September 13-15, 2014 at the Luxor Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Click here to register now!
Monday, September 1
I would to start this week’s Messenger off by saying to everyone that I hope you all have had a great Labor Day! This holiday seems to be the marking of the end of summer and now we have to look forward to what my middle daughter claims to be the best holiday in the world. HALLOWEEN… Yes her favorite “holiday” is the same day she got married, the day you dress up and have a great time. She has always enjoyed this day and to make it even more special, she went to Transylvania University for college. WOW!!
This has been a quiet week for a lot of things. We have been working very hard putting on the final touches of NAMB National which is in less than 2 weeks. One of the last minute additions is that the CFPB will be appearing at our GA session on Monday. This is going to be a real information session so you are not going to want to miss it.
The sessions are going to be some of the best we have ever had so come to NAMB National and get inspired and be prepared for 2015. I really think next year will be a great year for originators and now is the time to prepare yourself. I remember an old saying "those that fail to prepare, prepare to fail!". So come to NAMB National and let's do it together. You will see me at all of the sessions.
As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary in Las Vegas, I am reminded that REMN is celebrating their 25th birthday and are throwing a party there. Make sure you stop by their booth and get the information to attend their party Sunday night right after the NAMB Awards Banquet. They will be having their birthday cake and our anniversary cake there.
As I begin to wind down my term as President, I remind myself how truly blessed I am to be able to have spent the last three years representing you across this great nation and meeting some of the most amazing members and originators and people in our industry. I can tell you that I have gotten so much from each of you and you have made me a better person and I would do it all over again. Every person that ascends to this position needs to embrace it and remember that it isn't about you in any way, shape or form. It is about you the MEMBER!! And believe me, we have some very great people on the NAMB Board. We are going to have some very great Presidents for the next 10 years. I am very proud of those that have been on my board. When you are in Vegas, please make it a point to thank them for their service. I know that I am the point person, but I can't do it alone. These members give up a lot of time and effort to represent you everywhere, each and every day.
This Delegate Council meeting is going to be important as we are trying to make some changes to help the association for the future. Please make sure that your state is sending your delegates to participate.
This week I will be traveling to Florida to be at their state conference on Thursday and Friday. They will be reaching out to all of the members in this state to again help you grow. Valerie Saunders and her board have put together a great program. I hope to see you there. I will be presenting some great information and news there during my speech. So if you are in Orlando, register for the event and stop by and see me.
The following week is NAMB National week, but first I am flying to Maine to speak at their conference on Wednesday and Thursday morning, then flying from Portland, Maine to Las Vegas for our conference. I have never been to Maine and I am looking forward to getting to know these members up close and personal.
Starting in October, I will be doing a spotlight on a member each month. I am doing this to let you know who is out there fighting the fight for your each day. It will not be just Board members, but members of states that are fighting for you in their state. Each state has people that do a lot for their backyard and I want you to know who they are. If you know of someone that warrants this acknowledgement, please send me some information on what they are doing to help your state and NAMB each day. I will consider them for my monthly Spotlight Member.
I do appreciate all of your comments and support that you send to me each week. I thank all of you.
I want to thank all of you for everything that you as members are doing to make this association successful. I am truly grateful to all of you for your belief in me and in our Board. Thank you.
Until next week!!!
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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.