MBA Education Recognizes 47 Certified Mortgage Banker Graduates

(MBA Chairman Matt Rocco presents Linda Vo, CMB, AMP, with her Certified Mortgage Banker designation.)

NASHVILLE—MBA Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association, recognized 47 individuals who earned the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB®) designation at a ceremony held here at the MBA 2022 Annual Convention & Expo.

Earning one’s CMB is the highest professional honor within the real estate finance industry. The 47 CMBs who received their designations this past calendar year will join a group of more than 1,400 industry professionals who have proven their commitment to excellence within the mortgage banking industry.

“The CMB designation is the highest honor any individual can receive within the real estate finance industry,” said Matt Rocco, 2023 MBA Chairman, and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, Charlotte, N.C. “This year’s graduates have gone above and beyond to learn about every facet of our industry. With this prestigious designation, each graduate has expanded their respective career portfolios and has become top experts in our industry.”

CMB candidates must acquire 150 points earned through a combination of professional experience, secondary education, continuing education through MBA-spoonsred and industry-sponsored events, MBA Education courses, as well as participation in events and activities at the local, state, and/or national MBA level. After accumulating the required points and passing a comprehensive written exam, candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge by passing an oral exam conducted by a panel of CMBs.

Candidates have the option of choosing between the traditional Residential CMB enrollment path or the Executive CMB enrollment path. Both enrollment options result in the same CMB designation, but the Executive CMB enrollment is designed for senior executive-level professionals within current MBA member companies. This enrollment option allows candidates to substitute their extensive real-world industry knowledge and experience for many of the educational point requirements of the CMB program.

Tiffany Searcy Wright, CMB, AMP, receives her Certified Mortgage Banker designation from MBA Chairman Matt Rocco.

In order to be eligible for the CMB designation, candidates must be currently employed in the industry, or be a member of a recognized state/local MBA. All candidates pursuing the Executive CMB enrollment option are required to have a minimum of 10 years of senior executive-level experience in real estate finance and currently hold a senior executive-level position at a current MBA member company.

MBA Education awarded the following industry professionals with the CMB designation from November 2021 to October 2022:

Residential CMB Designees

  • Kirsten Agard, CMB, AMP: Vice President, Post Closing Manager, Umpqua Bank, Portland, OR
  • Devon Bevis, CMB, AMP:  Vice President, Correspondent Sales, Mr. Cooper, Dallas, TX
  • Prabhakar Bhojaraju, CMB: Senior Financial Advisor, Finlocker, Clayton, MO
  • Sennai Cham, CMB, AMP: Senior Financial Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Chessare, CMB, AMP: Business Development Manager, Optimal Blue, LLC, Plano, TX
  • Thomas C. Coal, CMB: National Correspondent Lending, Citi Correspondent Lending, Merrick, NY
  • Michael Cox, CMB: Manager- Correspondent Mortgage Sales, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Tempe, AZ
  • Vicki Cullen, CMB: Senior Account Executive, Secondary Market Advisors, Freddie Mac, Jupiter, FL
  • Zac DeBrun, CMB, AMP: Senior Loan Officer, Guild Mortgage Company, Englewood, CO
  • Travis Dyson, CMB, AMP, RMCP: Vice President of Sales, Flagstar Bank, FSB, Meridian, ID
  • Erika Engelman-Harvell, CMB, AMP: Vice President, Business Development Director, Community Loan Servicing, LLC
  • Chuck Ford, CMB: Senior Vice President, Director Mortgage Production & Sales, First Citizens Bank, Charlotte, NC
  • Dana B. Galiano, CMB: Director, Sales Effectiveness, National Mortgage Insurance, Emeryville, CA
  • Jesse Garza, CMB, AMP: Vice President, Capital Markets, SWBC Mortgage, San Antonio, TX
  • Edward J. Gerding II, CMP, AMP: Vice President and Risk Director Counterparty, Risk Management Oversight, JPMorgan Chase, Colombus, OH
  • Pamela F. Gogol, CMB, AMP: Principal Risk Analyst, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Washington, D.C.
  • Patty Gong, CMB: Director Secondary Marketing/Mortgage, First National Bank of Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • Jennifer Green, CMB, AMP: Correspondent Lending Operations Manager, Mortgage Investors Group, Knoxville, TN
  • Scott Greenway, CMB, AMP, CRU, RCMS: Senior Account Executive, Lender Select Mortgage Group, Richmond, VA
  • Teresa Gregory, CMB:  President of Traditions Mortgage, Tradition Bank, York, PA
  • Ella L. Harris, CMB, AMP: Associate Vice President, Community Lending Specialist, Bancorp South-Cadence Bank, Nashville, TN
  • Shannon Hittner-Borchers, CMB: Branch Operations Manager, Guild Mortgage Company, Omaha, NE
  • Mike Jacobs, CMB, AMP: Executive Vice President – Mortgage, Alpine Bank of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Charlie Johnson, CMB: Senior Vice President, National Sales, Solidifi, Buffalo, NY
  • Brian Kittredge, CMB: Senior Vice President, Secondary Marketing and Hedging Director, Umpqua Bank, Spokane, WA
  • Jason Mac Gloan, CMB, AMP: Regional Vice President, Freedom Mortgage Corporation, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Wendy Mack Dumas, CMB: Relationship Manager, Single Family, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C.
  • Stacey L. Maisano, CMB, AMP: Director of Business Development, Polunsky Beitel Green LLP, Houston, TX
  • Greg McElroy, CMB: Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Amerihome Mortgage Company, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • William K. Napier Jr., CMB, AMP: Chief Financial Officer, Homespire Mortgage, Gaithersburg, MD
  • BJ Necel, CMB, AMP: Head of Mortgage Capital Markets, Orchard Home Loans, Plano, TX
  • Hoang Benny Nguyen, CMB, AMP: Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co., New Orleans, LA
  • Michael R. Pulver, CMB: Senior Vice President, Residential Mortgage Manager, Genessee Regional Bank, Rochester, NY
  • Ryan Rosales, CMB, AMP: Vice President, M&A, Investments & Strategic Partnerships, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
  • Lee Rubin, CMB, MBA: Product Owner and Technology Business Consultant, Black Knight, Jacksonville, FL
  • Ellie Salgian, CMB, AMP: Account Manager, Essent Guaranty, Tempe, AZ
  • Becky Sandiland, CMB: Mortgage Loan Officer, First National Bank of Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • Tiffany Searcy Wright, CMB, AMP: Vice President, Mortgage Banker, Regions Bank, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Ajay Sharma, CMB, AMP: Senior Director, Tavant, Santa Clara, OH
  • Lara H. Smith, CMB, AMP: Senior Vice President, Mortgage Investor Management, Regions Bank, Birmingham, AL
  • Kristy Stecker CMB: Senior Account Manager, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company (MGIC), Phoenix, AZ
  • Jeannie Sosbee, CMB, AMP: Underwriter, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Warrior, AL
  • Jamie L. VanLandingham, CMB, AMP: Senior Vice President, Credit and Risk, LenderSelect Mortgage Group, Richmond, VA
  • Linda Vo, CMB, AMP: National Strategic Partnerships, FBC Mortgage, LLC, Orlando, FL
  • Tim Walters, CMB, AMP: Account Manager, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, Greensboro, NC
  • Shaun Williams, CMB, AMP: Chief Lending Officer, Marine Bank & Trust Company, Palm City, FL
  • Ashley Yarabenic CMB, AMP: Associate Director, Member Engagement, Mortgage Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.