Florida

How time flies … it has been 90 days since I became FAMP President. When I was installed, my theme was “The Year of the Member.” At that time, I set three goals for the year:
 
1) Offer tools to educate the consumer and the mortgage loan originator;
2) To advocate on behalf of all Floridians in Tallahassee; and
3) To enhance member benefits and grow our membership.
 
I am happy to say that FAMP is off to a great start in accomplishing these goals. Below is a recap of our accomplishments since August …
 
Starting Nov. 1, 2017, your Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals contracted with a new management company, NAMB Association Services. This company has the ability to uniquely address tasks and administrative services associated with the needs of the membership and the mortgage industry.
 
In October, 2017, the FAMP Board voted to migrate our current membership management platform to a new, more interactive and user-friendly site. Currently, the MyFAMP.org Web site is being retooled to provide members with relevant services and events not only for our Florida Chapters, but also nationwide.
 
FAMP has also taken steps to “re-brand” in order to enhance our professional image. Look for a brand new logo, updated advertising and more by January of 2018.
 
In an effort to provide resources and tools to our members that are readily accessible, FAMP held its first in a series of Webinars in November, 2017. The association joined with Class Appraisal to present the Webinar titled, “Appraisal 101: AMCs and Accurate Reconsiderations.” Look for additional Webinars covering topics such as the required Anti-Money Laundering Training and revisions made to the FAR/BAR contract and how they can affect your mortgage transaction.
 
Lastly, FAMP has moved their corporate office to a new location in Tallahassee. We are now located closer to the capitol building and the hub of state legislative activities. Our new office address is 113 South Monroe Street, 1st Floor, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Our telephone number, (850) 942-6411, remains the same.
 
For those of you who are members, we thank you for your membership and for supporting YOUR FAMP. And, if you are not a member, please click the link below and join us. FAMP’s future is bright and we look forward to you being a part of the exciting times we have ahead of us!
 
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Kimber White, CRMS is President of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. He may be reached by phone at (954) 306-3500 or e-mail President@MyFAMP.org.

 
LenderSelect Mortgage Group has named Susan Whitener as an Account Executive for the Carolinas and surrounding markets
LenderSelect Mortgage Group has announced that 20-plus-year industry veteran Greg Heiser has joined the company as an Account Executive for Florida and Georgia.
 
In his new role as an AE, Greg’s primary focus will be developing new relationships in the Florida and Georgia markets, as well as maintaining existing community lender relationships. He has a strong background in retail banking and has helped hundreds of loan officers increase their sales.
 
“I bring all that expertise to the table,” Heiser said. “I know the parts of the mortgage process well and understand how they work together in community banks and credit unions.”

 
The FAMP Broward Chapter's Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, December 7 at Galuppi's Patio Bar, 1103 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, Fla.
The FAMP Broward Chapter's Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, December 7 at Galuppi's Patio Bar, 1103 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, Fla.
 
The The FAMP Broward Chapter will  be collecting for its Annual Toy Drive, so please bring a new, unwrapped toy. The Broward Chapter is also participating in the BIKES for TYKES bike drive. Sponsor a bike for an underprivileged child for just $50.
 
For more information, click here to RSVP, click here for the Registration Form or call the FAMP Broward Chapter at (954) 986-0808.

 
The FAMP Suncoast Chapter Charity Fundraiser and Networking Event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6th at the Aloft Hotel, 1401 Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, Fla.
 
It is time to give back to the community and share stories of our accomplishments this year. The FAMP Suncoast Chapter's charity is the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, for the third year in a row. Please bring an unwrapped gift for the children.
 
"It's a festive evening of fun, great hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, exciting drawings and prizes and great conversations of the Chapter's accomplishments over the past year.
 
For more information, click here to register or contact Sherry Bitner, President of the FAMP Suncoast Chapter, at sherryb@verizon.net or call (941) 504-1445.

 
The FAMP Broward Chapter 2018 Trade Show will be held Thursday, March 8 at the Bonaventure Hotel & Conference Center, 250 Racquet Club Road in Weston, Fla.
The FAMP Broward Chapter 2018 Trade Show will be held Thursday, March 8 at the Bonaventure Hotel & Conference Center, 250 Racquet Club Road in Weston, Fla.
 
For more information, e-mail emails@browardfamp.org or visit browardfamp.org.

 
The Gulf Coast FAMP Holiday Celebration will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Bascom's Chop House, 3665 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Fla. from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Debbie Cooley at (727) 688-2851 or e-mail Debbie@FortuneLendingCorp.com.

 
 
The 2018 FAMP Central Florida Chapter Trade Show will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
The 2018 FAMP Central Florida Chapter Trade Show will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, located at 350 Northlake Blvd, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
 
For more info, click here or contact David Gold, Central Florida FAMP Chapter Trade Show Chairman at centralfloridafamp@gmail.com.

 
GSF Mortgage Corporation has announced the addition of 20-plus year veteran Dan Ortiz as a Loan Officer to its Lakeland, Fla. branch.
GSF Mortgage Corporation has announced the addition of 20-plus year veteran Dan Ortiz as a Loan Officer to its Lakeland, Fla. branchGSF Mortgage Corporation has announced the addition of 20-plus year veteran Dan Ortiz as a Loan Officer to its Lakeland, Fla. branch. Originally from Puerto Rico, Ortiz was previously a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, before settling in the Sunshine State.
 
“I just like what this company is all about,” said Ortiz.
 
“I have known Dan personally for years, and we said that if the perfect opportunity ever arose that he would come on board and originate loans,” said GSF Mortgage Lakeland Branch Manager Chad Baker. “So, when I was hired on with GSF, I went to Dan and told him all the great things we had going on and he decided it was a good fit. We are excited to have him on board. He is a family man and a great communicator, so we have high expectations for him.”

 
GSF Mortgage Corporation has named Tim Ferguson as a Loan Originator to the company’s New Port Richey, Fla. branch
GSF Mortgage Corporation has named Tim Ferguson as a Loan Originator to the company’s New Port Richey, Fla. branchGSF Mortgage Corporation has named Tim Ferguson as a Loan Originator to the company’s New Port Richey, Fla. branch.
 
“I love real estate. Love buying, selling. Love helping people purchase and manage the largest investment of their lives,” said Ferguson.
 
Ferguson has an extensive background in baseball. He was a minor league player and coach and continues to work as an associate scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He believes that his experience as a coach is a tremendous asset to his customers and he utilizes this experience to educate and familiarize his customers with the homebuying process.
 
“We would like to welcome a new Loan Officer, Tim Ferguson, to our Florida team. Tim has been a loan originator since 1999, and his considerable experience in the business as well as his baseball background and contacts in the baseball community are resources that will greatly benefit our company,” said GSF’s Port Richey Branch Manager Dottie Spitaleri. “We are excited to have Tim at our branch and to have him on board to continue to grow with us.”

 
AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corporation, has named Doug Long, a recognized mortgage industry veteran, as Southeast Divisional President
AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corp., has announced the addition of Jamie BrownAmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corp., has announced the addition of Jamie Brown, a 20-plus year mortgage industry veteran, as Southeast Regional Manager. Brown will oversees and drive AmeriFirst’s expansion into Florida and will work out of AmeriFirst’s offices in Winter Park and Tampa, Fla.
 
“Our success is dependent upon our most prized resource … our people. Jamie personifies service and always puts others before himself–true qualities of a great leader,” said David Gahm, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AmeriFirst Mortgage Banking Group. “He and his team are integral to our future growth.”
 
Since 1996, Brown has been a leading producer in the industry. He previously owned his own mortgage brokerage firm that he sold to Prospect Mortgage in 2010; he then served as Area Production Manager for them until 2012. Jamie was then hired as a Market Leader at Movement Mortgage in October of 2012 to lead in the Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Sarasota markets, until he recently resigned his position to accept this new opportunity with AmeriFirst.
 
“I’m honored to be in this position and already feel part of the family,” said Brown. “I now see why the cornerstone of AmeriFirst’s messaging is, ‘Welcome Home.’ It’s not just a catchphrase, but an authentic feeling permeating throughout the company. I am excited about the future and look forward to motivating my team to foster growth and to show true value to all who are part of the team.”