Welcome to our Summer 2022 News!


President's Message

By Doug Leever

President, MBA of Florida

To the MBA of Florida Members and Potential New Members of the MBA of Florida-


I am very honored to serve as the President of this awesome organization called the Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida!!!  We have just an outstanding Executive Board of Directors as well as the Entire Board of Directors with our mission to continue to ‘Stay the Course’ of developing new membership, great networking and sharing of information and best practices, developing new activities and continuing to provide added value to our Members of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida! 


Our goal this year is to continue to develop and grow our membership both at the State Level and at the Chapter levels throughout the State as it is always very encouraging to meet and interact with mortgage professionals throughout the State! Continue to learn and embrace the ever changing environment within the Mortgage Industry in Florida and adapt to that change as you progress through the upcoming year!


We just completed our 18th Annual Eastern Secondary Conference and 68th Annual Convention in Orlando, and once again was a HUGE success—well attended, outstanding networking opportunities, excellent speakers and panelist and we all had some great takeaways from the entire event!


Here are just ‘a few’ of my own ‘takeaways’ from our various speakers and panelists, as these can apply to anyone in the Mortgage Industry AND very relevant for our upcoming year in the Mortgage arena:


-Target before you market!

-Your customers WANT to hear from you!

-Mission- no customer left behind!

-Average mortgage transactions in a lifetime—11 per customer- be Top of Mind so they come to you for their needs!

-Be the path of least resistance!

-Fastest way to get a new lead is ‘to create it’! (LOVE IT)

-Many need to evolve from Order Taker to Originator to ‘Trusted Advisor’!

Customer Service drives two thirds of Member loyalty—more than price or brand!


And one of my favorites-


Never a ‘No’ on an applications—but is a ‘Not Now’

The answer is ‘Yes’ and let’s ‘Talk About How’…!


There were many more takeaways from the various speakers, economists and panels—as there are all kinds of opportunities in front of us for 2022 and into 2023! Click Here to Access the Final Speaker Presentations

Click Here for the Final Program with Speaker and Exhibitor Information

The MBA of Florida does offer many opportunities for professional growth-


  • Legislative Advocacy with Eric Prutsman as our Lobbyist!
  • Outstanding Networking Activities- both at the State and Local Level!
  • Have your voices heard by joining a Committee and help in planning out this year’s activities and events!
  • Educational opportunities including CE training classes at a discount
  • Outstanding Speakers and Panelists
  • CMB Program- information and sponsorship assistance is available


I recently went to one of our local Chapter Board Installations.The MBA of Southwest Florida has a great team and good outlook for this year with most of their events already scheduled!! Great start for the year, congrats to Mary Adams and your Board! Very nice event and very well attended!!

Let’s all work together to embrace the opportunities to have very successful upcoming year, look forward to working with our Board Of Directors to make this a MEMORABLE YEAR for the MBA of Florida!!!

Welcome 2022/2023 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

(To View online-Click Here)


Doug Leever

We Florida Financial


Yvette Clermont, CMB, AMP

Inlanta Mortgage


Sherry Wenrich

Homebridge Financial Services, Inc.


Robert Villalon

National MI

2nd VICE PRESIDENT & Local Chapter REP

Timothy Bazell

South State Bank


Michelle Knoebel, CMB



(To View Online-Click Here)

Brian Chibbaro


Tim Allen, CMB

First Horizon

Dustin Owen, CMB

Waterstone Mortgage Corp.

Bob Niemi, CMB

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Christie Buff, AMP


Dylan Rodriguez

Black Knight

Sandy Garcia

Paramount Residential Mortgage Group

Debbie Moore, CMB

Capital Markets Cooperative

Local Chapter Presidents

(To View Online-Click Here)



Michelle Mendez




Nicole Zich




Tom Reber




Robert Villalon



Mary Adams



Amanda Russell




Robert H.D Genders


2022 Eastern Secondary Market Conference

and Annual Convention


Sherry Gallitz, CMB receives the Brown L. Whatley Award from President Michelle Knoebel, CMB


she also receives the Presidents Award!


View the 2022 Event Photo Album on Facebook-Click Here

CE Education and MORE!


Click Here to View Committees and Sign Up All Committees are gearing up for the year. It pays to participate and be involved in the decisions and activities of your association!

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Click Here to Access the Future Leaders Information and Application

MBAF’s Future Leaders Program is dedicated to identifying and cultivating the next generation of industry leaders by delivering a comprehensive leadership training experience for selected participants through four events offered throughout the year.

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Click Here for Information on the Mortgage Action Alliance

Through the Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA), we give all real estate professionals a platform and a voice. It's time to use it to help shape policies and be part of building the next era of real estate finance. Signing up is free and quick!.

Have You Renewed?

Membership Renewals are due on July 1st. If you are not on the list below we have not received your payment yet. You can log in to renew online Click Here or email mbaf@mbaf.org for a hard copy of your invoice.

Upcoming Webinars

Don't STOP soaking in the education! These upcoming webinars are packed with great information for you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Cost: FREE

Register Now

Condominium Project Eligibility Requirements for Housing Finance Professionals


Freddie Mac is hosting a complimentary webinar for housing finance professionals focused on Condominium Project Review and General Project Eligibility requirements. Join this live session to learn more as you navigate through the four different project review types and how to choose the best path for your loan.


You’ll also have an opportunity for Q&A with subject matter experts at the end of the session. Register and invite your colleagues to benefit from this free webinar.

September 16, 2022 at 10 AM

Presented by Exchange Analytics (Sign-up information coming soon!)

Special Thanks to our Annual Sponsor~