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June 2020 WMBA President’s Message

Fellow WMBA Family,
Can you believe it is already June? With June full speed ahead we are operating differently. June usually brings a lot of excitement with the end of school, prom, graduations and the start of summer. This year that is all different, but with that said, it is with great hope with our Governor’s new Washington county phased re-opening plan in full force It has brought with it the hope and security of new things to come.
We have a new way of doing things; new experiences in virtual meetings, new work from home experiences, new rules of social distancing and new compassion for a hurting world.
It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the unrest and inequality protests that we are seeing up close and personal. I am proud to be part of an organization that has a purposeful process and program of inclusion. MBA has been long aware of social injustice and has taken aim for many years through MBA Diversity and Inclusion.
“Diversity and Inclusion give way to two other words, ‘deliberate and intentional.’ Diversity isn’t accidental and being inclusive should be purposeful. It’s something you focus on. Now, first of all, it’s the right thing to do – there’s no question about that. But beyond the right thing to do, it’s good for business. And it’s good for homeownership.” – Christopher M. George, 2018 MBA Chairman-Elect and Diversity Committee Chairman Founder, President and CEO, CMG Financial
For more information on MBA “How Do I D&I”?
May brought us MAA Action Month and it was with great pride that I saw our members step up and let their voices be heard. You have had many emails filling your inbox, but you have reacted, signed-up, wrote letters, and participated where it counts!  The most powerful tool you have is your voice and so many of our members enrolled to use your voice. Thank you!
Although we enter our summer months we as an organization wanted to continue to give back. Please find some WMBA events ahead:
Coming up on June 16th we have a virtual seminar on e-signing that is available for free. We are truly lucky to of assembled a great group of subject matter experts for this event.
Then on July 1st you will have an opportunity to hear from our industry and WMBA friends Sen. Mark Mullet and Rep. Andrew Barkis, moderated by our Lobbyist Jessica Fortescue. Please see our events page for more information and registration links.
We have changed the date for the WMBA Golf Tournament. It will now be held September 9th.
In closing, I want to say what a great privilege it has been these past two years as your President. WMBA has made me very proud to partner with such dedicated and service minded individuals and to be a part of a significant voice in our industry.
Thank you for stepping up in a time of crisis and uncertainty and making a difference.
All my best,

Robert Lipston | WMBA President

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