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A message from NAMB convention committee chair Jayne Sims, CRMSJayne Sims, CRMSNAMB 2005 convention, event highlights, event planning
You--the most important piece of the NAMB
Once again, the time is near. In June, mortgage professionals from
across the country will gather in Minneapolis for the National
Association of Mortgage Brokers 2005 Annual Convention and
Exposition. Whether you are an originator, investor, processor,
closer or owner, this convention will have something for you.
It brings to culmination the year-long planning of an event that
signals the change in our leadership at NAMB. Over the years, the
NAMB convention has been the launching pad for the latest in
technology and products, updates on industry trends, regulatory and
compliance issues, and the rollout of new education courses.
Naturally, it begins and ends with a party!
If you have been reading my column in The Mortgage
Press for the past five months regarding the convention, you
know that the basics have been covered: Who, What, Where, Why and
How. The "When" is incorporated in the logo (Saturday-Tuesday, June
11-14) and did not warrant its own column. With just weeks to go,
its time to cover some of the details.
By now, you should have registered, but if you have not done so,
log on to www.namb.org, click on
the NAMB 2005 convention logo and complete the registration. The
next step would be to take care of your hotel registration. When
you register, remember that the Opening Reception is Saturday, June
10 at 6:00 p.m. and the Gala Dinner is schedule for Tuesday, June
14. For those flying, check for flights into Minneapolis (MSP), and
expect a 15- to 20-minute ride to the downtown convention area.
As you register, you will note that the education courses are
offered all day on Friday and Saturday in the Minneapolis Hilton
Hotel. The NAMBPAC Golf Outing is early Saturday morning, and the
Delegate Council Meeting takes place Saturday afternoon. The golf
outing requires a separate registration. If you plan to arrive on
Friday, be sure to sign up for the party at "Camp Wannamingle,"
where we will enjoy Minneapolis on the banks of the mighty
Mississippi River. The Opening Reception on Saturday will be at the
Minnesota History Center, followed by the "sumo wrestling" PAC
auction at the Hilton Hotel.
Sunday morning brings us all together in the Minneapolis
Convention Center for the General Session, where Harvey Mackay will
talk about "The Art of the Sale." After the Industry Partner
luncheons, where you can get the latest updates, there are three
breakout sessions to attend. New this year is the awarding of
continuing education credits for some of the sessions.
The General Session on Monday morning will feature John Sweeney
and "The Art of Innovation." Don't miss the swearing in of our new
president, Jim Nabors, CRMS, and the farewell address of current
President Bob Armbruster during this session. After a round of
lunches with presentations and one set of breakout sessions, it
will be time for the trade show!
Naturally, Sunday and Monday evenings are reserved for parties,
and there will be plenty to go around. Just remember that if you
stay out late, you won't get much sleep because the early breakout
sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings begin at 7:30 a.m.
You asked for the broker roundtables, so they are back in the
Sunday morning session. Monday brings us the chance to discover
your "color," or personality, and how it fits with others at work.
The Tuesday morning session brings the return of the Telephone
Doctor, Nancy Friedman.
Tuesday is the second day of the Trade Show and, like the Price
is Right!, you can win a new car! But you must attend to enter and
be present to win. It all wraps up with an evening of fun at the
Gala Dinner, followed by Casino Night.
So, as you can tell, there is plenty for everyone at the NAMB
convention. All we need is you. Come take the step to becoming a
great leader. After all, great leadership is an art.