Tony Thompson, CMB, of NAMMBA: Partnerships are More Than Just Warm and Fuzzy

Tony Thompson, CMB, founded the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America in 2016. NAMMBA is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to inclusion of women and minorities in the mortgage industry who are advocates for sustainable homeownership in local communities. Its mission is to increase the engagement of women and minorities in the mortgage industry by actively being involved at the local, state and national level of the Mortgage Bankers Association. To learn more about NAMMBA, log on to

Tony Thompson, CMB.

“Doing” Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) might not have been on your radar when you started working in the real estate finance industry.

It seemed like something reserved for HR or the C-Suite to handle exclusively, while you could just focus on hitting your sales goals.

But as you climbed up the ladder into management, you started realizing that DEI was impacting the sales goals of your team, your market growth strategy, and who was attracted to working with you and your company.

That’s where NAMMBA comes in.

At every level, we help our Partners and members plan for the future they want to build within their company culture and the communities they serve. NAMMBA helps position you and your company to meet the radical changes coming to the real estate finance market.

True, a Partnership with NAMMBA does have a warm-fuzzy feeling to it. Our work is dedicated to bringing more talent from more diverse backgrounds to the table…but that warm-fuzzy also has a payoff.

That talent that we at NAMMBA spend our time nurturing? They see our Partnership companies as desirable places to work.

That expanding population of borrowers we keep going on about? They want to work with realtors and lending companies they share values with, that they see similarities with, that they can trust.

When you Partner with NAMMBA, you are shouting out to your competition, and more importantly to your prospects, that you are invested in diversifying your talent pool and your client base.

Because you get it.

The future of the mortgage and real estate industry will be forged by companies that embrace a broader spectrum of employees as well as clientele and your lending portfolio. And you don’t have to expand your horizons alone. 

Partnership with NAMMBA is not just a savvy marketing strategy for attracting new clients. It’s also how you cultivate the next generation of talent to replace the generation that is now retiring.

Find out more about how Partnering with NAMMBA can give you more than the warm-fuzzies. Let’s discuss how Partnership can give you a competitive edge both in hiring new talent and expanding your portfolio mix.

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