The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has awarded Henry V. (Hank) Cunningham Jr., CMB, president of Cunningham & Company, with the Andrew D. Woodward Distinguished Service Award. The award was given to Cunningham in recognition of his dedication and prominent service to MBA and the mortgage lending industry. Cunningham has more than 37 years of professional mortgage experience. He is the immediate past Chairman of MBA's Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG) and serves on MBA's Board of Directors. He also has also been a member of MBA's Regulatory Reform Task Force and Warehouse Lending Task Force and GSE Policy Task Force.
"Hank is a dedicated leader who testified twice before Congress this year on MBA's behalf and continues to give his time and talents to the mortgage lending industry," said MBA Chairman Michael W. Young. "He is a truly innovative thinker, whose strong voice on behalf of MBA members has led many discussions on the future of the industry."
Nominees for the annual award must be associated with an MBA member firm, have a record of sustained and extraordinary service to MBA and the mortgage industry, and have a strong reputation for ethical and professional conduct. In addition, Cunningham is past president of the Mortgage Bankers of the Carolinas (MBAC), and is chairman of the Legislative Committee for MBAC. He also chairs the Greensboro Housing Development Partnership, focused on creating housing opportunities in Greensboro, N.C.
The award is named in honor of Andrew D. Woodward, an industry friend, colleague and leader who passed away in 2008. Among other activities in his long and distinguished career, Woodward was instrumental in developing MBA's Council to Shape Change report, which was released in August 2006.