WASHINGTON MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION
WMBA Presidents Message
Spring has been a busy time for the WMBA and our board members. At the end of April, the MBA’s State and Local Conference and their National Advocacy Conference took place in Washington DC. I, along with Vice-President Robert Lipston, WMBA Chairman Rich Bennion, WMBA Treasurer Ron Culver, and Past President Mike Olden, joined nearly 400 other MBA members from around the country to call on our individual Representatives and Senators there in DC. The trip to DC included more than 2 days of meetings with MBA state and local leaders, as well as a full day of visits to the Hill, and is a big part of what we do to insure our elected officials both in Olympia and Washington DC hear from us and stay informed about the issues that impact our industry and our community. The WMBA is involved in local issues here in Washington, and strive to keep you, our members, well informed as to what those issues are and how you can help influence positive outcomes. As part of that process, we took part in the Mortgage Action Alliance’s Action Week to help increase membership in MAA and use of the tools they have to keep all informed.
May’s dinner meeting was our annual Charity Auction event and was a great success due in large part to the hard work of our Auction Committee Co-Chairs Jana Arnold and Teresa Parco as well as our auction veteran and WMBA Secretary Lindsay Larson. The event helped raise money for local charity Housing Hope, and for the WMBA as well. Members had fun bidding on fabulous packages that included trips to wine country, California, Pro Sports Packages, Fishing trips, and more. Thanks to all the bidders for making this event such a huge success, and a special thanks to all our donors for generously offering us so many wonderful items.
May is the last of our dinner meetings until we start back up in the fall when the WMBA plays host to the Pacific Northwest Mortgage Lenders Conference, Sept. 23-25. Before then, we do have our very popular Annual Golf Tournament on July 18th at Washington National Golf Course. This event sells out every year so sign up your foursomes early and for those who can and may want to support this event even more, and take advantage of the exposure a sold out event offers your company, there are a few sponsorships available for the golf tournament. Please contact the office if you have interest in sponsorship of this event, or any of our other upcoming events including the lenders conference.
I want to thank all of you who have supported the WMBA at our events this year. Our return to Overlake Golf and Country Club has been an enjoyable one. I want to personally thank the staff at Overlake for treating us so well, and we look forward to continuing Overlake as our home for monthly dinner meetings well into the future.
Thank you all,