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MBA's 2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPO
Spirit Award: Rick Thornberry, chief
executive officer at Radian and the
team at Radian
The Spirit Award recognizes a group of
individuals, from one or more organizations, whose enthusiasm and
support for Opens Doors brought new people and organizations to
the Opens Doors roster of supporters and whose efforts amplified the
impact the Foundation has on vulnerable families in America. As the
Premier Sponsor of Concert MBA for the past nine years, including
the 2019 Concert MBA, Rick Thornberry and the Radian team, have
infused the MBA Annual Convention with the spirit of giving. In
addition to sponsoring talent, such as James Taylor, John Legend,
Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban, who have donated personal guitars

and other instruments for the benefit of Opens Doors, Radian also
challenged the mortgage banking community to join them in a Lip
Sync Challenge in 2018. Combined with Concert MBA, Radian's
efforts resulted in more than $100,000 in donations to Opens
Doors.
"We are thrilled to honor these recipients for their commitment
and sustained efforts in boosting the Opens Doors Foundation's
reach to help families in need across the country," said Debra W.
Still, CMB, president and CEO of Pulte Mortgage and Chairman of
the Foundation's board of directors. "The recipients' hard work and
dedication embody the mission of Opens Doors and its
commitment to helping families with critically ill or injured children
stay in their homes."

MBA Recognizes Five Diversity and Inclusion Residential
Leadership Award Winners

Market Outreach Strategies Award: SunTrust Banks Inc.,
Synovus and the Idaho Housing and Finance Association
The Market Outreach Strategies Award recognizes company

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Organizational Diversity and Inclusion Award:
FirstBank and Equity Prime Mortgage
The Organizational Diversity and Inclusion award celebrates company
initiatives that were specifically developed and designed to increase
diversity and inclusion within the leadership and employee base of
member companies, thereby leading to a mortgage banking industry
that may better reflect and understand its customers.
For companies with more than 1,000 employees, FirstBank is being
awarded for its initiative on hiring and training a diverse employee
population. FirstBank prides itself on employing individuals with
strong moral compasses. With the help of FirstBank's Director of
Diversity and Diversity Committee, FirstBank's D&I policy provides a
framework to ensure that equality and equity are at the forefront of all
business practices. The committee guides FirstBank to fostering,
nurturing, and preserving a culture of inclusion at its organization.
For companies with less than 1,000 employees, Equity Prime
Mortgage is being recognized for its dedication to creating a diverse
and welcoming culture for both employees and clients. Through its
efforts, Equity Prime Mortgage creates an approach that fosters,
celebrates and infuses diversity into the company's core mission,
which includes promoting an inclusive culture and improving financial
performance and innovation.

initiatives that are specifically
developed and designed to
increase outreach, marketing, and
products to attract customers from
the industry's fastest-growing
market segments.
For companies with more than
1,000 employees, SunTrust Banks
Inc. is being awarded for its
inclusive Lending/CRA plan. Its
plan includes several innovative
strategies aimed at supporting
homebuyers, promoting sustainable homeownership, and providing
greater stability within the communities it serves. With a deep
understanding of its clients' needs, SunTrust creates targeted
solutions to benefit its client groups while supporting its referral
partners and the communities it serves.
For companies with less than 1,000 employees, Synovus is
being recognized for its inclusion and diversity strategy, which was
founded on the belief that improving inclusion and diversity is not
just the right thing to do, but critical to the success of Synovus'
business. The program has three areas of focus: increasing
minority representation across the organization; increasing the
number of women in leadership positions; and improving
inclusiveness in six areas identified by and prioritized through a
team member survey. Several diversity initiatives were
implemented in 2018, including revised job posting guidelines,
leadership training, and the hiring of a diversity and inclusion
director.
For the non-lender category, Idaho Housing and Finance
Association (IHFA) is being recognized for its The Finally Home!
Homebuyer Education course, which helps first-time homebuyers
during the homebuying process. IHFA devotes a variety of
resources toward targeted marketing and in-person outreach to
ensure that everyone in its community has the resources needed to
make homeownership possible. In the past year, 46 percent of
Finally Home! students were women; 24 percent identified as nonWhite, Hispanic or bi-racial.
This year's submissions were reviewed by two groups of judges:
Members of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and MBA
staff. The companies were broken into two groups based on the
number of employees, then were scored by the quality of their
overall submission, identification of a target audience, and annual
goals. Winners were also determined based on the level of success
achieved by the diversion and inclusion enterprise and the
replicability of the program. Innovative program approaches and
potential success in broadening the culture of the organization
through the values of diversity and inclusion were also considered.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association
(MBA) has announced that five
companies have been recognized
as 2019 Diversity and Inclusion
Residential Leadership Award
recipients, recognizing MBA
members for their leadership
efforts in diversity and inclusion in
two award categories:
Organizational Diversity and
Inclusion, and Market Outreach
Strategies.
"As we enter the fourth year of our Diversity and Inclusion
Residential Leadership Awards, I am amazed to see the progress of
the mortgage industry when it comes to creating successful D&I
programs," said Brian Stoffers, CMB, 2020 MBA chairman, and
global president, debt and structured finance at CBRE. "This year's
recipients have an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion,
and I look forward to seeing the future successes of their programs."
The five 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Residential Leadership Award
winners are as follows:


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