Bob Sweeney, CRMS
There is an old saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." As
some of you know, I have been in the mortgage industry for almost
30 years, and I can tell you that NAMB East was one of the most
informative, exciting and best learning experiences that I have had
in a long time.
It started with the Industry Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday
morning, March 16 when the NAMB Board and the Industry Council
got together for industry updates and roundtable discussions. We
had some new Industry Council members attend along with most of
usual attendees. The interaction between the Industry Council and
the NAMB Board was amazing. We spent more than five hours
discussing the mortgage industry, from A to Z. The roundtable
discussions were especially beneficial to me personally. I learned so
much about the advancement of technologies in the areas of
marketing, advertising, social media and education. We discussed,
at length, the challenges with appraisal delays and complaints. We
discussed how the Industry Partners were keeping the originator
compliant at the federal and state levels, and the training methods
for new originators and non-credit education for established
originators. We discussed marketing strategies the Industry Partners
were using to help attract the next generation of homeowners. I
think you are getting the picture. It was a very comprehensive and
exciting meeting and I was fortunate to have this opportunity as a
member of the NAMB Board to be part of the discussions.
Besides the excitement generated on Friday, March 17 for St.
Patrick's Day, the Trade Show and Breakout Sessions on Friday and
Saturday were awesome. I had the privilege of introducing speakers
on Friday and Saturday and attended most of the Breakout
Sessions. The content and professionalism of the speakers for these
sessions just keeps getting better and better. The CFPB sessions
and our keynote speaker, CNN's own John King, was outstanding. I
also had the opportunity of visiting every one of our Trade Show
partner's booths on Friday and Saturday. Besides thanking them for
supporting NAMB, I spent a great deal of time learning about their
products and services. It was time well spent and such a valuable
experience for me.
Industry Partners ... please plan on attending the Industry Council
Meeting in October at NAMB National. It is a "must attend" event.
NAMB needs and wants your voice to be heard. The results of these
meetings help NAMB with goals and direction as we move forward
from year to year. If you are going to attend NAMB National anyway,
just come one day earlier and attend the Industry Council Meeting. I
promise you ... you will be as inspired as I was at NAMB East.
NAMB members, please join us in October at NAMB National. We
will be changing venues this year to the Rio All-Suites Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas. If there is one trade show I would choose to
go to each year, it would be NAMB National. You just would not
believe the great learning opportunity that awaits you at NAMB
We welcome any input from all mortgage professionals. If you
would be interested in joining the Education Committee and become
part of our future success in the education of our independent
mortgage companies and mortgage loan originators, please feel free
to contact me. If you are not an NAMB member, now is a great time
to become a member. Go to your state association Web site or visit
NAMB.org and join as a Professional Member.
Bob Sweeney, CRMS is the mortgage sales manager
for Teachers Credit Union, director for NAMB-The
Association of Mortgage Professionals and serves as
NAMB Education Committee chairman. He can be
reached by phone at (317) 625-3287 or e-mail at