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WMBA President’s Message 

It has been a fast and furious start to 2019! We had a very successful dinner meeting with our senior leader panel.  A special shout out and thank you to our panelists Ron Stroble with Umpqua Bank, Marc Laird with Cornerstone, Mary Ann McGarry with  Guild and Lorraine Stewart with BECU who travelled from all over America to engage with our membership.  It was a great event and was a good reminder to register for our dinners early because they do sell out!

Change is the one thing that is guaranteed and this year we have already seen mergers, law changes and because of this there is an additional need for all of us to stay focused and support the Washington Mortgage Bankers and be a powerful force and team. Together we keep our industry strong.

Marc Laird shared that 56% of Mortgage Bankers in America do not meet the minimum financials needed for the Warehouse Banks.  Along with this, our Lobbyist Jessica Fortescue has been extremely busy monitoring all the new bills that have been written and are in front of us.  As of Friday, there are 12 Bills we are reviewing that could impact our membership. Updates are posted on our website, or feel free to contact anyone on our legislative committee.

The Washington Mortgage Bankers Association has joined forces with the Washington Realtors in the new “Unlock The Door” campaign.  The Washington realtors raised 1 million dollars for this media campaign, you have probably seen on local news stations.  Below is a link to the campaign:

I’m extremely excited for our speaker line up for the rest of 2019.  We have listened to our members and put together panels and speakers that add value to your business and personal goals. On February 19, 2019, we are excited to host Jay Thompson. Business owners, regional and branch managers, LOs, and whoever is in charge of your social media brand. Invite your Realtor clients to meet international speaker, Jay Thompson, live at the WA MBA Dinner Meeting February 19th. Please read the description of his presentation as well as his bio below to understand how Jay can positively impact you and your business:

How to Protect or Destroy Your Reputation

Through real-life examples of the good, the bad and the ugly, learn how easy it is to tarnish your reputation, as well as monitor and protect it. Learn toxic words and actions to avoid, techniques for dealing with trolls and detractors and tools you can use to monitor your name, brand and business mentions and reputation.

* Understand why reputation monitoring is important, and how quickly it can be damaged.

* Learn tips and techniques on how, and how not, to respond to brand mentions.

* Get information on helpful tools for monitoring your name and brand.

Jay Thompson began his real estate career in 2004. Three years later, he and his wife founded Thompson’s Realty, an independent brokerage serving the Phoenix, AZ metro area. In March of 2012, Jay joined Zillow (now Zillow Group) as their Director of Industry Outreach. Chartered with serving as a liaison between the real estate agent/broker community and Zillow, along with providing Zillow employees with a deeper understanding of what real estate agents need from Zillow, Jay swiftly became recognized as a leading expert in brand reputation, monitoring, and response. Retiring from Zillow Group in August, 2018, Jay remains a part of the real estate industry, offering consulting, speaking and writing services through Jay.Life, LLC, which he founded in January, 2019. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Jay is a life-long learner, who loves to share with others. More info on his consulting and speaking topics and services can be found at http://Jay.Life.

Make sure to register early!  I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Warm Regards,



Robert Lipston, President, WMBA


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