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WMBA Presidents Message

Dear WMBA Members,

Happy New Year! 2018 is here and we started things off with a very memorable dinner meeting featuring guest speaker, Mike Carroll, an account executive from Texas with our own member-company MGIC. Mike offered us a unique opportunity to hear his story of being present on the 61st Floor of Tower II of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Hearing the account of his escape down one of Tower II’s stairwells, the decisive actions of Morgan Stanley’s Chief of Security, and the bravery he saw in the eyes of a fireman was riveting. It was truly an amazing story hearing what it was like for him not knowing what had happened back at ground zero or to our nation as a whole while he journeyed back to his hotel. There the hotel-manager gave him the use of a satellite phone to connect with his father where he finally learned it was a terrorist attack and not the start of World War 3. That emotional moment, and what it meant in Mike’s life and for his family afterwards was very impactful for all to hear, and created an inspirational night not ever to be forgotten.

Prior to Mike’s memorable speech, we started the night off with some committee updates for the new year. First up was Scholarship Chairperson and Past-President Sharon Knowles sharing updates with the Scholarship program available to all member company employees. She encouraged all to help promote the program via an upcoming promotional flier outlining the scholarship application process that will be sent out for distribution within your companies. Next she outlined plans to start the applications as well as the awards earlier this year to help align our awards with high school scholarship events. Other committee updates included Golf Committee Co-Chairs Robert Lipston and Anne Marie Bachmann announced that they have secured the date of July 18th for this year’s Annual Golf Tournament at Washington National, and Robert continued on to remind us that we are the hosts for this year’s Pacific Northwest Lenders Conference in September. The Conference Committee’s plans for a “sales” theme to accompany the traditional compliance focus of the past conferences should be an exciting addition to the event.

Next month we have our Mortgage Leaders Panel event on Tuesday, February 20th featuring; Don Burton, President of Evergreen Home Loans, Rose Marie David, Senior EVP with Homestreet Bank, Lee Smith, Executive VP & COO for Flagstar, and Mark Hanna, Chairman & CEO of Director’s Mortgage. Past President Tony Blodgett will serve as this year’s moderator. Registration is open now so make sure to sign up early as this event is often a sell-out.

Lastly I would like to thank all who attended the Holiday Party at the Garage this past month. It was a fun night of bowling, socializing, sharing some holiday cheer, and raising money and a lot of toys for two worthy charities; Treehouse and the Des Moines Police Department’s toy drive in support of Harborview Hospital’s efforts for abused children. It was a great night to relax and celebrate the holidays with all.

Thank you for your continued support of WMBA.


Dan Rivisto


Dan Rivisto



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