The NAMB National Conference just a few short months ago was a terrific success. We ended the event with nearly 1,500 registrants, and with a waiting list for booths and sponsorships. We are already preparing for NAMB National 2013. Our goal is to move the event out of early December, an are currently exploring various options in September and October, but are looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for another exhilarating expo.
We were honored to have hosted such luminaries as Spencer Rascoff, chief executive officer of Zillow; Theodore Tozer, president of Ginnie Mae; and Ed Pinto of the American Enterprise Institute, on hand for our 2012 NAMB National event. The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) presented a compelling picture of what is happening with mortgage origination licensing throughout the U.S., and Greg Frost kicked off NAMB National in 2012 with his usual energy, positive attitude and inspirational messaging.
Mortgage originators across the nation are seeing their business surge once again. But as that happens, it’s important that we all maintain the highest levels of professionalism. We need to seek out the best education, the best products and the best partners to insure that consumers continue to hold us in the highest regard—so that we can be sure we are offering borrowers the best service possible.
That’s why NAMB National is so important. Attendees had the chance this year to hear about best practices in reverse mortgages. They learned new social media skills, and got the inside story on compliance training. We offered nearly two dozen workshops, seminars and keynote sessions over the course of two days.
We mixed those formal educational opportunities with informal ones as well. Networking was terrific, from the opening evening cocktail reception in the exhibit hall, to fun games being offered by a number of the vendors. From the hospitality suites to business lounges, attendees had ample opportunity mix and mingle, and to learn one-on-one how to build their business.
NAMB came roaring back this year with the new NAMB National. Now we’re looking to make it even bigger and better for everyone. Keep watching future installments of “The NAMB Perspective” column and your inbox for news as it develops. We’ll be settling on our dates soon. Remember: book early before all of the hotel rooms are taken.
We’ll be in Vegas, waiting for you!
John G. Stevens is Utah manager for ENG Lending. He is a board member of NAMB, and chairman of the NAMB National Committee. He may be reached by phone at (801) 432-0660, ext. 101 or e-mail email@example.com.