Thursday, September 18
WOW! What a fantastic week we had at the NAMB National Conference in Las Vegas. The response from all who attended was really outstanding.
We had nearly 2,100 attendees at the three-day event, and next year, we are pushing for attendance totals to hit the 2,500 mark. In 2015, we are returning to the Luxor, October 17-19, 2015 for NAMB National 2015. We will start putting next year’s event together after the first of the year, but mark down those dates and plan to attend.
Monday’s portion of the conference was really good, both in content and in attendance. We had 104 people take the class taught by MEC, and attendance at the roundtable discussions was very good. But attendance at the Legislative Update and the CFPB discussion was standing room only. We had nearly 200 attendees at this highly informative session!
At the Awards Dinner, Fred Kreger was honored as NAMB’s Mortgage Professional of the Year, Rick Bettencourt won the Kathy Love Volunteer of the Year Award, and John Stevens won the Leadership Award. MEC Education won the 2014 Affiliate of the Year Award for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment to helping NAMB members with their educational needs. And to round out the major awards, Harry Dinham was honored with the Distinguished Service Award and also received his President’s Ring for his years of service to the association.
As far as the Presidential Awards, I gave the following people this award as thanking them for helping me during my term as association president: Valerie Saunders from the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals (FAMP), the mother of NAMB; David Luna of MEC for all of his help with education and working with our national committee’s educational services; Rick Bettencourt, NAMB’s Government Affairs Chair, who has worked tirelessly in an effort to protect our members from harmful legislation; Roy DeLoach, our lobbyist, for all of his efforts on Capitol Hill to help our association; Vince Valvo, who has strived for the past three years to make NAMB National such a success; and finally, my wife, Barb Frommeyer, for her strength and huge support that has allowed me to spend long hours working for you and the association for the past three years.
I also gave special recognition to the heads of the Government Affairs Committee: Rick Bettencourt, Fred Kreger and Valerie Saunders. I had arranged to have my congressman have a flag flown over the Capitol Building for them.
As you all know, our NAMB president is John Councilman from the great state of Florida. John has assumed the duties of NAMB president and has also assumed the e-mail address of the president. You can reach him at email@example.com. If you have any suggestions or would like to help with committee work, please let John know.
I assumed the role of chief executive officer for NAMB on Sunday. I am thrilled to be able take on this role and work a little more behind the scenes. My duties will be to address the issues of the NAMB Policy and Procedures Manual, help with NAMB National, continue to work with our public relations campaigns and working with other industry partners on moving NAMB forward, stay involved with the Government Affairs Committee, and to work with the incoming executive Board on the tasks of becoming president.
I leave you this week with just a few words of thanks. It has been an extremely wonderful three years as your president. It was truly an honor to be the point person of this association, and I will continue to bust my behind to work and represent you as CEO of NAMB. I am not going away … I will be here for you until I can no longer work. My new e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will continue to write my Monday Morning Messenger (on a Monday rather than a Thursday!), and I am here if you need me. Keep in touch, and let me know how I can help.
Until next week!!!
Donald J. Frommeyer, CRMS, CEO
NAMB—The Association of Mortgage Professionals
NAMB Names Don Frommeyer to New CEO Position
Longtime president to assume newly-created role within the association
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014—The Board of Directors of NAMB—The Association of Mortgage Professionals has elected current NAMB President Donald J. Frommeyer, CRMS, as chief executive officer of NAMB, effective at the end of his current term as president.
In creating this new position, the NAMB Board felt that the association had reached a time in which they need an individual constantly representing the membership and a consistent face of the association.
“The time is right to promote the association nationwide,” said NAMB Board Member Olga Kucerak, CRMS. “We selected Don because of his tireless efforts and dedication to protect consumers’ choice and his efforts in fighting the good fight.”
Frommeyer’s responsibility will be primarily geared toward the association’s external/public relations and he will also assist the new president with special projects and other tasks. Frommeyer’s main focus will be building the public NAMB brand and image of the association. He will continue to represent NAMB in National Industry Panels. He will also hold the position of immediate past president on the new Board of Directors.
"NAMB is currently in a position of great prominence and is growing," said Frommeyer. "The association is regularly called upon by regulators such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for face-to-face meetings, and we are well known by our elected officials both on Capitol Hill and locally. As CEO of the association, I plan to keep the NAMB brand at the forefront of mortgage professionalism, and will seek new ways in which to have our members as the first choice for the homebuying needs of the American consumer."
NAMB’s new president will be John Councilman, CMC, CRMS of AMC Mortgage Corporation in Fort Myers, Fla., who will be sworn in on Sept. 14 during the NAMB National convention in Las Vegas.
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NAMB National 2014 will be from September 12-15, 2014 at the Luxor Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More details to come.