Designed by IMBs for IMBs: MBA Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference Starts Jan. 22

Join MBA in New Orleans for a conference held by independent mortgage bankers for independent mortgage bankers, where IMBs give direct input on all conference content.

This year’s MBA Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference will be held Jan. 22-24 in New Orleans, a walkable city with easy access to the airport.

“We talk to our IMB members daily and we know how tough the market is,” said Tamara King, vice president of strategic industry engagement with MBA. “They’ve told us what kind of content they want and need, and how precious their time is. We have intentionally condensed the event to 48 hours of informative sessions and networking opportunities for the IMB C-suite.”

King said the conference opens with a Repurchase Strategy Session for Lenders Only and closes with a “Top Tips to Take and Run” panel. “From start to finish, we are giving you substantive information,” she said.

Two influential independent mortgage bankers on MBA’s leadership team are contributing to the conference, MBA Chairman Mark Jones, President of Union Home Mortgage, and MBA Chair-Elect Laura Escobar, President of Lennar Mortgage. The growing speaker roster includes IMBs of all sizes and business models, ensuring diverse perspectives are represented.

“As an Independent Mortgage Banker myself, the IMB conference has consistently been one of the highlights within the MBA landscape,” Jones said. “This conference is specifically tailored to address issues pertinent to Independent Mortgage Bankers.”

“Especially this year, with the challenging market conditions we all face, certain sessions hold exceptional importance,” Jones said. He noted the discussions on Navigating a Volatile Market and strategic repurchase planning in particular will offer invaluable insights for navigating the current business environment.

“One session I’m particularly looking forward to is my discussion with Twala Lockett-Jones, the author of the book Princess Mackie Buys a House,” Jones said. Last year his firm purchased thousands of copies of the illustrated children’s book that explains the path to homeownership to children and their families and distributed them to fourth and fifth graders at more than 75 Detroit-area schools.

“I’m excited about sharing the significant impact this book has made in promoting early financial literacy and exploring avenues to extend this influence nationwide,” Jones said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to contribute to spreading financial education among the younger generation.”

DHI Mortgage Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Hedgepeth noted the IMB conference tends to move at a slower pace than MBA Annual. “This allows for the opportunity to really dive into those relationships and strengthen relationships and have more time to really discuss the topics that are really impacting our industry today,” she said.

“My favorite part of the Independent Mortgage Bankers conference is the sessions,” said Bill Lowman, CEO of American Pacific Mortgage. “At some other conferences there is a lot of pressure to attend counter-party meetings and things like that. When I come to the IMB conference I make sure to carve out time to attend the sessions because they are always really good discussions with great panelists and I learn a lot.”

Attendees can choose from more than 15 sessions that focus on providing IMB executives with actionable strategies to implement now to help them weather this difficult market. Highlights include:

– Insights on how to use the latest market data to make decisions

– Strategies to prepare for CFPB and state examinations

– Production success stories

– Ideas that will help IMBs get the most out of servicing and secondary market strategies.

– What IMB executives need to know about AI

– A Tech Showcase featuring top solutions

Make the most of your MBA membership by joining with your IMB peers to learn how to prosper during good times and tough times.

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