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WMBA Presidents Message

Dear Members,

Although we take the summer off for dinner meetings, the work (and fun) continues on before the start of our new season in September. As many of you were part of; July 18th was our annual WMBA Golf Tournament at Washington National Golf Course. This year was no different than the past, with a sellout field of players and the event was blessed with near perfect weather to boot. The excellent work of Co-Chairs Robert Lipston and Anne Marie Bachman made for an event that went off without a hitch. Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked the event and an extra special thanks to all of our sponsors who stepped up and supported this event in a big way. These events depend greatly on the support and generosity of our sponsors, and this year was no different. The Annual Golf Tournament is a big part of every year’s annual fundraising for the organization and the ability to attract great sponsors and sell out means we can continue to support the many activities our organization is there for you our members.

Mark your calendars for the season  opening dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 18th when we elect our new officers and board members to serve the WMBA for 2018-2019. Please plan on attending and casting your vote to elect the officers and board. Following the Sept. 18th dinner meeting the WMBA plays host to the Pacific Northwest Mortgage Lenders Conference, Sept. 23-25. This Tri-State event attracts attendees from all over the NW and provides 3 days of events with our industry. Registration is open now. Please see the website link to the conference for details about the conference and opportunities for sponsorship as well.

2017-2018 has been a great season for the WMBA with our return to Overlake Golf and Country Club as our home base for dinner meetings. We have made great strides in forging strong relationships with our elected officials and government officials there in Olympia. With the help of Jessica Fortescue, WMBA Chairman Rich Bennion, and the members of the Legal and Legislative Committee we continue to have our voice heard. We have played a role in several key negotiations there this past year and have great expectations to continue to be a positive influence for regulatory and legislative change to better our industry and our community as well for you, our members. Your membership, sponsorships, and volunteer support at our events are keys to our continued influence and the health of our industry. Thank you.

Have a great summer and see you in the fall,

Dan Rivisto


Dan Rivisto


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