Monday, September 22
Well here it is. The first in the saga as your NAMB CEO. This Monday Morning Messenger is going to be a little different as I just wrote one a few days ago and I used a lot of my news there. However, I have a lot of things to say here.
First, I want to thank all of you that have sent me cards and thank you notes about being your President. Your kind words are very appreciated and I truly am humbled by all of your thoughts and comments. I will try to bring you the same dedication as your new CEO.
Second, John Councilman, our new NAMB President, has really taken the helm and is putting together an agenda for NAMB to protect and attack where necessary, the mortgage professionals and concurrently the consumers they serve. It won’t be long and he will be announcing the committee chairs and their vice chairs for this coming year. Government Affairs is already off and running.
One of the items that will be instrumental for NAMB this year to promote and extend its reach is the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. This is going to be one of the main focuses of the membership committee and you are going to hear a lot from Kay Cleland, Membership Chair, throughout the year. If you do not have yours, visit the NAMB website and see the requirements that you need to get it. Don’t waste time, register for it while you are there. We want to have everyone get it this year. It cost you nothing to get it once you are a member. Remember, your whole office needs to be a member and register for it before the office can use it in their advertising.
I want to make a special thank you to Ginny Ferguson for all her hard work in putting together the 40th Anniversary Retrospective Photo CD to play at the Awards Banquet. It was great to see all of the old faces of people that have made us who we are today. She spent a lot of hours together with Garrett Scott, Lead Videographer from the NMP’s Mortgage News Network to make this happen. Thank you for the great job. I have to admit that the YMCA gig from Hawaii about coming to Cleveland was a huge hit.
I was in Maine right before I went to NAMB National and I was truly impressed with the turnout. They are a combined association with the Mortgage Bankers and they have a great base of members. I am going to work with them to help them increase their membership in the coming months. I have to say that I was treated very well and I appreciated their hospitality. I wish I could have stayed a few more days, it was beautiful and I enjoyed their hospitality. Thank you to the entire Maine Board.
This coming week I will be going to Seattle for their conference. I really like Seattle and it holds a lot of memories as this is the city that the 2007 National Convention was held and it is where I was sworn in as a member of the NAMB Board.
This year is going to be a fun year for me. I will be chairing the Nominations Committee and we will be putting together the people that will be on the Board in 2015-2016. If you have ever thought about running for the Board, start thinking about it now. We will be putting this together around the middle of February and we will be asking for your information. More about this in the coming months.
I hope everyone enjoyed NAMB National as much as I did. I was able to share my last days as President with all of you and my family. A big thanks goes out to Vince Valvo CEO of Agility Resources Group, NAMB National’s event planner for the great conference.
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.