March 2019 Print

President's Report

From the President's Desk
By:  Todd Potter, CMB
2019 MMLA President
Level One Bank

Watch this video message from President Todd Potter, CMB


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Education Committee News

Education Committee Update
Audrey Acquisti, MMLA Education Consultant
MSource Training & Consulting

Attention LO's, Brokers, Account Execs, Sales Managers: Don't miss the MMLA Sales Symposium on March 13 @ Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO REGISTER - click here for all the details and to see who is already attending.  Register today to reserve your spot!!

Watch this video by Keynote speaker, Ginger Bell, on why you should attend: 
Click here for all the details and to register!


Topics covered will include, but are not limited to…

  • Understanding mortgage industry lingo
  • Identify different types of mortgage lenders, investors and departments
  • Understand and explain different loan types and programs
  • Thoroughly and accurately complete a loan application
  • Calculate mortgage payments, assets and income
  • Read and understand credit reports and credit scores
  • Understanding the nuances of DU and LP
  • Reviewing documentation for accuracy and acceptability
  • Increase borrower satisfaction
  • Enhanced awareness of compliance and fraud issue

Registration Fees:
Cost for this two-day course is just $49 for MMLA members, $79 for non-MMLA Members.  The class will be held from 8 am to 4 pm each day.  Cost includes handbook, light breakfast, coffee, soft drinks, lunch and afternoon snacks both days.   Registration must be received by May 15, 2019!!  Click here for full details and to register.

Sponsorships Available (2 of each listed):
     Lunch Sponsor - $350 (includes 2 registrations)
     Breakfast Sponsor - $250 (Includes 1 registration)
     Afternoon Break Sponsor - $150 (Includes 1 registration)


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Legislative & MORBANPAC Committee News

Legislative and MORBANPAC Committee Update

Did you know the MMLA Legislative committee meets each month to discuss current bills of interest to MMLA and the mortgage industry?  See this summay from our Lobbying firm, Karoub Associates, for all current bills being discussed.

MORBANPAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association. It operates at the state level to support elected officials and candidates whose philosophies and positions support the real estate finance industry.  Give your share to MORBANPAC!  The MMLA's legislative PAC relies personal contributions from individuals liek you.  We need your help. As a member of MMLA, we encourage you to contribute to MORBANPAC to help support our future. The amount of your contribution and choice of whether to participate is entirely your decision. Click here to make your contribution.


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Membership and PR Committee

The MMLA Membership & PR Committee
Allison Johnston CMB, Chairperson
Success Mortgage Partners

The Membership Committee has some fun announcements coming your way.   We have the Rising Star award again this year, look for details to follow.  Start to consider anyone in your buiness sphere who is successful and goes above and beyond and deserving of this Rising Star distinction.   

We have created a quick reference call with contact information for all new members.    Print this out  reference sheet and keep it handy for important contact info, social media links and frequeltly asked questions. 


Take part in the MMLA “March Membership Madness” Drive for a Chance to Win $500!!  
Click here for all the details.

If you have any questions about new things coming from the membership committee in 2019, please reach out to Allison Johnston, CMB, at 734-927-0276 or    We are always looking for volunteers for the membership committee - if you are interested in participating please reach out to  Allison for this as well.

If you have a December 31 renewal date, it is now time to process your dues renewal payment for 2019 before your membership lapses!!  Simply click here, sign in with your username and password, and follow the screens to complete your renewal.  If you need help signing in, contact   Thank you in advance for your contiued support and participation in the MMLA!  


Also, if you have some time, please check out our MMLA videos on YouTube.    We are trying different facets of communication to make sure everyone is updated.  


The MMLA has welcomed these 57 new members since January 1, 2019!! 

First Name Last Name Company Name
Florjan Beqo Aerotek
Jay Eakins AmeriFirst Financial Corporation
Craig Willis AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
Noel Watts Arbor Financial Credit Union
Sarah Marchi Capital Mortgage Funding
Julie Sammons Capital Mortgage Funding
Linda Thaler CBCInnovis
Nadia Luchtman Chief Financial Federal Credit Union
John Fraas Class Valuation
Mark Luckas Dart Appraisal
Alexis Olszewski Dart Appraisal
Keith Pempek FHLBank Indianapolis
Jim Campau First State Bank
Joe Choiniere First State Bank
Dianna Evennou First State Bank
Frank Foss First State Bank
Manny Nino First State Bank
Jim Fuerstenau Fuerstenau Insurance Agency LLC
Dan Cover Guardian Mortgage
Dave Sparling John Adams Mortgage
Michael Clark John Adams Mortgage Co.
Crystal Austin Lake Michigan Credit Union
Matthew Chojnacki Lake Michigan Credit Union
Dale Hamill Lake Michigan Credit Union
Jack Abbo Level One Bank
Steve Anderson Level One Bank
Mark Copland Level One Bank
Al Duoba Level One Bank
Troy Fairbnks Level One Bank
Cherie Good Level One Bank
Kurt Harlow Level One Bank
Rob Laney, II Level One Bank
Laurie Luivanen Level One Bank
Joseph Randall Level One Bank
Tony Signorelli Level One Bank
Bill Smith Level One Bank
Marian Smrcka Level One Bank
Patrick Sortor Level One Bank
Corinne Rockoff Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C.
Denise Baron MGIC
Lauren Frankiewicz MGIC
Mark Rusher MGIC
Sandra Serio MGIC
Mark Trudell MGIC
Ryan Mennemeier Michigan First Mortgage
Mary Balsdon MSource Training & Consulting
Marylu Raycraft MSource Training & Consulting
Princess Drake Success Mortgage Partners, Inc.
Julie Popielarz Success Mortgage Partners, Inc.
Vivian Kallabat Success Mortgage Partners, Inc.
Jeffrey Hulbert Team Mortgage Company
Sandi Frith The Huntington National Bank
John Korch Towne Mortgage Company
Jason Rusinack Towne Mortgage Company
Tom MIller US Bank Home Mortgage
Carolyn Reou Wanigas Credit Union
Andy Van Wagnen XINNIX, The Mortgage Academy

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Annual Lending Conference

Annual Lending Conference Committee
Katrina Cole, Chairperson
Inlanta Mortgage 

The first meeting for the 2019 Annual Lending Conference has taken place and planning is underway.  We are excited about the great event we will be having this year.  Make sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 14th -16th at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, MI.  Stay tuned for further details.


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Mid Chapter News

The Mid Chapter Update
Nicki VanLake
Mid Chapter 2019 President
Farmers Insurance

look forward to growing our Mid membership and offering fun, insightful events for our members.

Thank you to my 2019 Mid Leadership Team –
Nicki VanLake of Farmers Insurance –President
Melissa Cole – Greenstone Farm Credit Services – Vice President
Lisa Haun of Transnation Title Insurance Company – Past President
Denya Macaluso – MSU Federal Credit Union – Past-President
Kim Kruger – Transnation Title Insurance Company – Past-President
Mary Townley – MSHDA – Past-President
Stacy Schlicher – Union Home Mortgage – Team Member
Beth Graham – Beth Graham Appraisals – Team Member
Tina Manshum – Dart Appraisals – Team Member
Tim Wilson – National Mortgage Insurance – Team Member
Shelly Starr – Stockton Mortgage Corp.  – Team Member
Kyle Laurent – Farm Bureau Insurance – Team Member


Meet your MMLA Mid Chapter Partners!


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SE Chapter News

SE Chapter MMLA President's Corner
Maureen Townson

Genworth Mortgage Insurance

The Southeast chapter hosted its first luncheon in February at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit. Thank you for all who came out. We hope you found it interesting and informative and your co workers and family were amused with your “Fed shreds.” We have two additional events on the calendar with more in the planning stages.   Thanks to VIce Capital Markets for sponsoring this event!

On March 21st, we will have our Top Golf Event in Auburn Hills, co-hosted with the Women’s Council of Realtors Lake Pointe and Rochester groups and secondly, our annual golf outing on June 5th at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. With golf talk, Spring is getting closer !  See Dawn's article below about this fun event!

Feel free to reach out to me or a committee chair to offer suggestions or assist with events. Whether you can help with 1 or several events, your input and assistance is welcome. My email address is or phone (248)245-2950.

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming Southeast Chapter event!

SE Chapter Social Committee
Dawn Burdick, Chairperson

Jump in now and register for our co-op social event on March 21st at the hottest new venue in SE MI, Top Golf! ?? The MMLA has partnered up with the WCR Rochester & Lake Pointe sister ???? Networks to bring you a spectacular evening of golf (not required ????) and networking with other professionals in the real estate and finance industry! Click here to register and reserve your spot before it is sold out! ????

Thank you to all of our sponsors for thier support of this event:  Ruoff Home Mortgage, TItleocity, Linnell & Associates, and Synergy Appraisal! 

Contact Dawn Burdick at for additional details!

SE Chapter Golf Committee
Steve Scheel, Co-Chairperson

Croskey, Lanni, P.C.

The SE Chapter Golf outing is always a great event and we look to continue and grow that tradition in 2019! 

 If you would like to help with this committee or on the day of the outing, please contact me at  

SE Chapter Holiday Party Committee 
Victoria DeLuce, Chairperson
Success Mortgage Partners

The MMLA Holiday Party planning is in full swing. Our first call-in meeting will be held on March 8th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining the committee please contract Victoria DeLuce at 734-259-0895 or Venues have already been narrowed down for a fun and casually holiday networking event.

See the SE Chapter Leadership Team and Chapter Partners

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West Chapter News

West Chapter Update
Julie Bacon
2019 West Chapter President
The West Chapter has completed two strong events already in 2019.  More are in store for the rest of 2019!!!


Join the Women's Council of REALTORS Western Michigan for a fun afternoon touring GR on a bus with the head of Fair Housing, learning of different initiatives throughout the city, then switching to a GR Certified Tourism group and touring the city on local GR history and hot spots!   Click here for all the details.

Arrive at 1:30 PM
CTA Bus from 2:00-3:00 PM
Fair Housing Bus from 3:30-4:30 PM
Goei Center | 818 Butterworth SW
Member ticket is $20, Non-member ticket is $40

(Note: Registration will be on the West Michigan Women's Council of REALTORS website)

Member Spotlight

Jenny Wagner

Mortgage Loan Originator
Lake Michigan Credit Union


 Click here to see the West Chapter Leadership
Team and chapter parters

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