MBA New Jersey conference to address industry changes

by Kim Burgess05 Mar 2018

Recent industry changes will be in the spotlight at the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey’s upcoming regional conference.

Roughly 2,000 people are expected to attend the 35th anniversary MBA-NJ conference, scheduled for March 25 to 29 at Harrah’s Resort and Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

E. Robert Levy, MBA-NJ executive director and counsel, said he believes this year’s program is one of the strongest ever offered.

He highlighted a panel of industry leader that includes heavy-hitters like Peter Norden, HomeBridge Financial Services CEO; Richard Thornberry, Radian Group CEO; and Stanley Middleman, Freedom Mortgage president and CEO. Regina Lowrie, RML Advisors president and CEO – and MBA’s first female president – will moderate.

“That one panel is worth coming to the whole conference for,” Levy said. “We will talk about the effects of the tax bill, and the significant issues for mortgage bankers like whether you are better off selling or retaining servicing and other effects of the bill on mortgage loan originators. You want to hear from these folks about what they are planning to do about it. If you don’t hear it, you are missing out because you will never get that information from other places.”

Another popular event will be a reception and luncheon with Duane Duncan, senior vice president of government and industry relations for Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance. A Washington insider, Duncan served as chief of staff and counsel for Congressman Richard H. Baker (R-La.). Duncan’s presentation will cover critical industry regulatory and legislative developments.

“The people who give you the best insight are the people who work with Congress,” Levy said. “Duane Duncan, he talks to these people all the time. With Duane, you’re getting something you can’t get every day.”

Other conference highlights include sessions on the False Claims Act, pipeline theft, social media, the future of mortgage lending and alternative CRE financing. For the commercial market attendees, a panel of traditional lenders will offer their insights on how transactions are getting structured, current lending programs and the forecast for 2018.

“We’re very proud of it this conference,” Levy said. “It has always been apparent to me that being at a conference like this can make the difference between being very successful in business or less successful. I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘If it wasn’t for your conference and the networking I did, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’ We have a tremendous response.”


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