2017 MMLA Annual Lending Conference

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Rolling with the Changes

We have nationally recognized industry and motivational speakers.  Learn from them and get the motivation, inspiration and insight to apply to your business to bring it to the next level. 
We also have a full schedule of educational sessionsbut we did build in time to make those important business connections too, and some free time to catch up on work...or just relax at the resort.  This is a "must see" event.  Don't hear about it - experience it for yourself!!

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Ronald J. Robb

Writer, Speaker, Coach

Ron possesses a proven track record of success as an Executive in Corporate America holding prominent positions throughout his 30+ Year Career as a Forerunner, Trainer and Business Builder. He carries extensive experience in industries such as Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Life Science, Electronics, Financial Services and most recently the Non- Profit Sector. His Career Skills include Managing Global Accounts, Team Building, Strategic Planning, Problem Resolution, Sales, Communications, Goal Setting, Conflict Resolution and many others qualifying him to speak to a diverse audience in all industries and at all levels.

Ronald Robb has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Sports Illustrated and numerous local media outlets around the country. He was selected as a featured "Hero" by Runner's World Magazine in their 2012 Heroes of Running edition, being honored as one out of 10 in the world for his contributions as Founder and current CEO of myTEAM TRIUMPH. He has also spoken at large companies, national conferences, organizations & churches.

Ron's style is one of honest character and lighthearted comedy keeping his audience interested, touched and entertained while offering specific, practical strategies on how they can turn their "heat" into "light." His passion to encourage others to reach their goals has led him to write a book, "The Story of myTEAM TRIUMPH - Lessons in Faith, Perseverance and Grace" scheduled to be released in 2015.


Rodrigo Lopez, CMB

Chairman, Mortgage Bankers Association

Rodrigo López, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, is the Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital, a leading commercial mortgage banking company in the United States.

Rodrigo has been actively involved with MBA for three decades. He also currently serves as Chair of the Task Force for a Future Secondary Market.   Rodrigo is the immediate past Chairman of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is a former Chairman of MBA's Commercial/Multifamily Board of Governors.  He has served on the Association's Board of Directors since 2009, along with a previous stint on the board in 2003 and 2004. Rodrigo was the recipient of MBA's Distinguished Member Award in 2010, MBA's Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award in 2002, and MBA's Master Faculty Award in 2000. He also received MBA's Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation.  

Rodrigo was the founder, former President and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriSphere, a mortgage banking company dedicated to providing capital solutions for the multifamily industry, which was acquired by NorthMarq Capital in 2015.  Prior to founding AmeriSphere, he was Chief Lending Officer for a life insurance company, responsible for investments in commercial mortgage loans and real estate properties. During his tenure in the architecture and construction industry, he worked on a wide range of commercial and institutional projects.  

In addition to his work with MBA, he presently serves as Director of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company and Mutual of Omaha Bank, Chairman of Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Director of the United Way of the Midlands, Director of The University of Nebraska Foundation, and member of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha's Advisory Council.  The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce awarded Rodrigo the "Big O! Excellence Award for Minority Business of the Year" in 2013 and the "Volunteer of the Year Award" in 2011 in recognition of his superior service and dedication to the Omaha community. 


Matthew Tully

Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, Essent US Holdings

Matthew represents Essent in Washington before Members of Congress and their staff, Administrative agencies, and with other housing industry stakeholders. Hired as the company's first full-time, in-house government relations employee to build Essent's brand and day-to-day presence in Washington.

He is responsible for running a regular meeting to update Essent's senior management on public policy and emerging issues that could impact Essent and the mortgage banking industry. Meeting discussions are used to develop company positions and views around public policy.

He participates in company events at MBA conferences and speak to client groups on housing finance policy 2 to 3 times per quarter.  Matthew also aided in the establishment of a new industry trade association, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) which launched in 2014.


Gina Metrakas

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Urban Revitalization
Quicken Loans. Inc.







Phillip Zeller

President, Ralph Nichols Group, Inc.

Mr. Philip L. Zeller is President of Ralph Nichols Group, Inc. (RNG) which has offered Dale Carnegie Training in southern Michigan for over 40 years. RNG has presented Dale Carnegie Training to over 200,000 people, making Ralph Nichols Group, Inc. one of the top producers of Dale Carnegie Training in North America and in the world. Mr. Zeller joined RNG in 2000 as a Regional Vice President; in 2008 became a partner, and in 2009 became President.

Dale Carnegie Training offered by the Ralph Nichols Group, Inc. is honored to work with Michigan's leading companies and organizations that understand their people are their best asset and their competitive advantage. People and organizations that desire to be positively challenged to grow turn to Dale Carnegie methodologies to accomplish profitable results.

Mr. Zeller is widely recognized for his work in Michigan assisting corporations, organizations, schools, and teenagers to become more accountable to successful outcomes. He is consistently called upon to deliver impactful presentations, workshops, and training programs that produce measurable results with people. Through his work he has been recognized as one of the top ten trainers and growth producers in the world by Dale Carnegie Training®. He also holds the designation of Master Trainer through Dale Carnegie Training®.

In addition to being recognized as business leader, trainer and keynote speaker, he was also the host of his own radio talk show called "Intentionally Speaking" on public radio and has authored several articles for business publications.

Prior to his work with RNG, Mr. Zeller was a consultant and educational specialist in the information technology field consulting to corporations, non-profit organizations, K-12 education, colleges and universities, and the State of Michigan. Mr. Zeller is best known in the information technology field for his input on the integration of technology into public schools and colleges, the infrastructure for Michigan Virtual University, and assisting the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan to place computers on the statewide contract.

Mr. Zeller has taught programs for both Lansing Community College and Davenport University. He served as the first marketing advisor to the Capital Quality Initiative, facilitated training for thousands of K-12 administrators through "Leading the Future", and formed several technology committees in school districts throughout Michigan.

Mr. Zeller has an MSA from Central Michigan University, a B.A. from Michigan State University, and an A.A. from Lansing Community College.



Dennis Smith, Freddie Mac

Affordable Lending Manager


Dennis Smith is an Affordable Lending Manager in the Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit organization. In this capacity, Mr. Smith creates production strategies and lending opportunities for Freddie Mac’s lender customers. Working collaboratively with lenders, non-profit agencies, and government agencies, he creates outreach initiatives designed to increase homeownership opportunities and preserve homeownership for under-served families.  

A 20-year mortgage industry veteran, Mr. Smith has served the industry as an underwriter, underwriting and process manager, process improvement, product development and managed the CRA and Bond programs for a super-regional mortgage company.  

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. For more information, please visit www.FreddieMac.com and Twitter @FreddieMac.

Jayma Banks, Freddie Mac

Joanna Dunn, USDA Rural Development

James McGinty, Fannie Mae



Registrations made and not cancelled by July 16, 2017 must be paid in full and are not refundable.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MMLA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by MMLA.

MMLA events are non-recruiting functions! Solicitation and/or distribution of employment opportunities, including net branch/net compensation plans, is prohibited. The penalty for non-compliance with this policy is immediate expulsion from the event without a refund of fees paid to MMLA related to the event.

Any questions?  Please contact Joanne Misuraca, MMLA Executive Director, at (586) 226-2823 or at mmla@mmla.net.   

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