The Houston Mortgage Bankers Association held their annual Legends Luncheon honoring HMBA’s past presidents at Maggiano’s Little Italy on December 14th. Greg Burkett, HMBA president, introduced the honorees to the sold-out audience of mortgage and real estate professionals.
Legends honorees were Al Alsup, Martin Atkinson, Judy Belanger, David Bravo, Gary Davis, Mike Gale, Kevin Gugenheim, Becky McDermott, Mike Minnis, Tommy Orr, Bob Savage, Elvis Stulting and Bill Dawley. Burkett asked each honoree to give their take on what membership in HMBA and their tenures as president have meant to them. All struck a common theme of pride in the organization’s growth and service to its members and the community.
HMBA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Calvin Mann, offered everyone a few words of advice. “Make your choice and once you’ve made it, don’t second guess yourself. It’s a mistake to compare yourself to others, always be on time and don’t disappoint.”
“Today’s attendance is the greatest we’ve ever had at a single meeting and was a great way for us to close out a really productive year for HMBA,” said Burkett. “Listening to these past presidents, I realize how hard all of them worked and continue to work to present our industry to consumers in a positive way. Every one of them has paved the way for others to succeed and we owe them many thanks.”