The Houston Mortgage Bankers Association installed their 2018 president and board of directors in a luncheon meeting held on June 13 at Maggiano’s restaurant near the Galleria. Outgoing HMBA President Joe Thompson thanked the retiring board members and called each of them to the podium to receive a plaque. He then passed the gavel to incoming HMBA President, Scott Gillen, CMB, Sr. Vice President, Industry Relations Executive at Stewart Title.
Featured speaker Paulina McGrath, President of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, introduced the 2018 board beginning with officers Vice President Candy Lewis, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company; Secretary Blake Bravo, Cornerstone Home Lending; and Treasurer Brad Luo, Gregg and Valby, LLP. She then introduced board members Josh Anderson, Bancorp South; Jeff Coady, PrimeLending; Francisco Cortez, Member Home Loan; Sherry Duhon, Georgetown Mortgage; Pam Eastwold, Cornerstone Home Lending; Jeff Robinson, Republic State Mortgage; and Roy Varner, Guaranteed Rate of Houston; and associate board members Ryan Black, Black Mann and Graham, LLP; Sheree Gilbert, National Mortgage Insurance Corporation; Mariella Massa, Appraisal MC; and Ashley Wenmoh, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation. McGrath then gave an update on TMBA activities in advocacy, education, and leadership.
In his remarks, Gillen thanked Thompson for his service to HMBA and added that he can’t make great FaceBook videos like Thompson posted all year. He also thanked the outgoing board members and asked the audience to stand and give them a round of applause.
Gillen then addressed his goals for the coming year, which included implementing new software to better manage the association, the creation of a HMBA scholarship program, and increasing PAC-related fundraisers to grow HMBA’s and TMBA’s influence in Austin.
“It’s an exciting time to be in HMBA,” said Gillen. “Our business is changing to digital-based from paper, but we know that the focus still must be local. This is our association and we need to nurture future board members. Please be involved in any way that you can.”
HMBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sound business practices and integrity in origination, lending and servicing of mortgage loans through discussion forums, networking opportunities, and continued education. For more information about HMBA, visit houston-mba.com.