September 2017 Print

President's Report

From the President's Desk
by:  Don Precour, 2017 MMLA President
Fifth Third Bank

It’s hard to believe how fast they year has flown by!!   Seems like yesterday that I gave my speech as incoming President of the MMLA.   That was almost 1 year ago, and I am already making plans for my “good bye” speech I will be giving on November 9 at the President’s Installation Banquet.  The event will be held in the Sound Board at Motor City Casino in Detroit.  We expect a huge crowd as we honor MMLA leadership and recognize our annual award winners!  See the article in this newsletter for all the details.  I encourage you all register to attend, bring your staff and/or customers.  Please consider sponsoring to get recognition by the MMLA leadership and key players in the Michigan mortgage industry.  I hope to see you there!

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Legislative & MORBANPAC Committee News

Jim Wickham, CMB      
MMLA Vice President    
Union Home Mortgage 

Thank you to everyone who donated an item and/or was the winning bidder of an item at our Silent Action held at the Annual Lending Conference in August.  Through this auction, the golf contests and "bucket of booze" raffle, we raised nearly $5000 for MORBANPAC!

If you have not done so this yet, please do your part by making a personal contribution to MORBANPAC.  With over half the year passed, we are not close to reaching our $25,000 goal yet.  Click here for the list of contributors so far this year, and make your contribution today!

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Education Committee News

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

Due to popular demand, the Compliance Seminar will take place at Crystal Gardens in Howell on September 13th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. The major topics we will be presenting will be HMDA, and Advertising & Marketing Rules and representatives from DIFS will be there to discuss audits, NMLS and other issues YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT! 

 Registration Info   Sponsor Info    Speaker Info   Schedule        

Watch this video about WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND!!
Click here for all the info and to register today!

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President's Installation Banquet

MMLA President's Installation Banquet
Alice White, Chairperson

This is the most important MMLA event of the year! It is a time when we honor our past, present and future board members and spotlight our annual award recipients.

The MMLA is all about the ABC’s of success: Advance Your Success, Build Your Business, Creating Connections for members!  Join us for this spectacular evening so you can Create Connections.  This will be a fun evening so invite your staff, coworkers and customers!

This event is a time when we honor our past, present and future MMLA board members.  We will also be celebrating our annual award winners:   
     James T. Barnes Award - Vince Lee, Success Mortgage Partners
     Vic Miller Award - Maureen Townson, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Co.
     Ambassador Award - Mario Castillo, Transnation Title Agency

If you are interested in joining me and the committee help plan this event, contact Joanne Misuraca at It is a fun event to work on and you will enjoy your volunteer time!

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Membership and PR Committee

The MMLA Membership & PR Committee
Trinity Lancione, Chairperson
MMLA Communications and Events Manager

The Membership and PR Committee is actively working on a Membership Drive that will help increase our member footprint across the state. Please keep a look out for more information in the next few weeks to see how you can contribute!

We have also created a Communications Survey that will help us better serve you ­­– our members. Please, if you have not done so already, fill out the survey. It only takes 2 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. Here is the link:      

As always, if you would like to become involved in this committee, we’d love to have you!  Please reach out to Trinity Lancione, or (810)348-3835 to join!

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Annual Lending Conference

The MMLA Lending Conference was a HUGE success.

Nearly 250 attendees enjoyed the speakers, receptions, dinners, vendor exhibits and great networking. We were entertained by Denny Miller’s music and even the “Clumsy Waiter”!!

Thanks to Andy Baker of Lake Michigan Credit Union for chairing the event and leading the committee this year! Thank you also to these headline sponsors:


Also, thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible. Hope to see even more of you attending next year, Sept. 16 – 18 at Crystal Mountain Resort!!
Click here to see all the photos in our website photo gallery.

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SE Chapter News

SE Chapter President's Corner
Thomas Johnston
SE Chapter President
First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation

Greetings!  What a beautiful day it was for our SE Chapter Baseball Outing. It’s always great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new ones. Maureen Townson and the social committee did a wonderful job!   Check out the pictures from our last few events on the MMLA Facebook page.

We still have some great events coming up later this year so make sure you register, volunteer, and/or sponsor one of these events. Remember these events count on our membership support to continue and we can always use more.

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer for one of our events, please contact our committee chairs directly. All of their contact info can be found on the MMLA website.

SE MMLA Lunch & Learn
Mike Fontana, Chairperson
Guaranteed Rate, Inc.

The SE MMLA Luncheon Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming luncheons to complete our calendar year.
Date                      Monday, October 2, 2017
Time                      11:30 am Networking followed by lunch at 12:00 noon
Location               Maggiano’s Little Italy 2089 W. Big Beaver   Troy MI 48084
Cost                       $30 per MMLA member, $40 per non-MMLA member
Topic                     Appraisal Panel addressing the issue of “Appraisals in the New Economy”
   Learn more about the appraisal issues of 2017 from an appraiser, lender and real estate perspective. Ask questions that you have been holding back for the last several months on the constant underwriting conditions and realtor comments you receive on a daily basis. Our panel of experts will be ready and willing to share their thoughts and knowledge about the past, present and future of the appraisal industry

We also have our November event planned as follows:
Date                      Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time                      11:30 am Registration and Networking followed by lunch at 12:00 noon
Location               Maggiano’s Little Italy   2089 W. Big Beaver Troy MI 48084
Cost                       $30 per MMLA member, $40 per non-MMLA member
Topic                     HR – Talent Acquisition Panel addressing the issue of “How to recruit, train and retain Millennials”
      We all know that the average age of the loan officer, realtor and appraiser is in their mid 50’s.  What do you do to replace everyone?   Learn what some of the local companies are doing to hire, train and retain some of the younger professionals who happen to be Millennials. Our panel of experts will share their stories and approaches on the best practices as we all move into the new calendar year.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 248-224-5583.  We look forward to your attendance and participation!

 SE Golf Committee
Dawn Burdick, Chairperson

Potestivo & Associates, P.C.

It’s been a great summer of networking and meeting new friends through the MMLA! I especially enjoyed attending the Annual Lending Conference for the first time ever. J Congrats to the committee on their success with coordinating a dynamic speaker panel and conference activities (and for ordering up perfect weather)! We look forward to seeing everyone at the Presidential Installation in November and Holiday Party in December. A big thank you to our members’ continued support including attending/sponsoring events, generous donations toward our advocacy efforts, especially MORBANPAC, and annual dues renewal which all keep our valued association thriving. Side note: Keep in mind the MMLA is offering Chapter Partnerships which allows members to purchase advertising, education, and event sponsorships at a significantly discounted rate for all local chapter events. This exciting and new opportunity can be purchased any time of the year and run a full 12-month period. Contact me for more information and start enjoying savings toward the events you already attend.

Have a great rest of your summer and have a fantastic start to the new season!

Thank You to our Chapter Annual Partners!

Full Partnership:

Limited Partnership:


Meet the SE Chapter Leadership Team!

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Mid Chapter News

The Mid Chapter Upcoming Events
Cynthia Garza
Mid Chapter President
Union Home Mortgage Company

We finished August with the annual MMLA/WCR golf outing.  We struggled with a little bit of rain, but for the most part it was a great event with very high attendance.  It is always nice to see Realtors and Lenders take time out to share some good time together outside of the offices.  Shout out to Andy Garza and the fantastic golf committee for the endless hours they spent coordinating and planning to make it a wonderful event. 

Our next event is a luncheon on October 12th with Steve Richman from Genworth Financial as our guest speaker.  This will be a MORBANPAC lunch with all proceeds being donated to the MMLA’s PAC.  We have a fun event also planned on November 2nd with our local area Crime Stoppers.  This event is being held at a shooting range with the opportunity to shoot afterward. 

With the industry being down 22% overall we, in the Mid-chapter, are working hard to finish the third quarter strong

 Meet your MMLA Mid Chapter Leadership Team!

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West Chapter News

West Chapter Update

Join Us for our Upcoming September Luncheon

Steve Richman is Genworth’s "That MI GuySM". He is a national speaker who has energized, taught and motivated mortgage and real estate professionals in every state in the U.S. After years of success as a litigation attorney, Steve entered the mortgage and real estate profession. He has been a loan officer, account executive and manager of a mortgage operation.Steve taught in the MBA program at the Sellinger Business School and has been a guest lecturer for the Columbia University Business School's MBA program. He is a Master Certified Sales Negotiation Trainer and a Certified Trainer in DiSC Behavioral Profiling.

 Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m. —1:30 p.m.
Sunnybrook Country Club  624 Port Sheldon  Grandville, Michigan 48318
$25 per member and $35 per non-member
Tickets include lunch

West Chapter Holiday Party Committee

Lydia Vanderveen, Chairperson
Arch Mortgage, Inc.

The end of summer is approaching, the days are getting shorter and back to school and fall football is just around the corner. Gotta love the fall in Michigan!! And yes it’s time to start thinking about the Holiday Parties.

So mark your calendar NOW and Save the date Thursday December 7th for this year’s MMLA West Chapter Holiday Party. The annual Holiday Party will be held downtown Grand Rapids at the B.O.B. We are bringing back a live auction and the ticket sales for prizes. Start saving your money to buy tickets to win some really great prizes.

Please send me an email if you’d like to be on the holiday party committee or if you’d like to donate an auction or raffle ticket item.

Click here to see the West Chapter Leadership Team


 Full Partners:


 Limited Partners:

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Who, What, Where...Social Newsletter

We hope you enjoy this social section of the MMLA  newsletter...the Who, What, Why....  There is so much going on in our industry and it is sometimes hard to keep track of job changes, promotions, new hires, etc.  The social aspect of our business plays a key role in MMLA membership.  Members who build relationships with other members and participate in local social and luncheon events get more value from their membership.  

So, if you have an announcement to make - a new hire, a job change, office relocation, a honor or award you received, etc. - please email the information to and you may see it in an upcoming issue of Who, What, Why....  We will even accept "just for fun" stuff like industry related jokes, cartoons and special "talents" or funny facts that people may not know about you...forward them as well. 


Congratulations to Mike Fontana, Guaranteed Rate, for being awarded the Knights of Columbus Council 7200 Knight of the Year for 2016 - 2017!!

Congratulations to Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, for being recognized as one of the "Elite Women of Inlanta Mortgage".  She was also recognized by NMP as one of "The Most Connected Mortgage Pros in the Business"!!


Congratulations to John Jacobs, Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, for receiving the William Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.


 Mortgage Builder will be hosting a Habitat Build September 27th and/or September28th  at a location in Southfield.  The hours are from 8:30 to 3:30 each day.  If you would like to join the Mortgage Builder staff and volunteer your time and services to help with this build, contact Melissa Kozicki, Director of Compliance at


As you aware, new reporting rules adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) require financial institutions that have Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting requirements to start reporting Unique Loan Identifiers (ULIs) for reportable transactions (applications or loan activities) that occur in 2018. The entity specific component of the ULI is the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).

An LEI is a unique code that identifies a legal entity and will be required for financial institutions with HMDA reporting requirements.   To help you comply with HMDA and the new LEI requirements, please see the image linked here of the LEI Compliance Sheet from MERSCORP Holdings defining an LEI and introducing you to the new LEI registration, renewal and maintenance services to mortgage industry participants.

 Check out the MMLA Photo Gallery for lots of pics from this year as well as past years  Are you in any??

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To create value for all members by providing effective legislative and regulatory advocacy, practical resources, and quality education while fostering an active network and knowledge exchange.


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