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5 don't-miss sessions at next week's MBA Annual Convention

By Laura Haverty | October 20, 2016


5 don't-miss sessions at next week's MBA Annual ConventionThe real estate finance industry will descend on Boston next week, Oct. 23-26, for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Annual Convention & Expo 2016.

MBA is the national association representing the industry. The three-day meeting is expected to draw 4,500 attendees this year, says John Mechem, vice president of public affairs at MBA.

As one might imagine, with a conference that large, planning “never stops.”

“The moment the conference ends, we start thinking about next year – what worked this year and what didn’t, and how we can offer our members a better experience and more value,” Mechem says.

Fannie Mae Front and Center

This year, three Fannie Mae executives are speaking:

  • Tim Mayopoulos, president and CEO, will be part of a general session, “A Conversation with GSE Leadership.” (Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, Second Level, Auditorium).
  • Malloy Evans, vice president, single-family servicing and Making Home Affordable (MHA), will speak about loss mitigation and foreclosure prevention offerings in “One Mod, Life after HAMP.” (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Third Level, Ballroom C).
  • Jonathan Lawless, vice president, single-family product development and affordable housing, will address the opportunities, myths, and challenges lenders and investors face while “Rebuilding the Affordable Lending Ecosystem.” (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Third Level, Ballroom A).

Fannie Mae also will exhibit in the center of THE HUB, where attendees can meet with company representatives, including key executives and product specialists.  

General Sessions

In addition to the many committee meetings, networking opportunities, concurrent presentations, and HUB exhibits and events, five general sessions (all happening in the second-level auditorium) are sure to pique interest:

  1. Industry Welcome, Followed by Guest Speaker Megyn Kelly (Monday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.). Kelly is the anchor for FOX News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” a cable news show focusing on late-breaking stories and newsmaker interviews. Kelly will share her experiences reporting on this year’s election cycle – including moderating presidential debates.
  2. A Conversation with GSE Leadership (Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to noon). After opening remarks from the Honorable Mel Watts, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, attendees will hear from Fannie Mae’s Mayopoulos and Donald Layton, CEO of Freddie Mac.
  3. To Infinity and Beyond: Life Lessons from the Kelly Brothers (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.). U.S. Navy pilots and NASA astronauts, Captains Mark and Scott Kelly, will reflect on the experiences that shaped their views on teamwork, leadership, risk taking, overcoming adversities, and adapting to change. Mark Kelly was commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission and is currently a space and aviation contributor for NBC News/MSNBC. Scott Kelly is widely known for spending a year in space, having returned on March 1, 2016.
  4. Industry Update from Director Richard Cordray (Tuesday Oct. 25, 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.). The Honorable Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will update attendees on current priorities of the CFPB and what lies ahead with industry regulation and enforcement.
  5. Economic and Mortgage Market Outlook for 2017 (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Marina Walsh, vice president, industry analysis; Lynn M. Fisher, vice president, research and economics; and Michael Fratantoni, chief economist and senior vice president, research and industry technology, will share MBA’s latest analysis of current economic, housing market, and mortgage market trends – with a focus on lender profitability and other business metrics.

Of course, there will be much, much more to see and do – including a concert on Tuesday night with multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor.

Be sure to check the schedule daily in case there are changes to times and locations. And check The Home Story tomorrow for a preview of what your peers are hoping to see and learn next week.

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Laura Haverty is editor in chief at Fannie Mae.