A Flurry Of Promotions At The MBA

Posted by Patrick Barnard on December 22, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Residential Mortgage

In addition to announcing 14 new member companies this week, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced a flurry of promotions, including the promotion of Rick Hill, previously associate vice president of industry technology, to the position of vice president of industry technology.

Hill joined the MBA in 2010 and oversees the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization. He is also responsible for developing the content for the MBA's technology conference and leading all of the association's technology forums and working groups – both residential and commercial/multifamily – as well as managing technology-related content for MBA Education.

Prior to joining the MBA, Hill was the director of data strategy at Fannie Mae, where he was responsible for data standards and best practices, data management including the company's data warehouse, and managing the relationship with regulatory agencies relating to information requirements. Prior to that, he was a senior auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

In addition, Joel Kan has been promoted to associate vice president of industry surveys and forecasts. Kan – previously director of economic forecasting – joined the MBA in 2006. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing the production of the MBA's macroeconomic and housing market forecasts. He will also oversee the production of the MBA's industry surveys, including the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, the National Delinquency Survey, Builder Applications Survey and Mortgage Credit Availability Index.

Other MBA employees were promoted into the following positions:

  • Annie Gawkowski, associate director of political affairs;
  • Chaya Zahn, associate director of registration;
  • Annie Jacobs, business solutions support specialist; and
  • William Hackney, senior help desk technician.
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A Flurry Of Promotions At The MBA

Posted by Patrick Barnard on February 26, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Residential Mortgage

There's been a flurry of promotions at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) as of late.

On Wednesday, the MBA announced that it had promoted Marina Walsh, previously associate vice president of industry analysis, to vice president of industry analysis.

As per a press release, Walsh, who starts in her new role on March 1, has been a member of MBA's research and economics team since 2000.

Prior to joining the MBA, Walsh was a manager in the real estate advisory group at Ernst and Young, where she focused on federal credit program design, implementation and performance measurement.

During her tenure at the MBA, Walsh has conducted workshops on a variety of topics of importance to the industry and has provided program advisory support for MBA conferences.

She also instructs MBA Education webinars and courses and frequently speaks at MBA events and other industry conferences.

In her new role, Walsh will be responsible for overseeing MBA's annual and quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance reports for independent mortgage bankers, the Servicing Operations Study and Forum, the Mortgage Banking Peer Group Survey and Roundtable Program, and the Mortgage Banking Compensation Survey Program.Â

"For more than a decade, Marina has been at the center of our benchmarking and industry analysis efforts, developing and perfecting products that bring great business value to MBA's members," says David Stevens, president and CEO of the MBA. "Our members rely on her studies to chart the course for the future of their businesses, and I and others at MBA rely heavily on her studies to provide insight into the business challenges our members face so we can appropriately set our agenda."

In addition, the MBA has announced the promotion of three current staffers who will all move from director to associate vice president positions.

Brad Cheney, the association's lobbyist focusing primarily on Democrat members of the U.S. Senate, has been promoted to associate vice president of legislative affairs; Heather Messam, a CPA who joined MBA's accounting and finance group as a senior accountant in January, is now associate vice president and controller; and Len Wolfson, MBA's lobbyist focusing primarily on Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, is now associate vice president of legislative affairs.

Cheney joined the MBA in November 2009 from the office of Congressman Brad Sherman, D-Calif., where he served as chief of staff. Previously, he was senior government relations associate for the Glover Park Group and before that worked as assistant to the chief of staff and systems administrator for the Office of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY.Â

Messam came to the MBA in 2001 from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where she had been a finance specialist and senior accountant. At the MBA, she was promoted to manager in 2003 and controller in 2008.

Wolfson joined the MBA in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he served as deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations. Prior to HUD, Wolfson worked as northwest Pennsylvania field director for Bush Cheney '04. Wolfson began his career in Washington working for U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., where he served a number of roles, including the Congressman's legislative director.

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