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WMBA Presidents Message

Dear WMBA Members,

On Tuesday, February 20th we held a Mortgage Leaders Panel at our dinner meeting. We were very lucky to have an outstanding panel made up of Don Burton, President of Evergreen Home Loans, Rose Marie David, Senior VP with Homestreet Bank, Lee Smith, Executive VP/COO for Flagstar, and Mark Hanna, Chairman & CEO of Director’s Mortgage. The panel was moderated by Past-President Tony Blodgett who did a great job selecting the questions for the group and keeping the pace of the event on track. The diversity of the group made for interesting answers and viewpoints on the topics and questions presented by Tony from how margin compression may effect loan officer compensation to how and where technology and the move towards a digital experience will impact our borrowers’ and employees’ experience were just some of the topics covered. One highlight was when Rose Marie David spoke to the issues of women in executive roles, and how she chose and encouraged other women to embrace the challenge of jobs beyond their experience if they wish to have a “seat at the table”.

At the start of the night Past-President Sharon Knowles and now Scholarship Committee Chair announced that the scholarship application process is to be opened up early, with a May 15th deadline for applications and awards granted soon thereafter. Please make sure all of your member-company employees hear about our scholarship program, with application forms available February 26th.

Again, it was very exciting having such a great turn out for the Mortgage Leaders Panel and we’re sure to repeat that turnout in March when Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO of JL Scott, returns as our guest speaker. Lennox is a great friend to our industry and has always been one of our favorite guest speakers. Registration is open now for the March 20th dinner meeting with Lennox.

February may be the shortest month of the year, but its often one of the busiest for us at WMBA. With the Washington State Legislature in session, and many issues keeping our great lobbyist Jessica Fortescue very busy, our Chair Rich Bennion and key members of the Legal and Legislative Committee, as well as Past-President Tony Blodgett and I, visited Olympia for meetings with Legislators and our good friends at DFI. I am very happy to report to all, that our relationship with members of key committees is very good, and with the continued superior representation with Jessica, we are very optimistic we’ll see significant progress on items before the Legislature this year and next. WMBA strives to make sure Olympia hears from us and that we stay focused on that mission with your continued support as a WMBA member.

Thank you for your continued support,


Dan Rivisto


Dan Rivisto



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