The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced the promotion of Jim Gross to the position of vice president of financial accounting and public policy. In this capacity, Gross will advise Steve O'Connor, MBA's senior vice president of public policy and industry relations on emerging industry policy issues and assist in setting strategic priorities. Gross will also continue to be responsible for managing the development and implementation of MBA's strategy on legislative, regulatory, and industry issues in the areas of financial accounting, tax policy, and bank regulations of interest to MBA's members and will coordinate with MBA's Commercial/Multifamily Division on cross-cutting accounting and bank regulatory issues. "Jim's extensive industry experience is an invaluable asset to the organization as we move forward with key policy issues," said John A. Courson, president and chief executive officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). "Jim has been critical in the accounting, bank regulatory and tax policy work on behalf of MBA and our members during this important period for our industry." Gross joined MBA in 2008 from NetBank Inc., where he was chief financial officer. He has 10 years of "Big Four" accounting experience including functioning as a mortgage banking specialist for Deloitte. His background also includes prior chief financial officer positions at New America Mortgage, IndyMac, and J.I. Kislak Mortgage. Gross is a Certified Public Accountant and received his MBA from Rutgers University and B.A. in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.