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WMBA Presidents Message 




To all of my WMBA Family,

I feel incredibly honored to have been voted in as the President of this amazing organization.  I would like to thank Dan Rivisto for everything that he accomplished the last year as President.  Dan has dedicated many years of commitment, care, and passion to this organization, and we are a better place due to his hard work and efforts.  Thank you Dan.

I’m also honored to get to work with our newly elected leadership, and would like to introduce our new WMBA Executive Board:

Lisa Goldsmith – Vice President
Andy McDonough – Treasurer
Steve Cory – Secretary
Dan Rivisto – Past President

My first few weeks as President have definitely been a whirlwind and a lot of fun. I was sworn in on Tuesday, September 18, and hit three of our States Mortgage Bankers organizations in a week. I got to see our friends down south at the Puget Sound Mortgage Lenders, our friends in Spokane at the Spokane Mortgage lenders, and I got to address our Washington Mortgage Bankers family.

I was also honored to serve as the Co-Chairman for the 2018 Pacific Northwest Lenders Conference.  As most of you are aware, the Washington Mortgage Bankers hosts the Pacific Northwest Lender conference every 3rd year and this was our turn.  The conference was a great success with a lot of people reaching out with their satisfaction at such a spectacular event.The 2018 PNMLC really had three conferences in one:

  • Full Conference – This included a full day of industry leading speakers.
  • Loan Officer Boot Camp –  This was a full day of sales tips, tricks and tools to have our sales team prepared for what’s ahead in the industry.
  • Women in Mortgage Banking Leadership – This was kicked off with a key note speaker who rocked the house and was followed by five national, industry leading women executives from the Mortgage Banking sphere.
Photos of the event are available online HERE

One concept became very clear to me before, during, and after the conference: the mortgage banking industry is always evolving, and that the one constant that we can count on year after year is change.With this in mind, it is more important than ever for all of us to show up, vote, and use our voice to protect our industry, our means of earning, and our WMBA organization.  Furthermore, the Washington Mortgage Bankers is celebrating its 100th year as an organization.  This is a truly remarkable achievement.  This organization was built over the past 100 years with many committed members, leaders, board, sponsors and people that care and are passionate about our future and our industry.  Thank you everyone for all that you have done to build this great organization.

Now I would like to reach out with a personal challenge to members: I would love to see everyone stay engaged and/or re-engage and become an ambassador for the WMBA, our industry, and our future.  The more we share and join forces and work together, the more powerful we become.

Our industry needs us and clearly our consumers need us to help them achieve the dream of home ownership and to fight to keep housing affordable.

I would like to thank also Tony Blodgett for moderating our September dinner meeting and our realtor panel Jason Mesnick,  Kasia Giron, Michele Hunt, & Mark Hewitt.  We had a good turnout for this year’s kickoff and a lot of great information shared from our panelists.  I was truly amazed what simple requests our panelists made from us as lenders and providers of financing for them.

As the leaves begin to fall and the winds change, October brings Fall and our October meeting focused on Affordability Housing.  We are excited to have Troy Thiel, from Windermere Real Estate, and Jessica Fortescue, our rock star lobbyist.  They will be addressing the market and affordable housing, as well as the status of the Condo laws in King County.

I would appreciate your support in attending this meeting and bring someone with you to support our organization and industry.

Thank you all for your continued support and showing up to vote for the future of the mortgage banking industry.

Robert Lipston

WMBA President
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