The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has presented its annual Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award to G. Todd White, CMB, senior vice president – loan production manager at Arvest Mortgage Company in Lowell, AR. The award was presented at MBA's 2013 National Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The award is given annually to an MBA member employee in recognition of his or her sustained superior service to the association and the real-estate finance industry as a whole. White is a certified mortgage banker (CMB), former member of MBA’s Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG) and the immediate past chairman of MORPAC, MBA’s voluntary, non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC). A graduate of MBA’s Future Leaders program, Mr. White is also a former chair of MBA’s Residential Loan Production Committee and served on MBA’s Loan Officer Compensation Working Group, Department of Labor Overtime Rule Working Group and the GSE Affordable Housing Goals Task Force. "Anyone who knows Todd knows the energy he brings to any task he takes on," said MBA Vice Chairman Bill Cosgrove, CMB, a former Wood Award winner himself. "Todd has been a tireless advocate for our industry and its customers, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. His passion and pride in the role our industry plays building and sustaining communities exemplifies everything that Burton Wood stood for." The award is named after the late MBA Legislative Counsel Burton C. Wood, who devoted more than 30 years of service to MBA's advocacy efforts, and passed away in 2010. Wood was the first recipient of the award in 1990, and his lobbying skills gained the respect and attention of both Republicans and Democrats alike.