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WMBA Presidents Message 

Happy New Year Washington Mortgage Bankers Friends & Family!  I hope everyone had a magical and memorable holiday season.

I want to start by thanking everyone who attended our year-end holiday party at the Woodhouse Winery.  This year’s event was a great success and a special shout out to Jim DeMarco, Wendi Klein, Lisa Goldsmith, Melanie Kellermann, Jillayne Schlicke, and everyone who helped put together a great event.  It was a fun and memorable way to close out 2018 with our WMBA family.

I’m extremely excited to kick off 2019 with an absolutely amazing dinner meeting that will feature a CEO/Mortgage Leaders Panel.   We’ve invited 4 high powered panelists from leading companies who all make major impacts in our local market.  These leaders will share insight on what is ahead in 2019 and what they are doing personally and organizationally to navigate our ever-changing industry.

Our panelists are below:

  • Ron StrobleExecutive Vice President – Umpqua Bank, Home Lending Division
  • Mary Ann McGarryPresident & CEO – Guild Mortgage
  • Marc LairdChairman & CEO & Founder – Cornerstone Home Lending
  • Lorraine StewartVice President, Mortgage Lending – BECU

As I share month over month your voice is the most powerful tool you have in our industry.  You vote with your two feet by showing up and attending our events.  So far in 2019 I have reviewed multiple bills that could have significant impacts on our industry that are being worked on by our Lobbyist Jessica Fortescue.  She’s a valuable part of our organization and we appreciate her continued efforts to support our interests.  Please start off this year by showing up, voting and raising your voice.

Here is to a year filled with good health, wealth and prosperity.


Robert Lipston

Robert Lipston

WMBA President
Opes Advisors


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