President - Robert Lipston
Robert Lipston is the Regional Director for Opes Advisors overseeing sales and the expansion of production in the Pacific Northwest.
Robert has been in the Mortgage industry since 1987 and spent the last 30+ years holding various positions of progressive responsibility in executive leadership. He most recently spent the past 5 years establishing and growing Opes Advisors, a division of Flagstar Bank as the Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest. Robert has a diverse set of skills and experience in sales, leadership, strategic business planning, operations management, secondary marketing, underwriting, retail mortgage banking, wholesale and correspondent lending. These skills give Robert a unique view of the industry that he is able to leverage into his daily business with his team. Robert is currently the President of the WMBA (Washington Mortgage Bankers Association), and has been actively involved on the board over the past 5 years. Robert has received numerous awards and accolades for his dedication to support his team and involvement in the mortgage community over the last few years, His most recent achievements have been named as One of the Top 100 Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America and the Mortgage Professionals Humanitarian and leadership award.
Robert resides in Auburn, WA. When he is not giving his all to his career and team, Robert spends time with his three children and always finds time for boating, classic cars and adventure.
Vice President - Lisa Goldsmith
My mission is to champion growth and sustainability for the mortgage lending community through intelligent solutions, reliable products, and exceptional service.
After more than 40 years in the mortgage lending industry I still thrive on the opportunities to collaboratively learn, lead, and problem-solve. I have a track record of award-winning performance demonstrating passion for achievement while remaining committed to my vision for creating financially sustainable partnerships.
Treasurer - Andy McDonough
Andy is passionate about advocating for and giving back to the mortgage industry and is enjoying his role as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Education Committee for the Washington Mortgage Bankers Association. He’s focused on continued growth and development of our members and is proud to work with the national MBA to bring the School of Mortgage Banking classes to Seattle annually.
Recently joining Upwell Mortgage as a Partner and SVP of Production, Andy will help lead their team and grow their company forward into this next decade. As an energetic senior leader of the mortgage industry, he’s spent most of his 20+ years building and developing production teams, most recently serving as SVP, Divisional Production leader for HomeStreet Bank.
Outside of his day job, Andy’s passions include his family, the outdoors and producing independent documentary adventure films. ”I love hiking and camping together with my family for ski trips and visiting National Parks in our Airstream.”
Andy is incredibly energized for this opportunity through the Washington Mortgage Bankers Association to have a positive impact in the lives of our members, partners and communities we serve!
Board Secretary - James DeMarco
As Opes Advisors' Branch Manager, Jim DeMarco helps clients make effective financial decisions by showing them a new way of thinking about their mortgage – not just as a loan based on rates, ratios and guidelines, but as something with the potential to dramatically shift their financial situation now and into the future. Beginning his career as a Loan Officer, for over 10 years Jim has risen through the ranks with M&T Bank in a variety of capacities including sales, operations, and management. Prior to Washington, Jim managed M&T’s Wholesale Region in Arizona. In 2013, he relocated to Seattle to assume the role of Washington’s Region Manager. Since then, Jim has played an active role in the mortgage community and was recently named a co-chair of WMBA’s Programs Committee. Jim is originally from Buffalo, NY where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Canisius College and was recognized with their Management Academic Excellence Award.
Chairman of the Board - Don Burton
Evergreen Home Loans
There’s no greater moment than when a customer receives the keys to the front door. Don built Evergreen from a small West Seattle office to a major regional company that encompasses more than 40 branches in the Western United States. During a period of upheaval in the mortgage banking industry, Don held fast to the values that motivated him to launch Evergreen in 1987. His passion to transform the lending experience for home buyers continues to define Evergreen as an organization and to inspire Don as a leader of positive responsive change. Hands-on, creative, insightful, Don is a visionary by nature. He insists on resilience and flexibility in charting Evergreen’s course. His many years at Evergreen’s helm makes him a rarity in the industry, a leader who knows all facets of mortgage banking, from sales and production, to credit risk and managing solvency long-term. Don started in the business as a real estate agent. Understanding the business inside and out makes Don a collaborative leader. He has an open door policy and invites company employees to participate in brainstorming and the direction of the organization. Don has served on the board of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association since 1996 and was president in 2000, 2008, and 2009. He is active in many philanthropic efforts and supports opportunities to improve youth programs throughout the country. A lifelong Seattle resident, Don lives in the area with his wife and two sons and enjoys traveling and the outdoors.
Emeritus Director - Anne Marie Bachmann
Caliber Home Loans
206 947 2048
Anne Marie’s sales, recruiting and management career spans 25 plus years and she has been recruiting exclusively within the mortgage industry since 2006. She has had the unique experience of being an internal production headhunter for national and regional depositories as well as a regional mortgage and recruited externally for 7 years. Anne Marie joined Caliber Home Loans as the Regional Recruiter for the Pacific NW in 2019. She supports 5 States with Caliber. Her depth and relationships in the Pacific Northwest span many years and she has impacted many people.
Anne Marie is a native of Washington and lives in Bothell with her daughter and their Basset Hound, Beau.
Emeritus Director - Tony Blodgett
New American Funding
Tony Blodgett has over 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry and is currently the Regional Vice President for New American Funding. He started as a loan officer at the age of 19 and quickly achieved status as one of the top producers in the area. In 2010 he was promoted to President and COO of Mortgage Advisory Group, his time in executive leadership has given him the knowledge and experience necessary to help build out the Washington region for New American Funding. Tony is excited to work at a company where he can utilize his extensive skills in leadership and sales to better the culture, revenue and growth of the company. In his free time Tony enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes and camping. He currently resides with his wife, two daughters and baby boy in Arlington, WA
Emeritus Director - Gary Fallon
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson PS
Gary has been a lender services attorney at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson since 1982, working with lender clients to develop efficient and cost-effective documentation for lending activities ranging from individual residential transactions to large commercial projects. He has worked through the most complicated of real estate and C & I financings, and has assisted clients with complex troubled loans ranging from large multi-state residential construction workouts to the restructuring of downtown commercial and multi-family project financings.
Gary has served as President of the Seattle Mortgage Bankers Association and Associate Director of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association. He also helped coordinate the merger of those two organizations to form the Washington Mortgage Bankers Association, where he now serves as a Director and co-chair to the legal-legislative committee. He has also been a board member of Habitat for Humanity Seattle/King County for more than a decade, and served as its President from 2011-2012.
Emeritus Director - Sharon Knowles
Sharon Knowles is an Account Manager for Arch MI and covers western Washington and Alaska. She received the President’s Trophy in 2007 as the top sales person in the country. She is passionate about giving back to the industry, was President of Washington Mortgage Bankers Association in 2012 and received three awards from the Mortgage Bankers Association of American when she was editor of the WMBA’s Lending line quarterly news publication in 1997, 1995 and 1993. She has remained on the board for many years and currently serves as scholarship chairman and was recently named Director Emeritus. Sharon also received the Washington Association of Mortgage Professional’s Outstanding Account Executive award in 2016.
Sharon graduated from Western WA University where she met her husband and they just celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. She has two children ages 20 and 18 and they are currently attending college.
Emeritus Director - Mike Olden
American Reporting Company
At American Reporting Company, Mike’s primary responsibility is managing and developing new business with banks, credit unions, and mortgage bankers. Mike has worked in the mortgage banking industry since 1984 and at American Reporting Company since 1997.
Mike also helps develop and deliver educational programs related to credit reporting and credit scoring for ARC clients, non-profit housing partners, and first time homebuyers. He is certified to teach continuing education to Realtors in Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii; and has been a featured presenter to national audiences.
Mike is a former board member of the Puget Sound Mortgage Lenders Association and the Community Homeownership Center. He served on the Mortgage Bankers Association State & Local Advisory Council
Director - Darren Clark
Caliber Home Loans
Director - Steve Cory
Fidelity National Title Company
The Seattle based Washington Commercial Closing Team provides Owners, Brokers, Lenders and Lawyers professional title insurance and escrow services. Fidelity National Title provides solutions that help customers and clients get their transactions closed smoothly and on time. We also team up to help our Clients improve their business practices, saving time & adding to their bottom line.
Director - Rose-Marie David
Rose Marie David is an Executive Vice President Divisional Manager for Homebridge Financial Services. Ms. David came to Homebridge in June 2019 as part of their acquisition of the large scale retail home loan center business of HomeStreet Bank. In her current role, she leads over sales and operations for the western division that resulted from this acquisition. In her former role at HomeStreet Bank, she was the Director of Mortgage Lending responsible for growing the residential mortgage banking franchise and overseeing mortgage production, operations, and servicing. Ms. David joined HomeStreet in March 2012, coming from MetLife Home Loans where she was Pacific Northwest Regional Sales leader. She has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has worked in many aspects of mortgage banking along the way, including owning her own mortgage brokerage. Ms. David holds a B.A. in finance from the University of Utah. During her time in leadership at HomeStreet Bank, the mortgage banking volume grew over 400%, finishing in Scotsman Guide’s Top 20 Retail Mortgage Lenders from 2016-2018 and reaching #1 purchase market share in the tri-state Pacific Northwest in 2017. Ms. David’s success has come from earning and maintaining a strong relationship with her team and the community, and always putting the customer first.
Ms. David currently sits on the Ellie Mae Exec Advisory Board and the WMBA Board. She has sat in recent years on the Advisory Boards for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Xinnix. She participated in 2018 in Dave Steven’s MBA CEO Exchange and National MBA’s Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG). Ms. David also currently serves on the board of the YWCA for Seattle King and Snohomish counties. She is drawn to their mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Director - Jordan Flowers
Director - Robert Gable
Bob has been in the mortgage industry for over 25 years. He began working with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2005 and is currently a non-producing Branch manager for their Issaquah location. When he was in production his focused was new construction, and in the past worked with Seattle Mortgage, Countrywide and also started the joint venture with DR Horton Mortgage. Bob has received many awards over the years recognizing stellar service and going above and beyond for customers.
Bob lives in Sammamish with his wife Lynda and 2 children, his daughter is a senior at Eastern Washington and his son is a senior at Skyline High School. He enjoys spending his free time with his kids, touring wineries, sports and entertaining.
Director - Teresa Parco
Teresa Parco's professional experiences in the Mortgage Banking industry began in 2003. Her roles in: Sales, Operation, Production and Management have given her a broad spectrum of education and knowledge. She currently is employed with National MI and has served on the Board of Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals since 2011 this and was the Treasurer for 2014-2015. Teresa is newly assigned to Washington Mortgage Bankers Association on the Membership Committee, and is looking forward to the upcoming year in helping our Washington State association grow. Teresa has a husband and 4 children, loves family dinners, and enjoys the study of Cultural Arts, and Foreign languages.
Director - Christopher Sailus
Washington Federal Bank
Chris manages a Retail and the Wholesale Divisions at Washington Federal Bank in the Seattle market and has been in the lending industry for over 30 years. He has held a variety of positions leading sales teams, underwriting, recruiting and secondary and recently served as Treasurer of the NW Eco-Building Guild.