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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 convention 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.