Not too long ago, in a land not too far away, most mortgage professionals were used to a fair amount of traveling. Not only within the communities they serve, but also to industry events to learn and network with others of the same ilk.
Of course, that all changed last year due to COVID-19. No one went anywhere…unless it was absolutely necessary. It was kind of nice—at first—but over time many of us began to miss seeing people and interacting face-to-face with friends and colleagues across the country. Last year, most in-person events were either canceled or shifted to a virtual format. And, by all accounts, virtual events and webinars have been widely embraced by the mortgage community.
However, the old adage of “the show must go on” is percolating across the mortgage and housing world as trade event organizers are cautiously seeking to move beyond the coronavirus pandemic and welcome crowds back to their line-up of trade conferences. Whether you are monitoring, cautiously committing, or fully ready to embrace live, in-person events – and other humans – we thought we would share just few of the industry gatherings on our itinerary, kicking off the return of event season.
The California Association of Mortgage Professionals celebrated its 30th anniversary in July by hosting its annual Summer CAMP. Attendees gathered live in Anaheim, CA to say “Cheers to 30 Years!” and take part in education, networking, engaging speakers, a robust expo hall, and of course a good deal of fun.
The National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America recently hosted its 5th Annual NAMMBA CONNECT in Atlanta. According to event organizers, CONNECT is not just an event, but an experience designed to connect you with industry stakeholders, world-class trainers, and peers from across the country. NAMMBA events are designed to provide training, education and professional development to anyone in the real estate finance industry. NAMMBA CONNECT claims to be the nation’s only conference for originators, operations and real estate professionals.
Live from Las Vegas, it’s AIME Fuse! The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts was held at the Bellagio September 24-25 to network with broker owners, loan originators and mortgage professionals from across the country in the largest gathering of independent brokers within the wholesale mortgage industry. Also scheduled as a special pre-event on September 23 is the Women’s Mortgage Network Summit. Be sure to stop by Booth #108 to learn more about partnering with AFR!
HousingWire Annual is hosting housing professionals from across the ecosystem as they convene in Frisco, TX to learn, engage and move the housing economy forward, September 27-28. The event is themed “All Things Housing” because in every single residential real estate transaction, the housing industry comes together. Real estate agents partner with lenders. Underwriters rely on appraisal and valuation professionals. Lenders and agents put their trust in title partners. And servicers and investors depend on originators to produce high-quality mortgage loans and securities. HousingWire Annual brings together the housing industry in an entirely new way.
A little closer to AFR headquarters, is the 37th Annual Regional Conference of Mortgage Banker Associations, October 3-7 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. This five-day event includes Commercial and Residential programs, features trade exhibits, as well as regionally and nationally known industry speakers. And for the first time at an MBA-NJ event, there is a Women’s Empowerment Panel on the agenda, hosted by Laura Brandao, AFR President and Chair of the MBA-NJ Women’s Committee. Be sure to stop by Booth #402 to find out more about AFR!
The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is headed to the Vegas strip for its annual NAMB National, another marque event for mortgage professionals. Attendees will be going “All-Out” October 9-11 at Caesar’s Palace for three days packed with hands-on instruction, networking and refreshing fun. NAMB will also be hosting its first women’s panel during the event, “High Heels in High Places.”
There is nothing like the experience a person gets from attending a conference in-person. The value of networking with peers and speaking face-to-face with experts to get their direct input can’t be overstated.
Whether taking off to attend live, or logging in virtually from the comfort of home, engagement is what makes an event worthwhile. So, if you attend, show up! Be safe and enjoy the season!
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